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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.