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John Oliver Delivers Emotional Plea to Trump and America in Wake of Dayton and El Paso Mass Shootings

John Oliver Delivers Emotional Plea to Trump and America in Wake of Dayton and El Paso Mass ShootingsHBOOn Sunday evening, prior to airing the latest taping of his Emmy-winning program Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver addressed the audience with a message in the wake of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that have left 29 people died and dozens more injured. “Before we start our show tonight… as I’m sure you’re aware, America has just seen two mass shootings within 24 hours—in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. And while it’s still very early, I just feel like there are a couple of points that seem worth mentioning here,” the comedian said. “First, when it comes to gun control, I know it can feel like everything’s been said before… but while the depressingly familiar numbness that we may be currently feeling can help you handle the pain in the short term, in the long term, it can actually be a real problem—because unless something hurts as much as it’s supposed to, nothing gets done about it. And something has got to be done here. And not just about guns,” he continued. The late-night host then, with tears welling up in his eyes, pinned some of the blame for the shootings on the xenophobic rhetoric of President Trump, who kicked off his presidential run by branding Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, and has since referred to migrants crossing the southern border as an “invasion” thousands of times. “The El Paso shooting is currently being investigated as a hate crime, and the shooter’s manifesto featured anti-immigrant language that may well be familiar to you from certain cable networks and certain presidents,” Oliver explained, flashing a picture of Trump on the screen. “And clearly, white nationalism and anti-immigrant hysteria did not start with this president, but he certainly seems to create an environment where those kinds of views can fester and indeed thrive.” He added, “In fact, just three months ago, as he was deliberately winding up a crowd with the image of 15,000 immigrants marching toward the border, this happened.” John Oliver Drags Meghan McCain: ‘The Most Embarrassing Child of a Prominent Political Figure’Oliver then threw to a clip of Trump at a May rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he laughed away a comment from an audience member about shooting immigrants. “How do you stop these people? You can’t!” Trump exclaimed. When someone in the rally crowd yelled, “Shoot them!,” he chuckled and responded, “That’s only in the Panhandle that you can get away with that stuff! Only in the Panhandle!” “Yeah, but here is the thing about that: It is not only in the Panhandle where you can get away with that statement,” said Oliver. “You can now get away with it all over the country, and, as he just made painfully clear, in any room the actual president is in—which is absolutely appalling, and that is something we cannot afford to get numb to, because if that ever, for even a moment, feels like it’s become normal, we are completely fucked.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Oliver Stone Asks Vladimir Putin to Be His Daughter’s Godfather

Oliver Stone Asks Vladimir Putin to Be His Daughter’s GodfatherAlexey Nikolsky/AFP/GettyFilmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. “Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down in the Kremlin. “We’ll make her that [Orthodox],” Stone replied, according to a transcript of the interview put out by the Kremlin Friday. Putin appeared to wriggle his way out of the proposal (“You have to ask her,” he said) before Stone went on to complain about “American culture,” taking particular issue with what he described as a focus on gender identity and people labeling themselves as “transgender” and “cisgender.” Stone quickly steered the conversation toward a controversial 2013 Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda” among minors, a law which experts say has prompted a surge of homophobic violence in the country. “It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law,” Stone said. The interview, transcripts of which were released Friday, took place in mid-June, shortly before Stone announced the upcoming premiere of his new documentary Revealing Ukraine, which purports to “investigate” the “ongoing Ukrainian crisis” but seems instead to serve as a promotional spot for pro-Russian Ukrainian politician and Putin ally Viktor Medvedchuk. The “documentary” has been hyped up by Russian state media, where it premiered on Friday.  It was also due to air on Ukraine’s 112 TV channel, which Medvedchuk reportedly took control of late last year, but the station said it was forced to cancel the broadcast after protests. Stone has claimed his dabblings in Ukraine offer viewers a new perspective on the 2014 Maidan revolution and war in Donbass that he says “Western media has largely ignored,” but that “perspective” has relied solely on claims fed to him by pro-Russia politicians, Putin allies, and Putin himself. In his sit-down with the Russian president, Stone vacillated between spouting off common Kremlin propaganda on Ukraine and fawning over Putin as a “peacemaker.” After echoing the Kremlin conspiracy theory that the pro-Russian leaders in Kyiv accused of gunning down innocent protesters in the 2014 revolution were actually framed in some vast conspiracy that may or may not have involved former U.S. President Barack Obama, and that Ukraine, not Russia was to blame for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Stone expressed concerns about Putin’s emotional well-being. “You sound very depressed, much more depressed than last time,” he said, later adding, “I am very worried about you.” The two ended the interview by taking a parting picture together. Oliver Stone’s Latest Piece of Pro-Putin Propaganda May Be His Most Shameless Move YetRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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NRA sues ex-president Oliver North, saying he harmed the NRA

NRA sues ex-president Oliver North, saying he harmed the NRAThe National Rifle Association has sued its former president, Oliver North, for what it called "conduct harmful to the NRA" as turmoil that was exposed publicly when North resigned two months ago continued Thursday when the organization also turned against its longtime chief lobbyist. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York sought a judge's declaration that the NRA isn't required to pay North's legal bills. North stepped down from the post in April after serving for a year.



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Julie Oliver Was A Homeless, Pregnant Teen. Now She’s Running For Congress In Texas.

Julie Oliver Was A Homeless, Pregnant Teen. Now She’s Running For Congress In Texas.Democrat Julie Oliver is running for Congress in Texas' 25th District, and the



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Roy Oliver: White police officer found guilty of murdering unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards

Roy Oliver: White police officer found guilty of murdering unarmed black teenager Jordan EdwardsA white police officer has been jailed for 15 years for murdering an unarmed, black 15-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas. The verdict represents what is an extremely rare phenomenon – a murder conviction for a shooting involving on-duty police officer. Roy Oliver was fired from his job with the Balch Springs Police Department in the days after the high-profile 2017 shooting of Jordan Edwards.



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John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'

John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" wants to make sure Americans aren't fooled



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John Oliver Exposes The Most 'Galling Lie' In Trump's Defense Of Don Jr.

John Oliver Exposes The Most 'Galling Lie' In Trump's Defense Of Don Jr.President Donald Trump tweeted a defense of his "wonderful son" Donald Trump



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John Oliver Is Blocked By China After He Makes Fun Of Its President

John Oliver Is Blocked By China After He Makes Fun Of Its PresidentOn Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," covering China and its President Xi Jinping,



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Oliver North Blames School Shootings On Ritalin

Oliver North Blames School Shootings On RitalinJust two days after a young man opened fire on his classmates and teachers at



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John Oliver Reveals The Secret To Figuring Out What’s Going On In Trump’s Mind

John Oliver Reveals The Secret To Figuring Out What’s Going On In Trump’s MindJohn Oliver returned to "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday to tear into Michael



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