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Sunday, June 25, 2017

#EndorseThis: James Corden Wants To Educate Trump About AIDS

Famed for “Carpool Karaoke,” James Corden is just a funny, clever guy who rarely intervenes in politics — but after reading about the public resignation of six members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, he spoke out forcefully on The Late Late Show. He’s not thrilled by Donald Trump’s health care policy, especially concerning the pandemic, and he acted on an idea that he hopes will inform and engage our abysmally ignorant chief executive. (Or at least troll him.)

And Corden thinks you might be able to help, too.

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Trolls Kushner, Trump, And Sekulow

These aren’t fun times for Donald Trump, who felt disappointed when the nation didn’t rise up to sing “Happy Birthday” in unison as he turned 71 last week. He even got dissed in the Oval Office by the president of Panama,who muttered “100 years ago” when Trump sounded as if he was taking credit for the construction of the Panama Canal.

And as Seth Meyers can’t resist noting, the Russia investigation intrudes so heavily on Trump’s administration that “even his lawyers are getting their own lawyers now.” The special counsel probe is reportedly looking hard at son-in-law and principal adviser Jared Kushner, who spoke publicly for the first time — and turns out to sound like someone who, as Meyers put it, “looks like he should be standing behind a podium made from cardboard.”

Meyers reviews White House squirming over news that the special counsel is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.…

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Reporters Fall Into The “Alt-Right” Trap With Julius Caesar Stunt

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Ever since President Donald Trump hired then-Breitbart.com chief executive Stephen Bannon to run his presidential campaign, the press has been struggling to comprehend the “alt-right” movement that his website helped promote. While many journalists have done yeoman’s work catching up on the assortment of white nationalists, misogynists, and conspiracy theorists behind this new wave of fringe media outlets, they’ve been less effective in learning about the tactics those figures use to manipulate the press. That failing was evident over the weekend, as major news outlets reported on Friday night’s “alt-right” interruption of a performance of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.…

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