Polititainment

Remy's TSA-themed 'Oops, I did it again'
Remy’s parodies are always on-point, and this time is no exception: a B-Spears-themed skewering of the TSA’s miserable failure rate in country-wide undercover tests, where they couldn’t manage to detect weapons in a stunning 95 percent of cases. Reason even has the lyrics, so you can sing along: Oops, I did it again I missed all […]
Stewart mocks GOP over pope's encyclical
The pope’s new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, has not been well received by some politically conservative Catholics–and Jon Stewart, sudden expert on Catholic theology, is horrified. The controversial papal letter takes an apocalyptic view on climate change and the state of the world–“Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain”–and calls for an […]
Critic wants to ban 'Gone with the Wind'
New York Post writer Lou Lumenick wants to ban the classic film Gone with the Wind because it portrays the Confederacy in a positive light. Lumenick doesn’t care that the film won eight Academy Awards or that fact that it is the highest grossing film adjusted for inflation in American history. His main crux with the film […]
Kimmel's Guillermo curses out Trump
Donald Trump is not a huge fan of immigrants—and Mexico may now pull out of his Miss Universe pageant over his latest inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants being “rapists.”  Kimmel’s Guillermo decided to weigh in on the controversy, in Spanish. And while Kimmel’s censored English “translation” seemed to be leaving out some of the juicier (read: […]
Sanders gets help from Hollywood

Comedian and actor Lewis Black, who voices the character Anger in Pixar's Inside Out, followed actor Mark Ruffalo in endorsing Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination during a recent interview with The Daily Beast.

2016

Bernie Sanders surges with Democratic voters

Democrats have a fever, and the only prescription is more Bernie Sanders.

Trump: 'Who is doing the raping?'

If there's anything you can say about Donald Trump, it's that he's consistent and doesn't back away from a fight.

Huckabee: Gay people aren't discriminated against

In a recent radio broadcast, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said he doesn't think that gay people have experienced the same level of discrimination as black people.

Christie on gay marriage: Courts, do your job

Following last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Chris Christie said that clerks and law officials, even if they disagree, need to uphold the law.

Trump files $500 million lawsuit against Univision
Donald Trump doesn’t take rejection very well. The billionaire who made “you’re fired!” a household phrase is now suing Univision for $500 million for dumping his Miss USA pageant. Univision wasn’t the only television studio to drop Trump: NBC also said they will not air Miss USA. Organizers have scrambled and are now arranging a live-stream […]

Policy

New study finds 1 in 3 Americans own a gun
A new study by Columbia University surveying 4,000 people found that one in three Americans are gun owners. NBC News reported that owning a firearm varies between states and the local gun culture. “One-third of Americans reported owning a gun, ranging from 5.2 percent in Delaware to 61.7 percent in Alaska. Gun ownership was 2.25 times greater […]
Jeb Bush promotes his record on guns, crime

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday where he spent his time touting his pro-gun record as governor of Florida.

Supreme Court upholds lethal injection drug
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial lethal injection drug used in several botched executions, ruling that its use does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The decision was highly anticipated by death penalty opponents, since a ban on the drug would have jeopardized the continued use of lethal injections. […]
Domino's deliveryman stopped an armed robbery
Slayde Henry, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver, might lose his job after he shot two men that attempted to rob him on Wednesday morning in Hollywood, Fla. The two masked men approached his car outside the pizza store and demanded his money. Henry responded by pulling out his gun and opening fire, killing one man […]
Court deals a blow to gun rights groups in PA
A Pennsylvania court struck down a law that made it easier for gun rights advocates like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances. The decision is drawing praise from gun control supporters and scorn from pro-gun groups. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter praised the ruling handed down on Thursday, telling the AP through a spokesman […]

Education

Female prof. wants 'bonus points' on evaluations
A Cornell University professor argues that female professors should receive automatic bonus points on their annual student evaluation forms to correct for gender bias. Sara Pritchard, an associate professor of science and technology studies at Cornell, argues that student evaluations are often slanted by gender bias, and can negatively impact female professors’ opportunities for professional advancement. […]
Thousands more troops overcharged on student loans
Conflicting data on reports by two federal agencies suggest that the Department of Education missed thousands of violations by its student loan contractor Navient Corporation, which has been accused of intentionally overcharging veterans on their federal student loans. Last month the Department of Justice announced that it would begin issuing refunds to nearly 78,000 veterans […]
UT students push to remove Jefferson Davis statue
Calls for the removal of the statue of Jefferson Davis, who served as president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, at the University of Texas at Austin are growing louder in the wake of the Charleston, S.C. tragedy. The statue, which has been defaced multiple times this year, was spray painted with the words, […]
Disabled, unemployed woman must pay student loans
A federal appeals court ruled that a woman who is disabled and living below the poverty line is not eligible to have her student loans discharged in bankruptcy, because she failed to make a “good faith effort” to repay the loans. Although she doesn’t qualify for immediate forgiveness under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, a federal loan-consolidation program will […]
White professor defends "Rachel Dolezal syndrome"
Ali Michael, an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, refuses to have children because she doesn’t want to pass on her white privilege. In a Huffington Post editorial, Michael defends Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who identifies as black, and until recently, served as president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP. “There was a time in […]

Congress

Sen. Jeff Flake blasts 'Jurassic Pork' spending

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) slammed the federal government on Thursday for spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" in "Jurassic Pork."

Dem unsure if Sanders likes immigrants

In an interview that will air Tuesday, bombastic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) suggested that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) might not like immigrants.

Rep. Joe Heck mulling run for Reid's seat
With Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R) announcement Tuesday that he would not be running to replace outgoing Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the floodgates opened for possible Republican candidates. On Wednesday, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) became the first serious Republican contender to announce that he’s mulling a run for Reid’s seat. “I’d leave it at […]
Senate Dems rebuke GOP’s OTC birth control bill
THE HILL — Democratic senators are launching a push to protect ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, which they say would be in jeopardy if the upper chamber’s Republicans win approval for their own birth control bill. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday unveiled a bill to keep in place the rule that insurance companies must cover contraception, even […]
House passes extension of Internet tax ban
THE HILL –The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would permanently extend a ban on state and local taxes on Internet access. Lawmakers approved the legislation on a voice vote, which would also ban discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. The ban, first passed in 1998, has required a series of extensions over nearly two decades. […]

From Around the Web

Cop sings to little girl after crash
A heart-wrenching photo of a police officer singing to a little girl after her father was killed in a Colorado car accident last Thursday is going viral. A bystander snapped the picture of Officer Nick Struck attempting to distract the little girl after her family was involved in a fatal crash, according to local TV […]
14 items on Amazon, eBay celebrating mass murders
Amazon and eBay decided to stop selling Confederate flags on Monday, joining in solidarity with many who view the flag as racist and a reminder of slavery. “(The Confederate flag has) become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” Johnna Hoff, a spokesperson for eBay, told CNN. But despite this firm stance, there are plenty […]
SC Gov. calls for Confederate flag to come down
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the state capitol, reversing her position on the divisive symbol amid growing calls for it to be removed. The Republican’s about-face comes after nine black church members were gunned down, allegedly by a young white […]
Romney, Obama agree on Confederate flag debate
Mitt Romney is calling for South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag flying outside their statehouse, and he has an unlikely ally. The former Republican presidential candidate has long been opposed the the flag, saying in 2008, “It shouldn’t be flown.” He tweeted out this same sentiment on Saturday and received the stamp of approval from […]
Web series helps tell life stories of Uber drivers
From a driver who was attacked by a Boston cop to a small business owner who went bankrupt due to products cheaply made in China, there’s no shortage of excitement surrounding Uber drivers. Uber Lives, a new web series, details the true stories. Camilla Hall, a former Financial Times writer turned producer of the web series, moved to Los […]