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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Breaks Down ‘Apocalyptic’ Republican Convention

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver came back on Sunday after a month-long absence to comment on what was perhaps the most bizarre Republican National Convention in history, or as the HBO host called it, “the most apocalyptic thing ever to happen” in Cleveland.

July 25, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A Third Woman Alleges She Was Sexually Assaulted By Donald Trump

“In the middle of it he says to George, ‘Are you sleeping with her?’ Meaning me. And George looked a little shocked and he said, ‘Well, yeah.’ And he goes, ‘Well, for the weekend or what?'”

July 25, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to balloons, confetti and electronic fireworks as he stands with his son Barron (L) at the conclusion of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

5 Ways Republicans Are On The Verge Of Unprecedented Political Domination

Even if Trump weren’t the nominee, America is on the verge of a massive decision, unlike any we’ve consciously faced in our lifetime.

July 25, 2016

Cartoon: Headless Horseman

Who needs Roger Ailes?

July 25, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York City during the second session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Stands By Lunatic NATO Comments

Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to call the proposal “a rookie mistake.” “He’s 100 percent wrong. OK?” Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

July 25, 2016

Trump Adviser And GOP Congressmen Gave Pro-Trump Interviews To White Nationalist Radio Host At The RNC

James Edwards celebrated going “mainstream” by appearing at the RNC with “All-Access” media credentials.

July 24, 2016
A man supporting Donald Trump plays a guitar near the site of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

New Campaign Songs For Donald Trump

Trump and the RNC seem to have paid licensing fees for his campaign’s music, so irked artists don’t have much say in the matter. The National Memo wanted to help work the situation out, so we’ve assembled some alternatives for Donald — songs he can grow to love, but that are a better fit for the… tone of his campaign.

July 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump formally accepts the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Judge Rejects Bid To Toss Trump University Lawsuit

The cases against Trump University have regularly cropped up during the presidential campaign. Trump was roundly criticized in May when he accused U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is of Mexican descent, of being biased against him because of the candidate’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

July 23, 2016
Democratic U.S. vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greet supporters during a campaign rally at which Clinton introduced Kaine as her running mate in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Attacking Trump, Tim Kaine Makes Campaign-Trail Debut

“When Donald Trump says he has your back, you better watch out,” Kaine said. Clinton sat his side, nodding. “He leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes. We can’t afford to let him do the same thing to our country.”

July 23, 2016
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Shining Light In A Political Storm

The incurable Donald Trump, party standard-bearer, can be seen as the opposite of a lighthouse. He brings out the darkness in people, leads the establishment to recklessly crash on the rocks and speaks to followers in the spirit of a mutiny. The way they talk could make a sailor blush.

July 23, 2016
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Roger Ailes Built The Conservative Infrastructure That Donald Trump Is Exploiting

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote that Trump’s and Ailes’ “trajectories are deeply interwoven” and that “Trump is the Republican nominee perhaps in part because Fox News and other prominent right-wing commentators weakened the control of Republican Party bosses.”

July 23, 2016
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Ghosts Of History: Why America Recoils From Donald Trump

Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.

July 22, 2016

Pence Isn’t Really a Hick; He Just Plays One On TV

I love it when holders of high office who are arrogant, vain and disdainful suddenly decide that they need to stress one other quality to the voters: their humility. If Mike Pence were an act, nobody could play him better than Mike Pence.

July 22, 2016
Donald Trump stands in the Trump family box with his daughter Ivanka awaiting the arrival onstage of his son Eric at the conclusion of former rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz's address, during the third night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Donald Trump’s Strongman Fantasy Is Deeply Un-American

The Republican Party’s choice for the next occupant of the White House intends to seize upon people’s fears and transform the nation into an isolationist country, inwardly focused and always on the lookout for scapegoats. Trump fancies himself as some sort of dictatorial leader at the helm.

July 22, 2016
Republican National Convention delegates yell and scream as the Republican National Committee Rules Committee announces that it will not hold a recorded vote on the Rules Committee's Report and rejects the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold a roll-call vote, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trump’s Convention Was The Whitest Thing On TV — His Electorate Will Be, Too

This year’s Republican National Convention was the whitest event on TV. While Donald Trump made sure to line up some minority speakers who could attest that he’s not a racist, despite his multiple attacks against minorities, the ethnic composition and themes of the convention attendees undermined that effort in a big way.

July 22, 2016
Russian President Putin chairs meeting with military officials at Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi

Trump And Putin: Partners in Propaganda?

Trump has had only nice things to say about Putin, who has fed the candidate’s vanity with approving murmurs about his “flamboyant” personality and “talent.” In response, the candidate has called for ending “this horrible cycle of hostility” between the U.S. and Russia.

July 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on the day several states held presidential primaries, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump NATO Plan Would Be Sharp Break With Decades-Long U.S. Policy

Experts have warned that Trump’s suggestion that he might abandon NATO’s pledge to automatically defend all alliance members could destroy the organization. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of 39 national security experts said Trump’s “inflammatory remarks” do not represent the interests of the United States.

July 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump formally accepts the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

On RNC’s Final Night, Donald Trump Yells At America for More Than An Hour

In a stunning display of rage and resentment, Trump shouted accusations against the Democrats for more than an hour, blaming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, the former secretary in chief, for the rise of ISIS (which actually resulted from the actions of the George W. Bush administration in Iraq) and the failure of the Arab spring. He accused her of criminal actions.

July 22, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Jon Stewart Makes A Glorious Return

Stewart brought the righteous rage he’s known for and pointed it at perhaps his favorite target over the years: Sean Hannity and the endless hypocrisies of conservative media.

July 22, 2016
A worker walks across the stage of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

White Nationalists Love Trump’s Convention: ‘GOP Is Becoming The De Facto White Party’

VDare Celebrated Its Tweets Being Featured At RNC: “This Is Great Fun!” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes as “an anti-immigration hate website” with a white nationalist ideology.

July 22, 2016
People walk in the rain past a U.S. flag painted on a building in the Manhattan borough of New York, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Inside A Manhattan Republican’s RNC Watch Party

The Republicans in New York City are not the Trump crowd, or so it seemed. They didn’t even want to lynch Hillary Clinton, like the crowds at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland have been demanding all week.

July 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump formally accepts the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Accepts Nomination, Vows To Put ‘America First’

Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of a legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” as U.S. secretary of state and vowed to be tough on crime and illegal immigrants in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

July 22, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Surprise: Trump Team Has No Idea On Policy Specifics

“’Isn’t Mr. Trump bad on trade?’” he said someone would ask. “‘Yes, but we’re going to fix it. Don’t worry.’ ‘Isn’t his tax plan a problem that’s going to lose $12 trillion?’ ‘Yes, but we’ll fix it. Don’t worry.'”

July 22, 2016
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Pat Buchanan Saw Trump Coming

On Thursday in Cleveland, he will take the convention stage for the first time since his controversial “culture war” speech in 1992. And it certainly won’t be a surprise if the two-time Republican primary candidate stirs up a controversy of similar proportions.

July 21, 2016
Russian President Putin gestures as he addresses students during his visit to German Embassy school in Moscow

A Trump Presidency Could Mean Russian Hegemony

The GOP nominee’s stated belief in both a protectionist foreign policy, and a weaker NATO are two factors—not to mention, more casual remarks admiring Russia— all suggest that a Trump presidency could give way to the Soviet Union’s second coming.

July 21, 2016