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  • Quote Unquote: Dog Eat Dog

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on recent discussion of President Obama's having been fed dog as a child in Indonesia


    "I think we're talking to a reference in his book to a period when he was six or seven years old. Making a big deal out of it sounds like somebody who's trying to get out of the doghouse."


    Don't be too hard on Carney. He was just throwing them a (sad trom)bone.

    Tags: Animals, Food, Jay Carney, Obama Administration, Puppies!, White House
  • U.S. Government Ordered to Return Michael Jackson's Glove

    Did you know that for a brief moment in time, you — and me, and all our fellow U.S. citizens — were the proud owners of one of Michael Jackson's sequined gloves?! For real! We got it off this African dictator guy's son, and it was all like, Aw man, this is the coolest thing ever!

    But then some jerkass activist judge in California — ninth circuit, of course! — made us give it back

    In October, the Obama administration took hold of some $71 million in seized assets from the son of an African dictator. Among the yachts, cars, jets and a $30 million mansion in Malibu, the items included $1.8 million worth of Jackson memorabilia, attained when Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, went on a celebrity memorabilia splurge inside the U.S.

    But Nguema hasn't been charged with any crime in his homeland, nor has he been convicted of any crime in the U.S., so a California federal court has looked unfavorably on the U.S. government's attempts to moonwalk away with the items

    Nguema moved to the U.S. in 1991 to attend Pepperdine University and, according to the government, his expenses at the time were paid for by a U.S. oil company operating in his country. The emigrant had enormous wealth, though, so he spread it around, moving assets in and out of the country. In 2010, after Jackson died, Nguema is said to have acquired a treasure trove of Jackson memorabilia, including one of the singer's famous gloves.

    I didn't even get a chance to try it on! Not once?! Did you?!

    Gah! This is so unfair!

    Tags: Equatorial Guinea, Judiciary, Michael Jackson, Music, Obama Administration
  • White House Defends Its Awful Choice of Health Care Law Defense

    It would appear as though the Obama administration has every bit of confidence in its terrible decision to have Donald Verrilli flush its signature piece of legislation down the toilet in front of the entire country

    The White House is coming to the defense of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, whose efforts to defend the president’s health care law Tuesday are under attack as a "train wreck" and "The Worst Supreme Court Argument of All Time."

    "Mr. Verrilli is an extraordinarily talented advocate who possesses a sharp mind, keen judgment, and unquestionable integrity," White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said in a statement provided to Politico Wednesday morning. "He ably and skillfully represented the United States before the Supreme Court yesterday, and we have every confidence that he will continue to do so."

    It does my heart good to see them standing behind their awful awful judgement.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Donald Verrilli, Health Care, Judiciary, Obama Administration, Supreme Court
  • The Daily Show on the U.S. Cutting Off Funding for UNESCO

    Hey, if this U.N. agency — that is dedicated to improving education, science, and culture conditions in developing nations — didn't want to lose all of its funding and ability to help people at a global level, it shouldn't have acknowledged that Palestine is a place that exists. So, who's really at fault here?

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    Part two of this "epic" investigative piece from John Oliver after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Afghanistan, Gabon, Israel, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Natural Disasters, Obama Administration, Palestine, Poverty, Robert Wexler, The Daily Show, UNESCO, United Nations, Video
  • Steven Chu Changes Mind About Wanting High Gas Prices

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    Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday disavowed his 2008 comments about increasing gas prices to European levels, remarks that Republicans have pounced on in recent weeks.

    "I no longer share that view," Chu said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, adding that he wants to lower gas prices.

    Wait, he not only doesn't want higher gas prices, but he actually wants to see them decrease? This guy's got to learn to play it safer, politically speaking. Next thing you know he'll come out and formally condemn al-Qaeda, or declare that he finds cake delicious, or… actually, those two things are basically all that Americans can agree on right now.

    The real question is what could have made Chu think higher gas prices would be good in the first place…

    Chu… told The Wall Street Journal in late 2008, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," and said he supported gradually increasing gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more efficient cars.

    Using tax incentives to help preserve our position in the delicate global ecosystem while lessening our dependence on physically and politically volatile energy sources?

    He should just resign now.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla-Staff/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Economy, Energy & Oil, Obama Administration, Steven Chu