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Alec Baldwin Confirms He’ll Be Back As Donald Trump On ‘SNL’

Elections have consequences, they say, and here is one: Alec Baldwin said today that he will reprise his orange-tinged role as President Donald Trump on the upcoming  season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. “Yeah, we’re going to fit that in,” the actor told CNN in an interview published today. “I think people have enjoyed it.” Baldwin added, however, that his full schedule will limit his number of appearances to a minimum — “a couple celery sticks” rather than a “whole meal,”… Read

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Stephen Colbert: Russian Intelligence Are Hardcore Fans, Followed Me Everywhere

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“Man, it is good to be back in the USA,” Stephen Colbert said on his Monday Late Show – his first original since traveling to Russia last week to shoot footage for his CBS program. While there, Colbert announced his 2020 White House bid directly to the Russian people, cutting out the middleman, he said, on a Russian late-night program. “I don’t know if you knew I was in Russia last week. You know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence. Hardcore fans… Read

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White House Clobbers CBO Forecast 22M Lose Health Insurance Under Senate Trumpcare Plan

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The White House, which has said it wants the Senate’s Trumpcare plan to have more “heart” than the House’s “mean” Trumpcare plan, did not appreciate the Congressional Budget Office stepping on that storyline today. The CBO issued its scoring of the Senate plan, saying it would leave 22 million people without healthcare insurance over the next decade. The White House responded: The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will… Read

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Three CNN Journalists Resign In Wake Of Retracted Russian Investment Fund Report

Three CNN journalists have resigned after the cable news operation had to retract a published report of a “Russia-related” article, CNN said this evening. The yanked article reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials”; it cited a single anonymous source. Out are Thomas Frank, who wrote the report; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in CNN’s new investigative unit under which it was reported; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the… Read

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22 Million People Lose Health Care Under Senate Trumpcare Plan, CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office says 22 million people would lose health care under the Senate’s version of Trumpcare that Senate Republicans are racing to bring to a vote this week without hearings. That’s just 1 million fewer people than the non-partisan CBO estimated would lose healthcare by 2026 under the House version of Trumpcare. President Donald Trump called the House bill “mean” and said he hoped the Senate version would have more “heart.” The Senate’s plan… Read

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Donald Trump Declares “Clear Victory” As Supreme Court Partially Allows Travel Ban

UPDATED, 9:28 AM: He didn’t take to social media as many expected, but President Donald Trump didn’t wait long to hail a “clear victory” in this morning’s Supreme Court decision to hear arguments on his contentious multi-nation travel ban and lift parts of an injunction against it. Still, the President seems to be spinning what was a 6-3 split decision on implementation of the so-called Muslim Ban as being a full win in his favor because all justices agreed to hear the… Read

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Donald Trump Demands Apology For Russian Probes, Blaming Obama

President Donald Trump, in this week’s Monday Morning Tweet Storm, demanded an apology for being subjected to the investigation into Russia’s election meddling and whether any Trump campaign members colluded with the Kremlin. Trump previously had declined to acknowledge Russia’s election tampering, suggesting it might have been perpetrated by a 400-pound man working from his bed. More recently, he blasted it as a “witch hunt” against him. Now he’s accusing former POTUS… Read

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John Oliver: Donald Trump’s Tape Admission “Extraordinarily Stupid” Confirmation Of James Comey Testimony

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver reveled in last week’s admission by President Donald Trump that he did not, as he had suggested on Twitter, tape his conversations with FBI director James Comey before sacking him. "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted back in May. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that he had no idea if someone taped conversations with Comey, but he did not have any such… Read

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‘Our Fascinating Planet’s Demetri Martin On Short-Form Satisfaction And Expanding The Narrative With ‘Dean’

The last couple of years have been a productive and experimental time for Emmy-nominated comedian Demetri Martin. With his feature directorial debut, Dean, rolling out in theaters this month, Martin also recently created Our Fascinating Planet, a short-form, Cosmos-inspired series, in which he plays Ted Remmarniet, a puffed-up, self-absorbed scientific educator. Comprised of archival footage-driven narratives based in alternative facts, the series was developed before… Read

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CNN Retracts Russian Investment Fund Story; Trump Ally Accepts Apology

CNN has retracted its story about a Russian investment fund and possible ties to associates of Donald Trump, and apologized to entrepreneur and Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci. “Classy move,” tweeted Scaramucci in response. “Apology accepted.” The CNN report by Thomas Frank, posted to the network’s website Thursday, alleged that Senate investigators were tracking down ties between Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, and a Russian… Read

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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Pledges Contribution To Activist Labeled “Anti-Muslim Extremist”

UPDATED With Video Bill Maher and the Southern Poverty Law Center seem to be on opposite sides with regard to Maajid Nawaz, a British activist described by HBO’s Real Time host as the founder of the “world’s first counter-extremism think tank.” The SPLC has included Nawaz on a list of anti-Muslim extremists. On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host offered to contribute to a crowd-funded defamation suit that Nawaz said he plans to file against the SPLC. Saying he… Read

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Stephen Colbert Announces Possible White House Run In 2020, On Russian TV

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Stephen Colbert is in Russia and, on Friday night, was set to appear on Evening Urgant, a popular late-night show hosted by Ivan Urgant that airs on state-run TV and looks suspiciously like certain late-night shows in the U.S. In video on the program’s website (you have to wade through a long-ish program trailer first) that appears to be video of Colbert’s appearance – or the best case of Russian Fake News ever  – Colbert is seen exchanging pleasantries and face slaps… Read