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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
National Memo

#EndorseThis: Colbert Celebrates GOP Health Care Debacle With Animation And Much, Much More

Stephen Colbert kicks off his celebration of the American Health Care Act’s demise with a short animated portrayal of the Republicans’ legislative suicide, and continues with actual ads from right-wing organizations praising Republicans in Congress for what they had failed to do — which ran over the weekend, after the bill died.

March 28, 2017
koppel tells hannity

#EndorseThis: Ted Koppel Tells Hannity Why He Is ‘Bad For America’

Listen as award-winning newsman Ted Koppel tells Hannity, the Fox News disinformer, exactly why his nightly dose of fake news is “bad for America.”

March 27, 2017

Danziger: Farewell To The Poet Of Rage

Last week marked the passing of one of the greatest journalists of the past century, Jimmy Breslin, whose plainly and beautifully composed columns elevated the lives of ordinary Americans into art. Danziger recalls one of his finest, profiling the man who dug JFK’s grave at Arlington Cemetery.

March 24, 2017
Kimmel kills on Trump

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Kills On Trumpcare And Time Interview

Jimmy Kimmel imagines an all-too-plausible reaction to the Congressional Budget Office warning that 24 million Americans could lose their health insurance under his health bill: “Trump said those numbers were cooked by the microwave that’s been spying on him in Trump Tower.”

March 24, 2017
Trump promised repeatedly never to cut Medicaid

Trump Vowed Never To Cut Medicaid — Now Guess What He’s Trying To Do

In stump speeches and tweets during 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly promised never to cut Social Security, Medicare — or Medicaid. But the House Obamacare repeal bill he is pushing would slash Medicaid spending by hundreds of millions of dollars, experts on the left and right agree.

March 23, 2017
Trump tweets

March Mania: Bracket Your Favorite Deranged Trump Tweets

Hosted by Roy Wood Jr. and Hasan Minhaj, this slightly loony sketch features several of the maddest Trump tweets emanating from the powder room atop Trump Tower, where the short-fingered vulgarian reportedly taps out his complaints before dawn.

March 23, 2017
Seth Meyers on chaos

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Surveys Trump Chaos, From Capitol Hill To Mar A Lago

Taking “a closer look” at the House Intelligence Committee hearing, Meyers is bemused by the behavior of the House Republicans, who were keen to discuss anything but the bombshell FBI director Comey laid before them.

So committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) asked whether the Russians had somehow changed vote tallies in specific states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, or Ohio — an allegation that nobody has ever made.

March 22, 2017
other colbert returns defend trump budget

#EndorseThis: The Other Colbert Returns To Defend Trump Budget

That other Colbert can explain why cutting Meals on Wheels funding for services to elderly, shut-in seniors is actually “the most compassionate thing we can do,” as Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney insisted.

March 21, 2017
James Comey destroyed Trump's credibility today

#EndorseThis: FBI Director James Comey Destroys President’s Credibility In Public Testimony

Still wondering whether Donald Trump lied about that “tapp” supposedly installed on his phone by order of President Obama? FBI Director James Comey settled that question today in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

March 20, 2017
Trump must apologize

#EndorseThis: House Deputy Whip Says Trump Must Apologize To Obama

Talking with CNN reporter Manu Raju, Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole said that unless the White House can back up the president’s wiretapping accusation with proof, which doesn’t exist, then “President Obama is owed an apology.” Which is a slightly roundabout way of saying, “Trump must apologize!”

March 17, 2017
Colbert Trolls

#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert Trolls A Fellow Liberal

Certainly the story was news, reported by an outstanding and trusted journalist — as proved by the viral coverage that followed his scoop. But did it merit a 20-minute intro? Was there a feeling of anti-climax at the conclusion? Stephen Colbert trolls with a satirical answer.

March 16, 2017
John Oliver on GOP health care bill

Dead On Arrival? John Oliver Ready To Bury GOP Health Care Bill

John Oliver is brilliant as ever on the GOP health care bill — but if you can only watch a few minutes of his latest segment fast forward to the incredibly funny “Catheter Cowboy” ad the Last Week Tonight host placed on Fox and Friends, hoping to educate that show’s Oval Office fan about his own legislation.

March 15, 2017
SNL Cold open

SNL Cold Open: How Would Trump Handle An Actual Alien Invasion?

An aggressive species from the planet Zorblat Nine, armed with invisible ships and advanced weapons, has already taken over most of the country — and as Trump (Alec Baldwin) addresses a ragtag remnant of American soldiers, his shortcomings swiftly become all too obvious. Informed by an Army officer that the aliens have vaporized the state of California already, he brightens: “Does that mean I won the popular vote?”

March 12, 2017
Danziger on the future of the National Guard

Danziger: Always Ready, Always There!

A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.

February 22, 2017
Danziger draws Pence as the wheelman

Danziger: Driving Mister Donnie

In Danziger’s view, poor Vice President Mike Pence has all the dignity of a servant or sidekick — or an abused chauffeur — who enables his loud-mouthed boss to embarrass him everywhere they go. Sad!

February 21, 2017
Post-election Angst in the style of Edvard Munch

#EndorseThis: Post-Election Angst, In The Style Of Edvard Munch — But Funny

We’re in a state of distress that is more or less extreme depending on the latest debacle from the Trump White House (and yes, that phrase sticks in the mouth and always will). Now Michael Feldman has produced a short film that expresses post-election angst in the style of Edvard Munch — with a clever twist at the end. You will laugh.

February 13, 2017
SNL featuring McCarthy, McKinnon, Baldwin

Melissa McCarthy Returns To SNL As ‘Spicy,’ Plus McKinnon As Sessions (And Baldwin Hosts!)

The February 12 edition marked Alec Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th appearance as SNL guest host. The actor showed up for the monologue as himself, although his Emmy-worthy portrayal of Trump does grace a later sketch, as the president attempts to defend his travel ban on The People’s Court (with a cameo by Beck Bennett as his “character witness” Putin).

It is frankly hard to get enough of Melissa McCarthy’s “Spicy,” the press secretary who performs a manic review of week three’s unfolding troubles, from the travel ban imposed on seven Muslim majority countries to Nordstrom’s rejection of the Ivanka fashion line.

February 12, 2017
Danziger on the difference between Putin and Trump

Danziger: He’s “A Strong Leader”

Here’s the difference between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, as Danziger sees it: Trump threatens to arrest and imprison his opponent Hillary Clinton after the election, but doesn’t. Putin actually arrests and is sure to imprison his opponent before the election, as he did last week. Do we think the Russian dictator really respects his American friend? And won’t Trump feel the need to imitate that “strong” leader?

February 12, 2017
Danziger on repealing and replacing Obamacare

Danziger: Blood On The Tracks

Danziger draws a picture for Congressional Republicans: To repeal Obamacare without a real plan to replace the system is worse than a dead end or a wrong turn. It’s a deadfall.

February 11, 2017
Trump calls Colbert for advice

#EndorseThis: Desperate For Advice, Trump Calls Colbert

Stephen Colbert noted how Trump calls his national security adviser Mike Flynn for advice about issues — specifically, whether a strong or weak dollar is “better” — at 3 a.m. At least he didn’t drunk-text him: “U up?” Then Trump called Colbert — and it got even funnier.

February 10, 2017
Trump declares war on Nordstrom?

#EndorseThis: Trump Declares War On…Nordstrom?

Trevor Noah suspects the Ivanka blowup may hint at deeper political problems. “For someone who would have won the popular vote, Trump seems pretty unpopular! IIt must be those millions of dead illegal immigrants who aren’t buying Ivanka Trump shoes.”

February 9, 2017
Does Trump know Putin?

#EndorseThis: Does Trump Know Putin? Yes! No! It Depends

Jimmy Kimmel wondered whether Trump knows Putin or not, so he put together a little clip reel of the US president’s comments about their personal connection — and, as you might expect, the results are…contradictory.

February 8, 2017
Colbert is a Bowling Green Truther

#EndorseThis: Now Stephen Colbert Is A Bowling Green Massacre Truther

Yet Trump himself apparently believes at least one of the most obvious lies told by Kellyanne Conway — namely, her reference to the Bowling Green Massacre on not just one but three separate occasions. Otherwise, why would he have accused the “very, very dishonest” news media of covering up major terrorist incidents when he spoke to US Army personnel at Central Command on Monday?

February 7, 2017
Superbowl ad that went superviral

#EndorseThis: The Censored Superbowl Ad That Went Superviral

The story of a Mexican immigrant and her daughter, this Superbowl ad is beautifully made, courageous, and poignant. But its speech was a little too free for the advertising censors at Fox Television.

February 6, 2017
Melissa McCarthy Kills as Sean Spicer

SNL: Melissa McCarthy Lampoon Of Sean Spicer Absolutely Kills

Melissa McCarthy’s dim, pugnacious, emotionally unstable screen persona engages the Spicer mode perfectly from the moment “he” steps to the podium to inform the stunned White House press corps that the briefing would begin with “an apology — from you to me” — which of course he doesn’t accept.

February 5, 2017