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Last Week Tonight on Congressional Fundraising

Last Week Tonight on Congressional Fundraising

Last Week Tonight continues to do important work. In case I haven’t mentioned it enough times for you to remember that and/or you don’t have HBO and you keep forgetting to subscribe to their YouTube channel, HERE: All together now: WTF?! As a total government nerd (degree in it and all), I knew this, but seeing it in this neat little package was a nice reminder and I like that it’s information that can easily be shared with others. (Share it.) We’ve got a problem, y’all, and our government needs fixing.

Abortion & Last Week Tonight

Did you watch John Oliver talk about abortion last night on HBO? It’s must-see (and he’s the best). And it’s an important topic, especially if you’d hoped the abortion access matter was settled by the Supreme Court long ago and haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on in states across the country. Because things like this are happening: Alabama GOP Makes Another Push to Regulate Abortion Clinics Like Sex Offenders Indiana Republicans Push Abortion Ban for Fetal Anomalies Kentucky’s Senate Republicans Advance Forced Ultrasound Bill Abortion regulated like a sex offender?! Requiring birth when fetal anomalies exist?! Forced Ultrasound?! (And if you’re picturing the cute ultrasound with the little wand on the belly, think again. Have you heard of transvaginal ultrasounds? They’re not as simple or fun, especially not if you’re required to get one during an already traumatizing situation, like seeking an abortion after rape.) And on March 2 the Supreme Court will be hearing Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case out of Texas (remember the one Wendy Davis filibustered a few years back?), and the outcome will impact …

Bye, Pennies

John Oliver explains out how pointless pennies are these days and how we spend too much money making them. He’s right and we should stop. (Also, if you’re not already watching everything from Last Week Tonight, you should start. They post a bunch of clips on YouTube.)

True Detective is back.

The second season of HBO’s True Detective premiered last night. Instead of Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson, this time they’ve got four main characters/recognizable faces: Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. Since only one episode has aired so far, and it feels basically like a new show (because new people, new place), I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. But I do have a few thoughts: I’m tempted to say I’m not as engrossed in it right away as I was with the first season, but I’m thinking that might be because time was split between more characters, so there wasn’t as much coverage per person to really get into them and their stories. (Also, whoa, background info dump!) I realized after I watched it that the ways many of the women were introduced into the episode were oddly often related to sex: Ani (McAdams) opened having an awkward/shaming sex talk with a guy she’s hooking up with, the mysterious girlfriend of Paul (Kitsch) was waiting in her bed for …

Must Watch: Last Week Tonight

John Oliver‘s show, Last Week Tonight, became a must-watch as soon as the first episode aired and it’s only gotten better since. John Oliver is British and somehow manages to be able to use the word “we” when hilariously ripping into America without irritating me. He feels like part of the team & I’m happy to have him on ours. His show confronts important topics in a way that’s fun to watch and I really, really appreciate it. Last Sunday’s piece on maternity leave is great. (Watch the video!) If you don’t have HBO, subscribe to their YouTube channel and you’ll get a bunch of content for free that way. (I don’t see the whole segment for the Supreme Court Justice dogs on there though and that’s worth tracking down if you haven’t seen it yet. Total favorite forever.)