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Obama Talks Gun Control, Racism, Voter Apathy, and Fatherhood in Arrestingly Frank ‘WTF’ Interview

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At the start of Marc Maron’s hour-long interview with President Obama in his newest WTF podcast, the comedian, despite having recorded over 600 episodes of the show, was clearly nervous about the superlatively high-profile guest. He even seemed to be breathing heavily. But Maron soon calmed himself sufficiently to pose some thorny questions for the President.
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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Bandleader Jon Batiste on How Music Can Unite America Right Now

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Perhaps even more than Michael McDonald, Jon Batiste’s whole thing revolves around taking it to the streets. The Stay Human bandleader and come September, the official “musical friend” on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show has built his career around the kinds of performances that are common in his hometown of New Orleans. But his spontaneous shows aren’t not some flashmob gimmick: Batiste grounds his approach in pure humanism, so much so that it borders on political.
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An Incomplete List of Donald Trump’s Dumbest Moments

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Yesterday, Donald Trump officially announced his candidacy for President of the United States, a sentence that is either the funniest or most chilling thing I’ve ever typed. (Although, as Salon’s Jim Newell points out, he’s not actually running yet.) And when he made that announcement, he entered to the sounds of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The notion of an oligarch like Trump reappropriating such a song is comical enough, but come to find out — and seriously, will they ever learn — Mr. Young wasn’t wild about Trump using it, and made his displeasure known. Such a stumble might slow down some candidates, but not Trump; why, if you made a list of the dumbest things Trump’s ever done, this wouldn’t even make the cut. And how do I know? Because I just made such a list.
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‘Veep,’ Hillary Clinton, and Political Cynicism in 2015

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Portraying a fictional first female president at a moment when we might actually be preparing to elect her real-life counterpart (although, who knows, there’s a rocky road ahead for Hillary Clinton) put Veep at a tantalizing crossroads. Would placing Selina Meyer in the ultimate power seat eliminate some of the bumbling and irrelevance that characterized the character’s time in the largely decorative VP’s office — shifting the show’s critique to a more robust one about gender and power?
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The Right and Left Have Finally Found Something (Awful) They Agree On: Transphobia

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It’s a political truism that the wings of politics aren’t really wings at all — they’re a big old circle, which means that extreme right and extreme left often end up meeting on some unholy shared ground of blinkered self-righteousness and intolerance. So it’s gone over the last few days, with transgender women being the object of the left and right’s shared opprobrium. On the right, it was Christian family man Mike Huckabee, confessing that he would have totally pretended to be trans so that he could get into the girls’ showers at high school, while on the left it was Elinor Burkett’s New York Times op-ed about what it apparently does and doesn’t mean to be a woman. It’s amazing just how much common ground people can find when it comes to kicking one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups on the planet, no?
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