In his final show for 2017, John Oliver revisits some of the most embarrassing and obnoxious moments of the Trump presidency over the past year. He zeroes in on the many ways that Trump has trashed presidential norms, from hiding his tax returns to keeping assets that create enormous conflicts of interest. Even Trump’s speech […]
Worrying that your vital information – including your birth date and Social Security number — was pirated from Equifax? Wondering how that could possibly have happened to you and 145 million other blameless Americans? John Oliver has answers, beginning with the observation that the mammoth credit information company “did everything wrong” – like ignoring the […]
Understanding why monuments to the Confederacy ought to be removed or changed is easier if you’re aware that the South seceded to preserve slavery. But as John Oliver reveals, most Americans are woefully ignorant of that basic fact and so much more about the Civil War — which allows them to dismiss the pain that […]
As Trump continues to astonish and exasperate the world with his ugly tweets about Puerto Rico, John Oliver calls out his racist blather, cruel insensitivity, blinding egomania, and sheer brass. We see the president praising his own piss-poor performance in the post-hurricane crisis and slagging those lazy Puerto Ricans for expecting help after an unprecedented […]
In a country that depends on small business for jobs and innovation, John Oliver is rightly disturbed by the wave of corporate mergers that has changed our economy, with everything from airlines and beer to the Web dominated by a few gigantic companies. The result is lousy service, higher prices, fewer jobs, and a worsening […]
Dismaying as it was to watch former presidential press secretary Sean Spicer treated like a cute celebrity on the Emmy Awards, the television academy at least recognized many of the brightest stars gracing the tube — including the mighty John Oliver, who won “Writing for a Variety Series” in competition with host Stephen Colbert, Seth […]
If you thought John Oliver was fed up with Donald Trump before, listen to him dismantle the president’s “maddeningly vague” and self-contradicting statements and actions on his predecessor’s order protecting young immigrants. “He’s all over the place. Dreamers have to go. Or maybe they can come back. Or maybe they don’t have to go at […]
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver tackled nuclear waste on Sunday. “All over the country,” he noted, nuclear plants have been tasked with storing large amounts of waste because national a consensus still hasn’t been reached to determine where to store it.
To give the indoctrinated people of North Korea “a sense of how America is feeling right now,” Oliver enlists Weird Al Yankovic, who plays the “international language” of the accordion “like a fucking angel.”
On the heels of President Trump’s proposed Border Patrol hiring surge, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday examined the agency’s shoddy screening processes and susceptibility to corruption. In particular, Oliver highlighted the shortcomings of the previous Border Patrol hiring surge, in which George W. Bush oversaw a 100 percent increase in the number […]
How uplifting to have John Oliver break down the madness that now constitutes our daily news feed from the White House — such as the latest emissions from Donald Trump on the “tapes” he brandished on Twitter to threaten James Comey. In a White House interview with Fox News, Trump finally confessed last week that […]
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. “He’s fulfilling his campaign promise to create millions of jobs,” rants the Last Week Tonight host. “He’s just doing it in the wrong fucking country!”
As John Oliver recites the impressive list of Jared’s assigned tasks — from bringing peace to the Middle East to remaking the federal government — the audience laughs uproariously. Unlike various cable show personalities and hired hacks, they’re in on the joke. For those who aren’t, Oliver presents the true facts about Kushner’s actual background, which render his rise to power all the more astonishing and unnverving. As for Ivanka, who poses as a “moderating influence” on her loony dad, Oliver points out how she essentially says nothing of substance yet does everything possible to bolster her father — no matter how extreme his words and actions.
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.
“Republicans have happily complained about the flaws in the law, taken no responsibility for fixing them and in fact have often undermined the whole thing. But that time is now over,” explained Oliver. “It is their turn to present a plan, and the clock is ticking.”
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.
“You might think, ‘well, that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’ Well, let Britain tell you: ‘It can happen, and when it does, there are no f*cking do-overs.’”
“Yes, it’s the old ‘I’m not doing anything until you can prove it’ argument: the same argument favored by climate change deniers and fathers of the baby on Maury. Happy Father’s Day!” began the Last Week Tonight host.
Oliver and his shell company bought the debt, he said, for half a cent on the dollar, the result of the long and circuitous path of trading, bundling, and revaluing that debt undergoes as a traded commodity — the same process that makes aggressive collection of such debts so profitable.