Polititainment

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”?

SNL's Obama bit hits too close to home
“Saturday Night Live” may have hit a little close to home in its cold open Saturday night. The show launched with a sketch based on President Obama’s recent “60 Minutes” interview and his need to blame anyone and everyone else for the rise of terrorist group ISIS. “Tell me Mr. President, do you think you […]
Dunham to endorse Dems on book tour
Lena Dunham’s book tour for her new memoir “Not That Kind of Girl” is making headlines again. The tour, which apparently is turning into more of a circus with each passing day, will now include Dunham’s endorsement of pro-choice candidates also endorsed by EMILY’s List. Dunham reached out to EMILY’s List, a group that works […]

White House

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.

Obama picks a fight with Fox News in latest speech, Fox hosts hit back
President Obama went out of his way to get in a jab at Fox News during his speech on the economy Thursday. He blamed Fox News for the supposed misconceptions of Obamacare out there. Apparently, if Fox News just reported the White House narrative of the Affordable Care Act instead of the number of people […]
George W. Bush reluctant to ‘second-guess’ Obama

Former President George W. Bush chose to empathize with, rather than criticize, President Obama when questioned about Obama’s recent foreign policy decisions.

 

Congress

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 […]
House GOP replaces firm handling Obama suit
THE HILL — House Republicans said they’ve hired new counsel to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama after their previous lawyer backed out of the case over “political pressure.” They inked a contract on Friday with William A. Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart. The New York Times reported that the GOP’s previous attorney, David Rivkin of […]
Convicted felon running for Congress

Edwin W. Edwards recently spent nine years in prison after being convicted for extorting millions of dollars in exchange for riverboat gambling licenses, and now he's running for office.

Rand Paul: Millennials 'aren't as wedded to party'
Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) seems to have the majority of millennials figured out. The presidential hopeful spoke with The Federalist this week about his foreign policy views and the shift toward libertarian views among millennials. “I think the libertarian influence, the libertarian-ish Republican, the libertarian conservatives in many ways is great for the […]

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HBO to Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- HBO is finally giving the cord-cutters what they want.

CDC: Nurse exposed to Ebola should not have flown

NEW YORK (AP) — A top federal health official said Wednesday that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane.

The TSA bans realistic Halloween props

The TSA can’t be satisfied with ruining your trip through the airport screening area—now they want to destroy Halloween, as well.

NIH can afford to study chimp poop but not Ebola

The Daily Mail has a round-up of some of the things the supposedly strapped-for-cash NIH did appear to scrounge up the money for—including studies about chimps throwing poop and Origami condoms.

Why a third of young people don't vote

33.5 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18-29 who do not vote say they don’t go to the polls because they’re too busy.

Policy

Snowden dishes out encryption advice

Edward Snowden gave a remote interview to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, during which he offered his tips for securing information on your phone and on the internet. He particularly cautioned against Dropbox, Facebook, and Google, calling them “dangerous services.”

An Obamacare October surprise?
POLITICO — Obamacare premiums aren’t rising everywhere. They just have a way of finding the states with the biggest Senate races. And that could be very bad timing for Democrats in two of the party’s key contests. Double-digit rate hikes for individual health insurance plans have become an issue in the Louisiana and Iowa Senate […]
Economics confuses Uber customers

Uber customers seem a little confused about the mechanics of supply and demand.

Schmidt: Surveillance is 'breaking the Internet'
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt gave a dire prediction Wednesday night at a conference in California: “We’re going to end up breaking the Internet.” Schmidt said the Internet will likely split into fragmented parts, a fractured worldwide web, if the U.S. does not change its digital surveillance policies, the National Journal reports. “Because what’s going to […]
Healthcare.gov revamped complete with new goof

Healthcare.gov is re-launching, and government officials want you to know that it’s new and improved! Just don’t ask to see its tests results, because those are being kept secret, obviously.

Education

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 […]
Mayor decides not to name high school after Obama
Chicago Mayor (and presidential buddy) Rahm Emanuel reversed his earlier decision to name a new high school after President Barack Obama. Emanuel had taken a lot of heat since his announcement of the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School back in April. People took issue with Obama being honored by a school in a location that […]
'Gainful employment' rule targets minorities
After a multi-year battle, the Obama administration’s attempt to crack down on vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges will finally come to a head in October. The U.S. Department of Education submitted the final version of the “gainful employment” rule to the White House Friday. The premise behind the law is that students […]
Panel calls for more access to higher ed data
Students and parents today do not have access to enough information about America’s colleges and universities, a dearth of information that some experts say has led to higher student loan debt and lower graduation rates. A Washington Monthly and New America Foundation panel held Tuesday discussed the need for a better rating system of higher […]
Higher ed accreditation is in need of major reform
The current higher education accreditation system harms students and taxpayers and is in desperate need for reform. A panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation reached this conclusion Monday afternoon. Led by Lindsey Burke, the panel featured former U.S. Senator and former University of Colorado president Hank Brown, American Council for Trustees and Alumni President Ann […]