Polititainment

Does anyone know who Joe Biden is?

Joe Biden is visiting Los Angeles, but does anyone there know who he is?

 

The Daily Show investigates the U.N.

The Daily Show sent a correspondent to the most recent U.N. General Assembly, “to see what the hell they were doing to fix these messes.”

 

Kimmel: Biden is 'Second in Commando'
Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to make keeping an eye on Vice President Joe Biden even more entertaining. Kimmel pitched an idea for a reality show about Biden Monday night, calling it, “Second in Commando.” It’s about the man who is just one heartbeat away from the presidency and doing it all “without wearing any […]
Gwyneth Paltrow throwing DNC dinner

Democrats must be getting desperate ahead of the midterm elections, because they are allowing actress Gwyneth Paltrow to throw a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

 

Oliver mocks civil asset forfeiture

Are you familiar with U.S. court case “United States of America v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins”?

White House

Obama plugs his vision to young entrepreneurs, gets a job offer

President Obama spoke Thursday at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, California, a space for startup companies. His remarks targeted millennials and young entrepreneurs.

White House resorts to emojis to appeal to millennials

The White House has a new social media plan underway to lure in young people, and it revolves around emojis.

Krugman feigns modesty rather than criticize Obama’s foreign policy
Paul Krugman has penned a four-thousand-word ode to Obama for Rolling Stone titled “In Defense of Obama,” in which he argues that Obama “has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.” But, sandwiched between praise for Obamacare and climate policy, there’s one topic on which Krugman goes curiously silent.
Joe Biden finds his minimum wage argument challenged when talking with small business owners
It’s one thing to talk about raising the minimum wage in theory. It’s quite another to actually put it into practice. Vice President Joe Biden learned a little about that contradiction Monday in Las Vegas. Biden led a lunchtime round table discussion at a Mexican restaurant on raising the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The […]
Reporter confronts White House with cringeworthy question about Biden’s eleventy billion gaffes

Fresh off of somehow offending both Jews and Muslims in the span of a few days, Vice-President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. was the subject of a cringeworthy question at Monday's White House press briefing that had at least one other member of the press corps snickering.

Congress

McCain: Rand Paul 'trusts me' in military matters

McCain thinks he would wield a great deal of influence over a potential President Paul, “particularly on the military side of things.”

Rep introduces bill to ban porn on gov. computers
Most people wouldn’t think to browse porn at work, but then again, most people aren’t federal employees. Earlier this year it was discovered that one EPA official had been browsing pornography for two to six hours a day while at work and now Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill explicitly “prohibit[ing] the access […]
DWS repeated 'back of his hand' line
Apparently when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz finds a phrase she likes she is going to repeat it, no matter how offensive. For the second time within the past month, footage of the DNC chairwoman has surfaced in which she accused a Republican governor of giving women “the back of his hand.” Republican Super […]
Twitter squashes Schumer's tribute to Eric Holder

One could see how Schumer's simile may have been a stretch. Twitter certainly did.

Lawmakers take in $608 per hour for time in D.C.
THE HILL — Congress will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, when lawmakers are set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections. Because the annual salary for members of the House is $174,000, their hourly wage for those eight days amounts to $608 […]

Videos

t u

From Around The Web

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria’s containment of the lethal disease is a “spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Nigeria reported 20 […]
US Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
THE DAILY BEAST — American military operations to fight Ebola in Africa are unfolding quickly—forcing the military to come up with some procedures and protocols on the fly. Soldiers preparing for deployment to West Africa are given just four hours of Ebola-related training before leaving to combat the epidemic. And the first 500 soldiers to […]
Biden's son discharged after failing drug test
Vice President Joe Biden’s son was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year because he tested positive for cocaine, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hunter Biden didn’t serve a full year in the military before failing his drug test, the Journal found. Hunter decided to pursue military service at age 43, hoping to become a public-affairs […]
Scott attempts to explain why he refused to debate

Florida governor Rick Scott is in damage control mode after causing seven of the most ridiculous minutes to occur during a political debate, which have already come to be known as "Fangate."

Fla. debate delayed 7 min for oddest reason ever

On Tuesday night, a Florida political debate unraveled into seven of the most absurd minutes in U.S. politics.

Policy

SOU threatens students passing out Constitution
Southern Oregon University officials threatened a group of four students with disciplinary action and a call to the police after the group was seen passing out U.S. Constitutions outside of a designated “free speech zone.” The public university currently has a “zone” amounting to less than 1 percent of the campus where students are allowed […]
UN: Mass surveillance violates international law

A United Nations report concluded that mass surveillance of the internet is “corrosive” to privacy and violates international law.

A startup’s plan to fix immigration form backlog

A startup in Silicon Valley hopes to streamline the cumbersome immigration form backlog with a program that would be the TurboTax of immigration forms.

Brad Pitt has been a gun owner since kindergarten
Actor Brad Pitt likes his guns both onscreen and off. In an interview with the Radio Times to promote his new movie “Fury,” Pitt revealed that he has been a gun owner since he was 6-years-old. “There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said Pitt, who was born in […]
Study: Small business owners lose faith in economy

Small businesses were less optimistic about their economic prospects in September than in August, according to the optimism index measured by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Education

Common Core Tests Will Be Longer Than LSATs
The Washington Post reports that the new Common Core-aligned PARCC exams will take 8-11 hours to complete, depending on students’ grade-level.
California can now offer $10K bachelor's degrees
California is now officially the 22nd state to allow for community college bachelor’s degrees. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs, the Sacramento Bee reports. The pilot program is set to begin no later than the 2017-18 academic year and end in 2024. These degrees will […]
RAP Minute: Ashley Dobson on Obama ed reg

This week, Red Alert's Deputy Editor Ashley Dobson discusses a new education rule from the Obama administration that may harm the students it's trying to help most. 

New plan to reduce student loans for gov. workers
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation Wednesday to would make it easier for government workers to get their student loans forgiven. “Teachers, police officers, public health workers and other public servants should be applauded and supported—and not drowned in debt to pay for the degrees many such jobs require,” Blumenthal said in a release. “The […]
Default rate for federal student loans declines
The default rate on federal loans declined this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. Among students who left school in fiscal year 2011, 13.7 percent of students had defaulted on their federal loans by this year, according to the new data. This is slightly lower than the 14.7 percent rate for the […]