Polititainment

'The Giver' depicts world without choice
“When people have the power to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.” This line from Meryl Streep in “The Giver” has stayed with me since an early screening of the film last week. The new movie, like the Lois Lowry book it’s based on, is predicated on this premise. Choice, pain, love, and individuality […]
John Oliver mocks Obama for airstrikes

Liberal comedian John Oliver compared President Obama to a girl trying to resist getting back together with a horrible ex-boyfriend on "Last Week Tonight" Sunday in the wake of the president's decision to order airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.

Gene Simmons: Obama 'not being a leader'

Well, he didn't stick his tongue out at President Obama, but he may as well have. Kiss frontman Gene Simmons spoke to the panel on Fox News' "Outnumbered" Thursday about Obama's inability to distinguish himself as a strong leader at home and abroad.

Rob Lowe wants an explanation from Obama

Actor Rob Lowe expressed his outrage at Obama's mishandling of issues at home and abroad on Twitter Wednesday while waiting for the president to speak at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit.

Robert Redford refuses to pay taxes

Redford is currently suing New York state over a $1.57 million tax bill, as reports Reuters. The actor claims that the state is attempting to tax him twice on income on which he already paid taxes in full in his home state of Utah.

White House

White House says it was too busy to worry about immigration reform when Democrats controlled Congress

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest excused the administration and Democrats for not taking on immigration reform during the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency Monday, saying they were too busy.

Obama administration sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project […]
Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9-11

President Barack Obama described U.S. interrogation techniques after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in stunning terms Friday, saying that the country is guilty of "torture."

Obama calls Katy Perry ‘one of my favorite people’, Perry allows Republican mom to meet the president this time
While President Barack Obama may have lost the support of a couple of celebrities recently, his longtime supporter and “California Gurl” Katy Perry is sticking by his side. The “Birthday” singer performed at a White House event Thursday night for Special Olympians and pool reports indicated that the event was certainly a star-studded affair to […]
CIA: Yeah, we totally spied on the Senate, after all

An internal CIA investigation confirmed charges that the agency wrongfully hacked into a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee, it was reported Thursday.

Congress

Paul: It's time to can the CIA director

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that CIA Director John Brennan should "be relieved of his post" in the wake of confirmed allegations that the agency spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Gowdy schools law prof in IRS hearing
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is getting a reputation for intense, rapid-fire cross examinations of witnesses called to testify about the IRS scandal. The former prosecutor again put his rhetorical skills on display during a hearing Wednesday, when he grilled University of Baltimore law professor Charles Tiefer about the need to appoint special counsel to investigate […]
Border Bill sparks Congressional poetry slam
He’s a poet, and you didn’t even know it. After the House of Representatives on Thursday cancelled a vote on an emergency aid package for the southwest border,  Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) took to rhyme to express his frustration with the alleged catalyst of the cancelled vote: Sen. Ted Cruz. Sittin' at my desk, Watchin' the […]
Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday. […]
Rubio and Cruz break rank on border bills
Two likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination have broke with their party on immigration issues in the last week, earning the approval of Democrats, but drawing criticism from the right. Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) irked many in the GOP when he met with House Republicans, urging them to vote against a proposed […]

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Two reporters briefly detained near protest in Mo.

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- As police in this St. Louis suburb turned out in force Wednesday evening to discourage another night of unrest, they unleashed a brief contretemps by arresting a pair of reporters.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities and protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.

Minn. mayoral election has gone to the dogs
The small village of Cormorant, Minn. has a new mayor — Duke, a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees. The dog won in a “landslide” election last Thursday, WDAY news station reports. The 12 people in the village each paid a dollar to cast a vote and voted overwhelmingly for Duke. Residents told WDAY that Duke knows everyone because he […]
Hollywood pumps cash to save Sen majority for Dems
THE HILL – Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks. The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. Republicans, who have the political winds at their backs, need to pick up six seats to […]
Politicians pay tribute to Robin Williams
As news of Robin Williams’ death reverberates across the country, elected officials are lending their voices to the national outpouring of sympathy and grief. In a statement late Monday, President Barack Obama called Williams “one of-a-kind” and extended “condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to […]

Policy

'Ole Miss' insults few, but targeted anyway
As part of a broader effort to address racism and race relations at the University of Mississippi, university officials are being asked to limit their use of the school’s “Ole Miss” nickname, which could be understood as racist. In an “action plan” report for the University released Aug. 1 and provided to Red Alert Politics, […]
Kent State prof touts Jihad in anti-Israel letter

Professor Julio Pino has spoken out against Israel in the past, but his latest anti-Israel tirade is raising eyebrows and ire anew.

Common Core is reform of a reform

Imagining what failure will follow the failed follow-up to the failed No Child Left Behind is exciting!

Profs at 40-plus American colleges boycot Israel

While colleges and universities frequently depict themselves as centers of vibrant question and debate, they are frequently of remarkably orthodox political opinions, as is demonstrated by a recent academic boycott.

Minnesota cafe charges a minimum wage 'fee'

A small café in Stillwater, Minn. is serving up burgers, fries, and a stand against the state's minimum wage hike.

Obamacare

USC hikes tuition to pay for Obamacare

The University of South Carolina can’t afford the Affordable Care Act.

Christian school exempt from contraception mandate

A federal judge dealt a blow to Obamacare's infamous contraception mandate Friday when he ruled that Colorado Christian University (CCU) is exempt from providing students and staff with contraceptive and sterilization services.

The latest problem with Obamacare

In what should come as a surprise to no one, yet another problem arose this week with President Obama’s infamous health care law.

Pelosi: Dems won't run on or from Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted that ahead of the 2014 midterms, Democrats aren't going to be overwhelmingly flaunting the Affordable Care Act, as they're "not running on or from" it.

Medicaid expansion is bad medicine

Obamacare Medicaid expansion fails in the most basic goal of health care reform and puts taxpayers on the hook in the process.