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Here's Every Cameo In The Epic Finale Of 'The Colbert Report'

talkingpointsmemo.com — Some guests, like actor James Franco, seemed to pop up everywhere. Others, like Gloria Steinem, nearly managed to avoid the cameras altogether. Trying to determine just who was on set Thursday night is almost like playing a real-life game of Where's Waldo.
Dec 19, 2014

I have rewatched @StephenAtHome 's magnificent farewell Hallelujah Chorus a dozen times now. Love this cheat sheet! talkingpointsmemo.com/news/every-cam…

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Obama Calls On Only Women Reporters At Year-End Presser

talkingpointsmemo.com — The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico. The next seven went to female reporters from Bloomberg BNA, The Associated Press, McClatchy, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and American Urban Radio Networks. The news conference lasted for about an hour.
Dec 19, 2014

Wld anyone have noticed if he'd only called on male reporters? talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama…

Dec 19, 2014

One day, I'd like this not to be a big deal: "Obama Calls On Only Women Reporters At Year-End Presser" talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama…

Dec 19, 2014

President Obama calls on female reporters only during his end-of-year press conference. bit.ly/1z4dI3c

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TPM: Obama calls on only women reporters at year-end presser: bit.ly/1wumeM1

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Rand Paul Slams Marco Rubio Over Cuba As Feud Escalates

talkingpointsmemo.com — The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America's changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly. Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor.

Ferguson Prosecutor: I Knew Witnesses Lied To The Grand Jury

talkingpointsmemo.com — In an interview flagged by BuzzFeed, McCulloch told radio station KTRS that he allowed the witnesses to testify because he wanted to present as much testimony as possible. The grand jury eventually decided not to indict white Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @outlawvern: Ferguson prosecutor knowingly used a mentally ill "witness" who "clearly wasn’t present when this occurred": talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bob-m…

Sony CEO Hits Back At Obama: 'We Have Not Backed Down'

talkingpointsmemo.com — President Obama told reporters earlier Friday that he believed Sony had made a mistake by bailing on the film's Christmas Day release. "I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said.
Dec 19, 2014

New Obamacare administrative ruling allows White House to force screenings of Interview movie talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sony-… #tcot #derp

Dec 19, 2014

Sony CEO Hits Back At Obama: 'We Have Not Backed Down', This Is 'Cinematic Peace in our Time.' talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sony-…

Dec 19, 2014

Sony's CEO: "We have not given in. And we have not backed down." goo.gl/ty2S9Q

How One Conservative Writer Mistook A Viral Photo For Rolling Stone's 'Jackie'

talkingpointsmemo.com — Since Rolling Stone's disputed story on rape culture at the University of Virginia began to unravel, conservative writer Charles C. Johnson has made it his mission to doxx "Jackie," the reported victim of a brutal gang rape at a campus fraternity house.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @Green_Footballs: How a Conservative Writer Mistook A Viral Photo For Rolling Stone's 'Jackie' (or, @ChuckCJohnson latest massive fail) talkingpointsmemo.com/news/charles-c…

Dec 19, 2014

Confirmation that Charles C Johnson, who makes many, many errors in his ‘reporting’, was wrong in UVA case too talkingpointsmemo.com/news/charles-c…

Obama Shames Sony For Pulling Movie: 'That's Not Who We Are'

talkingpointsmemo.com — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony had "made a mistake" pulling the film "The Interview" after its email archives were hacked, the contents were leaked, and threats were made against theaters if they showed the film. "Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees.
Dec 19, 2014

Obama Shames Sony For Pulling Movie: 'That's Not Who We Are', Also Calls for 4th Godfather Movie talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-sony-…

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says he wishes Sony had spoken to him before pulling "The Interview." goo.gl/44f2Cz pic.twitter.com/1S1RjUgvsZ

Woman Tries To Trademark 'I Can't Breathe' To Sell Merchandise

talkingpointsmemo.com — An Illinois woman has applied for a trademark to the phrase "I Can't Breathe," made famous as the last words of New York man Eric Garner, who died in July after a police officer placed the unarmed black man in a chokehold.

How Can Politicians Oppose Reproductive Rights In Public-Yet Demand Risky Sex In Private?

talkingpointsmemo.com — The tendency of many Texas districts to elect anyone, no matter how obviously embarrassing, to Congress so long as he has an "R" by his name, strikes again. This time, it's Rep. Blake Farenthold, out of Corpus Christi, who is being sued by former communications staffer Lauren Greene for sexual harassment.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TPM: How can politicians oppose reproductive rights in public—yet demand risky sex in private? bit.ly/1w6nM9X

Dec 19, 2014

How Can Politicians Oppose Reproductive Rights In Public—Yet Demand Risky Sex In Private? talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/blake-far…

GOP Attorneys General Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

talkingpointsmemo.com — Republican attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma sued neighboring Colorado on Thursday over its recent legalization of marijuana. The Washington Post reported that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed their lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear legal disputes between two states under the Constitution.

Dog Shoots Wyoming Man After Stepping On Rifle

talkingpointsmemo.com — SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek (KAHS'-eh-sec) says the bullet struck Richard L. Fipps, of Sheridan, in the arm on Monday.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @nickmartin: Dog shoots owner. Dog shoots owner. Dog shoots owner. goo.gl/K3Fuxq

Dec 19, 2014

Dog shoots owner. Dog shoots owner. Dog shoots owner. goo.gl/K3Fuxq

Obama Mocks: 'What Belgium Needs Is A Version Of Politico'

talkingpointsmemo.com — After answering a question from Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown, the President said he'd heard the reporter was moving to Europe. Brown replied that she would be relocating to Brussels, Belgium, which is the capital of the European Union, to help the publication expand into Europe.

Video Shows White NYC Cop Repeatedly Punching Young Black Male

talkingpointsmemo.com — The footage, shot from the sidewalk, shows several officers surrounding a young male on the hood of a car, the New York Daily News reported on Friday. Suddenly, what appeared to be a plainclothes officer ran into frame and began punching the young male as the other cops continued to press him against the car.

'Nuclear Option' Helps Obama Reshape The Courts For A Generation

talkingpointsmemo.com — President Barack Obama can thank outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for triggering the "nuclear option" in November 2013 and securing him one of the most robust judicial legacies of any modern president. In six years, he has appointed a whopping 307 judges, who will shape the law for decades after he leaves office.
Dec 18, 2014

Obama named the first-ever Native American judge, first Indian-American judge and first black lesbian judge bit.ly/16vCuTd

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TPM: Obama has named the first-ever Native American judge, first Indian-American judge and first black lesbian judge bit.ly/16vCuTd

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TPM: Obama has named the first-ever Native American judge, first Indian-American judge and first black lesbian judge bit.ly/1C6t3nl

Dec 18, 2014

"A total of 132 judges were confirmed in the 113th Congress — the most since the 1970s." talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-nucl…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @tanehisicoates: "Before Obama, 59 percent of the active judges were white males. Now it's down to 51 percent" talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-nucl…

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Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, a First

talkingpointsmemo.com — DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects. The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Obama Praises LeBron James For Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' Protest Shirt

talkingpointsmemo.com — "You know, I think LeBron did the right thing," Obama told People magazine in an interview published Friday. "We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness."

Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably A Good Idea'

talkingpointsmemo.com — Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to attempt to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was criticized by several potential GOP candidates, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @igorvolsky: Rand Paul endorses Obama's Cuba policy. Not a huge surprise, but he appears to be the first of the 2016ers to do so bit.ly/1GWh2BE

Paramount Blocks 2004 Movie 'Team America' From Being Shown In Theaters

talkingpointsmemo.com — Several movie theaters that were planning to show the 2004 comedy "Team America: World Police" because Sony Pictures had bailed on the release of another North Korea-themed movie, "The Interview," said on Thursday that Paramount Pictures had cancelled their screenings of the puppet movie. Sony Pictures cancelled the Dec.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TPM: Paramount blocks 2004 North Korea-themed movie "Team America" from being shown in theaters bit.ly/1x3e6UB pic.twitter.com/uNCwQ0vR6k

Dec 18, 2014

Paramount blocks theaters from running "Team America" in replacement of "The Interview" talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/param…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TPM: Paramount blocks 2004 North Korea-themed movie "Team America" from being shown in theaters bit.ly/1x3e6UB pic.twitter.com/uNCwQ0vR6k

Dec 18, 2014

Amazing >> Paramount Blocks 2004 Movie 'Team America' From Being Shown In Theaters @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/param…

Dec 18, 2014

Paramount Blocks 2004 Movie 'Team America' From Being Shown In Theaters talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/param…

Boston.com Editor Demoted After Harvard Professor's $4 Rant Goes Viral

talkingpointsmemo.com — Last week, Boston.com's story on a Harvard Business School professor who waged war on a local Chinese restaurant because of a $4 overcharge went viral. So the website followed up with more juicy scoops. It reported the professor, Ben Edelman, had previously berated management at another sushi bar.