Jenny Pierson

Has Samantha Bee Figured Out How to Persuade Skeptics That Climate Change Is Real?

"Many of Trump's supporters doubt climate science... even those who are feeling its effects in their own backyards," Samantha Bee said on her show, "Full Frontal," this week.

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SNL Asks GOP: After Allegations Against Roy Moore, How Low Can It Go?

With Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore facing allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls back when he was in his 30s, the limits of his party members' support have been tested to gross effect. The opening sketch in this week's "Saturday Night Live" (hosted by comedian Tiffany Haddish*) imagined a cringe-worthy exchange between Moore (played by Mikey Day) and Vice President Mike Pence (played by Beck Bennett), who kindly encourages Moore to drop out of the race.

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SNL Puts Trump in a Steamy Hot Shower with Manafort

Donald Trump claimed he isn't "angry at anybody" while on a call to a New York Times reporter after Robert Mueller's investigation closed in on his former campaign adviser Paul Manafort and former aide George Papadopoulos. But as played by Alec Baldwin in the opening sketch of "Saturday Night Live," he's not angry; he's a man resigned to pushing all his pawns into a "foolproof plan" (which he admits he may still fumble) to avoid taking the fall.

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The Secret Book That Determines Just How Much a Hospital Will Rip You Off

How could a patient be charged $154 for a neck brace worth $20? Or pay $137 for an IV bag worth less than $1? The answer lies in both a secret book and the history of medical billing, explains comedian Adam Conover in his show "Adam Ruins Everything."

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New York Times Copyeditors Protest Impending Layoffs in Their Own Brilliant, Inimitable Fashion

If the New York Times aims to hold the Trump administration to account, it will be doing so with approximately half the number of copyeditors, as executive editor Dean Baquet has announced plans to lay off as many as 50 staffers.

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Why Gal Gadot Is a Real-Life Wonder Woman

The new "Wonder Woman" had quite a few obstacles to contend with—and that's not even counting the many German soldiers the heroine vanquishes in the film. Men's rights activists were offended by the strong female characters and by theaters offering all-female screenings; director Patty Jenkins battled sexist misconceptions about the bankability of women directors; and the movie arrived on the heels of several major flops from D.C. As Christopher Orr wrote in The Atlantic, "Following [the] iffy... director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the sequential disasters of Snyder’s Batman v Superman and the Snyder-infused Suicide Squad, DC Comics and Warner Bros. needed an installment in their universe-building effort that was—how to put this?—not awful."

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SNL Nails How Men Would Really React in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

There's something off with the women, but the men just can't put their finger on it. In this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," host Chris Pine and castmates Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Kyle Mooney play the bros who somehow went unmentioned in Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel about a patriarchal dystopia, The Handmaid's Tale, which is now making a comeback in a new Hulu series.

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SNL Hits the Nerve of How Casually the Mar-a-Lago President Takes His Job

Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" this week for a cold open featuring some of the show's strongest impersonation talent.

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'In Trump's America, Men Work in Two Places: Coal Mines and Goldman Sachs'

"Saturday Night Live" returned this week with guest Alec Baldwin reprising his role as an openly insecure Donald Trump.

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Robert Reich Mocks Trump's Rosy Assessment of His Early Presidency

Former labor secretary Robert Reich has a few bones to pick with Donald Trump's claim that he's "had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency."

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10 Ways Trump's Taste in Interior Decor Would Fit Right into a Third-World Dictator's Palace

Gold, mirrors and marble: These huge-scale, opulent interior design elements have become so effectively branded by Donald Trump that “Saturday Night Live” would have no trouble evoking a chuckle of recognition from over-the-top Trumpian set design, before a comedian’s first line is uttered.

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SNL's Kate McKinnon Lambastes Jeff Sessions' Russia Scandal

"Saturday Night Live" returned this week with comedian Kate McKinnon's chuckle-inducing impression of Attorney General Jeff Sessions framed by Forrest Gump. Though somewhat tamer than recent SNL scathing cold opens, McKinnon and host Octavia Spencer pulled off a few winning jokes.

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Watch: Melissa McCarthy Slays It Again as Sean Spicer on SNL

Melissa McCarthy returned to "Saturday Night Live" this week to reprise her popular role as White House Press Secretary and gum-chewer supreme Sean Spicer. 

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Don't Feed the Trolls: How Outrage Fuels Sickening Careers

Ryan Holiday, the media strategist behind Tucker Max's supremely sexist (but well known by fans and haters alike) I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,  has written a playbook on trolling, titled Trust Me, I'm Lying—and so-called alt-right leaders have found his book useful. 

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'Saturday Night Live' Tweaks a Certain Kind of Trump Protester in New Short

On Friday, "Saturday Night Live" delivered an early gift to Trump resisters in dire need of a laugh—a new comedy short marking the show's Snapchat debut. The video is exclusive to the platform, but a sneak peek is making the rounds on social media and beyond.

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Children's Book Editor Lays Out Powerful Case Against Milo Yiannopoulos' Book - And Publishing Industry's Whiteness

When Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos' Simon & Schuster book deal was announced in December, it was likely done "quietly" around the holidays in the hopes that "no one would notice," FSG Books for Young Readers editorial director Joy Peskin writes in a February 6 article for Publishers Weekly. But blow up beyond industry news it did, when Yiannopoulos couldn't resist bragging about how he "spent half an hour trying to offend [S&S executives] with lewd jokes and opinions." He says he expected his antics to result in his being "escorted from the building" but crowed over the fact he was instead "offered... a wheelbarrow full of money."

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Robert Reich: Democrats Need to Stiffen Their Spines

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich criticized Democrats for not standing up to President Donald Trump in a video posted to YouTube and Reich's Facebook page Tuesday.

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Alec Baldwin Brutally and Hilariously Mocks Trump's Press Conference on SNL

In a hysterical skit that felt just one notch above our sad reality, Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to mock President-elect Donald Trump's press conference (if you can call press-bashing and lawyer-parading a press conference). 

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Racist Troll Milo Yiannopoulos Lands a Lucrative Book Deal with Publisher in the U.S., But Company Won't Publish It in the UK

Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News editor popular with the white nationalist "alt-right," landed a lucrative book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions imprint last week for an autobiography tentatively titled Dangerous. While there was considerable outcry against the deal in the U.S., the deal is still in place. But the publisher’s UK division told publishing industry magazine Bookseller Tuesday that the book will not be released in the UK.

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Colbert Fed Up With Trump's Shirking of Blame for Russian Hacks

'Tis the season to pretend to be surprised at gifts we should have seen coming. Socks, iTunes gift cards...just what we wanted! But on Friday, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert made it clear he's had enough of President-elect Donald Trump playing dumb over Russia's hacking of the election, which may have helped deliver to Trump the early Christmas present of the presidency.

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13 Top Theories for How Trump Won and Why Clinton Lost: What's Your Theory?

It’s now three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and people are still reeling. In an election that shocked the world and scrambled people’s sense of reality, Trump did what millions thought impossible: he was—sort of—elected president of the United States. True, if the U.S. were like the rest of the world, the person who got the most votes—Hillary Clinton, with in this case over 2.5 million more—would be the next president. And also true, the shenanigans, voter repression, disenfranchisement and perhaps worse that accompanied this election, mean that Donald Trump starts his term having very little legitimacy in the eyes of millions.

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SNL Pops Liberals' Bubble in Hilarious Sketch

A hilarious sketch titled "The Bubble" on this week's Saturday Night Live imagines a place where "life could continue for progressive Americans just as before" Donald Trump won the presidential election. It sounds too good to be true—and as with most utopias, it is.

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Robert Reich Disappointed in Trump's 'Hamilton' Tweets

On Friday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see the blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton." Upon recognizing Pence was in attendance, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the musical, acknowledged Pence's presence—and the audience booed. Dixon tried to curb the boos and deliver a measured message of empathy to appeal to Pence to address his record of hate against LGBT people and his denial of women's reproductive rights. It was a positive and democratic message for very tense post-election times.

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'Bigot,' 'Xenophobe,' 'Racism,' 'Misogyny' Top List of Merriam-Webster Dictionary's Most Popular Searches

On the Sunday following Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, Merriam-Webster reported on Twitter that the most popular search terms on the famous dictionary's site were for "fascism," "bigot," "xenophobe," "racism," "socialism," "resurgence," "xenophobia," and "misogyny," in that order.

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Watch: Colbert Makes It Hilariously Clear He Won't Cave to Threats to Make 'Every Critic... Bow Down to President Trump'

Amid worries of a cabinet of deplorables (from Chris Christie to Rudy Giuliani to Ben Carson to a climate-denying head of the EPA transition), "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert shared another concern to prepare for with the new president-elect Donald Trump on Thursday night.

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AlterNet Comics: Marie-Shirine Yener on What to Do If You Witness Islamophobic Harassment

Since Donald Trump won the presidency, there is evidence-based fear that members of the hateful, so-called "alt-right" may commit crimes against Muslims, Mexicans, people of color, LGBTQ people, the disabled, women, their allies, and pretty much anyone who calls out social injustice.

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Alec Baldwin Explains to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Why He Was Reluctant to Play Trump on SNL

As election day wound down, Alec Baldwin revealed what it was like to be asked (by SNL creator Lorne Michaels directly, no less) to play Donald Trump on the iconic late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. Baldwin revealed the struggle beneath his generally well-received impression of the Republican candidate for president. (Predictably, Trump objected to Baldwin's portrayal in a tweet that's both laughable and frightening when taken in the context of SNL's history of political caricature and duty to American freedom of speech.)

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Brilliant New Aimee Mann Song on the Surprising Reason Trump May Have Started His Campaign

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann debuted a new song called "Can't You Tell?" to protest Donald Trump on the second day of the "30 Days, 30 Songs" campaign last Tuesday. The song is a first-person reflection on what Mann suspects Trump may be thinking during his campaign, and it's both scathing and empathetic.

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R.E.M. Releases Song for the Election: 'World Leader Pretend' Burns Trump Hard

On Monday, a previously unheard live recording of the band R.E.M.'s song "World Leader Pretend" was released as part of the anti-Trump "30 Days, 30 Songs" campaign. The campaign is led by author Dave Eggers and features musicians including Aimee Mann, Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie.

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SNL Skit Hilariously Skewers Trump's Misogyny with Spoof of Beyoncé Video

In a brilliant music video parody of Beyoncé's "Sorry" (off the Lemonade album), "Saturday Night Live" rhetorically asks a good question: How the heck can any woman continue to support, defend or even interact with Donald Trump after the misogynist things he's said and the allegations from a growing list of women that he has sexually assaulted them?

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