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Monday, June 26, 2017

#EndorseThis: Comey Attack Ad Annoys Colbert (And He Responds)

On the eve of James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Trump-affiliated political action committee spent dark money to strike at the former FBI director with an attack ad. As Stephen Colbert observed, this barrage was yet another violation of American political norms by the Trump crew.

The attack ad, aired on the Late Show, is also a prime example of advertising that could only persuade a moron (which may just mean it is aimed squarely at Trump voters). In response, Colbert devises a clever parody that shows just how stupid the Comey ad is.

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Rips Trump’s Climate Madness

As late-night television’s resident explainer-in-chief, John Oliver seizes the opportunity to emphasize why Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord is insane. As Oliver deconstructs his arguments against the landmark agreement, with clips from the president’s Rose Garden speech and previous remarks about the climate threat, the fundamental shallowness and disorder of Trump’s mind is revealed (again).

Trump’s innate tendencies toward paranoia and prevarication were on full display in justifying this disastrous decision with “flamboyantly deceptive” arguments. He’s harming America’s standing in the world. He’s injuring American brands. And he’s hindering the renewable energy industries that will power the global future and employ armies of skilled workers — probably in China.…

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#EndorseThis: John Oliver’s Classic Climate Debate, Framed As If Science Matters

This moment may go down in history as the turning point of modern civilization, when Donald Trump doomed us by pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Even if humanity somehow survives Trump’s dim-witted decision, the impact of his policies will damage the planet for decades to come.

So today we present a video that Trump ought to watch, if only to understand how stupid he sounds when he insists that the threat of climate change is a hoax.

Short enough for his truncated attention span, It is John Oliver’s classic climate debate –a “statistically representative” discussion, framed according to the actual scientific consensus about global warming, rather than the conventional idiocy dictating that both sides deserve equal weight.…

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