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The 17 Most Important Political TV Series of All Time, From ‘West Wing’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Photos)

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The 17 Most Important Political TV Series of All Time, From ‘West Wing’ to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (Photos)
TV shows have been taking on politics for decades. Long before “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “House of Cards” hit the small screen, viewers got inside looks at presidential campaigns, White House senior staffers, and the world of counterterrorism. Take a look back at the greatest political TV shows of all time.

Yes, Minister (1980-82)

We start our list on the other side of the pond. This classic British show starred Paul Eddington as the minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs, with Nigel Harthorne and Derek Fowlds as his two secretaries. The show inspired numerous spinoffs and was a favorite of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

Tanner ’88 (1988)

This early political mockumentary miniseries from Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) provided a behind-the-scenes look at the fictional campaign of former Michigan representative Jack Tanner as he sought to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. The series starred Michael Murphy in the title role,
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Of Course Roger Stone Is Making Personal Appearances at Strip Clubs

On Monday, a post surfaced on Twitter featuring a screengrab of a pop-up ad for a dual personal appearance at Southside Paper Moon, a gentleman’s club in Richmond, Virginia. The ad promoted an appearance by Kristin Davis, a woman best known as the “Manhattan Madam,” who ran an escort agency in the early-2000s before serving four months in prison for money laundering and promoting prostitution; and Roger Stone, the Nixon acolyte, notorious right-wing political operative and former Trump adviser who was arrested back in January and indicted for witness tampering,
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Watch Samantha Bee Slam ‘America’s Athlete’s Foot’ Roger Stone

Watch Samantha Bee Slam ‘America’s Athlete’s Foot’ Roger Stone
Samantha Bee deconstructed the Machiavellian aura Roger Stone has built for himself, comparing the Republican operative and President Donald Trump’s longtime ally, instead, to athletes foot on Full Frontal Wednesday.

Last Friday, Stone was indicted as part of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and charged with seven counts related to his ties to WikiLeaks, which published thousands of hacked Democratic emails. The indictment was the culmination of a career in which Stone has tried to position himself as a wily political mastermind, a self-described “agent provocateur,
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Barbra Streisand Talks Donald Trump With Bill Maher, Urges Media To Stop Covering Rallies

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Barbra Streisand Talks Donald Trump With Bill Maher, Urges Media To Stop Covering Rallies
Updated with video: “Real sadness as well as anger, I must say, motivated me,” Barbra Streisand told Bill Maher about the act of making her new album, Walls.

“I couldn’t sleep nights. The photographs in my head – the pictures of the children being ripped out of the arms of their parents,” she explained on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

People voting often “don’t know the specifics, but they kind of sense whether you are for real,” Maher described. “Not everybody, even in my own audience, agrees with me on stuff. But the bond is that they know I’m never pulling a punch. I’m always being straight with them. … It’s very powerful. And when you’re like that, you can be friends with other side.”

Maher noted that Streisand recently got a call from 1996 Gop presidential nominee Bob Dole — who, Maher confessed, he did not realize was still alive.
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Lawmakers Seek to Posthumously Award Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin

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Lawmakers Seek to Posthumously Award Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin
Washington — A group of lawmakers introduced legislation on Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin, who died last week.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) are among the co-sponsors of the legislation in the Senate, while Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) are co-sponsors in the House.

In a statement, Harris said Franklin “was simply a legend. Her work and impact will be felt for generations to come, and it’s long past time Congress honor her with the Congressional Gold Medal.”

She said, “from listening to ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ to standing in the living room dancing to ‘Rock Steady’ over and over again, to hearing from the Queen herself how lucky I was to be young, gifted, and black — Aretha’s songs were the soundtrack of my childhood.”

Hatch said Franklin “brought light, laughter, and love to all who would hear.
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How Kris Kobach Could Make Kansas Crazy Again

Update: 12:30 p.m. Et: President Trump has officially endorsed Kris Kobach.

Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country – he will be a Great Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. Vote Tuesday!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018

Original story below.

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Here’s a trick question for you: How could Kansas — or any other state in the union — conceivably find a
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Donald Trump: Paul Manafort Being Treated Worse Than Al Capone

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Al Capone, the Chicago mobster dead more than 70 years, is trending worldwide on Twitter this morning because President Donald Trump tweeted that authorities treated the gangster better than they are treating his former campaign chief Paul Manafort. This on Day 2 of Manafort’s trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of tax and bank fraud, not related to Robert Mueller’s Russia election tamper investigation, though that distinction seems lost on Trump.

In this morning’s Twitter tirade, Trump suggested the feds have it in for Manafort, treated him worse than they did Al Capone in the 30’s.

“Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and Public Enemy Number One’ or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing?” Trump asked.

(The Chicago mobster was convicted of tax evasion in the 30’s and spent time in Alcatraz
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Donald Trump Demands Ag Jeff Sessions End Russia Probe As Paul Manafort Trial Starts Day 2

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Donald Trump Demands Ag Jeff Sessions End Russia Probe As Paul Manafort Trial Starts Day 2
Updated: Just one day into the trial of his former campaign chief Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions immediately pull the plug on Robert Mueller’s Russian election-tamper probe.

“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump tweeted before Day 2 of Manafort’s trial got underway. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the USA!”

Sessions, of course, recused himself from the Russia election probe, and Manafort is on trial for business dealings not directly related to Mueller’s Russia probe. Trump, however, connects the dots, via Twitter. This as the White House works hard to impress upon the press the distinction between the Russia election tamper probe and the Manafort trial.
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Kimmel Clowns Trump for Downplaying Manafort’s Role in His Campaign: ‘If This Is a Witch Hunt, They Caught a Witch’

One of the stranger things that happened on Friday was when Trump paid a visit to “Fox & Friends,” which was broadcasting from the White House lawn, and then did follow-up interviews with other outlets immediately after. Trump covered a ton of ground during the long sequence of comments, and Jimmy Kimmel tried to sift through them during his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” monologue Friday night.

Kimmel started with various comments Trump made about Kim Jong Un, singling out one as “the most insane” the bit where Trump said: “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” When Kimmel played the clip it drew loud groans from the studio audience.

“Right, nothing un-American about that. All he wants from us is when he speaks, we sit up at attention. Steve Doocy does it, is it too much to ask from the rest of us?
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Donald Trump Blasts Judge’s “Very Unfair” Decision to Revoke Paul Manafort Bail Over Witness Tamper Charge

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Donald Trump Blasts Judge’s “Very Unfair” Decision to Revoke Paul Manafort Bail Over Witness Tamper Charge
Updated with Trump tweet: “Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns,” President Donald Trump tweeted after news networks showed footage of his former campaign manager heading to jail after a judge revoked his bail on witness tampering allegations.

“Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob,” Trump snarked. “What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair.”

For accuracy sake: Manafort was not, as Trump tweeted, “sentenced.”

Anyway, here is that tweet:

Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns. Didn’t know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018

Previous: Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman,
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Newman's Own Foundation Honors Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole For Their Longtime Support of Veterans

Newman's Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans.

An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.

In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.

“The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman’s Own,
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The Funniest Memes About Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad Fiasco

The Funniest Memes About Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad Fiasco
The controversial Pepsi ad starring Kendall Jenner may have been short-lived, but unfortunately for those involved its legacy will be immortalized on the internet forever.

The spot—which depicted the reality star easing the tension between police officers and protestors with a can of Pepsi—was widely seen as insensitive and tone deaf, prompting the company to pull the ad just one day after it was released.

Everyone from Lena Dunham to Madonna to Bernice King have since skewered the ad, and as is common in the age of social media, many others took to their keyboards to express their feelings.
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IFC Center’s First Annual Split Screens Festival Celebrating TV to Debut in June

Television is getting its own week-long festival, thanks to IFC Center and Matt Zoller Seitz.

IFC Center announced the launch of its new annual event, the Split Screens Festival, taking place in June. The celebration will be curated by noted critic and author Matt Zoller Seitz.

“There is no better time to take a close look at television as an art form,” said Seitz in a statement. “Split Screens Festival will offer an intimate venue to examine the medium’s Platinum Age, which has perfected new storytelling techniques and created characters that seem as vivid to viewers as the flesh-and-blood people they know and love. It’s an honor to chronicle this amazing time as a critic, and I’m pleased to be spearheading this amazing festival with IFC Center.”

Read More: Tribeca Unveils TV Lineup for 2017 Film Festival

IFC Center’s Gm John Vanco added, “The accomplishments of artists
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‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel

‘Trainspotting’ Author Irvine Welsh Wants Donald Trump to Watch and Publicly Condemn the Sequel
Donald Trump made headlines in January for holding a screening of “Finding Dory” at the White House, but if “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh had his way, the President would be screening a far more controversial title. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Welsh goes on record saying he wants Trump not only to see “T2: Trainspotting,” but to also condemn the movie publicly (probably in one of his notorious Twitter rants).

Read More: ‘T2 Trainspotting’: How the Screenplay Convinced Danny Boyle to Resurrect a Cult Classic — Watch

“There’s two things you want whether you do a film or a book,” Welsh said. “You want the approval of cool people and the condemnation of an asshole. The condemnation of a prominent asshole is absolutely fantastic.”

Welsh recalls the response to the original film’s U.S. release in 1996. Bob Dole, who was the Republican nominee against Bill Clinton in the Presidential race,
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Oliver Stone Novel ‘A Child’s Night Dream’ to Be Filmed By His Son

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Oliver Stone Novel ‘A Child’s Night Dream’ to Be Filmed By His Son
Sean Stone is keeping it in the family for his next project as writer/director: an adaptation of his father Oliver’s novel “A Child’s Night Dream.” The younger Stone has already written a screenplay based on the book, which the Academy Award–winning filmmaker wrote when he was 19 and serving in the military. Deadline first broke the news.

Set in Vietnam and based on the “Platoon” and “Born on the 4th of July” director’s own experiences, “A Child’s Night Dream” was first published in 1997. The story will be moved to the aftermath of 9/11 for the film adaptation. Now 31, Sean says he’s been working on the adaptation since he was 15. “My own high school and early college years informed the script, and helped it evolve
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Watch Oliver Stone’s Controversial Fidel Castro Doc That HBO Wouldn’t Show

Watch Oliver Stone’s Controversial Fidel Castro Doc That HBO Wouldn’t Show
Back in 2002, Oliver Stone and his film crew flew to Cuba for three days and visited the country’s leader Fidel Castro for his documentary “Comandante.” The dictator, who died this past Friday, November 25, and the filmmaker discussed many topics ranging from his love life, political repression, free elections, among other subjects.

Stone’s doc, partly produced by HBO, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was planned for broadcast on the cable network. Unfortunately, two weeks before it was supposed to air, the film was pulled after Castro executed three hijackers of a ferry to the Us and imprisoned more than 70 political dissidents.

“I was heartbroken,” Stone told the New York Times at the time. “Comandante” was never theatrically released in the states but Stone created two other documentaries about the Cuban President, “Looking for Fidel” (2003) and “Castro in Winter” (2012), which chronicles Castro’s deteriorating heath and position in Cuba.
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Quentin Tarantino Teases Intriguing New Project, Set in 1970

Quentin Tarantino Teases Intriguing New Project, Set in 1970
Quentin Tarantino held a masterclass during the Lumière Festival in Lyon, France where he revealed tidbits about his new project that he’s been researching for four years. The subject is the 1970s and how that decade marked a turning point for American and international cinema. Calling it a “work in progress,” the director told the crowd he’s still figuring out what it will be.

“Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I’m figuring it out,” he said, via Deadline.

Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremau, who also runs this event. This year “The Hateful Eight” helmer curated a handful of films from the ‘70s that will be presented throughout the week. Some of the movies that will be screened include Arthur Hiller’s “Love Story,” Dario Argento’s “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage,
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Quentin Tarantino: His Career in Posters

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Quentin Tarantino: His Career in Posters
The writer/director has one of Hollywood’s most distinguished bodies of work over the last two decades. Here it is in poster form.

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Atten-Hut! Tom Hanks Kicks Off His Role as Chair of Hidden Heroes Campaign for Military Caregivers

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Atten-Hut! Tom Hanks Kicks Off His Role as Chair of Hidden Heroes Campaign for Military Caregivers
Tom Hanks is parlaying his onscreen experiences into a real-life campaign to help the rarely celebrated caregivers who aide military members who are injured in action. Hanks helped Army wife Jessica Allen launch the Hidden Heroes campaign on Tuesday during an appearance on the Today show. "I've covered some of this turf in my fake life as an actor who puts on other people's clothes, and the emotional impact of a number of those jobs, it's never left," Hanks, who starred in Saving Private Ryan, told Matt Lauer. "It comes down to a chance to serve and I think help
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Atten-Hut! Tom Hanks Kicks Off His Role as Chair of Hidden Heroes Campaign for Military Caregivers

  • PEOPLE.com
Atten-Hut! Tom Hanks Kicks Off His Role as Chair of Hidden Heroes Campaign for Military Caregivers
Tom Hanks is parlaying his onscreen experiences into a real-life campaign to help the rarely celebrated caregivers who aide military members who are injured in action. Hanks helped Army wife Jessica Allen launch the Hidden Heroes campaign on Tuesday during an appearance on the Today show. "I've covered some of this turf in my fake life as an actor who puts on other people's clothes, and the emotional impact of a number of those jobs, it's never left," Hanks, who starred in Saving Private Ryan, told Matt Lauer. "It comes down to a chance to serve and I think help
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