John McCain

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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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Episodes 8 and 9 Recap: ‘Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington’ and ‘Pie-Mary’

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A rather treacly episode featuring April and Leslie in Washington, DC, was followed up by a truly sublime exploration of gender politics in last night’s doubleheader of Parks and Recreation, “Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington” and “Pie-Mary.” When Parks and Rec gets topical, it can be so perfect, which is why we’ll miss it so dearly in the years to come.
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How Did John Oliver’s First Week Hosting ‘The Daily Show’ Go?

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“I am John Oliver, and let’s just all acknowledge for a moment that this is weird.” And so began John Oliver’s eight-week stint of guest-hosting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as the eponymous host takes the summer off to make his feature directorial debut. Last night’s guest Fareed Zakaria congratulated him for pulling off “a brilliant slow-motion coup” — a notion that Oliver dismissed, while granting that “as an Indian, you know how suspicious British people are when they say ‘We’ll just be here for a bit!’”
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Is John McCain’s Cable à la Carte Bill Secretly Terrible?

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Talk about hitting on a winning strategy five years too late. Forget the Alaska Governor Who Must Not Be Named — if John McCain was looking for a game-changer back in 2008, he should’ve floated the Television Consumer Freedom Act. The new legislation, which McCain introduced Thursday, aims to let cable customers select their lineups à la carte, getting only the channels they want, and eschewing the expensive ones they never watch. It would change the way the television business operates, and it could be a boon for the viewer. Maybe.
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