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Greenwald and Maher Clash Over Edward Snowden

“I agree with what he says,” host Bill Maher said to guest Glenn Greenwald in a conversation about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden on HBO’s “Real Time” on Friday. “And then he says something totally batsh*t.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



Gore Criticizes NSA Surveillance, Maher Slams Entrenched Congress, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Iran elects a new president and the latest Gallup poll reveals which societal institution Americans have the least amount of confidence in.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



SCOTUS Rules for Rumsfeld, Maher Slams ‘Original Teabagger’ Reagan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is created and a former colleague of Fox News host Sean Hannity has some tough criticism for him.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE


Bye-Bye Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the tea party favorite from Minnesota who was recently dubbed the winner of “Real Time’s” 2013 Craziest Congressman contest by host Bill Maher, announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in 2014.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Unscathed by Scandals, Mayor Denies Smoking Crack, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a radio host makes shocking and incendiary remarks about Hillary Clinton and Bill Maher criticizes Republicans over the issue that he says should really be causing outrage.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald vs. Maher on the ‘Unique’ Nastiness of Muslims

Friday night on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Guardian columnist and former civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald attacked the view that Islam is a “uniquely” threatening force in the world and that Muslims should be deprived of the benefits of the classical liberal values that many groups in the West have struggled to make into policy since the 18th-century Enlightenment.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE



Ted Cruz’s Presidential Buzz, Mark Sanford’s Special Election Chances, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher suggests a new rule for those who want to strip away constitutional rights to ensure “justice” and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gets a well-deserved honor. 

Posted on May 5, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Zack Kopplin Schools Conservative Economist Stephen Moore

On the latest episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the 19-year-old college student and science education activist showed how one should handle a conservative pundit who rattles off inane talking points in order to advocate for science spending cuts.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


Christian Bible ‘Insane, Bronze Age Malarkey,’ Maher Tells Kimmel

The “Real Time” host appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday where he mocked a number of his favorite topics including religious holidays, the Catholic Church and the Bible.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator Endorses Gay Marriage, Hannity Stoops to New Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the NRA’s new plan to make schools “safer” and Bill Maher scores a small victory against Donald Trump.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE


Maher Mocks Catholicism, Argues Religion Is ‘Like Wikipedia’

Comedian Bill Maher slammed the Catholic Church during the “New Rules” segment on the latest episode of “Real Time,” at one point comparing how the religion is run to his own program.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Lawmakers Seek to Legalize Pot, Trump Sues Maher, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the government’s pending legal action against S&P and Joe Scarborough becomes the latest conservative to smack down the NRA.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



Rove Takes on the Tea Party, Maher Rips ‘Con Men’ Limbaugh and Beck, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Krugman calls out “insane” NRA and Rick Perry weighs in on the news that the Boy Scouts may be ending its policy of banning gay members.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Second Term Begins, Maher on the U.S. ‘Quasi-Police State,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including sore loser Rick Santorum’s tough talk for the president and why the Republicans’ debt ceiling proposal may be a constitutional fail.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE


Trump Fires Latest Shot in Feud With Maher, Threatens Lawsuit

The Donald says he’ll sue the “Real Time” host if Maher doesn’t pay up on his $5 million offer.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Bill Maher Makes Hilarious Offer to Donald Trump

Comedian Bill Maher says he is prepared to write a check for $5 million to the charity of Donald Trump’s choice. But of course, money doesn’t come for nothing, and there’s a big catch.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Muslims Are No Different, or Why Bill Maher’s Blood Libel Is Bigotry

Comedian Bill Maher puts himself in the company of “9/11 liberals” who believe that Islam as a religion is different and decidedly worse than all other religions. He said Friday that “at least half of all Muslims believe it is all right to kill someone who insults the Prophet.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Maher Takes On That Anti-Obama Filmmaker

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday to defend his depiction of the president in his new film “2016: Obama’s America.” But item by item, Maher dismantled D’Souza’s flimsy claims about Obama’s pre-political past and his performance in the White House.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Maher on ‘Conan’: Obama Not First Gay President

When Newsweek published a cover this week that declared Obama America’s “first gay president” after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage, it raised some eyebrows. On Tuesday, comedian Bill Maher addressed the controversial cover during an interview with Conan O’Brien.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Where Are the Good New Jobs?

Good jobs news is one thing, but where are the good new jobs? The answer to that question may well be worth at least the amount of our nation’s deficit.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama’s Celebrity Corps Smaller, Less Enthusiastic This Season

Matt Damon has spoken of his disappointment with Barack Obama, his favorite candidate from 2008, and other famous Obama boosters from the last election cycle are also less willing to lend their names to the president’s cause this time around.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Our Delusions of Grandeur Will Save the World

It’s easy to see that apathy among a subset of middle-class youth is turning to politicization, and the natural form of this politicization is protest against the neoliberal state’s slashing of the social benefits that created the modern middle class in the first place.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE


O’Reilly and Maher Talk Tea Party, Deficit

Bill Maher is one of the non-apathetic, still supportive liberals when it comes to President Obama, and thus Bill O’Reilly brought Maher onto his Fox News show Wednesday for a debate about the tea party, Obama’s opinion ratings and which president is to blame for our staggering deficit.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Maher: Put Apple in Charge

The “Real Time” host says America is stuck in the mud and desperately needs a trip to the Genius Bar.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Don’t Drill, Baby, Drill

Just a month after President Obama’s rightward lunge into the realm of political appeasement known as offshore drilling, the administration reinstituted a ban on new drilling as it investigates the causes of the rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on the GOP: ‘They’re Such Sore Losers’

Bill Maher was his usual irreverent self on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” praising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “balls” in the health care reform saga and riffing on the infamous “death panel” controversy in ways Sarah Palin most definitely won’t appreciate.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Are You There Russia? It’s Me, Dipshit’: Maher Rips on Palin’s Memoir

Bill Maher couldn’t contain his glee on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time” while rattling off some alternative titles for Sarah Palin’s upcoming memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” had it been ghostwritten by several famous writers—even some long-dead ones.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Not All Scandals Are Equal

Bill Maher compares the letters of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who fell in love in Argentina, with the texts of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who fell for congressional pages.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

The “Real Time” host has some harsh words for the president, who, he says, is caving to insurance companies, banks and polluters: “This is not getting the job done. And this is not what I voted for.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’

The whip-smart and ever-sly Gore Vidal visited “Real Time” on Friday, giving his historical and sometimes hysterically funny take on the state of the United States. He also revisited a few key moments from his personal history, illustrated by some priceless archival footage found by Bill Maher’s crack research team. Is it too soon to make an Amelia Earhart joke?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE


‘How Did This Country Get Stuck With an Empire?’

With military personnel deployed in 150 countries, Bill Maher says bringing the troops home from Iraq is only the tip of the iceberg. “Can you imagine if there were 20,000 armed Guatemalans on a base in San Bernardino right now? Lou Dobbs would become a suicide bomber.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin Gets De-Witched

It’s no secret that Bill Maher is suspicious of organized religion (or any other variety of religion, for that matter), but something about Sarah Palin’s videotaped encounter with witch-wary Pastor Thomas Muthee of the Wasilla Assembly of God Church gets Maher especially wound up in this clip from his Oct. 3 show.

Posted on Oct 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Naomi Klein: Palin = ‘Bush in Drag’

Here’s a sound bite for the ages: “The Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein was one of the panelists on the Sept. 19 episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and when the conversation inevitably turned to Sarah Palin, Klein pronounced the GOP VP nominee to be “basically Bush in drag.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher: ‘We’re Not the Crazy Ones’

The “Real Time” host argues that it’s about time for the growing “rationalist” minority to challenge the ubiquity of religion in politics.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on Bush’s Missionary Zeal

The “Real Time” host compares the arrogance of missionaries to that of the president, who claims certainty as a virtue: “And the message you hear from Bush apologists these days is,  ‘Oh, sure, short-term Bush may have f—ked everything up, but he’s thinking long-term—hundred years into the future.’ Well, thank you George W. Nostradamus, America’s first science-fiction president.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher vs. the Cult of Di

If the muted response from his normally rambunctious audience was any indication, Bill Maher might have crossed a line on Friday, but he deserves praise for confronting a senseless taboo, exploring the death of Princess Di without the usual beatification and self-flagellation.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on Bargain Karma

The “Real Time” host takes on Mother Teresa’s doubts, Obama’s “blackness” and the high cost of low morals in our bargain-crazed culture: “Let’s have a war and cut taxes, what could go wrong? Let’s give mortgages to the homeless. Sounds like a plan! Let’s buy toys from a communist police state, you just know they’ll put in a little extra love.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Why Bush Is the Worst President Ever

Bill Maher explains why he thinks Jimmy Carter was right (before he changed his tune) when he said that George W. Bush is the worst president ever. Although, as the “Real Time” host points out, you don’t get to be the worst without just a little help from the opposition.

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Maher on Falwell: ‘Death Isn’t Always Sad’

Bill Maher celebrates the passing of an intolerant icon: “Now I know you’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but I think we can make an exception, because speaking ill of the dead was kind of Jerry Falwell’s hobby.”

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on LAPD Bullies

In light of the LAPD’s recent storm trooper-like behavior, Bill Maher reminds police everywhere, “We want to support you—even to love you—but you have to remember, it says ‘To protect and serve’ on the side of the car, not ‘What the f—- are you looking at?’ ”

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Real Time’ Panelists Look at Katrina Aid Debacle

Bill Maher assembled a panel, consisting of actors Sean Penn and Gary Shandling and Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford Jr., to speculate about the myriad reasons (none of them good) why the U.S. turned down hundreds of millions of dollars in aid offered by other nations after Hurricane Katrina.

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


Maher: Guns Don’t Kill People, Bush Does

With his closing monologue from last week’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took aim at the president and his followers, “the 29 percent of Americans who still think he’s doing a heckuva job.”

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher: Make Every Day Earth Day

The “Real Time” host argues that honoring the planet once a year isn’t enough to keep pace with cultural complacency or the endless stream of new environmental dilemmas that threaten us.

Posted on Apr 22, 2007 READ MORE


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