Polititainment

Anderson Cooper gets pranked on air

CNN's Anderson Cooper was in for an unwelcome surprise during his “Ridiculist” segment, when he discovered that his staff had filled his teleprompter with complaints about a basil-scented candle he burns in his office.

Mick Fleetwood let loose on Clinton lawn

Drumming whiz Mick Fleetwood has confessed to urinating on the Clintons' lawn during a White House concert in a newly released autobiography.

Colbert weighs in on gum-gate 2014

Stephen Colbert spent some time Tuesday night making fun of all the media outrage over Obama’s gum-chewing and head-tilting in China.

Rihanna visits White House

According to a White House official, Rihanna spoke to the Obama aides about "a few issues that are critical to our agenda for expanding opportunity, including the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative."

Stewart calls 3,100 Iraq advisers BS
Jon Stewart ripped the Obama administration’s handling of ISIS in Iraq, starting off his segment by noting a chaotic report on the possible death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The military was unable to confirm whether Al-Baghdadi had actually been hit, and reports placed the possible bombing of someone who may or may not have […]

White House

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]
Obama reveals his favorite Supreme Court decision

President Obama dished on his favorite Supreme Court decision during his presidency, and it wasn’t either of his interviewer’s top guesses.

Congress

Republicans to Mary Landrieu: 'Oh no you don't'

November 4 may have come and gone, but election season continues.

Rangel: 'Cracker' was 'term of endearment'
Rep. Charlie Rangel ( D- N.Y.) is at it again. The congressman with absolutely no filter is now claiming that he believes the term “cracker,” which he has used to describe the Tea Party, is a positive descriptor. Rangel appeared on Huffington Post Live Monday and explained his comments against the conservative group. “I thought […]
House Committee to investigate 'Truthy' study
A House Committee is taking a closer look at the federally funded “Truthy” study, which reportedly seeks to suppress political speech. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R -Texas) wrote a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation on Monday, demanding answers about the questionable research. Truthy is a research project […]
Rand Paul: Obama's war on ISIS is illegal

Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed in the Daily Beast Monday condemning President Obama’s strikes against ISIS as “illegal” and calling for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to demand congressional authorization for war.

Warren on billionaires' 'tender fannies'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren centupled down on her anti-Wall Street message in an op-ed this weekend, saying it was time that Washington stop looking after "the tender fannies of billionaires" and craft a middle-class-first agenda.

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SLU gives students protesting tips before verdict
COLLEGE FIX — Saint Louis University officials recently sent students tips on how best to protest if they choose to take part in possible unrest as a result of the Ferguson grand jury decision, expected in the next week or so. An administrator at the private college – a 20 minute drive from Ferguson – […]
Al Sharpton doesn’t pay his bills

Teleprompter and Kim Kardashian expert Rev. Al Sharpton is not that great at paying his bills, as a New York Times report details.

Campaigns are about to lose a major Facebook tool

Facebook has been dubbed by politicos like BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith as the soon-to-be “place where American elections are fought and won.”

Mo. declares state of emergency ahead of Ferguson
THE WASHINGTON POST — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of possible unrest following the announcement of findings of two separate criminal investigations into the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer. “Regardless of the outcomes of the federal and […]
Why Warren Probably Isn’t Running for President

NATIONAL JOURNAL -- Let's begin by stating the obvious: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said, multiple times, that she is "not running for president" — although she has softened her tone on the subject in recent interviews.

Policy

Will Obama's amnesty include Obamacare access?
President Obama’s Thursday evening immigration announcement has raised a lot of questions about constitutionality, separation of powers and amnesty. Recent comments by administration officials also have taxpayers wondering if they will be left to pick up the tab on healthcare through the Obamacare exchanges for these newly legal immigrants. As of the moment, the answer seems […]
DOJ memo urges reduction in overcrowded prisons

The Department of Justice plans to prioritize its long-standing need to reduce the federal prison population, according to a recent department memo. Federal prisons are currently at 33 percent overcapacity, which is considered a security concern.

Report: EPA employees paid to not work for years
American taxpayers have spent over $1 million paying Environmental Protection Agency employees to do nothing. And we don’t mean just being unproductive. Quite literally nothing, as they enjoy paid administrative leave for months and sometimes even years. A report released by the Office of Inspector General Wednesday found that eight EPA employees garnered 20,926 hours of paid administrative […]
Jesse Jackson opposes Obama on net neutrality

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to ignore Obama’s advice on how to implement net neutrality.

Pro- and anti-NSA Republicans vote down reform

Senate Republicans banded together to kill a National Security Agency reform bill, but some did it for entirely opposite reasons.

Education

Ed. Dept. releases final 'gainful employment' rule
The U.S. Department of Education released the final version of the “gainful employment” rule Thursday, sparking outrage from both the rule’s previous advocates and its critics. The final review made very limited changes from the last draft version. Supporters argue that the rule doesn’t do enough to suppress for-profit institutions, while critics believe the rule […]
UPenn offers 'Wasting Time on the Internet' class
One of the best things about college was getting to pick your own schedule, designing your week so that you had mornings to sleep in if you wanted, nights free if you didn’t, and the ability to carve out time just for chilling out and playing on the Internet. But one Ivy League school is […]
CFPB catches student loan lenders in illegal acts
A couple of student loan lenders have been caught misleading and illegally inflating minimum payments for borrowers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a report released Tuesday, the CFPB found that some student loan servicers inflated minimum payments due, made illegal debt collection calls or charged unlawful late fees, even after borrowers had made payments […]
New acceptance rate effort ignores cost of college
Bloomberg Philanthropies is heading up an admirable effort to help get more high-performing, low-income students into universities. But while the program has a lot of merits, it leaves out a crucial part of the puzzle — the high cost of actually attending college. “If we really believe that America is the world’s greatest meritocracy — […]
Berkeley students protest Maher's campus speech
Bill Maher may have gotten some bipartisan praise for his fight with Ben Affleck on radical Islam,  but the student body at the University of California Berkeley is not happy with the liberal comedian. Maher is scheduled to speak at the school’s fall commencement, but his controversial comments have sparked a Change.org petition to remove […]