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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



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


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



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: 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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‘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


Bill Maher: Fringe Losers Can Ruin Everything

The “Real Time” host battles the birthers, “the far-right goofballs who claim Obama wasn’t really born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, Miss California Carrie Prejean.” [Video fixed]

Posted on Aug 2, 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


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Bill Maher: ‘Democrats Are the New Republicans’

Last week Bill Maher took on the president. This week, the “Real Time” host accuses the Democrats of selling out their principles to hedge funds and polluters: ” ... over the last 30-odd years, Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into a mental hospital.”

Posted on Jun 21, 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


Bill Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good

The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill Maher’s California Elegy

The “Real Time” host laments the ballot initiative, which, he says, has made his home state ungovernable: “This is why America’s founders wanted a representative democracy, because they knew if you gave the average guy the chance, he’d vote for a fantasy world with no taxes, free beer and vagina trees.”

Posted on May 24, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Maher on GOP Drama

The “Real Time” host marvels at Republican rage in the era of Obama: “The conservative base these days is absolutely apoplectic because ... well, nobody knows.”

Posted on Apr 26, 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

Maher Puts His Stamp of Approval on the Post Office

Even while pocketing billions in bailouts, the captains of industry who wrecked the world economy sneer at government. Just imagine, they say, if their businesses were run like the post office. “You mean the place that takes a note in my hand in L.A. on Monday and gives it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday for 42 cents?”

Posted on Mar 8, 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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Bill Maher’s Election Recap

The “Real Time” host has the highlights from the last two years of the “best election ever.”

Posted on Nov 3, 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 Defends Elitism

The “Real Time” host offers his own unique take on the bitterness fiasco: “If you think the Democrats are going to take away your Bible, you’re an idiot. If you think they’re going to take away your gun, you’re an armed idiot. And if you think they’re going to take away your gun and give it to a Mexican to kill your god, you’re Bill O’Reilly.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher vs. the Pope

The “Real Time” host uses the recent raid on a polygamist compound to point a finger at the Vatican, which he calls “the Bear Sterns of organized pedophilia—too big to fail.” This wasn’t one of Maher’s more applauded closing numbers, but it’s not one you should miss.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Maher to Democrats: ?Chill Out?

From TSA’s mood music to Obama’s bowling blunder, Bill Maher takes on the issues of the week, including the growing concern over the Democrats’ heated primary battle: “If voting can destroy the Democratic Party, then the party isn’t very democratic.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


?A Little Fit? in the Polls

A couple of recent polls have indicated that Clinton and Obama supporters would be so devastated by their candidate’s loss they would throw their support to McCain. Bill Maher asked Dan Savage to investigate the claim, and Savage concluded that voters were “having a little fit now, because they’re not going to have that little fit in November.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher vs. Terry McAuliffe

Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe joined Bill Maher on Friday for what turned into a surprisingly tough satellite interview, which ended prematurely due to technical difficulties—and perhaps because of a crack about Bill Clinton and Puerto Rico.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher on Smear Tactics

In this edition of “New Rules,” the “Real Time” host takes on Alberto Gonzales, Mexican cruises and conservative slurs: “To honor the life of William F. Buckley, conservatives have to take the high road against Barack Obama.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2008 READ MORE


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The Return of ‘New Rules’

Bill Maher’s writers are back and so is his biting commentary on the political and cultural issues of the week. In this clip, the “Real Time” host tackles the decline of the handshake, Bush’s war addiction, the fighting Romneys, McCain’s zombie army and why it isn’t amazing that the Democrats have suddenly discovered diversity.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Maher Calls for a Middle-Class Uprising

The “Real Time” host takes aim at the über-rich, as well as the disadvantaged who vote against their own economic self-interests, because “In America it’s not the haves and have nots, it’s the haves and been hads.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher on the Politics of Fear

The “Real Time” host makes the case for prioritizing our fear: “What’s really scary this Halloween is that the same group of idea-free losers who won the last presidential election could win the next one by making us afraid of the wrong things, which is why this Halloween, I’m going as something truly horrifying: a melting polar ice cap.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher showdown

Bill Maher vs. ‘9/11 Truthers’

The “Real Time” host became so frustrated with a couple of “9/11 Truthers” who infiltrated his audience Friday that he left the stage to personally oversee their expulsion. The fracas was so entertaining that HBO aired the entire incident on the West Coast feed, which could have easily been edited.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher on Phony Patriotism

The “Real Time” host agrees with Barack Obama that wearing an American flag pin is but a token of patriotism that probably doesn’t amount to much: “Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I’ll show you an a—hole.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel

Bill Maher vs. Rep. Rahm Emanuel

The “Real Time” host asks one of the Democratic Party’s shining stars the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind: If you hate the war so much, why are you paying for it?

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

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


Hagel

Hagel Calls Bush’s Use of Petraeus Dishonest

Retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel tells Bill Maher why the president’s exploitation of Gen. Petraeus is “not only a dirty trick, but it’s dishonest, it’s hypocritical, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. The fact is, this is not Petraeus’ policy, it’s Bush’s policy.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

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


Bill Maher

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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Bill Maher’s Summer Vacation

The “Real Time” host returns with a look back on the summer, full of the usual barbs like this gem about the Democrats’ FISA capitulation: “Yes the Democrats in Congress took advantage of a deeply unpopular lame duck president by caving into his every whim and agreeing to allow the attorney general to spy on Americans without a warrant.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Moore and Maher

Moore and Maher on ‘SiCKO’

Back on May 25th, Michael Moore joined “Real Time” host Bill Maher to chat about his latest, “SiCKO,” which Maher called “amazing” and “your best yet.” In case you missed it or you just can’t get enough of the all-American documentarian on this “SiCKO” Friday, check it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Maher

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


Bill Maher

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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Bill Maher: Bring Back Elitism

The “Real Time” host argues that many of America’s problems aren’t caused by the liberal, Washington, Hollywood or media elite, but by the prevalence of unqualified “hayseeds” in George W. Bush’s government. Take Monica Goodling, who, in her early 30s and with no prosecutorial experience, oversaw the U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher Says Mind Your Own Business

On last week’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took on conservative personality Michael Smerconish to defend John and Elizabeth Edwards’ right to privacy: “Since they announced this last week, so many people have become experts on what you should do when you get sick, when I don’t think it’s really anybody’s business but theirs.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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