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Blistering 'SNL' Sketch With Kerry Washington Admits: We Know We Have No Diversity!

(831) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 8:22 AM

"Saturday Night Live" started its Kerry Washington-hosted episode last night with what at first seemed like another of its trademark political cold opens. Instead, "SNL" took aim at itself.

The sketch, which opened on Jay Pharaoh's Barack Obama in the Oval Office, reeling from embarrassing political setbacks, quickly shifted gears...

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U.S. To Scale Back Aid To Egypt: Reports (UPDATED)

(1226) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:14 PM

The United States is reportedly planning to cut back much of its military aid to Egypt.

CNN reported on Tuesday that the U.S. was prepared to halt aid to the country, citing an anonymous official with knowledge on the decision. Reuters, citing an unnamed official, reported that the...

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Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts McCain, Graham: 'Bordering On Being Traitors'

(2362) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are "bordering on being traitors," according to former Bush official Larry Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel, served as as Colin Powell's chief of staff during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003, when Powell served as Secretary of...

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Obama Blasts GOP Government Shutdown Plot: 'Stop Governing By Crisis'

(7286) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 12:14 AM

President Barack Obama continued to hammer congressional Republicans on Saturday, urging them to "stop governing by crisis" in their efforts to defund his signature health care law.

The statement came at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in Washington, a day after House Republicans passed a controversial stopgap spending bill...

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Bill Maher On Jay Leno 'Tonight Show' Departure: 'What The F**k Is Wrong With You?'

(1767) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Bill Maher has always prided himself in speaking his mind. During an interview with Jay Leno on Tuesday, the comedian's straight shooting led to some especially awkward results.

"Did you see [Egypt] let Mubarak out of jail?" asked Maher, during a conversation about conflict in the Middle East....

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Scott Brown Addresses 2016 Speculation On 'Fox News Sunday': We'll 'See What Happens'

(1193) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Former Senator Scott Brown sidestepped growing speculation on Sunday that he is building the foundations of a campaign for president in 2016.

Brown's political future has been the subject of considerable chatter since he lost his Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren last November. Asked directly by Fox News'...

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Christopher Lane Killing Becomes Race Issue For Conservative Pundits

(11356) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:48 PM

Some conservative pundits are enraged this week by what they view as a racial double-standard in media coverage of a high-profile killing in Oklahoma.

Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was gunned down last week while out on a jog in Duncan, Okla., where he had been visiting his girlfriend....

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Brian Lewis Fired: Fox News Exec And Roger Ailes Deputy Terminated For 'Financial Issues,' THR Reports

(455) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:05 PM

One of Fox News honcho Roger Ailes' closest associates was fired from the cable network last month after the discovery of undisclosed "financial issues," the Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday.

Brian Lewis, executive vice president of communications at Fox News and longtime Ailes deputy, was fired on July...

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Michael Bloomberg Commissioned Secret Ray Kelly Poll To Measure Support For Mayor Run, New Yorker Reports

(74) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:07 PM

If Michael Bloomberg had his way, the campaign to name his successor might look very different.

While the New York City mayor has declined so far to endorse any of the candidates, Republican or Democrat, currently in contention to replace him, that doesn't mean he's without his favorites. The New...

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RGIII Talks Openly Gay NFL Players: 'Now Is The Window' To Go Public

(690) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:45 PM

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has a message for closeted gay players in the NFL: "If they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window."

Griffin made the comment during an interview with GQ magazine, whose cover the star...

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Peter King: 'I'm Serious' About Exploring A Run For President

(2781) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 8:30 AM

At a time when most aspiring presidents are content to keep their lips sealed on the matter, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is doing exactly the opposite.

The New York congressman has actively encouraged speculation in recent weeks that he plans to run for president in 2016. His interest was first...

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Frat Email: 'Bag Hot Slampieces' By Joining Student's Hedge Fund [UPDATED]

(165) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 12:16 PM

For every season, a colorfully offensive frat email.

Over the weekend, Jezebel published what would loosely be described as a job listing, which a tipster had received through his fraternity listserv. The author of the email -- who described himself as "interested...

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Peter King: Al Qaeda 'In Many Ways Stronger' Than Before 9/11

(469) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) sounded the alarm on Sunday over what he described the serious and credible threat of new Al Qaeda terror attacks in the coming weeks.

The New York congressman, who was speaking on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" about heightened terror alerts across the globe...

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Rand Paul: Chris Christie Is 'The King Of Bacon,' Not Serious About National Defense

(4108) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 9:17 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) fired the latest shot on Tuesday in an escalating feud with Chris Christie, calling the New Jersey Governor the "king of bacon," a reference to what Paul believes is a poor record on government spending.

“This is the king of bacon talking about bacon,” Paul...

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Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton To Meet For Private Lunch On Monday, White House Announces

(10578) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 7:38 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join President Barack Obama for lunch on Monday, the White House Press Office announced Sunday evening.

The noon appointment, which will be held in the President's private dining room, is closed to the press. The White House did not disclose the purpose of...

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Rolling Stone Boston Bomber Cover Story: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Image Stirs Controversy, Boycotts

(2636) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:18 PM

Rolling Stone's latest cover is attracting plenty of controversy, thanks to its use of a photograph of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The cover, which features a self-taken portrait of Tsarnaev sporting shaggy hair and a goatee, identifies him simply as "The Bomber," while promising to explain "how a popular,...

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Bob Schieffer: U.S. Government No Longer Leads By Example

(941) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 3:31 PM

CBS News' Bob Schieffer waxed pessimistic on Sunday about the state of governance in the United States, lamenting that Washington no longer functions in a way befitting "the greatest country in the world."

During his weekly commentary on "Face The Nation," Schieffer explained that "America has always led...

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Pope Francis Sounds Pro-Immigrant Message In Lampedusa During First Official Trip Outside Rome

(1425) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Pope Francis urged compassion for immigrants on Monday, during his first official trip outside Rome since his election in March.

In what was billed as a highly symbolic and "dramatic pro-immigrant outing," Francis celebrated mass on Lampedusa, an island in the southern Mediterranean that has become...

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CNN Egypt Reporter Ben Wedeman Sees Broadcast Cut Short As Military Confiscates Camera (VIDEO)

(317) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 6:41 PM

A CNN broadcast in Cairo was cut short Friday evening when a member of the Egyptian military abruptly seized the crew's camera.

Ben Wedemann, a senior international correspondent for the network, was reporting shortly after 11 p.m., local time, from Cairo's 6th October Bridge, where clashes earlier in the...

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