Polititainment

Let's Play Emmy Bingo!

Play Emmy Bingo (specially created for lovers of political entertainment!) along with us as the winners are awarded during NBC's live broadcast Monday night.

Rick Perry's mugshot, marketing asset

Lesson: No matter how hard you try to make Rick Perry look bad, it just ain't gonna work.

Mitt's awesome ice bucket challenge reax

"Mitt does the most Mitt thing ever."

Jay-Z's Cuba trip did not violate law
The U.S. Treasury Department apparently fears the wrath of the Beygency as much as the rest of the world. A U.S. Treasury investigation has found Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s 2013 Cuba trip did not violate sanctions law. Beyoncé and Jay-Z, close friends of the Obamas,  had obtained permission to visit the blacklisted country from the Treasury’s Office […]
'Harry Potter' made youth more liberal
Millennials grew up in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Deciding who was the Hermione, Harry and Ron in your friend group, wishing for the end of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and  knowing that the correct way to say the “leviosa” spell is “levi-OH-sa” was built into the fabric of  our collective childhood. Apparently Harry and friends are […]

White House

David Axelrod: Democrats ‘were wrong’ to criticize George W. Bush for going on vacation, should ‘want’ POTUS vacation time
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, some Democrats are changing their tune about the optics of presidential vacations. Former president George W. Bush was attacked harshly by Democrats throughout his eight year presidency for taking vacations on the family ranch. Even now, Bush’s 381 vacation days are given as a reason that […]
Government watchdog says Bergdahl swap was not only illegal, it was doubly illegal

Congress' chief watchdog said that the U.S. prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl violated two laws in a report issued Thursday.

10 photos of President Obama in his office that will restore your faith in the presidency

Smile already, America. Your commander in chief is in the driver's seat.

Newt Gingrich: Obama’s ‘golf problem’ is that he stinks when he’s not playing it

"If the economy was growing, the border was controlled, the Middle East was stabilizing and there were no outbreaks of violence in the streets of major American cities, no one would comment on the number of golf games President Obama played."

Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip
THE HILL – President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, […]

Congress

See the 'Best of' Pelosi's incoherent babbles
Whether she is spouting off about  “race ha[ving] something to do” with the Republican stance on immigration or charging across the U.S. House floor to call a fellow representative “insignificant,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is known for saying some crazy things. Roll Call has compiled some of Pelosi’s greatest hits from 2014 in a video […]
Voters do not believe Congress deserves reelection
Most Americans do not believe current members of Congress deserve to be reelected, a new poll finds. A Gallup poll released Monday found that only 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This the second lowest figure since Gallup first started asking the question in 1992. People feel more […]
Schock outlines how GOP can attract millennials
Positive messaging, reaching out in person, and uniting the party behind strong economic policies are all ways Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) thinks the Republican party can win over millennial voters. Schock appeared on CNN Friday to talk with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp about winning young voters. As the second-youngest member of the House of Representatives at […]
Rep. Justin Amash defends his bold victory speech
After a bitter primary fight, Rep. Justin Amash (R- Mich.) delivered a bold victory speech in which he skewered his opponent last week. The Congressman has taken plenty of heat for his less-than-gracious words, but Amash is not backing down. Amash wrote an op-ed in the Grand Rapids Press Thursday to defend his statements and to […]
Rand Paul decries militarization of police
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) decried the militarization of police in Ferguson, Mo. in an op-ed published Thursday in Time magazine. Though he was responding to the chaos that has broken out after the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police, he warned that the scene in Missouri was the result of  ”a systemic problem […]

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From Around The Web

Canada helpfully reminds Russia what is theirs

It's not some random Canadian who tweeted this (though it'd be a worthy finale to the Rob Ford saga if @TOMayorFord became a military provocateur). This is from NATO Canada.

Boston bombing victim marries his rehab nurse
NEW YORK POST – A Boston Marathon bombing survivor and the pretty nurse who helped him recover from his devastating injuries took the plunge last weekend — a happy ending after more than a year of painful surgeries and grueling rehabilitation. A dashing James Costello and his beaming bride Krista D’Agostino “danced the night away” at […]
N. Korea calls U.S. a 'graveyard of human rights'
All of the pundits can officially go home. The expert we have all been waiting on — North Korea — has finally weighed in on the events in Ferguson, Mo. A spokesman for North Korea said the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson is evidence that the United States is a “graveyard of human […]
Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline

NEW YORK (AP) — Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination.

American dies fighting for ISIS in Syria

NBC NEWS -- The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash -- and an American passport.

Read more at NBC News.

Policy

Palin backs Mike Ditka on Redskins name comments
Although some news outlets have indicated that former coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka might face suspension or even be fired following his politically incorrect statements on the Washington Redskins name, Ditka should take comfort in the fact that he’s earned at least one new fan in Sarah Palin. Palin took to her Facebook page […]
How Obamacare almost cost the Chicago Cubs a game

The Chicago Cubs grounds crew lost a little bit of dignity and the players came very close to losing a game Tuesday night, partly thanks to Obamacare.

New NRA video reports on proposed "Shaneen's Law"
Ginny Simone of NRA News just released a special report video reporting on Shaneen’s Law, a bill recently proposed in the New Jersey state legislature in response to the arrest of Shaneen Allen. In June, Allen, a Pennsylvania resident who held a concealed carry permit in her home state, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of […]
NRA takes aim at Bloomberg in blunt ad campaign
Michael Bloomberg vowed to spend $50 million to take on the National Rifle Association earlier this year. Now the NRA is firing back. The group launched an ad campaign Tuesday in Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia attacking the former New York City mayor, an unusual approach given that Bloomberg is not running for […]
Poll: Majority of Dems fear Obamacare exchanges
America has another “do as we say, not as we do” situation from Democrats it appears. A new poll by Morning Consult found that 60 percent of Democrats are worried their employers will move them to health plans under the Obamacare exchanges because they believe it will lead to worse coverage. The survey found that 72 […]

Education

Kent State prof touts Jihad in anti-Israel letter

Professor Julio Pino has spoken out against Israel in the past, but his latest anti-Israel tirade is raising eyebrows and ire anew.

Common Core is reform of a reform

Imagining what failure will follow the failed follow-up to the failed No Child Left Behind is exciting!

Profs at 40-plus American colleges boycot Israel

While colleges and universities frequently depict themselves as centers of vibrant question and debate, they are frequently of remarkably orthodox political opinions, as is demonstrated by a recent academic boycott.

Yaki: 'compelling' reasons for campus speech codes

Speaking to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) during a briefing on sexual harassment law in education, Democrat Commissioner Michael Yaki gave a surprisingly blunt -- and revealing -- defense of campus speech codes, claiming that they were necessary because the brains of college students are still developing and cannot handle certain ideas.

Redditors criticize Warren over student loan bill

The front page of the Internet showed Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill the back door.