Barack Obama

Hillary Killed It on ‘SNL’ — But Was There a Sexist Double Standard?

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Hillary Clinton did a wonderful job with her SNL cameo this weekend, an occasion we at Flavorwire hoped would arise sooner rather than later. Playing “Val” the bartender, soothing the woes of Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton during a campaign break, the real Clinton was warm, self-deprecating and charming, and her deep-voiced Donald Trump impression was spot-on.
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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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Can John Oliver and Melville House Make Donald Trump — or President Obama — Read the Torture Report?

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At the turn of the last calendar year, in what we called “a watershed moment in contemporary publishing,” Brooklyn-based independent publisher Melville House, working tirelessly (and sometimes without sleep) over a period of several weeks, published the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report. It was a groundbreaking feat for an independent press because (as we said at the time) the sheer size and complexity of such a publishing project typically precludes them from pursuing the release of such government reports. And, as Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson explained to us, the government typically releases major reports only to big publishers:
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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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It’s Time For a Moratorium on Celebrities Talking About Politics

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In the spring of 1969, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to turn the nonstop coverage of their unavoidable celebrity into something worthwhile. They invited the press to join them in Amsterdam for their honeymoon, where they sat in bed for a week and talked about peace. “Yoko and I decided that we knew whatever we did would be in the papers,” Lennon would later explain, so they determined that if they were going to be in front of reporters, they might as well talk about something important. This general perspective has led countless subsequent celebrities to use their fame as currency to speak out on issues they care about — which is, in many ways, admirable. But they’re often blissfully unaware of the full context for Lennon’s influential use of his celebrity.
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