Here are 7 times John Oliver perfectly captured what’s wrong with America — and triggered reform

Here are 7 times John Oliver perfectly captured what’s wrong with America — and triggered reform

Adam Johnson, AlterNet John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While other shows center around round-table chats and celebrity interviews, Oliver uses his massive platform to highlight overlooked but important political issues. Recently, he told CBS that his focus was “absurd public policies.” By highlighting the absurdities of American institutions,

‘Finish what Katrina started’: Univ. of Alabama ‘appalled’ after fans display vile taunt

‘Finish what Katrina started’: Univ. of Alabama ‘appalled’ after fans display vile taunt

Arturo Garcia Officials at the University of Alabama quickly criticized would-be football fans on Friday after they used Hurricane Katrina to taunt their upcoming opponents, AL.com reported. “UA is appalled that anyone would display a banner with such an inappropriate and offensive statement,” the university said in a statement on the school’s Twitter account. “It’s

Protesters gather outside SNL studio ahead of Donald Trump’s controversial appearance

Protesters gather outside SNL studio ahead of Donald Trump’s controversial appearance

Bethania Palma Markus Protesters gathered outside NBC studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York on Saturday night to show their anger that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was hosting the weekly sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Latino groups in particular have been angered by Trump’s appearance on the program, highlighting his racist statements about

Hillary Clinton wants to loosen federal laws to allow medical research on marijuana: report

Hillary Clinton wants to loosen federal laws to allow medical research on marijuana: report

Reuters Hillary Clinton on Saturday called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits, according to media reports. Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate said changing U.S. rules would acknowledge the drug’s potential

Anti-gay pastor wants America to repent for fictional British wizard Harry Potter’s ‘homosexuality’

Anti-gay pastor wants America to repent for fictional British wizard Harry Potter’s ‘homosexuality’

Bethania Palma Markus It may be no surprise that disturbing and extremist views were expressed at the two-day National Religious Liberties Conference, mainly organized by Kevin Swanson, best known for advocating the execution of LGBT people. But of all the unhinged things said at the conference, where GOP presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov.

US military takes more aggressive stance to counter ‘Russian aggression’: Secretary of Defense

US military takes more aggressive stance to counter ‘Russian aggression’: Secretary of Defense

Agence France-Presse The United States is adapting its “operational posture” to counter Russian aggression, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday. “We are adapting our operational posture and contingency plans as we — on our own and with allies — work to deter Russia’s aggression, and to help reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners,” Carter