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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Putin

Trump Meets Putin In Helsinki Following Furious Tweetstorm

Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on Monday as controversy raged over the investigation into the Russian president’s covert role in the 2016 election of his US counterpart. As he went into an early breakfast with Finnish president Sauli Niinistö at the palace, Trump sought to reassure reporters about […]

July 16, 2018
Mexico

Left-Wing Populist López Obrador Wins Presidency In Mexico

In a historic victory, leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador won an overwhelming mandate on Sunday night to serve as Mexico’s next president by promising to ameliorate poverty and clean up corruption. Embodied in his humble lifestyle and rejection of luxury, those vows toppled a political system infamous for enriching its leadership at the expense of […]

July 2, 2018
kim

With Major Concession To Kim, Trump Gets ‘Denuclearization’ — Minus Details

Emerging from their summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un proclaimed that they had reached an historic deal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. But while the details of the nuclear agreement would be left to future talks, Trump immediately agreed to end military exercises with South Korea. “We’re ready […]

June 12, 2018
Democrats

Reports: Democrats Emerge From Tuesday Primaries Ready To Flip Congress

Democrats seemed to take a step toward flipping the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s primary elections, as California avoided the pitfalls of its nonpartisan “jungle primary.”

June 6, 2018
manafort

Accusing Manafort Of Witness Tampering, Mueller Seeks To Imprison Him Now

The Monday night court filing by special counsel Robert Mueller says Manafort tried “to tamper with potential witnesses…and, accordingly, has violated the conditions of his release.”

June 4, 2018
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live Serves Up Sopranos Finale With Baldwin And Crew

The setting and mood, even the music, of the Saturday Night Live season finale cold open should be instantly familiar to Sopranos fans. Into a certain celebrated diner in northern New Jersey strolls the president of the United States (Alec Baldwin), who commandeers a booth where he is soon joined by his manic lawyer, Rudy Giuliani […]

May 20, 2018
Korea

Trump And First Lady Greet Americans Released By North Korea

In the wee hours of Thursday morning,  President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed three American prisoners at Andrews Air Force Base after they were freed by North Korea. Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim were freed on Wednesday during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s […]

May 10, 2018
Stormy

Roaring SNL Open Features Stiller, Baldwin, McKinnon, Fallon — And Stormy Herself

Last night’s star-studded SNL cold open begins with a simple phone sketch of Trump talking to Michael Cohen — but then spirals into a kaleidoscopic stunner with a surprise ending.

May 6, 2018
Rudy

Giuliani: Trump Repaid $130,000 Porn Star Hush Money To Cohen

Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Wednesday evening that President Trump had indeed reimbursed his attorney Michael Cohen for $130,000 in hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels in the months before the 2016 presidential election. The former New York mayor, who recently joined Trump’s legal defense team, told host Sean Hannity that the […]

May 2, 2018
Michelle Wolf

At WHCA Dinner, Michelle Wolf Infuriates Thin-Skinned Trumpists

Michelle Wolf mocked White House officials offended by her remarks “It’s 2018 and I’m a woman so you cannot shut me up. Unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”

April 29, 2018
DACA

Blasting Trump Justice, Republican Federal Judge Fully Reinstates DACA

In another sharp blow to the Trump administration’s immigration policy, US District Judge John Bates reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was scheduled to end under a presidential order. Expanding on previous judicial orders rejecting the Trump policy, he ordered the administration to accept new DACA applications as well as to continue […]

April 24, 2018
comey

Comey Blasts Trump As ‘Morally Unfit’ In ABC Interview

James Comey told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump, who fired him as FBI director last year, is “morally unfit” to serve as president. In an exclusive interview on ABC News’ 20/20 to promote his new memoir, A Higher Calling, Comey offered a variety of scorching observations about Trump, whom he described as sharing the […]

April 15, 2018
syria

US And Allies Strike Syria In Retaliation For Chemical Weapon Attacks

The United States, Britain, and France struck targets in Syria on Friday night to penalize the regime in Damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians a week ago. In a televised address announcing the air strikes under way, President Donald Trump said of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: “These are not the actions […]

April 13, 2018
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live: Baldwin Returns As Trump, So Bored He Tells The Truth

Alec Baldwin returns to Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump, holding a press conference with the visiting presidents of Baltic nations — and he finds himself so enervated and annoyed that he is honest, for a moment, about himself. With Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and a hilarious opening shot […]

April 8, 2018
Meyers

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Imagines Cheesy Trump Lawyer Ad

Seth Meyers reviews the latest sexual and Twitter embarrassments besetting the president, including the absurd senescent call-out battle between him and Joe Biden. (He has a better idea for a Trump sparring partner.) Worse still are Trump’s legal contests with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, not to mention the lawsuit […]

March 23, 2018
Don Junior

#EndorseThis: Colbert Scripts Don Junior Divorce Comedy

There’s nothing funny about a marriage ending, intones Stephen Colbert – which is what he believed until he heard the latest about Donald Trump, Jr., and his estranged wife Vanessa.Evidently, the first son had an affair sometime ago with Aubrey O’Day, a contestant on his father’s Celebrity Apprentice TV show and a singer in a […]

March 22, 2018
Melania

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Produces PSA For Melania’s ‘Cyberbullying’ Campaign

With Melania Trump kicking off her long-anticipated campaign against cyberbullying, her signature issue, Jimmy Kimmel observes that she could have made a major contribution by simply taking a hammer to her husband’s cellphone. Inevitably, Kimmel detects a whiff of bullshit wafting above this effort, snarking that “ironic” may not translate into Slovenian. But the late-night […]

March 21, 2018
Cold Open

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 […]

February 4, 2018
Grammy

VIDEO: Trolling Trump, Stars Read ‘Fire And Fury’ At Grammy Awards — With Hillary!

There was no solemnity at the 60th anniversary Grammy Awards ceremony in New York, and the stars gathered in Donald Trump’s hometown did not neglect him, either. James Corden brought down the house with a spoof video that featured Cardi B, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cher, and Snoop Dogg “auditioning” for a spoken word album […]

January 29, 2018
cold open

Saturday Night Live: In Cold Open, The Return Of Will Ferrell As Dubya

You know things are out-of-control awful and weird in Washington when you think wistfully of the Bush years from time to time. You can shake it off and recall the horrors of life with George W. Bush and his twisted vice president Dick Cheney, but there is something still more ominous about Trump and Pence. […]

January 28, 2018
cold open

SNL Cold Open: White House Oversells That Dubious Presidential Physical

On Saturday Night Live’s cold open, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) sets a certain fabulous tone at the press podium when she claims that a million women showed up in the streets to “celebrate the president’s first kick-ass year in office…We did it, girls!” Even so, none of the goggling reporters is ready for what […]

January 21, 2018
physical

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Gives Trump A Physical — And It Gets Rough

The Trump base masquerades as an “anti-establishment” movement. But anyone who lived through the Reagan era knows that nothing inspires “punk” spirit like a far-right conservative in the White House. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivers a Sex Pistols-worthy opening monologue, flatly accusing the mainstream media of parroting a pro-Trump fraud.  Specifically, the notion that President […]

January 17, 2018
Fallon

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Fallon Sings Out About Trump — With A Lethal Edge

Late on Martin Luther King Day, Jimmy Fallon offered a brilliant satirical version of “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor (dubbed “Fire and Fury,” after a certain bestselling book). Gently poking fun at the President, in a pretty darn good Americana tenor, the comedian touches on the Bannon-Trump feud and reminds the audience just how […]

January 16, 2018
Oprah

#EndorseThis: Will Oprah Run? She Has One Great Reason To Do It

Worried by the prospect that Oprah Winfrey might run for president? Or does a possible Oprah candidacy thrill you? Would she inflict the ultimate revenge on Trump? Or would she inflict herself on a country that is already suffering from a “celebrity” presidency? These are vexing questions. But answering all of them and more is […]

January 15, 2018
Bill Murray

SNL Cold Open: Bill Murray IS Steve Bannon On ‘Morning Joe’

It’s morning on Saturday Night Live, and that means Morning Joe, hosted by those cooing lovebirds Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon), along with their revolted sidekick Willie Geist (Mikey Day). The guest is of course author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), played with appropriate asperity as he reveals the White House secrets […]

January 14, 2018