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Sean Hannity Still Shilling DNC Staffer Murder Story As Fox News Retracts

After repeated pleas from Seth Rich's family and more hearsay than evidence, Fox News Channel today finally retracted a May 16 story that suggested a greater conspiracy was behind the fatal shooting of the DNC staffer in Washington DC last summer. However, while the cable newser is stepping back, one of its biggest stars is not, as Sean Hannity today took to social media again on the tragic matter. Hannity said yesterday that his heart was "not troubled in the least" over… Read

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No FCC Fine For Stephen Colbert’s Late-Night Donald Trump C*** Holster Crack

The FCC has decided against taking any action on Stephen Colbert's May 1 Late Show broadcast, in which he treated President Donald Trump to a series of increasingly Rabelaisian insults, in response to on-air insults Trump had delivered earlier in the day to CBS News-man John Dickerson. Colbert's slew of frat-boy remarks culminated in a crack that the only thing Trump's mouth is good for "is being Vladimir Putin's [expletive] holster." The naughty word was bleeped in the… Read

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Donald Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Would Ax NEA & Public Broadcasting

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget released today would cut federal spending by $4.5 trillion over the next 10 years and do so by drastically slashing or eliminating social programs like Medicaid and food stamps, student aid and Planned Parenthood. It also proposes scrapping the National Endowment for the Arts and eventually the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund PBS and National Public Radio. The plan for FY 2018, which begins… Read

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‘Watergate’: History Sets Documentary Series On That Other Presidential Scandal

'Watergate' History Channel miniseries

As political journalists take a bit of a breather with President Trump on foreign soil, History has seized on the opportunity to make a headline of its own. The cable channel has ordered Watergate, what it calls the “definitive” documentary series about the scandal and cover-up that forced President Richard Nixon out of office. Produced and directed by Oscar winner Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), the series will look into the granddaddy of American disgraces that started… Read

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Rachel Maddow: Donald Trump Team Does Not “Get To Make Their Own News Any More”

Visiting Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show to celebrate her status these days as host of the No. 1 program on cable news, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got asked if President Donald Trump’s overseas trip was an opportunity to calm things down at home, and maybe his being too tired to tweet might be a “positive thing for him.” Maddow dismissed that idea, noting Washington Post reported Friday night,as Trump’s plane took off, that there is a significant person of interest in the FBI… Read

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Michael Flynn Takes Fifth, Cites “Escalating Public Frenzy Against Him” In Refusal To Hand Docs To Senate

TV news outlets filled Monday’s dead time in President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel ruminating on news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn refused a subpoena to cough up documents to the Senate Intel Committee. Rather than turn over the records, the retired lieutenant general’s lawyers sent the committee a letter saying their client is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights because of the “escalating public frenzy against him” and DOJ’s naming former FBI… Read

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Oliver Stone Goes Face To Face With Putin: “You’ll See A Different Point Of View” — Deadline Disruptors

Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with Snowden—a look at the life of former NSA consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film took Stone on numerous trips to Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013, which then led to a series of interviews with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The format is something Stone has used to great effect before in his documentaries about controversial politicians such as Fidel Castr… Read

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John Oliver: Donald Trump’s Last Seven Days “Absolutely Insane”

UPDATED with video: Last week in “Donald Trump” was so nuts that John Oliver was forced to devote virtually all of Last Week Tonight to talking about it. “The last seven days have been absolutely insane – so much so that, by Friday night, it may have broken Anderson Cooper,” Oliver acknowledged. He’s of course referring to Cooper’s Friday show, during which the host interrupted Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord as he defended yet another indefensible Trump statement, saying… Read

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Why Adam McKay Believes Hot-Button Politics Can Grow Into A Viable Film Genre – Deadline Disruptors

Adam McKay

With his Oscar-winning 2015 hit The Big Short—which took the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay, along with four other nominations—director and co-writer Adam McKay turned the 2008 financial crash into an entertaining and revelatory comedy-drama, demonstrating a penchant for political hot-button material, and making it its own genre as he sets up his next projects. With Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell recently coming aboard McKay's Untitled Dick Cheney… Read

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‘SNL’: Dwayne Johnson Announces Run For Prez With Tom Hanks, More Or Less

Update, with additional video Dwayne Johnson was welcomed by Alec Baldwin into Saturday Night Live‘s Five-Timers Club tonight, smoking jacket and all, but chose another hosting quintuplet as his presidential running mate: Tom Hanks. Johnson’s opening monologue on tonight’s season finale played off of recent rumors that the upcoming Baywatch star will challenge Donald Trump next time around. The actor formerly known as The Rock shared the stage with two other five-time… Read

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‘SNL’: Scarlett Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin In All-Trump “Hallelujah”

UPDATED with video As expected, Alec Baldwin reprised his Donald Trump for tonight’s Saturday Night Live season finale, sharing the cold open sketch with the cast’s political players and, for a brief moment, Scarlett Johansson returning as Ivanka. Mirroring Kate McKinnon-as-Hillary’s early-season, much-discussed performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Baldwin opened the finale at a piano, singing the ballad in character as Trump. He was joined, one by one, by the… Read

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BAM! Bill Maher Vs. Hollywood Superheroes In ‘Real Time’ New Rules

Reciting a long list of Hollywood’s current roster of film and TV superheroes — it’s lengthier than you might think — Bill Maher devoted the bulk of his New Rules segment on HBO’s Real Time last night to battling the country’s dependence on easy solutions and one-man rescues. Superhero culture, Maher said, “promotes the mind-set that we are not masters of our own destiny and the best we can do is sit back and wait for Star Lord and a f*cking raccoon to sweep in and save… Read