Tag Archives: John Oliver

John Oliver Rips Into Candidate Fundraising [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: The deep-dive on Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took a look at the role of money in politics, but not in the we-all-know-there-should-less-money-in-politics sort of way. Instead, the segment examined the hours lost to congressional fundraising, and the mind-numbingly dull process for elected officials to ensure that they stay competitive in their reelection bids. Oliver …

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John Oliver On YouTube’s Conspiracy Nuts [VIDEO]

The Week recaps: Last Week Tonight took a break for Easter, but John Oliver posted a special web-only video to celebrate the holiday. And he created it, he said, “in one of YouTube’s most entertaining forms. I’m talking, of course, about YouTube conspiracy videos, science fiction for people who don’t understand they’re watching science fiction.” Whenever he watches one of …

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John Oliver Does The Math On Trump’s Wall [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: On Sunday’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver demolished Trump’s silly wall plan. “The border wall is one of the few policy proposals Trump has talked about in detail, so instead of mocking or dismissing it out of hand, tonight let’s take a serious proposal by a serious presidential candidate seriously,” announced Oliver. …

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John Oliver On Apple Vs FBI [VIDEO]

Mashable recaps: Apple’s refusal to create a backdoor that would help the FBI get into an iPhone that once belonged to a terrorist caused a number of reactions from businessmen, IT experts and politicians. Few, however, have the ability to summarize different aspects of a complex issue (and throw in a few jokes) as comedian John Oliver, who dissected the …

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Seen Over Miami Beach: Deport Donald Drumpf!!!

Florida’s primary is next week and yesterday I spotted the above banner plane over Miami Beach. I can’t find a news account of who paid for the message, which picks up on John Oliver’s suggestion that Trump only be referred to by his original family name. Winter Party attendees whooped loudly as the banner came into view.

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John Oliver Rips Into “Serial Liar” Drumpf [VIDEO]

The Washington Post notes that last night John Oliver devoted 22 “brutal” minutes to eviscerating Donald Trump. Oliver also has a plan: Oliver offered a novel strategy for those who wish to battle Trump: refer to the candidate by “Drumpf,” what one biographer said the Trump family name was before it “evolved over the centuries.” Indeed, Gwenda Blair, the author …

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John Oliver Rips GOP On SCOTUS Vacancy [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story: On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver ripped into Republicans for their ever-evolving reasons for trying to hold off voting on a new U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz established an arbitrary 80-year time frame during which he said no president ever got a hearing for a …

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John Oliver On Voting Rights [VIDEO]

TIME sets up the clip: Even idiots should have an equal vote, according to John Oliver. On his return to Last Week Tonight, Oliver jumped right into election year issues, specifically so-called voter ID laws, which have proliferated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to curtail the Voting Rights Act. Proponents of such laws argue that requiring …

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John Oliver On The “Useless Penny” [VIDEO]

John Oliver last night added fuel to a long-running “dump the penny” campaign. TIME reports: On the last episode of Last Week Tonight of the year, Oliver called for a small change that could have big results for the U.S. economy — ending the penny. According to Oliver, 8 billion pennies are produced each year, and in an ironic twist, …

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John Oliver On ISIS: Fuck Them Sideways! [VIDEO]

Gothamist recaps: John Oliver took full advantage of the linguistic freedoms afforded by HBO to unload an incredulous, obscenity-filled rant against the perpetrators of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night. Kicking off his Sunday broadcast of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver warned viewers that their ears were about to be scorched by a “moment of premium cable profanity,” …

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John Oliver On Medicaid Expansion [VIDEO]

Last night John Oliver ripped into Republican leaders who oppose expanding Medicaid coverage in their home states. Raw Story recaps: According to Oliver, 20 Republican-led states opted out of accepting what is essentially free money from the federal government in order to provide needed health care for residents who can’t afford health insurance. One state that has had overwhelming success …

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Donald Trump Vs John Oliver [VIDEO]

John Oliver appeared on CBS this weekend where he declared that he has no interest in interviewing Donald Trump. This afternoon Trump responded in typical fashion by falsely claiming that he’d rejected Oliver’s invitation to appear on his show. The Late Show immediately called him out on the lie on social media, but even if Trump’s supporters see that, they …

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John Oliver Lampoons Canada’s Election [VIDEO]

Vox recaps last night’s segment: Americans do not typically think of Canada as a particularly riveting political subject; journalist Michael Kinsley once joked that the most boring headline imaginable would be “worthwhile Canadian initiative.” But this year’s Canadian federal election, for which voting is today, is both important and, if you’ve been following its twists and turns, pretty interesting. John …

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John Oliver On Mental Health & The Oregon Massacre

Mediaite recaps last night’s show: “Perhaps the clearest sign of how little we want to talk about mental health is that one of the only times it’s brought up is, as we’ve seen yet again this week, in the aftermath of a mass shooting, as a means of steering the conversation away from gun control,” Oliver said. After playing clips …

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John Oliver On Public Defenders

Stick around for the end. Talking Points Memo recaps last night’s show: “Last Week Tonight” — with the help of some popular crime show actors — presented a new Miranda rights speech Sunday night to include important qualifiers about public defenders. “Fifty years after the Supreme Court gave everyone the fundamental right to an attorney, even if you can’t afford …

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John Oliver Explains The Equality Act [VIDEO]

TIME Magazine breaks down last night’s show: The fact that discrimination based on sexual orientation is legal in various cases in 31 states may surprise people, said Oliver, showing a poll that said 71% of Americans thought employment discrimination was illegal. “That’s optimistic, but wrong,” noted Oliver. “Like thinking wearing vertical stripes are flattering or making your first condom purchase …

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John Oliver Eviscerates Scamvangelists, Launches Church Called “Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption” [VIDEO]

Hemant Mehta recaps last night’s show at The Friendly Atheist: I know it’s cliché at this point to say John Oliver and his staff at Last Week Tonight are amazing, but screw it: What they did last night was incredible. In a twenty-minute segment, Oliver exposed the ridiculous IRS rules that allow tax-exempt churches to form all too easily, the …

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John Oliver On Sex Education In America [VIDEO]

Via the Week: On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled sex education in American middle and high schools. He started with the basics. “Parental anger over sex ed is as much a staple of the school year as square pizza and one kid coming back from summer vacation with a mustache he’s way too proud of,” said Oliver, who …

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John Oliver On DC Statehood

With a lovely song at the end.

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John Oliver On American Food Waste

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