The Hunger Games: Media Edition – We Cast the Media in Catching Fire

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Read This Before Impulsively Buying the Easter Bunny

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The House Rabbit Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to responsible rabbit ownership, is not crazy about Easter according to a new article in The New York Times. It’s this time of year that parents tend to buy rabbits as pets for their children before quickly realizing they’ve made a huge mistake and cannot handle the responsibility. “If rabbits are given as a gift for Easter without a lot of education, they’re going to end up giving it away a few months later — it’s a no-brainer,” Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society told the Times’ Ian Lovett. In 2002, the group launched the “Make Mine Chocolate” campaign to encourage parents to go with the chocolate Easter Bunny variety so less rabbits end up in shelters each April. Some … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Justice to Students: ‘You Should Revolt’ If Taxes Get Too High

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia visited the University of Tennessee College of Law this week, and while he was there he reportedly told students that they should “revolt” if they feel taxes are getting too high. Scalia was answering a student’s question about the constitutionality of the income tax when he said that the government has the right to impose the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.” “You’re entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag,” the justice said in his remarks. He also stressed his position as an constitutional originalist, saying, “The Constitution is not a living organism for Pete’s sake. … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Writes Thank You Letter to Obama in POLITICO

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This week’s POLITICO Magazine contains an uncharacteristic show of gratitude from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to President Barack Obama. Under the headline “A bipartisan message to Iran,” the senator thanks the president for signing his S 2195 bill into law, which prevents anyone who has engaged in espionage or terrorism against the U.S. from gaining entry to the country via the United Nations. “Thanks to President Obama for joining a unanimous Congress and signing S 2195 into law,” Cruz begins his piece. By giving the president “the authority to deny visas to United Nations ambassadors who are known terrorists,” he says “the government of the United States has thereby sent an unequivocal, bipartisan message that we will not tolerate the ongoing … [Read more...]

‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ Removed From Airwaves Through Next Month’s Election

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Once again, Egypt’s most famous satirist has been taken off the air. Bassem Youssef, often referred to as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” for the Daily Show-esque program he hosts there, will not return until after Egypt’s elections, scheduled for May 26-27, his Saudi-owned station said in a statement. According to MBC Masr television channel, the decision was made to “avoid influencing the Egyptian voters’ opinions and public opinion,” adding it is “keen on respecting the electoral process” in Egypt. The presidential election is widely expected to be won by former army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who ousted the previous Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi last year. In November, Youssef’s show was suspended moments before it was … [Read more...]