Polititainment

Darth Vader running for President of Ukraine

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- The Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP) is playing what might be the most expensive political prank in their country’s history. The activist group and political party will run Darth Vader as their candidate for president in the country’s upcoming election in May.

Read more at the International Business Times.

Mets fans boo Bill de Blasio

The least popular guy wearing a New York Mets jersey at Citi Field Monday was the mayor.

OSU unimpressed with Chris Matthews

Hey, students at THE Ohio State University said it, not me.

[WATCH] 'SNL' mocks WH's social media strategy for Obamacare

Saturday Night Live this weekend had President Barack Obama doing everything from the Nae Nae with the Pope to making out with Justin Bieber, all in a desperate attempt to get more Obamacare signups.

"The Daily Show" pays homage to political television shows like no other, and the Comedy Central news program was at it again with a hilariously awkward tribute to MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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White House

Obama: ‘Deep concern’ about deportations

THE HILL — President Obama and other top White House officials met with immigration activists Friday at the White House as part of the administration's new review of deportation practices.

Read more at The Hill

Congress

Reid dismisses Coburn's Obamacare concern

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- When Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out that the majority of cancer centers in the country aren't covered under Obamacare while arguing that the law's problems go beyond early website issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed the critique as too "in the weeds."

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

Ryan unveils budget plan

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday raised the curtain on his ten-year budget blueprint, unveiling a plan that balances the budget, reforms Medicare and Medicaid and simplifies the tax code.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

Dave Camp to retire

WASHINGTON POST -- Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, plans to retire after his current term, according to a GOP lawmaker and a senior aide familiar with his plans.

Read more at The Washington Post.

No clear path to NSA reform on Hill

THE HILL — President Obama’s proposal to end government collection of Americans’ phone records is expected to face a rocky path on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and pressure groups disagree on details and the scope of NSA reform.

Read more at The Hill.

Rep. Mike Rogers to retire

POLITICO -- Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers is not seeking re-election to Congress, ending a 14-year career in Washington.

Read more at POLITICO.

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From Around The Web

Michelle Obama: 'splurging is the key to life'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

Scalia to students: ‘perhaps you should revolt’

WASHINGTON TIMES -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a group of law students that it might be a good idea to revolt if taxes become too high in the future.

Read more at the Washington Times.

$1 mil+ donated to make movie about Kermit Gosnell

WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- At record-breaking speed, public donations to fund a movie about the nation's worst abortionist, Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell, have reached over $ 1 million, making the project one of the biggest “crowd sourced” movies in history.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders

YAHOO NEWS -- A senior administration official tells Yahoo News the president could grant clemency to "hundreds, perhaps thousands" of people locked up for nonviolent drug crimes by the time he leaves office — a stunning number that hasn't been seen since Gerald Ford extended amnesty to Vietnam draft dodgers in the 1970s.

Read more at Yahoo News.

Stowaway survives flight in jet's wheel well

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- A 16-year-old boy survived a harrowing trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean on Sunday after climbing into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet flying from San Jose to Maui, emerging unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Policy

Why are Democrats still pushing for gun legislation?

The Fort Hood tragedy on April 2 has brought renewed pushes for gun control legislation from Democrat leaders. The question is, why?

Rand Paul: The GOP is too timid

Manchester, N.H. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) issued a grassroots call-to-action Saturday during a speech in New Hampshire and called on both his fellow citizens to stand up and "fight for freedom" and the GOP to shed its timid image in favor of a more exciting stance.

Ann Coulter: GOP 'spinning wheels' with youth outreach

As the GOP boosts efforts to sway Millennials to side with the Republican Party, political pundit Ann Coulter is shunning such efforts, saying the GOP is "spinning your wheels" with tactics to reach Generation Y.

Gohmert calls for state veto over federal legislation

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has taken up crusade once attempted by his fellow Republicans and announced the need for a constitutional amendment that would expand states' rights and allow them to veto any legislation passed by Congress and signed into law the President of the United States.

Obama: Republicans threaten the right to vote

President Barack Obama slammed Republicans on Friday for supporting voter identification law and labeled the GOP as a threat to the right to vote.

Obamacare

HealthCare.gov #fail on deadline morning

POLITICO -- Obamacare sign-up closes at midnight and enrollment is surging, but a technical flare-up on HealthCare.gov Monday morning marred the administration’s momentum.

Read more at POLITICO.

Sen. Angus King: "There's no such thing as Obamacare"

When it comes right down to it, there really is "no such thing as Obamacare," according to Sen. Angus King (I-Maine).

GOP Sen.: WH 'cooking the books' on Obamacare

DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION — Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso accused the Obama administration of “cooking the books” on Obamacare enrollment numbers, claiming the number of people who actually paid for coverage or were previously uninsured is lower than the White House is suggesting.

Read more at The Daily Caller.

Maryland to reportedly abandon $125M ObamaCare exchange for new system

FOX NEWS — With just days to go before open enrollment ends on March 31, Maryland officials are reportedly planning to abandon its glitch-ridden ObamaCare website and replace the health exchange with technology from Connecticut’s marketplace.

Read more at Fox News

Support for Obamacare dips to new low

Despite shelling out $52 million in only three months to promote the Affordable Care Act, support for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law hit a new low, a new poll shows.