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Joe Biden Is Not Helping

In the first presidential election season since Democrats elected a black man as president twice and nominated a woman for the first time, a white man with a terrible record of campaigning for the job and a litany of gaffes sits at or near the top of the 2020 primary polls — without even having to enter the race. It is perhaps a sign of the times that Joe Biden, a two-time presidential also-ran, is still viewed as a great hope for those Democrats who are skittish about nominating anyone who isn
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Kathy Griffin Wants Self-Financed SXSW Film About Her Trump Backlash to Be the Next ‘Catfish’

Kathy Griffin Wants Self-Financed SXSW Film About Her Trump Backlash to Be the Next ‘Catfish’
Kathy Griffin still has plenty to say, and in her intimate and revealing new stand-up film “A Hell of a Story,” the embattled comedian and actress is hoping that people are willing to listen. The self-financed documentary, directed by seasoned comedy filmmaker Troy Miller, will premiere at the SXSW film festival this week, where audiences will be treated to a project that serves as both proof of Griffin’s still-kicking standup career and the insanity that ensued after she posted a photo depicting her holding the severed (and fake!) head of Donald Trump in 2017.

As Griffin explains, while she had to make the movie herself because no one else was willing to sign on for the project, she’s hoping the snappy 80-minute feature will catch some eyes at the festival. And she’s got some big ideas for what it might lead to, from a possible television comeback to
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Kirsten Gillibrand Explains How She Intends to Take on Trump

Kirsten Gillibrand Explains How She Intends to Take on Trump
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-ny) appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, where she announced, “I’m filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States — tonight!” The New York senator, 52, told Colbertt, “As a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.”

For all of the hand-wringing that was done in the wake of 2016 about the unique challenges that face female candidates, Gillibrand — whose Pac, Off the Sidelines, supports women running for office — made
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Tiffany Haddish could get halfway to Egot by beating an ex-president at the Grammys

Tiffany Haddish could get halfway to Egot by beating an ex-president at the Grammys
Tiffany Haddish may not have gotten an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip” (2017), but by February she could still be halfway to Egot. She won an Emmy a few months ago for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and now she’s up for a Grammy. All she has to do is beat an ex-president.

Haddish is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for “The Last Black Unicorn,” the audiobook version of her collection of personal essays. This is her first Grammy nomination, but she has been in a Hollywood honeymoon period since her “Girls Trip” breakthrough with a half dozen film and TV roles in just the last year. She also hosted the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. She even appeared in the music videos for two Grammy-nominated songs: Drake‘s “Nice for What” and Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You.”

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‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!’ TV Series Based On NPR’s Radio Show In Works At NBCU’s Wilshire Studios

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Exclusive: The popular radio show/podcast Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is headed to television. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Wilshire Studios has teamed with Storied Media Group to develop a TV series based on the long-running NPR program.

Hosted by Peter Sagal, NPR’s weekly news-themed radio panel show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is a funny and fast-paced game of provocative questions and snappy answers about current events. It features celebrity guests, which have ranged from Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Guy Richie, and Greta Gerwig to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The TV adaptation will stay true to the original while delivering bigger, visual and variety-themed games that can’t be captured on the radio. It will be an hour-long current events trivia game featuring three celebrity panelists who will compete in a series of comedic challenges, earning points as they correctly answer questions about the week’s news.
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Seth Meyers Is Running a Marathon of ‘A Closer Look’ Segments Until the End of Election Night

Seth Meyers Is Running a Marathon of ‘A Closer Look’ Segments Until the End of Election Night
If anyone needed proof of just how much unbelievable daily news has been crammed into the last 22 months, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” has 35 hours of it.

On its official YouTube page, the NBC late night show is currently streaming a marathon of its mega-popular “A Closer Look” segments, which will run between now and the close of Election Night on Tuesday. “A Closer Look,” which began during the height of the presidential campaign, has continued to be a cornerstone of the nightly series, mostly centering on political headlines and the daily goings-on in the greater White House administration orbit.

It’s a testament to the meatiness of each “Closer Look” installment — and the number of times it’s run in the months since Inauguration Day 2017 — that the show has enough footage to run these all back-to-back for an entire day and a half.

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John Oliver Blasts Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

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John Oliver Blasts Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation
John Oliver opened Last Week Tonight recapping the pretty good week for Donald Trump, “the mentally unstable man with nuclear weapons we all love making angry.”

It says something about our standards these days that a “pretty good week” includes a blockbuster New York Times investigation about Trump possibly having committed massive tax fraud, and boarding Air Force One after a rally with toilet paper stuck to his shoe which, Oliver called “objectively funny,” “unsurprising” and “totally on brand” for our president.

Big news for the recently wrapped week was Brett Kavanagh’s confirmation, guaranteed when Sen. Susan Collins announced she was giving him a “yes” vote – a decision Wall Street Journal editorial page disgustingly, and also unsurprisingly, headlined, “Susan Collins Consents.”

Trump, who previously had said he found Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school, to be credible, but then made fun of her at rally,
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5 Ways the Entertainment Industry Has Changed In the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and Time’s Up

Looking back, the headline couldn’t do the story justice. On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the New York Times published what would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning expose from journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” Scores of Weinstein’s misdeeds were recounted in just over 3,500 words, centered around decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse. Fallout was swift: Within a week, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, Ronan Farrow published his own expose in The New Yorker, scores of other victims came forward with their stories of alleged Weinstein sex crimes, and Weinstein became a Hollywood pariah.

A year after the Weinstein story broke, the conversation has extended well into Hollywood and beyond. Countless other powerful and famous men have been felled by accusations, victims and advocates have bonded together in hopes of evolution and healing, and the industry has attempted to keep up with seismic change.
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President Donald Trump On Al Franken: He Folded “Like A Wet Rag”

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President Donald Trump took a shot at an old Democrat foe last night, saying former Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who resigned in January after accusations of sexual misconduct, was “a wacky guy” who folded “like a wet rag.”

Trump spoke at a massive rally at the Rochester, Minn. Mayo Civic Center, stumping for the state’s Republican midterm candidates and predicting the elections would move Minnesota into the red state column.

“It was like, ‘Oh he did something.’ ‘Oh, oh, oh, I resign. I quit. I quit,” Trump said of Franken, imitating the former comedian turned politician. “Wow. He was gone and he was replaced by somebody that nobody ever heard of.”

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed by Minnesota’s governor to succeed Franken. She faces Republican Karin Housely in November.

Franken resigned after several women accusing him of groping or forcibly kissing them. An infamous photo showing Franken
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Scared of Firing Sessions, Trump Declares ‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General’

Scared of Firing Sessions, Trump Declares ‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General’
In an interview with the Hill on Tuesday, President Trump reiterated his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Attacks on Sessions have become Trump’s “Free Bird,” and on Tuesday he improvised the old standard, declaring, “I don’t have an Attorney General. It’s very sad.”

The president’s well-documented, frequently declared disappointment in Sessions dates back to the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation more than a year and half ago. “I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ extends record Emmy haul to 72 with Best Variety Sketch Series win

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‘Saturday Night Live’ extends record Emmy haul to 72 with Best Variety Sketch Series win
Saturday Night Live” won Best Variety Sketch Series at Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, marking the first time the long-running show has defended a series award and extending its record haul to 72, the most of any program.

Though “SNL” has been on the air for 43 years, it has only won three series awards. It took home Best Variety Series in 1976 for its first season and again in 1993 for its 18th season. After the category was split into Best Variety Sketch Series and Best Variety Talk Series in 2015, “SNL” won the former last year for its buzzy, politically charged 42nd installment. It had leading 2/13 odds to repeat this year.

See Emmy Awards: Full list of winners

“SNL”‘s 43rd season earned 21 nominations this year, including nine acting bids. It received seven statuettes at last weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, including Best Comedy Guest Actress for Tiffany Haddish.

Portlandia” was in second with 16/1 odds.
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John Kerry Hits Back at Trump: ‘Maturity of an 8-Year-Old Boy With the Insecurity of a Teenage Girl’ (Video)

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday hit back after President Trump called him “Bad!” and accused him, without evidence, of “illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime.”

“This is the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter likes than his briefing books or the Constitution of the United States,” Kerry told Bill Maher on “Real Time,” noting that Henry Kissinger has spent the last 40 years meeting with leaders of foreign governments after serving as Richard Nixon’s top diplomat.

Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator who served as Barack Obama’s secretary of state during his second term, also ripped Trump’s behavior in office: “He’s got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ extends all-time Emmy record to 71 wins; how many more will ‘SNL’ win on Monday?

Over the weekend, NBC’s legendary variety program “Saturday Night Live” won seven more trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday night. It prevailed for comedy guest actress (Tiffany Haddish), variety directing (Don Roy King), music and lyrics, production design, lighting design, make-up and technical direction.

The show now has a mind-blowing 71 Emmy wins in its 43-year run, way ahead in the all-time record books for any series. The next closest series for the all-time marks held by “Game of Thrones” with 45 and “Frasier” with 37. “SNL” has got three more shots at the primetime ceremony on Monday, September 17, so how many more victories will it achieve to bump up its total haul even more? Those categories are Variety Sketch Series (where it is a virtual lock to win), Comedy Supporting Actress and Comedy Supporting Actor (with Alec Baldwin and Kenan Thompson).

SEEKenan Thompson Interview: ‘Saturday Night Live’

Among the
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‘Real Time’: Jim Carrey Sports Nike, Bill Maher Wants Al Franken Back In Game

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‘Real Time’: Jim Carrey Sports Nike, Bill Maher Wants Al Franken Back In Game
Update with video Jim Carrey wore a new pair of Nike sneakers and Bill Maher implored Al Franken to rejoin the political game, as HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher capped yet another very bad week for President Donald Trump.

“Check this out,” Carrey said, joining the episode as the mid-point guest and propping his sneakered feet on Maher’s desk. “I went out today and bought me some Nikes, some freedom-friendly Nikes – a salute to Colin Kaepernick, to Nike. Congratulations…”

Showtime’s Kidding star was referring, of course, to the Trump-infuriating Nike commercial spotlighting Kaepernick with the ad copy: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

After some reminiscing about their early comedy club days, Carrey and Maher jumped from The Truman Show to a real-life generation of children “growing up right now,” as Carrey said, “who are learning to lie, that lying is okay, that it’s fake news,
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Bill Maher Calls for Al Franken’s Return and Blasts His Accusers on ‘Real Time’

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Bill Maher Calls for Al Franken’s Return and Blasts His Accusers on ‘Real Time’
On Friday, Bill Maher called for the return of Al Franken, and questioned the credibility of the women who accused the former senator of sexual harassment.

“Women should be heard and we should always keep in mind the vast majority of women reporting serious abuse are truthful. But women also didn’t completely lose the ability to lie in in 2017,” Maher said.

The comments came on HBO’s “Real Time,” during Maher’s “New Rules” segment. Maher said Donald Trump’s “kryptonite” is “being made fun of.”

Also Read: 'Alex Jones Gets to Speak': Bill Maher Defends Conspiracy Theorist Ousted From Social Media

“We need someone who can shred Trump like a stand up takes down a heckler. Because Trump is a heckler. And to fight him, we need a comedian,” Maher said. “It would be a great idea if Al Franken got back in the game.”

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Kathy Griffin Directs Anger at Louis Ck and ‘Boys Club’ After Comedian’s Return to Stand-Up

Kathy Griffin Directs Anger at Louis Ck and ‘Boys Club’ After Comedian’s Return to Stand-Up
Comedian Kathy Griffin lambasted the comedy industry, calling it a “white boys club,” after news broke of Louis C.K.’s return to the stand-up stage.

On Tuesday, Griffin published a series of tweets in which she explained the exclusivity of the comedy industry. She retweeted a New York Times article reporting that Louis C.K. made an appearance at the Comedy Cellar in New York City on Sunday, the first set he’s performed since admitting to sexual misconduct last November.

“You know how many talented women and Poc comics are knocking on doors trying to get some time in front of audiences or powerful people in this business?” Griffin wrote in the first of her five tweets. “And Louis just gets to glide back in on his own terms? Gosh, does it payoff to be in the boys club..the white boys club.”

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Will Les Moonves Hang On? Here’s Who Did and Didn’t Keep Their Jobs After #MeToo Accusations (Chart)

Friday marks three weeks since six women accused CBS CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct in a New Yorker story. But unlike many of the men accused since the start of the #MeToo movement last year, Moonves has held on to his job so far.

What happens next for Moonves depends on a CBS investigation being conducted by two outside law firms. But as our list below shows, losing his job is neither a certainty nor an impossibility. The #MeToo movement that began with the October 2017 accusations against Harvey Weinstein has toppled some of the most powerful men in America, from Charlie Rose to Sen. Al Franken. Others have held on despite serious accusations against them.

Here is a list of a few of the most high-profile men who have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 10 months, followed by more detail about each case.

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Ed Schultz Dies: Former MSNBC Progressive Was 64

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Ed Schultz Dies: Former MSNBC Progressive Was 64
Longtime broadcaster/MSNBC host Ed Schultz died this morning of natural causes.

Rt America, where Schultz was working at the time of his death, issued a statement: “We at Rt America are sad to announce the passing of Edward Andrew Schultz,” the network said. “Ed Schultz passed quietly early morning on July 5 at his home in Washington, D.C. This announcement comes as a shock to all of us here at Rt America.”

Schultz got his start as a sports broadcaster for Fargo-Moorhead television stations in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at Wday-tv, which first reported news of his death.

He moved to talk radio as a conservative in the 1990s. He had gravitated to the left by the late 1990s, and by 2004 his The Ed Schultz Show went national with a daily slot on progressive radio’s Air America. There he was part of a lineup
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Newsweek Turmoil Continues as News Director Cristina Silva Exits

Newsweek news director Cristina Silva will leave the company, editor-in-chief Nancy Cooper announced to staff in an internal memo on Thursday.

“I want to let you know that Cristina Silva will be leaving us. She came to Ibt four years ago as Breaking News Editor and has contributed enormously to the company every day since, becoming Managing Editor of Ibt before moving to Newsweek as News Director,” said Cooper.

“She is persistent in her commitment to good journalism, and her ambitions for Ibt/Newsweek have never flagged. And speaking personally, I’m grateful for her support and friendship.”

Also Read: Newsweek Retracts Story on Al Franken Twitter Bot Conspiracy Theory

Silva was one of the top editors at the site and her name is still prominently featured on the masthead. She is also a notable survivor from some of the most perilous days at the company, which saw staff shakeups,
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Sarah Silverman Has ‘Compassion’ for ‘Brother’ Louis Ck, Says Al Franken Has ‘No Sexuality’

Sarah Silverman Has ‘Compassion’ for ‘Brother’ Louis Ck, Says Al Franken Has ‘No Sexuality’
The downfalls of Louis Ck and former Sen. Al Franken have been hard for Sarah Silverman, who strongly supports the #MeToo movement but believes her longtime friends can still contribute to society.

“People are very sure about what is right and wrong until it comes to their front door,” she says in a new GQ profile.

As Drew Magary’s piece makes clear, Silverman has made forgiveness a personal mission in recent years, and tried to understand even people whose beliefs she despises. Ck has largely disappeared from public life since admitting last year that he masturbated in the presence of women without their consent. Franken resigned from the Senate after a photo emerged of him groping an unconscious woman, Leeann Tweeden, who said he also forced a kiss on her during a rehearsal for a Uso sketch.

Also Read: Sarah Silverman Forgave a Man Who Called Her the C Word,
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