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Monday, February 19, 2018

#EndorseThis: ‘Trump’ Destroys White House, Pushes The Button In Super Bowl Ad

Suppose a copy writer is tasked with scripting a warm, G-rated commercial with a President Trump impersonator in it. How to proceed? Find a celebrity NFL quarterback (like Kirk Cousins) and let him joke around on camera. But between the lines, kick the real-life POTUS everywhere it hurts.

This D.C. area Super Bowl ad for gas-burning fireplaces looks warm-if-banal on the surface. But listen closely, and a slew of Trump’s blunders and missteps (and boorish personality traits) are referenced in the 90-second clip. His stubborn, irrational, dangerous love of coal. The ever-creepy “high approval ratings” delusion. “S***hole” remarks on immigration.

And yes, you called it…the “big, bigger” nuclear button on his desk.…

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Video: SNL Cold Open Puts Baldwin On Fox & Friends, With Egg McMuffin

If you’ve never watched Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite cable news program — or  especially if you have suffered that misfortune — then Saturday Night Live has a treat for you. This week’s SNL cold open severely spoofs Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner), and Brian Kilmeade (Beck Bennett), the trio of Trump sycophants who host the Fox morning show, a primary source of dubious information that reaches the leader of the free world.

The hosts know Trump is watching: “Whether you’re fixin’ your breakfast or gettin’ dressed for work — or layin’ in the Lincoln Bedroom tweetin’ with an Egg McMuffin on your chest, hello!” cries Earhardt in earnest greeting.…

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Seeking Wisdom Amid Our Sexual Confusion? Listen To Country Music

Driving along recently, I had a heretical thought: a person could get more sensible advice about men and women from the country oldies station than the New York Times. Or from the Washington Post, The New Republic or any publication devoted to non-stop analysis of metropolitan sexual angst written by twenty-somethings from expensive liberal arts colleges.

See, I’d been thinking about “Grace,” the anonymous protagonist of a kiss-and-tell narrative in something online called Babe. Of course there was a lot more than kissing in Grace’s graphic account of a one-night-stand gone wrong with a public figure—comedian Aziz Ansari.

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