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Bill Maher Plans to 'Meddle' With a House Race

Viewers will get to pick a race that he'll try to swing in 2014

(Newser) - Making fun of politicians is basically what Bill Maher does for a living, but this fall, he's going on a mission of mockery. On tonight's episode of his HBO talk show Real Time, Maher will ask viewers to help pick the worst House representative in America. Maher will... More »

Trump Suing Bill Maher Over Orangutan Bet

The Donald says he did in fact prove he's not the son of an orangutan

(Newser) - Well, that'll teach Bill Maher to make a mock bet with Donald Trump: On the Tonight Show last month, Maher told Jay Leno he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump's choice if the business mogul provided a birth certificate showing he's not the "... More »

Bill Maher Defends Eastwood: 'He Killed'

Host hates the politics but loves the delivery

(Newser) - Bill Maher may have disagreed with just about everything Clint Eastwood said in his convention speech —"I had no idea he was such a down the line, right-wing a---hole"—but he's not among those mocking the performance, notes Mediaite . People are always carping that these events... More »

Bill Maher to Occupy: Less 'Camping,' More Mobilizing

Movement could learn something from Tea Party, he suggests

(Newser) - Bill Maher has apparently lost his love for the Occupy Wall Street movement. He tore into the protest movement on last night's episode of Real Time, telling participants, "Now that summer is upon us, the Occupy Wall Street movement must think of a more effective means of protest... More »

Bill Maher Buys Stake in Mets

Helps favorite team battle through debt

(Newser) - The Mets have found an unlikely hero: Lifelong fan Bill Maher has snapped up a minority stake in the team as it struggles to overcome its debt . He says he was inspired to make the purchase after reading that the owners were selling a dozen such stakes. "First of... More »

Obama: Drug 'Legalization Is Not the Answer'

Summit leaders increasingly want to end war on drugs

(Newser) - With an election year well under way, President Obama went to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia determined to talk about trade deals and the economy. Unfortunately, many of the other leaders wanted to talk about the failed war on drugs and legalization, reports the LA Times . "In... More »

For Trayvon Killing, Bill Maher Blames ... Liberals

'Real Time' host implicates liberals for giving up on gun law battle

(Newser) - Surprise surprise, Bill Maher minced no words last night in giving his opinion on the latest Trayvon Martin news, Huffington Post reports. Showing a video on "Real Time" of George Zimmerman arriving at a police station , Maher recounted Zimmerman's story about getting a broken nose fighting Martin—and... More »

Hey, Bill Maher: Don't Knock Civility

Let's draw a line between satire and 'hateful' speech: WaPo editors

(Newser) - Bill Maher is right to call for an end to political groups' "phony umbrage" at every potentially offensive remark. But the comedian's argument is "obviously self-serving," write the editors of the Washington Post . They note that in his New York Times editorial, Maher didn't... More »

America Needs to Lose the Fake Outrage

Bill Maher thinks it's time we lighten up and stop apologizing

(Newser) - When David Axelrod called Mitt Romney's Illinois ad push a “Mittzkrieg” this week, the Republican Jewish Coalition angrily demanded that the DNC rebuke him. “Because the message of 'Mittzkrieg' was clear: Kill all the Jews,” quips Bill Maher in a New York Times op-ed. Maher,... More »

Bristol Palin to Obama: You Owe Me a Call, Too

He telephoned Sandra Fluke, so it's only fair

(Newser) - Bristol Palin is weighing in on Rush Limbaugh's "slut" mess on her blog , but it's not the shock jock who's the subject of her ire. Instead, she took President Obama to task for calling Sandra Fluke to express his disappointment in Limbaugh's comments ... while Palin'... More »

Dems: Romney Can't Face Limbaugh, Let Alone Iran

David Axelrod, Romney camp trade slams

(Newser) - The Rush Limbaugh chronicles surfaced on the campaign trail again, with David Axelrod veering off the topic of Super Tuesday to criticize Mitt Romney for his tepid response to the "slut" comment, reports the Huffington Post . If Romney can't stand up to "the most strident voices in... More »

Bill Maher Hands $1M to Obama Super PAC

Presents check during Yahoo standup show

(Newser) - Bill Maher isn't being coy about his political allegiance. As part of his standup show last night, broadcast live by Yahoo , the comedian gave a giant check for $1 million to a pro-President Obama super PAC. The money adds to the nearly $4.5 million Priorities USA Action has... More »

Bill Maher: 'Who the F*** Is Saul Alinsky?'

Maher calls conservative propaganda 'paranoid,' 'fictional'

(Newser) - With conservatives increasingly comparing the strategy of President Obama to the playbook of Saul Alinsky, Bill Maher has two angry responses: "One, why would you invite my outrage by suggesting such a specious link? ... And two, who the f--- is Saul Alinsky?" In a clip picked up by Mediaite... More »

Bill Maher’s Rules for 2012

Funnyman pokes GOP in New Year's message

(Newser) - Funnyman Bill Maher says he's still trying to finish off his New Year's resolutions from 1975, but he's got some rules the rest of America should follow in 2012—including one for Republicans. If you liked Donald Trump, and then proceeded to like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry,... More »

Bill Maher in Hot Water After 'Vile' Tebow Tweet

Some calling for HBO boycott

(Newser) - Staunch atheist Bill Maher is apparently not a huge fan of staunch Christian Tim Tebow, so when Tebow’s Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills 40-14 on Saturday, Maher wasted no time getting on Twitter. “Wow, Jesus just f---ed #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan... More »

Bill Maher, Jane Lynch Read 'Weinerlogues'

You really don't want to watch this

(Newser) - As if the Anthony Weiner saga weren't squirm-inducing enough, Bill Maher took it a step further, New York mag reports. The Real Time host brought out Jane Lynch, and the pair proceeded to give a dramatic reading of Weiner's less-than-subtle Facebook exchanges with a blackjack dealer in Vegas—... More »

Maher: The Onion Stole My ‘Afterbirther’ Joke

The only problem: they made the joke first

(Newser) - Now that President Obama has turned the birther movement into an even bigger punchline than it already was, it’s no wonder that a cackling Internet has been bandying about an Onion article headlined, “Afterbirthers Demand to See Obama’s Placenta.” Pretty funny, right? Well, Bill Maher wasn’... More »

Palin: I'm Done Whining

... about the 'lamestream' media, anyway

(Newser) - Attention, lamestream media: Sarah Palin has had it with you, to the point where she's not even going to whine about you anymore. Seems Bill Maher called her a nasty name ever-so-subtly invoking female genitalia , NOW leaped to her defense, and Palin went on Fox yesterday to tell everyone to... More »

Give Thanks for Bill Maher, Your 'Cranky Uncle'

Salon columnist: His 'passion seems to be coming from a real place'

(Newser) - The right loves to hate Bill Maher—and sometimes the left hates to love him. With his “prickly-pear” personality and his tendency to rile his audience—and not care in the slightest—“Maher is American punditry’s cranky uncle,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz on Salon . The crankiness... More »

Bill Maher to Oprah: Enough With the Materialism

He sees her 'Favorite Things' episodes as a sign of what's wrong with America

(Newser) - Bill Maher has a special Christmas message for Oprah Winfrey: Tell your “worshiping flock to sit down and stop losing your s**t over material stuff.” In a video on his website , the Real Time host called Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” episode “one of the most... More »

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