Politics

GOP Says No To New Gun Regulations, Not Even For Suspected Terrorists On No-Fly Lists [VIDEO]

House Speaker Paul Ryan today dismissed President Obama’s call for new gun regulations, saying instead the nation should focus on mental illness. Via USA Today: “People with mental illness are getting guns and committing these mass shootings,” Ryan said on CBS This Morning. Ryan made the same point earlier this week in reaction to the post-Thanksgiving shooting at a Colorado ...

Read More »

Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Staffer Arrested For Bringing Loaded Gun Into Capitol Office Building

Roll Call reports: Capitol Police arrested an employee with the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms for attempting to bring a loaded handgun into a Senate office building. Christopher Carpenter ‎of Stafford, Va., was arrested around 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, when an X-ray bag screening required to enter the building revealed a gun. Capitol Police Spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider wrote ...

Read More »

Sen. Orrin Hatch: The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State Must Come Down

“Our history tells us that faith and public life are complementary parts of American life. But invocation of the “wall of separation” between church and state has become shorthand for a particular narrative about the history and status of religion in American life. This narrative is wrong. “Such an approach undermines religious liberty and limits the ways in which faith ...

Read More »

House Speaker Paul Ryan: How Do You Like My Beard?

Paul Ryan is pumping out photos of his stubble on social media and is asking how long it’s been a House Speaker had a beard. SO many joke opportunities, but the most obvious answer is Dennis Hastert. Insert rim shot.

Read More »

NEW YORK: Democratic Former State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New York Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver was today found guilty on all seven federal counts of extortion, money laundering, and influence peddling. Among the charges were that Silver received millions of dollars in referral fees after pushing state grants for a cancer researcher who then sent mesothelioma patients to Silver’s ambulance-chasing law firm, which airs incessant television commercials offering ...

Read More »

President Obama’s Final SOTU Set For January 12th

President Obama’s final State Of The Union address has been scheduled for January 12th. TIME reports: The timing was announced by newly installed Speaker Paul Ryan, who will host the president’s speech. It will be the 10th time Obama has addressed a joint session of Congress and his seventh State of the Union. (His first, 2009 address is not considered ...

Read More »

M.I.A. – Borders [VIDEO]

British rapper and Oscar nominee M.I.A., whom you may best know from her bird-flipping 2012 Super Bowl performance with Madonna, addresses the refugee crisis in the video for her latest single. Newsweek reviews: It’s a visual feat, with striking images depicting hundreds of sullen people perched on boats, scaling fences, walking in the ocean and running across fields, mimicking the ...

Read More »

Obama On Colorado Shootings: Enough Is Enough

Reacting to yesterday’s shootings in Colorado Springs, President Obama today again called for stricter gun control measures. In a written statement, Obama said that regardless of the motive, it was unacceptable that these sort of mass shootings happen so frequently in the United States. “This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal,” he said. “If we truly care ...

Read More »

CANADA: Gay Syrian Immigrant Worries That Refugee Policy Will Endanger Lives Of Gay Refugees

Early this week Canada announced that gay Syrian males will be admitted under their refugee policy, but other “lone males” will not. A gay Syrian who recently won asylum in Canada tells the local press that this policy could endanger the lives of gay Syrian refugees who identify themselves. Metro News reports: “If I was a refugee in a camp ...

Read More »

NBC Grants Equal Time To GOP Candidates Due To Trump’s SNL Appearance

But so far only four bottom-of-the-pile candidates have asked for it. Talking Points Memo reports: NBC has agreed to give 12 minutes of air time to a handful of Republican presidential candidates who filed for equal time after Donald Trump, who is also seeking the GOP nomination, hosted “Saturday Night Live” earlier this month, Variety reported. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ...

Read More »

Pew Research: White Christians No Longer A Majority

Politico reports: White Christians now make up less than half of the U.S. population, largely receding from the majorities of most demographic groups, with one notable exception: the Republican Party. According to the latest results from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National Journal’s Next America project, just 46 percent of American adults are white Christians, down ...

Read More »

CANADA: Gay Male Syrian Refugees To Be Welcomed, Other “Lone Males” Will Not Be Allowed

The Ottawa Citizen reports: Gay men will be among the Syrian refugees the government is willing to bring to Canada under a plan that will otherwise welcome primarily women, children and families. Security concerns over extremists potentially slipping in to Canada mean the Liberal government will likely exclude unaccompanied males from its planned resettlement of thousands of refugees. But the ...

Read More »

Fox News Poll: Six Republican Candidates Would Beat Hillary In Head-To-Head Matchups

The Hill reports: Six GOP presidential candidates would beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) would do best against Clinton, 50 to 42 percent, pollsters found. Billionaire Donald Trump, retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and New Jersey ...

Read More »

Jersey City Mayor Slams Trump’s “Hate Campaign”

This weekend Donald Trump twice declared that “thousands and thousands” of Arabs in Jersey City were cheering when the Twin Towers came down. Which never happened. Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who joined the Marines and served in Iraq after witnessing the attack, is furious. He was elected mayor in 2013 at the age of 36 and my pals ...

Read More »

John Oliver On The “Useless Penny” [VIDEO]

John Oliver last night added fuel to a long-running “dump the penny” campaign. TIME reports: On the last episode of Last Week Tonight of the year, Oliver called for a small change that could have big results for the U.S. economy — ending the penny. According to Oliver, 8 billion pennies are produced each year, and in an ironic twist, ...

Read More »

LOUISIANA: Diaper Dave Loses Gubernatorial Race

Via the New York Times: With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, soundly defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana. A more promising red state Democrat could hardly have been found ...

Read More »

KENTUCKY: Gov-Elect Matt Bevin Threatens Action Against Newspaper For “Racist” Cartoon

Anti-gay Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin is VERY ANGRY about the above cartoon published yesterday by the Lexington Herald-Leader. Bevin, who has four adopted children from Africa, has issued a press release which threatens the paper with reprisals once he assumes office. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: “The Lexington Herald-Leader chose to articulate with great clarity the deplorably racist ideology of ‘cartoonist’ ...

Read More »

Colbert Goes Off On Refugees Controversy [VIDEO]

Last night Stephen Colbert opening his show with a blistering denouncement of the GOP response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch this.

Read More »

CNN Suspends Reporter Over Pro-Refugee Tweet

CNN tonight confirmed that it has suspended reporter Elise Labott for tweeting that the Statue Of Liberty bowed her head “in anguish” following the House vote to suspend immigration by Syrian refugees. The suspension came after Washington Post writer Eric Wemple called out Labott for not complying with CNN’s “neutrality principle/sham.” Labott’s suspension will reportedly last two weeks. And over ...

Read More »

House Votes To Suspend Syrian Immigration

Every House Republican and 47 House Democrats this afternoon voted to suspend immigration by Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Politico reports: The vote was a significant loss for the White House — perhaps the biggest setback since most of the House Democratic Caucus voted against Obama on a trade bill in mid-June. Thursday’s vote, coupled with the Iranian nuclear agreement bill ...

Read More »