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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Breaks China With Devastating Xi Jinping Takedown

Lost in the criticism of President Trump for chumming with North Korean leadership is America’s cozy relationship with other brutal authoritarians. Our trading partners and confidants include Vladimir Putin, Salman of Saudi Arabia, and President Xi Jinping of China, who is turning himself into an Emperor while turning China into a potential empire.

In today’s clip, comedian John Oliver calls out Xi for making a number of unhinged power moves since Trump assumed office. By a vote of 2998 to two, Xi has been appointed ruler for life by the Chinese parliament. His creepy kid musical-promoted “Belt and Road” project is actually a trillion-dollar trade coup aimed at 60 countries.…

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#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Kicks Off World Cup By Nuking Russia

The 2018 World Cup has begun. It’s causing a stir around the world and a mere coffee drip in the United States. The USMNT failed to qualify, and Google alerts will spoil results by midday due to the time difference. Worse yet, the tournament is in Russia.

Trevor Noah is not pleased. The 34-year-old comic virtuoso is taking criticism from some YouTube fans after posting an edgy Daily Show clip lamenting Russia’s hosting of the World Cup. Noah briefly lets President Putin have it, then proceeds to send-up Russian culture in general.

While Russian customs and practices can be strange indeed, it feels over-the-top on Noah’s part that even service workers and old women aren’t safe from the weapons-grade derision.…

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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert’s North Korean TV Is The Best Thing In America

The line between George Orwell’s 1984 and broadcasts from North Korea’s state-controlled media is very thin. “War is peace! Ignorance is strength! Chairman Kim Jong-un is tall and thin, no matter what President Trump says!”

Stephen Colbert produces a hilarious take on DPRK television in today’s clip, which includes one living anchor and one dead or soon-to-be-dead one. “Debbie” from North Korea brags on Kim getting concessions from Trump, reports on the UBS skyscraper raccoon (safely released in the wild, in case you haven’t heard), and discusses how the Supreme Leader is joining Dennis Rodman for an interesting Hollywood project.

But the best gag of all is at the 0:57 mark, as Colbert’s merry team of editors puts Rocket Man in another “un”-familiar spot.…

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