July 2, 2014
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President Obama is the worst commander-in-chief since World War II, according to a plurality of Americans.

In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters said Obama is the worst president since at least the 1940s. (The question used the end of World War II as its cutoff.) George W. Bush came in a close second with 28 percent, followed by Richard Nixon at 13 percent.

Now, the poll should be taken with a little grain of salt. Recent presidents are expected to stand out on a subjective ranking encompassing many decades because of their temporal proximity. How many respondents weren't even born when Carter ran the White House? Hence, though Obama is named the worst president of the bunch, he's also named the fourth-best.

That said, the poll is still a brutal one for the president. Fifty-three percent of voters disapprove of his job performance — and a 45 percent plurality say the nation would be better off had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election. Jon Terbush

3:47 a.m. ET

Republicans have been railing against the Affordable Care Act since before it even passed, John Oliver noted on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. But now that Republicans control Congress and the White House, they can't just gripe about ObamaCare — and in fact, "all week long, Republicans have been dealing with an unexpected problem: constituents at town halls furious that ObamaCare might be taken away."

"So tonight, let's look at ObamaCare: what it does, what needs fixing, and how Republicans plan to replace it," Oliver said, and he started off by taking everyone back to "just how bad things were before it was passed." ObamaCare fixed some of the systemic problems — getting rid of coverage denial for pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until age 26. But even so, he said, "ObamaCare is not perfect. It had and has serious flaws," and Obama's "famously misleading" and structurally impossible claim about being able to keep your doctor has dogged the law.

On the other hand, in "something of a pattern," the GOP has "happily complained about the flaws in the law" while "often undermined the whole thing," Oliver said. "That time is now over. It is their turn to present a plan, and the clock is ticking." The GOP's replacement plan is frustratingly elusive, but we have a sense of "what Republicans want to do" from previous plans put forward by HHS Secretary Tom Price and House Speaker Paul Ryan, "and from these talking points that Ryan gave out ahead of the congressional recess."

Oliver walked viewers though the pros and cons of talking points they'll be hearing a lot about from the GOP — "refundable tax credits," "health savings accounts," Medicaid "block grants," and "state high-risk pools" — and the one crucial term Republicans won't define: "continuous coverage incentive," or their mechanism to punish people who drop insurance coverage at any time. "Republicans are in a real bind here," Oliver said. "They need a plan, and soon. And what Price and Ryan have given them so far seems to shift costs from the government to the people, and from the healthy to the sick, and fewer people are going to be covered." Oh, and since the GOP keeps on bringing up Obama's promise about keeping your doctor, he added, "let me remind you what Donald Trump has promised that you are going to do." Watch below — there is quite a bit of NSFW language, plus an unpalatable image of a man in a thong. Peter Weber

2:32 a.m. ET

The lead-in to the presentation of the best screenplay Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards had nothing to do with script-writing and everything to do with Jimmy Kimmel's celebrity feud with Matt Damon. In the pre-shot video, Kimmel is seated in a movie theater, talking about the first time he saw Damon's 2011 film We Bought a Zoo. "That's the thing about Matt, you know," Kimmel mused: "He has almost no discernible talent, but he works." Things didn't improve for Damon when he walked out onstage as the "and guest" to co-presenter and longtime friend Ben Affleck, who was obviously in on the joke and joined the ribbing.

Kimmel got the last laugh in this clip, but Damon didn't fare so poorly in the end: The film that won was Manchester By the Sea, which Damon produced with the winning screenwriter, Kenneth Lonergan, and starring Ben Affleck's younger brother, Casey, who went on to take the best leading actor Oscar. You can watch Kimmel end on a high note, however, below. Peter Weber

2:01 a.m. ET

To honor Bill Paxton, the star of Twister who died on Saturday, close to 200 storm chasers used GPS coordinates to spell out his initials on a map showing Oklahoma's stretch of Tornado Alley.

The Spotter Network came up with the tribute on Sunday, with its president, John Wetter, telling The Associated Press the group has done this for a handful of chasers, but never for someone not in the field. In Twister, Paxton famously played a storm chaser researching tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service also remembered Paxton, tweeting that Twister was "an inspiration to many budding meteorologists over the last 20 years. Thank you, Bill Paxton, a.k.a. Bill 'The Extreme' Harding." Catherine Garcia

1:37 a.m. ET
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Mel Gibson lost the Oscar for best director and Meryl Streep didn't win best actress, but they can at least cry into their swag bags, filled with thousands and thousands of dollars worth of random items.

This year's Oscars host, Jimmy Kimmel, and each of the nominees in the actor, actress, supporting actor and actress, and director categories received gift bags put together by Lash Fary. They were given so many products that they actually didn't come in bags — they were crammed into two large pieces of luggage. The most expensive retail item included was the $599 Oomi Intelligent Smart Home, the Los Angeles Times reports, which allows the A-listers to control their lights and security systems at home through an app. They also were gifted trips to Hawaii, Italy, Northern California, and the Golden Door spa; customizable Crayola crayons; an electric scooter; and a CPR kit.

None of this is sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and last year they sued Fary, alleging trademark infringement. Fary told the Times he makes it clear his gift bags, distributed by Distinctive Assets, are not affiliated with the Academy. He also revealed that only about 10 percent of nominees ever redeem the trip vouchers — in 2009, for example, Viola Davis, then nominated in the best supporting actress category, received a free African safari, Fary said, and she calls him every year for an extension. This is a marketing expense for the companies that participate, he said, as "we're not doing this as philanthropy. One of the questions I often get is, why are we gifting people who are rich and famous? Well, a gift doesn't have anything to do with a person's means or their bank account. And it's not exactly free, because the brands get to leverage the celebrities' names." Catherine Garcia

1:26 a.m. ET

President Trump and wife Melania Trump hosted 46 governors and their spouses at the black-tie Governors' Ball on Sunday evening, the first big social event of the Trump White House. President Trump appeared pleased with the night and his first month in office, telling the governors in his dinner toast that thanks to the first lady, the candle-lit "room, they say, has never looked better, but who knows?" He was also impressed with the turnout: "I hear this is a record number of governors, 46, and that's the highest number that has ever shown up to this evening." ("No fact-check was immediately available," The Washington Post said, perhaps a touch self-deprecatingly.)

"I can say that after four weeks — it's been a lot of fun — but we've accomplished almost everything we've started out to accomplish," Trump said, contradicting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "The borders are stricter, tighter. We're doing a really good job. Gen. Kelly has done a great job, militarily," he added, referring to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. "We're very happy with the way things are working but, again, we've made a lot of promises over the last two years and many of those promises already are kept so we're very honored by that." He suggested the big topic for Monday's meeting with the governors will be health care, and ended by raising his glass of water. Watch below. Peter Weber

1:14 a.m. ET

Guess what, Anne Hathaway and James Franco? Your stint hosting the Oscars in 2011 is no longer the most embarrassing moment in Academy Awards history. That honor now goes to everyone involved with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announcing La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award, rather than the actual winner, Moonlight.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie and Clyde, Beatty and Dunaway presented the Oscar for Best Picture. Beatty opened the envelope, looked at the card, then started rummaging around for another piece of paper. The audience laughed, thinking he was joking around, and Dunaway even urged him to get on with it and name the winner. He handed Dunaway the envelope, and she declared that La La Land won.

The La La Land team came up onstage and the producers had enough time to thank several people before the error was realized — Beatty and Dunaway had announced the wrong movie, and Moonlight was the real winner. After having to be told several times "this is not a joke," the audience whooped and cheered, host Jimmy Kimmel tried to smooth things over, and Beatty explained that the card he was given had said "Emma Stone" and "La La Land" and he "wasn't trying to be funny."

Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican later tweeted that accountants from PriceWaterhouseCoopers are "supposed to go onstage IMMEDIATELY if someone reads the wrong winner," and backstage, Stone told reporters she was holding her Best Actress envelope "the whole entire time." Eagle-eyed former teenage doctors shared images on social media showing Beatty holding an envelope that said "Actress in a Leading Role," and because there are two sets of cards for every category, it is entirely possible that Stone had one card and Dunaway and Beatty the other. Still, there are now more questions than answers — were Bonnie and Clyde set up to make it look like they wanted to rob Moonlight of its win? Are we sure Denzel Washington really lost to Casey Affleck? How does Russia fit into all this? Can I be in charge of the show next year? Catherine Garcia

12:31 a.m. ET
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The 2017 Academy Awards ended with a shocking twist, as Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture — despite presenter Warren Beatty announcing moments earlier that La La Land was the winner.

Beatty said the envelope he opened read "Emma Stone" and "La La Land," which is why he was confused and didn't announce the movie right away. Host Jimmy Kimmel joked that he blamed Steve Harvey, and at the end of the ceremony said he knew he would "screw this show up."

Stone did win the Best Actress award, and Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck received the award for Best Actor. Moonlight's Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, while Fences' Viola Davis won for Best Supporting Actress and La La Land's Damien Chazelle won Best Director. History was made several times over the course of the ceremony — Stone, Affleck, Ali, Davis, and Chazelle were all first-time winners, with Chazelle becoming the youngest person to win the award for Best Director and Davis the first black entertainer to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting. Catherine Garcia

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