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papal visit

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel On His Holiness The Trump’s Papal Audience

Donald Trump’s papal visit was mercifully brief but still historic — as Jimmy Kimmel put it, a “holy day, or maybe an a-holey day.” During their conversation, the Holy Father tried to persuade the American president to take up the causes of the poor and the environment. “Unfortunately Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the Devil right now,” according to Kimmel, “and it has a no-trade clause…”

May 26, 2017
swamp

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Ventures Into Trump’s Undrained Swamp

Checking in on the president’s often-repeated campaign promise to reform the business of government — by banning lobbyists, enforcing ethics, and stemming the influence of big money — Seth Meyers finds that the swamp is just as dank and dismal as ever.

May 25, 2017
budget

#EndorseThis: Should Children Eat? A Short Course In Trump’s Cruel Budget

Stephen Colbert isn’t impressed by the grandiose title affixed to Trump’s first federal budget, “A New Foundation For American Greatness,” and notes that the president and his budget director Mick Mulvaney are “building that new foundation for American greatness on the ground-up bones of poor people.”

May 24, 2017
Saudi

#EndorseThis: Colbert Trolls Trump’s Saudi Weekend

Noting that “Trump gave Obama a ton of grief for bowing to the Saudi king,” Colbert said, “no way was he going to bow.” But the tape tells a different story: “Wait, there he is, going from the knees, and a bow — and a curtsey! He did a little curtsey at the end there, very nice.”

May 23, 2017
John Oliver

#EndorseThis: The Latest Episode Of John Oliver’s “Stupid Watergate”

For John Oliver, the current barrage of scandals engulfing the Trump administration isn’t “Kremlingate” or “Trump/Russia.” Harkening back to a simpler time, he calls it “Stupid Watergate” — a national trauma with all the potential implications of the events that brought down Richard Nixon, “but where everyone is stupid and bad at everything.”

May 22, 2017
SNL Season Finale

In SNL Season Finale, Trump And His Entourage Croon ‘Hallelujah’

In the SNL season finale, the marvelous Kate McKinnon, as Kellyanne Conway, is the first to join Alec Baldwin’s crooning of “Hallelujah,” followed by Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), with a Russian flag on his lapel, the Trump boys (Mikey Day and Alex Moffat), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania (Cecily Strong), and Ivanka (in a special Scarlett Johansson cameo).

May 21, 2017
Trump Scandals

#EndorseThis: Trump Scandals Too Dizzying? Trevor Noah Sorts It For You (And Fox Viewers)

What the Daily Show host offers, aside from a pungent, highly instructive review of Trump scandal developments since the Comey firing, is a quick lesson in why nearly 40 percent of Americans don’t quite comprehend the hoodlum character of this president and his associates.

May 19, 2017
Spicey

Behind The Scenes As Melissa McCarthy’s Spicey Takes Manhattan

Melissa McCarthy’s dramatic portrait of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, on a quest to find President Trump, was a highlight of SNL’s latest episode — and the outtakes from the Manhattan Spicey shoot may be even funnier than what was aired.

May 18, 2017
trump scandal

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Scrutinizes Trump Scandal Week, With Bonus Clips

Seth Meyers offers “a closer look” at President Trump’s no-good, very-bad week following his dismissal of FBI director James Comey — which is now culminating in open talk of impeachment in Congress.

May 17, 2017
Trump White House

#EndorseThis: Colbert Declassifies The Trump White House

The continuing fiasco of the president’s decision to fire James Comey has revealed secret taping in the Trump White House, at least according to those @realDonaldTrump tweets. (Of course, those tweets are as likely to be true as anything else uttered by Trump, meaning not too likely.) For press secretary Sean Spicer that requires covering up, obfuscating, and stonewalling Watergate-style, which is horrifying as White House conduct — and comedy gold for Stephen Colbert.

May 16, 2017
Conway

#EndorseThis: Mika And Joe Claim Conway Scorned Trump Off Camera

The way that Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough finish each other’s sentences on Morning Joe — now that they’ve announced their engagement — is too cute. But Kellyanne Conway probably isn’t charmed, because today MSNBC’s fun couple chattered on about her . And what they said wasn’t flattering.

May 15, 2017
McCarthy-Baldwin-SNL

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin Return To SNL [VIDEO]

When Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up unexpectedly on the White House press podium, the Saturday Night Live press corps feels a sudden twinge of hope. But Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) is lurking in the bushes outside, and swiftly barges in, wielding a fire extinguisher to reassert control.

May 14, 2017
Comey firing

#EndorseThis: Colbert Solves The Mystery Behind Comey Firing

For the truly gullible, the White House brought forth that letter on the Comey firing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — prompting Colbert to snark that the Department of Justice should be renamed “the Department of Justification.”

May 12, 2017
Ivanka

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Trolls Ivanka (And Her New Book)

Samantha Bee begins with Ivanka’s bizarre repetition of an invented verb — “architecting” — and charts the downward literary trajectory of the First Daughter’s new book. Given her facility with our language, it’s not surprising that Ivanka relies almost entirely on material “borrowed” from others, tarted up with lots of fancy typefaces.

May 11, 2017
Trevor Noah

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump’s Latest Dictatorial Maneuver

Daily Show host Trevor Noah often notes Trump’s growing resemblance to the African dictators he has long observed on his home continent — a resemblance that, in the wake of the firing of James Comey is even more glaring. As Noah puts it, the preposterous pretext proffered by Trump for dismissing the overseer of the Russia investigation is “the most gangster excuse” he’s ever heard.

May 10, 2017
kimmel test

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel’s Radically Simple ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Lest anyone consider Kimmel too partisan, he then opened up a friendly dialogue via remote with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who said publicly that any health care bill should pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test,” meaning every child in America must be fully insured.

The comic naturally found that pleasing, but pressed Cassidy toward a broader and more democratic definition. And before the senator departed, Kimmel presented him with a new, improved, and much more radical “Jimmy Kimmel test” for American health care, plus an obvious way to pay for it.

May 9, 2017
SNL

#EndorseThis: SNL Cold Open With Lovebirds Joe And Mika (And ‘John Miller’)

In this SNL sketch’s highlight, the Morning Joe duo field a phone call from “John Miller,” a fake identity formerly used by Donald Trump to place gossip items about his own sexual prowess and other fake news, voiced by the great Alec Baldwin.

May 8, 2017
Paul Ryan

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Paul Ryan, Hypocrite And Fraud

Seth Meyers asks why Paul Ryan — who complained so righteously about the process when Obamacare passed in 2009 — rammed through the Trumpcare bill with far less scrutiny and ceremony than the Democratic bill endured back then.

May 5, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel, A “Decent Person,” Speaks Out For Universal Coverage

More than seven million people have watched Jimmy Kimmel’s gripping, heartfelt monologue about his newborn son’s heart surgery — and his message about health insurance for all — on YouTube this week.

May 3, 2017
Colbert

#EndorseThis: Colbert Revenge Burn On Trump Is Epic

Colbert answers Trump’s final insult to John Dickerson of CBS with a fusillade of burns and obscenities never before heard on network television to describe a president of the United States. Like so much that involves Trump, it represents a low point for the country. But it’s a high point for comedy.

May 2, 2017
Hasan Minhaj

#EndorseThis: Hasan Minhaj, Roasting Trump, Is Tops On YouTube

A talented comic, Hasan Minhaj entertained a sometimes humorless crowd, which groaned at jokes that you may well consider hilarious. “No one wanted to do this,” he kidded, “ so of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant. Don Rickles died so you wouldn’t ask him to do this gig.”

May 1, 2017
Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee, Will Ferrell, Allison Janney Kill In Press Dinner Parody [VIDEO]

When Samantha Bee threatened to stage an alternative to the White House Correspondents Dinner, who knew that she would pull off her celebration of the First Amendment with such style? At Constitutional Hall last night, the Full Frontal host put on a remarkable live show for 2500 guests — and sitting at the front table, […]

April 30, 2017
The Simpsons

#EndorseThis: ‘The Simpsons’ Sends Up Those First 100 Days

On ‘The Simpsons,’ Trump ruminates: “One hundred days in office, so many accomplishments. Lowered my golf handicap. My Twitter following increased by 700. And finally, we can shoot hibernating bears.”

April 28, 2017
100 days

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Takes A Closer Look At Trump’s 100 Days

To Trump’s long list of broken promises and guarantees during his first 100 days, the Late Night host adds his recent backpedaling on the construction of the vaunted border wall. But if fans like Rush Limbaugh are disappointed, they can take comfort in one vow he may fulfill: to cut taxes for corporations, adding some big special tax benefits for the wealthiest Americans, such as the abolition of the alternative minimum and estate taxes.

April 27, 2017
Trump impersonator

#EndorseThis: Another Trump Impersonator Crashes The Daily Show

This Trump impersonator isn’t Alec Baldwin but comic Anthony Atamanuik — and he has a lot to say about Mexico, fake news, and the president’s self-serving scheme to cut the corporate tax rate by more than half.

April 26, 2017