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Kimmel Clowns Trump for Downplaying Manafort’s Role in His Campaign: ‘If This Is a Witch Hunt, They Caught a Witch’

One of the stranger things that happened on Friday was when Trump paid a visit to “Fox & Friends,” which was broadcasting from the White House lawn, and then did follow-up interviews with other outlets immediately after. Trump covered a ton of ground during the long sequence of comments, and Jimmy Kimmel tried to sift through them during his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue Friday night.

Kimmel started with various comments Trump made about Kim Jong Un, singling out one as “the most insane” the bit where Trump said: “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” When Kimmel played the clip it drew loud groans from the studio audience.

“Right, nothing un-American about that. All he wants from us is when he speaks, we sit up at attention. Steve Doocy does it, is it too much to ask from the rest of us?
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Denies Report She’s Quitting White House Job

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denied a CBS report that she is planning to quit her job by the end of 2018. “Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my ‘plans to leave the Wh’ without even talking to me,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday night. “I love my job and am honored to work for @Potus.”

Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the Wh” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @Potus

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 14, 2018

Earlier Wednesday, CBS reported that according to unnamed sources, Sanders has told friends she is thinking of leaving
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Trump Talk Takes Late-Night to a New Content Crossroads

Trump Talk Takes Late-Night to a New Content Crossroads
The current crop of late-night hosts have no doubt studied the format’s obvious pioneers, people like Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Joan Rivers – even George Carlin and Lenny Bruce. They might also want to read some Sun Tzu, the military strategist, who once wrote: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

Some of TV’s top late-night comics in recent months have turned their shows into the equivalent of a battlefield. Even when they are trying to crack jokes, they are also and throwing verbal assaults that can detract from the laughs they hoped to spark.
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Trump Aide Who Joked About John McCain’s Terminal Illness No Longer Works at White House

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Trump Aide Who Joked About John McCain’s Terminal Illness No Longer Works at White House
Nearly a month after joking about John McCain’s terminal illness during a meeting, Trump communications aide Kelly Sadler has left her job in the White House.

“Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement first reported by CNN. It has not yet been clarified whether she quit the Trump administration completely, or was relocated to a different position with another agency.

In May, Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to the appointment of CIA director Gina Haspel, saying that “it doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” a reference to McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. Her remarks were quickly leaked to multiple press outlets, sparking widespread condemnation.

Also Read: Sarah Sanders: 'My Credibility Is Higher Than the Media's'

The Trump administration refused to condemn the remarks, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at one point even
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Stephen Colbert Gives Bill Clinton a Do-Over on Monica Lewinsky Question: ‘I Was Mad at Me’ (Video)

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Stephen Colbert Gives Bill Clinton a Do-Over on Monica Lewinsky Question: ‘I Was Mad at Me’ (Video)
Former president Bill Clinton has clarified his “tone-deaf” response to the “Today” show about Monica Lewinsky in a separate interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday.

During the appearance on the NBC morning show on Monday, Clinton appeared to say that he hadn’t apologized to Lewinsky for the affair that tainted his time in the White House. But when asked by Colbert the next day if he understood why people saw that as a “tone-deaf” response in light of the #MeToo movement, Clinton clarified that he had misspoke.

“It looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize and had no intention to,” Clinton said Tuesday night. “I was mad at me.”

Also Read: Bill Clinton Defends Not Resigning Over Monica Lewinsky Scandal: 'I Did the Right Thing'

“Here’s what I want to say,” he continued. “It wasn’t my finest hour, but the important
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Bill Clinton Defends Not Resigning Over Monica Lewinsky Scandal: ‘I Did the Right Thing’

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the #MeToo movement over the weekend, during a tense exchange with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin. In his remarks, Clinton said that #MeToo was long overdue, but was adamant that he had done “the right thing” in not resigning during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that nearly toppled his presidency in 1998.

“I like the #MeToo movement. I think it’s way overdue,” said Clinton. “I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution.”

Clinton was joined by author James Patterson for the interview. The pair is making the rounds now promoting their book “The President is Missing,” which is out today. The former president accused Melvin of only presenting one side of the story and attempting to re-litigate an issue that was settled two decades ago.

Also Read: Bill Clinton Defends John McCain After White House Aide 'Dying Anyway' Joke (Video)

“You typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this.
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Joy Reid Issues New Apology, ‘Embarrassed’ by Old Blog Posts About John McCain, 9/11 and Israel

MSNBC host Joy Reid on Friday released another lengthy apology over incendiary content from her old blog, which has continued to trickle out in recent weeks.

“While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day,” said Reid in a statement to TheWrap. “There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.”

While Reid did make amends for the post on-air about one month ago, she has long held that her old website was hacked and that it’s content did not come from her. In her new statement, there was no mention of any hacking.

Also Read: Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over 'Serious' Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

The apology from Reid also included references
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‘The View’ Co-Host Meghan McCain Again Criticizes NFL National Anthem Kneelers

Meghan McCain has doubled down on her verbal attacks made on The View regarding the NFL’s national anthem kneelers, saying via Twitter she “ardently” believes everyone should stand when the song is played. McCain, daughter of U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, defended herself Friday on Twitter after taking a battering on Thursday’s edition of the ABC talker. The kerfuffle came after she gave her view that players who kneel during the…
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John McCain: film portrait of an ‘American hero’ skirts hard questions

In John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, the senator is given a heroic send-off but questionable decisions cloud his legacy

John McCain was being filmed on the porch of his home in Sedona, Arizona, looking happy and relaxed despite the mortal battle he is waging with brain cancer, when he uttered the words that are certain to go down in the annals of American political history. “I should have said: ‘Look, Joe Lieberman is my best friend, we should take him. But I was persuaded by my political advisers it would be harmful, and that was another mistake that I made.”

Related: 'A true American hero': John McCain biopic receives bipartisan support
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‘Morning Joe’ Mocks Trump Over North Korea Summit Troubles: ‘Kim Jong Un Threw Him Off Balance’

‘Morning Joe’ Mocks Trump Over North Korea Summit Troubles: ‘Kim Jong Un Threw Him Off Balance’
The set of “Morning Joe” analyzed the growing challenges President Trump is facing ahead of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June.

Co-host Willie Geist said that North Korea’s assertion last week that they would not be denuclearizing had derailed the meeting.

“Well, Kim Jong Un threw him off balance last week when the North Korean government put out a statement that says we’re not giving up our nukes and President Trump went ‘uh-oh, that was the point of doing this,'” said Geist. “When the bar had been set at fire and fury — the alternative is war — anything beneath that, it seems to me, Donald Trump will claim as some victory … maybe even a photo-op.”

Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Trashes White House for John McCain Joke: 'They're Rotten to the Core'

Joe Scarborough said it wasn’t too long ago
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Emmy Double Play: Peter Kunhardt Directs Two Awards-Contending Docs, On John McCain & Martin Luther King Jr.

Award-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt has not one but two documentaries in the running for Emmys this year—one that came out in April and another that is just about to make its debut. John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, his film on the ailing senior senator from Arizona, is set to premiere on HBO on Memorial Day, a fitting date given the title subject's renown as a Vietnam War hero (notwithstanding President Trump's comments to the contrary) and Chairman of the Senate…
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‘John McCain: For Whom The Bell Tolls’ Trailer: HBO Documentary On Maverick Of The Senate

“I’ve been tested on a number of occasions.” Understatement. “I haven’t always done the right thing.” Overstatement? “But you will never talk to anyone that is as fortunate as John McCain.” His statement. Here is the first trailer for John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, a timely HBO Documentary Films project titled after the maverick Gop senator’s favorite book. Here is HBO’s logline: An illuminating, exclusive profile of one of the most influential forces in modern…
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John McCain Takes Parting Shot at Washington Politics in Trailer for HBO Documentary (Video)

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Senator John McCain takes a parting shot at Washington politics in the trailer for the new HBO documentary about his life, “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

“We need to give the American people what they deserve and right now they’re not getting it,” the Arizona Republican says in the teaser.

“I’ve been tested a number of occasions. I haven’t always done the right thing. But you will never talk to anyone that is as fortunate as John McCain,” said McCain, a Vietnam veteran and one-time presidential candidate who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Trashes White House for John McCain Joke: 'They're Rotten to the Core'

Peter Kunhardt’s documentary features interviews with George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and others, promising an in-depth look at the life and legacy of the senator,
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Tina Fey’s 11 Best Characters From ‘SNL’ and Beyond, Ranked From Funny to Liz Lemon (Photos)

Tina Fey’s 11 Best Characters From ‘SNL’ and Beyond, Ranked From Funny to Liz Lemon (Photos)
“SNL” alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she’s gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows ever in “30 Rock.” In honor of Fey’s return to “SNL” to host the Season 43 finale this week, here are 11 of Tina Fey’s best characters, ranked from the least hilarious to the most: Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.”

11. Queef Latina — “SNL”

When Fey returned to “SNL” as host in 2013, she used her monologue to remind fans of her least-remembered recurring characters. They were, of course, all made-up characters that had never existed, but even the promo materials for some of them were amazing. Fey and “SNL” suggested the movie spin-off for her fake character “Queef Latina,” dubbed “Queef Latina Ruins Christmas,
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Colbert: 'White House is so leaky there are leaks about why they're leaking'

Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed the incessant news leaks out of the White House and Trump’s attempts to stop them

Late-night hosts on Tuesday discussed Donald Trump’s supposed crackdown on White House leakers in the aftermath of an aide’s comments about John McCain.

Related: Seth Meyers: ‘The phrase ‘drain the swamp’ is now devoid of all meaning’

The leakers in the White House are leaking leaks about a meeting about what was leaked?!

Full episode: https://t.co/k2CZnLTmAE pic.twitter.com/sk1DmZAjkZ

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Trevor Noah Says Team Trump Could Just Apologize to McCain – ‘They Won’t Even Have to Mean It’ (Video)

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Trevor Noah Says Team Trump Could Just Apologize to McCain – ‘They Won’t Even Have to Mean It’  (Video)
On Tuesday night’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah dove into the leaked insult a White House aide reportedly made about John McCain, and the problem generally of leaks coming from Trump’s administration — a problem so obvious even Fox & Friends warned Trump that he “cannot trust his own staff.”

The bad news? While “part of me feels bad for the White House,” said Noah, “if you can’t even tell people to stop leaking without them leaking it, you’re screwed.”

Noah noted that neither Trump nor anyone in his administration has apologized for a reported remark that they needn’t care about McCain’s opposition to Trump’s CIA nominee because he is “dying anyway.”

Also Read: 'SNL' Weekend Update Host Michael Che: The Only Part of the Iran Nuclear Deal Trump Read Was Obama's Signature

He said the news media makes it “sound like the White
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John Oliver on Michael Cohen: a lawyer so bad 'he made Trump get Giuliani'

The Last Week Tonight host discusses White House aide’s John McCain remarks and reports that Michael Cohen tried to sell access to Trump

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed a chaotic week at the White House, from chief of staff John Kelly’s comments about immigrants to Michael Cohen’s mounting legal troubles.

Related: Trevor Noah on Michael Cohen: 'He's literally selling swamp tours'

Related: Embarrassed At&T says hiring Trump fixer Michael Cohen was 'big mistake'

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Kumail Nanjiani Bends the Knee to Meghan McCain In Fight Over Her Dad

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Meghan McCain Unloaded on "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani Monday morning for essentially saying her father, John McCain, didn't do enough to stand up for victims of bigotry. So, how did Kumail respond? With one of the nicest compliments ever. Backstory ... Meghan was pissed over a tweet Kumail posted about the White House aide who caused outrage last week when she joked that John's opinions didn't matter because he's gonna die soon anyway. "What was said about McCain was vile,
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Ufc's Tim Kennedy Waterboards Himself to Prove It's Not Torture

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Ex-Ufc star Tim Kennedy -- a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran -- doesn't believe waterboarding should be considered torture ... and to prove his point, he turned the hose on himself. Yep, Kennedy and his pals waterboarded each other for roughly 45 minutes on Friday ... and barely even flinched. So ... why??? Kennedy says the move was to show support for Gina Haspel, Trump's pick to lead the CIA. Haspel has been criticized for using waterboarding
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‘Morning Joe’ Trashes White House for John McCain Joke: ‘They’re Rotten to the Core’

‘Morning Joe’ Trashes White House for John McCain Joke: ‘They’re Rotten to the Core’
The set of “Morning Joe” was outraged Monday over a joke from a White House aide about Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer that surfaced last week.

“They’re rotten to the core,” said show co-host Mika Brzezinski of members of the Trump administration who refused to condemn the remarks. “What’s wrong with them?”

Morning Joe” particularly took issue with White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp over her initial reaction that she “stood with” Kelly Sadler, the aide who made the joke about McCain.

Also Read: 'Morning Joe': Michael Avenatti is 'Jumping the Shark' With Nonstop TV Appearances (Video)

“Weren’t they the ones that rushed out of the White House Correspondents Dinner because they were so offended by the jokes,” said Scarborough referencing Schlapp and her husband Matt’s decision to leave the dinner early because of their outrage over Michelle Wolf’s monologue.

“So they rushed out — of course get in their limousine and go straight to an afterparty. I think it was an MSNBC afterparty,” said Scarborough.

It was.

Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Blasts Michelle Wolf Monologue: 'Everybody Felt Pain' for Sarah Sanders

Jon Meacham warned that history would not be kind to the Trump administration.

“These people are on the wrong side of history and they’re on the wrong side of decency,” he said. “History is going to be very harsh here. The presidents we remember and want to commemorate and emulate are the ones who reach beyond and represent all of us. Not just this small base who stand by people who insult people like John McCain.”

On Thursday, The Hill first broke the story of Sadler joking that McCain’s objections to CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel didn’t matter because he was “dying anyway.” The “Morning Joe” segment represents the fourth day of coverage of the incident.

President Trump is long known to have a frosty relationship with McCain, who voted against his effort to repeal Obamacare last summer. During the Republican primary, Trump attacked McCain’s war record, telling pollster Frank Luntz at an event in Iowa that McCain was only a war hero because he was captured and that he liked “people who weren’t captured.”

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