Polititainment

Lisa Kudrow on GOP 'war on women'

This wasn't quite enough to turn her into Street Phoebe, but she was confused nonetheless.

Moore backs Maher's comments on Islam
Liberal documentarian Michael Moore is backing his self-described friend, far-left comedian Bill Maher, for his comments on radical Islam. Maher’s controversial statements were denounced by many progressives and even sparked a petition to try and get Maher banned from speaking at the University of California Berkeley December commencement ceremony. (That petition was denied by the school […]
John Oliver skewers state lotteries
With Americans spending more than $68 billion on the lottery last year, it’s easy to see how the lottery system is big business for the states. But comedian John Oliver cautioned viewers on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” about falling for the state lottery trap. “When you think about it, it’s a little strange for the […]
John Oliver builds a salmon cannon

John Oliver could barely contain his glee after viewing a local news segment on salmon cannons--a device manufactured to help salmon get upstream to mate.

Reporter says govt is 'still after me'

New York Times reporter James Risen has been repeatedly pressured by the White House to give up the government source who told him about a failed CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

White House

Barack Obama’s credit card gets declined, leaving Michelle with the bill

Even being the president of the United States does not save you from everyone’s nightmare: the shame of having your credit card declined in public.

Christie’s daughter groans at the idea of her dad running for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) kids aren’t all on board with his possible run for the White House.

Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment […]
Obama calls for ‘much more aggressive’ response to Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis. While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the […]
Obama’s approval rating hits a new low
President Obama’s approval rating has hit yet another new low, the latest poll finds. The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday found that just 40 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, marking the lowest score this poll has seen since he took office. The “hits a new low” has become a common refrain for the […]

Congress

Justin Amash envisions a libertarian Congress

Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian congressman from Michigan, knows that Congress is far from libertarian. But someday, he thinks that might change.

Rand Paul: The GOP's image ‘sucks’

Rand Paul didn’t mince words about the GOP.

Small college's students thrown into 2014 election

Young people tend not to engage much in the humdrum local politics that go into midterm elections. But what if it’s happening literally in their own backyard?

GOP senator: 'Sorry the government's so f***ed'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some self-deprecating jokes and colorful remarks about the state of the government during a recent private gathering, per a recording provided to CNN by South Carolina Democrats.

Top lawmaker's Ebola claim

A leading House Republican says he is aware of information that points to the United States eventually receiving non-U.S. Ebola patients for treatment.

From Around The Web

Porn star James Deen is a 'hard-core libertarian'

The Daily Beast interviewed renowned male porn star James Deen, and discovered along the way that he “is a raging, hard-core libertarian, even if he doesn’t quite know it.”

McConnell chosen by Republicans as majority leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won election by fellow Republicans on Thursday to become Senate majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January, fulfilling a long-held ambition.

Rural hospitals in critical condition

USA TODAY -- RICHLAND, Ga. — Stewart-Webster Hospital had only 25 beds when it still treated patients. The rural hospital served this small town of 1,400 residents and those in the surrounding farms and crossroads for more than six decades.

A man locked in mental hospital over $20 necklace

His story reads like a sequel to Les Miserables: Franklin Frye, 68, has spent 40 years in a D.C. mental hospital for stealing a $20 necklace.

Black Friday madness begins 3 weeks early
Black Friday madness has already begun. And I don’t just mean news of the early Thanksgiving sales, the jokes about “Brown Friday,” or the annual protests about the rights of workers to eat Thanksgiving meals with their families. Two women in Beaumont, California are already camping out at Best Buy to score a $199 50-inch […]

Policy

Apple Watch health data security makes FTC nervous
When Apple announced the much anticipated Apple Watch this September, the company highlighted some notable health and fitness features of the product that Apple execs think could make wearable technology actually appealing to an average consumer. But the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has some concerns about how Apple will prevent sensitive health data being collected by […]
Report: Young people giving up on finding jobs
Americans are giving up on finding a job, shrinking the labor force to some of its lowest levels in history. More than 92 million Americans — 37 percent of the population over the age of 16 — are neither employed nor unemployed, but are considered “not in the labor force,” according to a Pew investigation of the October […]
Republican rep: Pot is not worse than tequila

A bipartisan alliance of House members asking Congress to leave marijuana laws to the states has an unusual member: A Republican and former Reagan speechwriter.

NY police to start seizing guns from the dead

New York law enforcement is concerned that dead gun owners' families will let their weapons "end up in the wrong hands."

Growing number willing to defy Obamacare rule
A growing number of uninsured people in the United States would rather pay a fine than buy health insurance under Obamacare, according to a new Gallup poll. About 35 percent of survey respondents would like to defy the individual mandate, up 6 points since last November. Broken down by political party, Republicans are more resistant to it, […]

Education

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 […]
Tufts Hosting Islamists to Train Students
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — A controversial Islamist group will gather at Tufts University on Friday for a weekend-long conference that will include training students to take “direct action” against pro-Israel and Jewish students on U.S. campuses, according to a schedule of the conference obtained by the Free Beacon. The event, held by Students for Justice in Palestine […]
Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.