Polititainment

'The Giver' celebrates individuality

The film adaption of Lois Lowry's beloved 1993 young adult classic "The Giver" opens in theaters Friday. Before you watch the dystopian film on the big screen, check out these reviews -- just so you know what you're getting yourself into ...

Hillary stars in 'House of Cards' parody
Apparently Hillary Clinton didn’t learn from her “Colbert Report” appearance that she should steer clear of scripted comedy. The presidential hopeful appeared in a painfully awkward “House of Cards”-themed video released by the Clinton Foundation Friday in anticipation of former president Bill Clinton’s birthday. Bill will turn 68 on Tuesday. Hillary stars alongside Kevin Spacey […]
Obama's 'minor announcements'

Don't expect any "major announcements" from the president this weekend, we're told, but that's nothing to say for "minor announcements."

Bryan Adams or Kay Hagan for Senate?

Why is Bryan Adams running for Senate, and what has he done with Kay Hagan?

Rick Perry meets 'Bachelorette' star

At the intersection of politics and reality television, there's Texas Governor Rick Perry. According to Twitter, Perry met up with "The Bachelorette" contestant Chris Soules at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday.

White House

Obama says he needs a Democratic Senate for Supreme Court appointments, admits ‘Democrats drive me nuts’
President Barack Obama spoke rather bluntly about his frustrations with Congress at a private fundraising event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Monday night, bemoaning the fact that his decisions are not merely red-stamped by the legislative branch. Sounding like a disappointed schoolmarm and a broken record, Obama lamented that Congress isn’t helping his plans to […]
Obama opts out of Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by Ethel Kennedy, will donate money to ALS charity instead
Apparently President Barack Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation has him too busy to participate in the latest social media trend. On Sunday, Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, nominated Obama, who is currently vacationing in Cape Cod, for the Ice Bucket Challenge,” a charity campaign which has gone viral on social media. Challenge participants […]
What Obama Could Learn on Martha’s Vineyard If He Got Off the Golf Course
REASON – President Obama is on Martha’s Vineyard this week and next for his annual non-presidential-election-year summer vacation. If the pattern of past years holds, he’ll spend most of his time either holed up in his rental house or out golfing. That’s too bad, because if Obama actually explored Martha’s Vineyard with his eyes open, he […]
Report: Obama called bipartisan criticism ‘horsesh-t’

President Obama called recent bipartisan criticism of his Syria policy a bunch of hooey, reportedly labeling it "horsesh-t."

In Iraq, a test of Obama’s use of force doctrine
WASHINGTON (AP) — In making the case for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, President Barack Obama is drawing on the doctrine involving the use of American force that he outlined less than three months ago, when it seemed he was trying to avoid potential U.S. military action anywhere. In a late May speech at the U.S. Military Academy, Obama said […]

Congress

Democrats use term "impeach" 20x more than GOP
The idea of impeaching President Barack Obama has been floating around basically since the beginning of his presidency and was brought back into the limelight recently by Sarah Palin. But since that time, many Republican members of Congress — you know, the people who would actually have to start the impeachment process — have denied […]
Paul says he can 'beat the president' at bowling
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is willing to bet he would beat President Barack Obama in a bowling match. The senator and likely 2016 presidential hopeful describes himself as an “average” bowler. “Good enough to not be bad, but not good enough to be great,” he told The Hill. Yet, he’s confident that his bowling skills […]
Voters even hate their own congressman now
At least all of the partisan fighting hasn’t prevented Congress from achieving one thing together – a record-high number of Americans now disapprove of their own congressman or woman. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that just over half the public — 51 percent — disapprove of the job that their own member of Congress is […]
Steele: Beware pizza and beer with Ted Cruz
After a late-night pizza and beer meeting between Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) and some House Republicans helped kill the vote on last week’s border bill, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele appeared on MSNBC to give House GOP leadership some advice. “For John Boehner, whenever any of his members says, ‘Hey, I’m about […]
Defend yourself against Pelosi, be called 'sexist'

A Pennsylvania Republican's defense against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's odd breach of decorum Friday has earned him the label "sexist."

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From Around The Web

About 400 'pay it forward' at Starbucks
There is actually some good news in the world! A chain of almost 400 people “paid it forward” at a St. Petersburg, Fla. Starbucks location Wednesday. The chain began around  7 a.m. Wednesday with a woman who decided to buy her iced coffee and a stranger’s caramel macchiato, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The macchiato drinker […]
50 years ago, the ‘Beltway’ was born
FOX NEWS – A half-century ago this week, a major infrastructure project awarded the American electorate one of its favorite political scapegoats: The Beltway. Americans naturally disdain Washington, holding the capital in contempt for its insular nature. For them, perhaps there’s only one thing worse than being “inside the Beltway.” That would be if Washington were […]
Sometimes the selfie urge is too strong to resist
If you subscribe to the Kim Kardashian school of thought, the urge to take a selfie can sometimes just be too strong to resist, even if you’ve just committed a crime. Detectives with the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office released selfies Wednesday of a man and woman that mysteriously appeared on a Santa Clarita woman’s online […]
One of humanity's great achievements sails into LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy.

Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Policy

Online Gun Exchange Not Liable for Death
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Victims of gun violence — and their families — often have a hard time winning lawsuits against gun makers and sellers. Lawsuits against websites that facilitate private firearm sales might not fare much better, judging from a federal appeals court ruling handed down Tuesday. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a trial […]
Obamacare-protesting sinkhole opens up to RAP

A sinkhole outside a Pittsburgh-area tanning salon has opened up to Red Alert Politics in an exclusive interview, saying its reason for coming into being was "an act of protest" that had been "bubbling up" since the implementation of a punitive Obamacare tax in 2010.

Snowden says he would 'volunteer' for prison
Along with embracing an American flag for the cover of Wired, Edward Snowden said he’d willingly go to prison to return to American soil. “I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” the NSA whistleblower told Wired. “I care more about the country than what happens to […]
Study finds 23 percent decrease in wages since '08
President Barack Obama campaigned on promises of hope and change back in 2008 and to some extent, he delivered. It just might not have been the change people wanted to see. A study released Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors shows that wages in the U.S. have dropped 23 percent since Obama’s election […]
Gov. officials are not talking about terrorism
What have you heard about terrorism lately? According to a recent study of speeches and public statements from the last two administrations, the answer is probably, not much. The American Presidency Project analyzed the speeches of government officials from the last two administrations–everyone from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to their secretaries of […]

Education

Student loan rate increase a 'big deal'
Interest rates on student loans will rise again tomorrow and it appears that most news outlets are downplaying its impact on college students. But at least one guest on Yahoo’s “The Daily Ticker” was willing to speak up Monday. As a result of congressional action last year, interest rates on undergraduate Stafford loans taken out […]
Warren continues to politicize student loans

This one's from the "U" drawer of the filing cabinets, under "Utterly Predictable."

Students call Hillary's speaking fee 'outrageous'

Two members of the student government of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas sat down with Jon Ralston of Ralston Reports to express their outrage at the former secretary of State's $225,000 speaking fee and ask the politician to return the money to the foundation.

Obama blames state legislatures for rising tuition

If we truly want higher education to be an attainable goal for our students, let’s stop forcing tuition up with social programs that are only thought out in the short-term.

Student loan rates rise again
The cost of a college education is continuing to rise. Federal student loan interest rates will rise again next week, the result of congressional decision last year. Interest rates on undergraduate Stafford loans taken out between July 1 and June 30, 2015 will jump up to 4.66 percent. Last year’s rate was 3.86 percent. This […]