March 7, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84 years old and, as she remarks in the inspiring new trailer for RBG, "everyone wants to take a picture with me." One of the most talked about films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, RBG seeks to honor Ginsburg's groundbreaking career and her 25 years on the Supreme Court. It is "a rare peek behind the curtain" at the life of "the Thurgood Marshall of Women's Rights" — pushups, internet memes, and all.

In its review of the film, Indiewire calls RBG a "fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing documentary that makes one heck of a play to remind people of Ginsburg's vitality and importance, now more than ever." Watch the trailer below, and RBG in theaters May 4. Jeva Lange

March 7, 2018

Sen. Ted Cruz (R) welcomed his Democratic challenger, Beto O'Rourke, to the Texas Senate race on Tuesday night with the release of a song mocking his name. "If You're Gonna Run in Texas, You Can't Be a Liberal Man" won't exactly be winning any Grammys, but it did earn some questions from New Day's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday morning on CNN.

"You go after Beto for his name," Cuomo observed after playing a clip of the radio ad, which contains lyrics like "I remember reading stories, liberal Robert wanted to fit in, so he changed his name to Beto, and hid it with a grin."

"Look," Cuomo told Cruz. "Your name is Rafael. You go by Ted. Your middle name is Edward. That's an anglicized version of it. [O'Rourke] went the other way and has a more ethnic version of his name. Why go after it? You're both doing the same thing." (The jingle, it might be noted, is apocryphal, seeing as O'Rourke has evidently gone by "Beto" since he was a small child.)

Cruz confirmed his name is Rafael and said the ad is just having "a sense of humor," which is notably suspect given Cruz isn't exactly a comedian. Cuomo, though, let it slide, complimenting Cruz on the song's "catchy title." Watch their amusing exchange below. Jeva Lange

March 5, 2018

The popular Netflix series Black Mirror announced Monday that it had been renewed for a fifth season, dropping a teaser trailer that is characteristically opaque. Released on Twitter, the teaser shows rows of old Black Mirror episodes ominously buffering — low bandwidth truly is a dystopian nightmare — and is marked with an equally vague tagline: "The future will be brighter than ever."

Some people tried deciphering what the message and its teaser could mean:

While others knew exactly what they wanted from the upcoming season:

The critically-acclaimed series was acquired by Netflix in 2015 and has already racked up two Emmys. The show's fourth season covered a lot of ground — from dating apps to memory implants and a racially charged museum of horrors — though it's not clear what will be tackled in the fifth installment. Read more about Black Mirror's return here. Mary Catalfamo

February 28, 2018

YouTube has frozen InfoWars' channel because of complaints that its conspiracy theories about the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting violated the site's policies, and now Alex Jones' conspiracy factory is one strike away from being banned. "What? Three strikes and you're out? Nothing could be less American," Jordan Klepper said on Tuesday's The Opposition. The complaints are clearly "fake news," he added. "InfoWars has been truth-telling like this for years — since lizard people first demanded immigration rights."

"Alex Jones says the things no one else would because only he dares to stoop so brave," Klepper said. "That's why the establishment comes after him like this. Everyone has it in for Alex Jones: CNN, MSNBC, cholesterol, and now there's a new narc yapping at his heels." He showed clips of Jones repeatedly attacking some guy named Jordan Keppler. This moment is why The Opposition was created, and Klepper seized it.

"Here's the crazy thing: Jones is upset because this 'Jordan Keppler' criticized InfoWars for reporting crisis actors were employed after the Parkland shooting — the same claims that got him his first YouTube strike," Klepper said. "And what's even more wild, the same night this Keppler guy was attacking InfoWars, our show, hosted by me, Jordan Klepper, was very sincerely defending InfoWars for that same story! This Keppler is a disgusting deep-state mole."

"The fact is, Alex Jones is facing a potential ban from YouTube because of the things his show said," Klepper said. "Now, is that his fault? No! It's the fault of people like Jordan Keppler. ... We need to spread the word — tweet @realAlexJones all the things that Jordan Keppler has ruined so he knows to #BlameKeppler. Because if there's not a shadowy figure on the horizon who you can blame all your problems on, then the problem is you. And that sounds like some crazy conspiracy theory." Watch below. Peter Weber

February 27, 2018

CNN's Chris Cuomo was willing to admit that having a difference of opinion is one of the beautiful things about democracy during an interview Tuesday with former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, but the New Day host sharply drew the line at a difference in facts. The debate arose from Cuomo's insistence that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. "Was Trump or any of his people involved? Then you start getting different opinions," Cuomo said. "But not on whether or not the Russians were here."

"Yes, you're absolutely right, we have totally different perspectives on things, but that's the beauty of democracy, Chris," Page replied.

"No," Cuomo immediately interrupted. "No, no, no, the beauty of democracy is the [John Milton] 'Marketplace of free ideas,' I'm with you on that. Not on facts. You can have your own opinion, you can't have your own facts." He added: "The Russians tried to interfere in the election. That's a fact. That's a fact by everybody who looks at it objectively. To fight it raises suspicions of motivation."

Page attempted to argue that "all I know is what I've personally experienced," but Cuomo nipped that one in the bud, too. "But that's not the basis for opinion. You're too smart for that, Carter," the host shot back. Watch the exchange below, which heats up around the 8:00 mark. Jeva Lange

February 26, 2018

Ivanka Trump is being blasted for playing what many believe is "the daughter card" while also serving as a senior adviser to the president. Trump scolded a reporter Monday for asking if she believes the women who have accused her father, President Trump, of sexual misconduct: "I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he's affirmatively stated there's no truth to it," she answered.

Not everyone is buying her argument. "It's not an inappropriate question," tweeted The Washington Post's Philip Rucker. "Ivanka Trump has chosen to work in the [White] House as a staffer and presidential adviser. She can choose not to answer, but it's a fair question by [NBC News' Peter Alexander]." Added The Daily Show's Anthony De Rosa: "It's entirely appropriate for a reporter to ask a senior White House adviser about claims of sexual misconduct against her boss. It's not the reporter's problem if our government has become a Nepotocracy."

Writer Ana Marie Cox also jumped in: "As other journalists have pointed out: It's a completely 'appropriate' question to ask a WH staffer; it's an UNCOMFORTABLE question to ask a daughter of her father but even then, it's a question both her father's supporters and critics deserve an answer to."

Trump made her comment from South Korea, where she attended the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony as a "high-level delegate." Her four-day trip included a private meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and discussions about North Korea. Jeva Lange

February 23, 2018

The second day of the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference has begun, with President Trump set to speak at 10:05 a.m. ET. The gathering in National Harbor, Maryland, is one of the biggest events of the year for conservative activists, with attendance known to top 10,000 people.

Following Trump's speech is a panel on "the new Trump Doctrine" at 11:15 a.m.; a conversation between White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the administrator of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, at 11:55 a.m.; a speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at 12:30 p.m.; and a talk by British pro-Trump politician Nigel Farage at 3:35 p.m.

See the full schedule here and watch CPAC live below. Jeva Lange

February 23, 2018

President Trump will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, although his vision and voice were strongly felt throughout the first day of events Thursday in speeches by Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was one of the lone voices of criticism, hitting Trump for "his repeated untruths, which earned some applause," observed Tom Kludt for Reliable Sources.

Trump is set to speak at 10:05 a.m. ET, and his message will be "a test of whether or not the conference can move on from the issue that gripped most of the day on Thursday — responding to last week's shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 people," NPR reports. Watch a live stream here. Jeva Lange

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