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"Name me one case where a man named Oz claimed mystical powers and led people horribly astray," Oliver joked at one point. "Just one — you can't do it!"
Last week, the Senate grilled and shamed Dr. Mehmet Oz for hawking miracle pills on his popular syndicated TV talk show. On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver did the same, but much more amusingly. "Name me one case where a man named Oz claimed mystical powers and led people horribly astray," Oliver joked at one point. The literary references didn't stop there. Oliver also drew on folk tales like "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Emperor's ...
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This is a really sad story. But should priests own handguns?
On Monday, police in Phoenix, Arizona, announced that they've arrested a homeless ex-convict for the June 11 murder of a Catholic priest, Rev. Kenneth Walker, and the beating of his colleague, Rev. Joseph Terra. The accused, 54-year-old Gary Michael Moran, has already spent at least eight years in jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges, and police say he stole a camera and car from the priests. The story of the assault...
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It's a risky play, involving tearing into FIFA and organized religion...
John Oliver absolutely loves the World Cup, which starts in Brazil this week, but he really hates FIFA, the "cartoonishly evil" organization that puts it on. That's the delicious tension at the heart of Sunday night's Last Week Tonight. Just how bad is FIFA, soccer's global governing body? Oliver plausibly compared it to a Brazilian bikini wax, a kangaroo court, slave-driving Egyptian pharaohs, and extortionists. After trashing FIFA for about 10...
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Snowden is a whistleblower, but only regarding domestic surveillance. He's also something much more sinister:
NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the Obama administration are having a public spat over how much Snowden protested agency surveillance to his NSA bosses before going rogue and leaking government secrets to a handful of reporters. At issue is whether Snowden is a "whistleblower" or, I guess, a traitor. In his NBC News interview, Snowden insisted that he had "raised the complaints not just officially in writing through email to these offices and thes...
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Will this help sell Noah to religious conservatives or nonreligious liberals? Probably not. But...
Conservatives have long been angry that today's godless liberals in Hollywood couldn't be bothered with making movies from the Bible, noted Jon Stewart in Tuesday night's Daily Show. Well, Hollywood is now coming out with some big-budget Biblical epics — notably Darren Aronofsky's successful new film version of the Noah's Ark story — and... religious conservatives still aren't happy. Stewart picked through some of the criticisms of Noah — the fil...
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Are you smarter than Arthur Chu? Watch the moment he (finally) lost on Jeopardy!
If Ken Jennings is everybody's favorite Jeopardy! champ, Arthur Chu has been cast as the "villain." After 12 straight days and almost $300,000, Chu's reign ended on Wednesday night, with a question — appropriately enough — about the British monarchy. Could you have beat Chu? Without searching the web, or watching the video below, can you name "the last male monarch who had not been prince of Wales"? The Washington Post has complied all the oth...
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This is a big deal, from one of America's biggest and most important Protestant denominations:
On Thursday, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to allow Presbyterian ministers to perform same-sex marriages, where legal. The church's General Assembly also approved a change the church's constitution, which now defines marriage as between "two people, traditionally a man and a woman," not just "a man and a woman." The first change, allowing pastors to perform "any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform," takes effec...
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs a new mediator. Pope Francis is actually a pretty good candidate:
Politicians have been fruitlessly tacking the political side of the conflict. Maybe its time for a man who gets the religious part — and believes in miracles.
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"Bergdahl may be guilty of desertion or the lesser crime of going AWOL, and he may have betrayed his fellow soldiers. But his former platoon members don't have those answers. Really, none of us do yet. And we may not for a while."
You don't know as much about Bergdahl's captivity as you probably think
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The increase is a rarity in post-1960s America, and Pew has lots of great charts to explain why more women are staying home with the kids — and why your assumptions might be wrong.
More mothers in the U.S. are staying home to raise their children than in 2000, an unusual rise documented in a new survey from the Pew Research Center. But the increase to 29 percent, from a low of 23 percent 14 years ago, doesn't mean women are putting their outside careers on hold en masse. And the ones who are, through choice or necessity, aren't the "opt-out" moms fussed over in the media. In fact, stay-at-home moms (SAHMs, colloquially) ...
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Whether the CIA, with legal backing from the Bush administration, tortured detainees or merely roughly interrogated them in an enhanced manner may seem like a question of semantics. But with the Senate Intelligence Committee on the cusp of releasing a blockbuster report detailing what it (and the dictionary, probably) calls torture by the CIA, Jon Stewart took a moment on Monday night's Daily Show to check in on how the three men in charge of the...
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