The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Polititainment

Sen. Ted Cruz featured on 'True Blood'
Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård and Sen. Ted Cruz all in one place? Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s “True Blood” used the Texas senator and a fictional fundraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas as a plot point. Cruz and the guests at the presidential library weren’t featured in a very positive light, […]
CBS Show based on Hillary and Benghazi
A new CBS television series was inspired by Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, the show’s producer announced this week at the Television Critics Association summer tour. Lori McCreary, an executive producer for “Madam Secretary,” and Morgan Freeman had been in talks with CBS about coming up with a scripted series and had been “trying to come […]
Fallon: Can Cheney take Biden?
In his opening monologue on the Tonight Show on Thursday night, Jimmy Fallon poked fun at politicians of all levels, starting with crackhead Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is currently running for reelection. “Rob Ford faced off in the debate against his four major challengers and, contrary to popular belief, they were not crack, whiskey, […]
Stewart mocks CIA cafeteria complaints

In the wake of the recently publicized CIA cafeteria complaints, comedian Jon Stewart took a huge risk by inviting a concealed culinary whistlebower from the agency on "The Daily Show" Wednesday.

Colbert mocks absurd Kickstarter project
Kickstarter is most certainly a mixed bag: for every good idea (bringing back Reading Rainbow or creating a Keurig for beer), there is another hustler trying to rally America to help him make potato salad. Stephen Colbert took aim at the waves of ridiculous innovations and absurd product names on The Colbert Report  yesterday by […]

White House

Rick Perry wants more than just a handshake with Obama
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and tarmac handshakes are too small a welcome. Texas Gov. Rick Perry rejected an invitation to greet President Barack Obama Wednesday with a handshake at Austin-Bergstrom Airport in Austin, Texas. Perry doesn’t want just a photo op and a handshake this time around. He wants to “sit down privately” and discuss […]
White House: Obama might not know what he’s tweeting

During Monday's White House press briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest explained that he is unaware of whether or not President Obama reads the tweets that are posted from his verified Twitter account.

Is Obama really doing everything he can on immigration?
The one thing all parties can agree on with regards to immigration policy is that it’s broken. But while President Barack Obama is trying to proclaim that he has the current border crisis under control, other lawmakers aren’t so sure. Speaking at what he described as one of his “favorite events,” a naturalization ceremony held […]
Biden’s dating advice: ‘No dates ’til you’re 30′

Vice-President Joe Biden, also America's highest-ranking love doctor, dispensed some dating advice to a young 'un he encountered on Friday in Philadelphia.

Obama governs by ‘pen and phone,’ blames Republicans again for his overreach
New day, same old story. President Barack Obama continued to defend his recent slew of executive orders in a Wednesday interview with Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy. During the interview, Kai Ryssdal, the host and senior editor of Marketplace, asked Obama about his mantra of “pen and phone” governing this year. “Is […]

Congress

Reid calls Thomas one of court's 'five white men'
Harry Reid is out of his depth. He temporarily put talking Koch Brothers or Washington Redskins on hold to try and tackle a new topic. When discussing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision — his new pet project– Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said he plans to “ensure that women’s lives are not determine[d] by virtue of […]
Democrat Rep: Obama should visit the border
The country’s border policies are broken. Everyone knows it and now even Democrats are calling out President Barack Obama for his actions – or lack thereof. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) appeared on Alex Wagner’s MSNBC program last night and urged Obama to visit the border during his visit to Texas this week. Calling the problem […]
Bridenstine: Facility access like 'Soviet Union'
Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine will finally be granted access Saturday to the Fort Sill facility where more than 1,000 children who crossed the border illegally are being held. But his access will likely be similar to that of the “former Soviet Union.” “Interestingly they also had a media day on the 10th, and during that […]
Boehner fires back at Obama in CNN op-ed
After a media blitz by President Barack Obama last week that repeatedly denounced House Speaker John Boehner’s potential lawsuit as a “stunt,” Boehner is copying the president’s strategy to get his own point across. Boehner announced in late June that he would file a lawsuit against Obama on behalf of the House for his repeated use […]
Happy Fourth of July, Eh?
Happy Fourth of July, Eh? American taxpayer dollars are being used to throw a $125,000 Independence Day celebration in Canada on Friday, The Hill reports.  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) spoke out against the State Department’s decision to throw a costly Fourth of July party Thursday. “Taxpayers ought to be free and independent of wasteful and unnecessary […]

From Around The Web

Veteran gifts Purple Heart to stabbing victim
In a touching act, an anonymous veteran gifted his or her own Purple Heart to a young girl recovering from a recent stabbing, NBC News reports. The girl was stabbed 19 times on May 31, when two friends lured her out to the woods and attacked her. The two friends, both 12 years old, confessed they […]
Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

IRS: Lost Lois Lerner emails may still exist

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- Could the IRS have those missing Lois Lerner emails after all?

Forget dog shaming. Politicians are the new target
First, there was dog shaming and then roommate shaming. Are politicians the next group to get the shaming treatment? Pennsylvania state lawmakers are applying the popular technique to their former colleagues that have been convicted of crimes. The portraits of four former lawmakers that hang in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg, Penn. will include plaques engraved with their crimes. […]

Policy

Government made $100B in improper payments
WASHINGTON (AP) — By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them — tax credits to families that didn’t qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary. Congressional […]
Weapon free zone forces police chief to exit IKEA
Zero tolerance policies are frequently applied in the wrong circumstances, but rarely do they reach this level of idiocy. Last weekend, Alan Goldberg went shopping at IKEA in Takoma Park, Md. and was asked to leave the store because he was carrying a holstered pistol. The catch? Goldberg is the chief of police in Takoma Park […]
Seattle group looks to repeal $15 minimum wage
A group of Seattle area businesses have successfully taken the first step toward repealing the city’s new $15 an hour minimum wage bill, gathering nearly 20,000 signatures on a petition to take the bill to a popular vote. Forward Seattle, a group that represents restaurants, merchants and other businesses, submitted a petition with 19,500 signatures […]
Lack of political diversity at Colorado

Conservatives at the University of Colorado are “in hiding because their views are made fun of by their peers. … They’re called stupid.”

Not much to celebrate on Cost of Government Day
Congratulations! We’ve finally made it to the point in the year where every penny you’ve earned isn’t needed to cover your share of the cost of government! Sunday marked Cost of Government Day, the point in the year when the average American has earned enough income to pay for his or her share of the […]

Obamacare

28 percent of O'care signups are 18-to-34 years old

The White House announced Thursday that 28 percent of enrollees under Obamacare on the federal exchange are between the ages of 18 and 34, the key demographic that the administration targeted to help suppress costs of the program.

Premium costs for youth skyrocket under O'care

For 27-year-old consumers looking to purchase health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is hardly affordable, as new data shows premiums increased by more than 50 percent across more than half of the 50 states and doubled in 11.

Sebelius: WH didn't oversell Obamacare

Resigning Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn't think the White House oversold the Affordable Care Act, despite the initial problems with HealthCare.gov.

Obamacare polling requires a deeper look

Obamacare supporters were downright giddy last week after enrollment through the government’s insurance exchanges hit the 7 million mark. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found a full 49 percent of Americans willing to offer support for the law, up from a low of 39 percent in 2012. But pundits who argue that the rise of Obamacare’s polling numbers from catastrophic to merely mediocre will save Democrats at the ballot box this fall are sorely mistaken.