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Play of the Day: Obama's Manliness Scale

March 5, 2014 What's a president to do when he's accused of running a "feckless" administration that's incapable of handling Russian aggression? Stephen Colbert has a few options: Obama can either get his hands dirty performing a one-armed push up or he can invade a foreign country. The late-night comedian suggests trying for ...

Play of the Day: Cold War Déjà Vu

March 3, 2014 Vladimir Putin sends thousands of Russian troops to invade Crimea as the Ukraine conflict escalates. It's not so much a declaration of war as it is, according to Jimmy Fallon's likely explanation, the Russian President's attempt at a #ThrowbackThursday. Plus: Sochi gold medalists receive handsome rewards for their feats of ...

Play of the Day: How Ukraine Will Affect America in 2014

February 26, 2014 The violent uprisings unfolding in the Ukraine have major implications for the nation's political future. But what does the United States care about any of that? The American news media have a sole focus: the midterm elections. Plus: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cuts the army budget, Chris Christie is still ...

Play of the Day: The Worst Kinds of State Legislatures

February 21, 2014 Jon Stewart lists the ways various state legislatures are elongating the 'arc of the moral universe' to bend towards injustice. The more creative of these? Kansas wants to allow you to hit your children harder, and Missouri only wants to teach classes based on the Bible. Plus: an American-born Olympian ...

Play of the Day: Super Bill Sunday

February 13, 2014 A full ten days have passed since Bill O'Reilly interviewed Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday. But the Fox News pundit isn't going to let you forget his grueling grilling of the President. In fact, O'Reilly has some handwritten notes from the epic moment that he's willing to sell to ...

Play of the Day: The GOP Has a Border Problem

February 12, 2014 It's time for immigration reform... maybe. But that's only if Republicans in the House of Representatives—and their conservative pundit overlords—can agree to an actual strategy. Jon Stewart suggests they write the "Only We Love Hispanics" Act and be done with it. Plus: Stephen Colbert reminisces on his 2010 sponsorship of ...

Play of the Day: A Sad Day for Sochi

February 10, 2014 The world trains its eyes on Sochi and the Olympic Games. Russia isn't doing too well underneath all that scrutiny: athletes' accommodations are lacking, the Opening Ceremonies included failing props, and David Letterman gets cranky. Plus: Clay Aiken makes a bid for Congress, hoping to unseat Republican Renee Ellmers. And ...

Why the Land Line Is About to Die

February 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Your phone line is about to die—and companies like AT&T, along with the Federal Communications Commission, are leading it to its shallow grave. National Journal's Brendan Sasso explains why the private sector is urging government agencies to speed up the regulatory process in transitioning from old land lines and outdated ...

Play of the Day: America Gets Distracted

February 5, 2014 Fox News star Bill O'Reilly takes some time before the Super Bowl to interrogate President Obama on the administration's grievous mistakes, including the health care program's rollout, Benghazi, and the IRS. Jon Stewart thinks O'Reilly was just chanting a right-wing hymnal. Plus: The FDA discourages youth smoking, and The Colbert ...

Play of the Day: Chris Christie's Guide to Navigating Scandals

February 4, 2014 Chris Christie is sticking to his traffic guns: he still says he knew nothing about the plot, even after a Port Authority official alleged that the New Jersey governor was well aware of 'Bridgegate.' Plus: the President is accused of plagiarizing former President Bush in his State of the Union ...