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White House to Convert Millennials with Emoji

By on 10.9.14 | 3:40PM

The White House is preparing to make the pitch to young people that it's economic policies are working in their favor, despite their record unemployment. They're apparently desperate for the youth to turn out in the mid-terms, since pretty much every other demographic has abandoned the President's agenda (and for that matter, the President's closest allies). Young people, they feel, are just the low-information demographic they need to retain the Senate and continue their proud tradition of partisan disrespect.

And so, this week, the White House will launch a campaign aimed at 18-35 year olds on social media, starring - what else? - emoji. Those adorable digital pictures you can append to your text messages to make give your utterly incoherent text an inscrutable, yet visual, emotional angle. 

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Joe Biden to Host Law & Order SVU Marathon

By on 10.9.14 | 12:45PM

Mark your calendars, America. The Vice President is coming to cable. 

Weekend after next, October 18 and 19th, VP Joe Biden himself will join Mariska Hargitay, for a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit marathon on the USA network to promote domestic violence awareness. He and Hargitay have already filmed a series of PSAs that will air between episodes in the 18-hour run.

Talk about an arresting duo: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay and Vice President Joe Biden, together at last! 

No, the VP is not making a special guest appearance on the long-running NBC series. Instead, he and Hargitay have joined forces on several public service announcements that will air during an "SVU" marathon set to air on USA Network on Sunday, Oct. 19. 

The 14-hour run of back-to-back "SVU" episodes, called "No More Excuses," is an event for National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, and is partnered with Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation and the NO MORE campaign.

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White House Aides Probably Knew About Link to Colombian Prostitute Scandal

on 10.9.14 | 11:35AM

The Secret Service may now be trying to figure out how to improve security at the front door of the White House (rumor has it, they've put one of those ADT signs out front and put the porch lights on a timer), but their current malfeasance is only the latest in a line of scandals. It all started when the Secret Service were in Columbia on assignment and decided to taste the local fare. By which I mean they hired a bunch of Columbian prostitutes.

Two dozen White House aides, military officers and Secret Service officials were fired over the incident that the White House swore it knew nothing about and none of their staff was involved in. Today, the Washington Post begs to differ. It seems at least one White House official knew that at least one White House volunteer aide, the son of major Democratic donor Leslie Dach, was allegedly getting busy in Cartagena, and did next to nothing about it.

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Will Al Sharpton Catch The Next Plane to St. Louis?

By on 10.9.14 | 10:52AM

Last night, an off-duty St. Louis Police officer shot and killed an 18-year old African-American male. The authorities in St. Louis say that the officer was fired upon several times before firing back. Protesters contend the victim had a sandwich in his hand, not a gun.

At this point, neither the officer nor the decedent have been identified.

Only two months removed from the death of Michael Brown, the only thing I can say with any certainty is that Al Sharpton is heading back to Missouri.

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Josh Beckett Retires

By on 10.9.14 | 10:32AM

After the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, pitcher Josh Beckett has announced his retirement.

I first heard of Beckett in 2001 when he pitched with the Portland Sea Dogs, then affiliated with the Florida Marlins. A lot of people thought he would be the next big thing. Beckett would make his big league debut with the Fish that September.

Two years later, Beckett would make heads spin when he threw a complete game, five-hit shutout against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium to clinch the Marlins unlikely World Series title. Most 23-year old pitchers would have been overwhelmed by the setting. But not Beckett. He made the Yankees look absurd that night.

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President Obama Slams Republican ‘Party of Billionaires’ While at Billionaire’s House

By on 10.8.14 | 4:50PM

This week features a greuling Presidential schedule, with Barack Obama attending seven separate Democratic party fundraisers ahead of next month's mid-year elections. From Greenwich, Connecticut to Beverly Hills, California, the President will be criss-crossing the nation, eating organic, locally-sourced rubber chicken in private mansions and collecting checks from billionaires, as the Democratic Party faces down a possible loss of the Senate.

Last night, after two fundraisers in New York, Barack Obama settled down for a quiet, up-to-$32,000-per-plate dinner at the home of (I am not making this up) a billionaire property tycoon named (still not making this up) Rich Richman, but only after he sent a massive fundraising email to potential Democratic donors, labeling the Republicans as the "party of billionaires."

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Governor Martin O’Malley: ‘WiFi is a human right.’

By on 10.8.14 | 4:26PM

Martin O'Malley — the Maryland governor who daylights as a Democratic presidential hopeful, and moonlights as the frontman of a celtic rock group — has added wireless Internet to the left's ever-growing list of inalienable rights. Speaking to CNN, O'Malley said:

Younger people are choosing to live in cities. They realize that connections to each other are making us better. That WiFi is a human right. That proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective.

How can something be a universal human right when it didn't even exist until 1997?

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Jimmy Carter: President Obama’s Middle East Policy Sucks

By on 10.8.14 | 3:50PM

Jimmy Carter is not an expert in Middle Eastern foreign policy. Or, at least, he wasn't an expert when Middle East foreign policy was happening to him. But now, after decades away from the limelight, after building countless homes for America's impoverished families and speaking regularly on the scourge of Israel's right to self-defense, Jimmy Carter has, apparently, acquired enough foreign policy acumen to entice CNN to interview him on the current situation with ISIS.

Or they figure if anyone would know how to functionally dismantle an entire region, it would be Jimmy Carter. 

Either way, Jimmy Carter, the man best known for messing up our Middle East foreign policy, cannot begin to explain to you how badly President Obama is messing up our Middle East foreign policy.

Former President Jimmy Carter said President Barack Obama "waited too long" to go after ISIS and criticized what he described as the president's changing foreign policy.

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Brent Bozell Takes Down Karl Rove

By on 10.8.14 | 11:34AM

In a direct and no-nonsense fashion, Brent Bozell has taken on Karl Rove over in Politico

Among other things, Brent notes:

Rove belongs to the same tradition of moderates who fought Barry Goldwater in 1964, who pushed back against Ronald Reagan in 1976 and did everything they could to stop Reagan again in 1980. They said Reagan would be a disaster for the party and even the country.

Today, Reagan is one of the most well-remembered American presidents and remains the standard-bearer for what it means to be a conservative Republican, popularizing a small government message that GOP moderates said was too extreme to resonate with voters. As with Rove’s predictions about Mitt Romney’s chances in 2012, GOP moderates couldn’t have been more wrong about Reagan.

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Cardinals & Giants to Meet in NLCS for Second Time in Three Years

By on 10.8.14 | 12:51AM

For the second time in three years, the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants will face one another in the NLCS. In 2012, the Giants bested the Cardinals after being down 3-1 in series and would go on to win the World Series. 

Contrast this with the Orioles and Royals who haven't been in an ALCS in 17 and 29 years, respectively.

For the second time in five days, the Cardinals beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. After the Cardinals scored 7 runs off Kershaw in Game 1 on Saturday, today Matt Adams belted a three run HR off Kershaw in the seventh inning after being down 2-0. The Cardinals own Kershaw as they also overmatched him in the 2013 NLCS. Kershaw will probably win the NL Cy Young and NL MVP, but no World Series ring. 

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