Iranian comic Maz Jobrani on embracing his identity and political humor in the Trump era

The standup comic and Superior Donuts star joins the podcast to talk about embracing his liberal identity in the age of Trump. Whether it’s during a standup set or onscreen, Maz Jobrani has always been acutely aware of the role his ethnicity plays in his audience’s reaction. Since moving to the United States from Tehran, Iran, as a child in the late 1970s, Jobrani has found success in comedy by addressing prejudice and stereotypes in…

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Why Donald Trump can’t make deals in Washington

The big problem is he has no idea what he’s talking about. Donald Trump is proud of his reputation as a master dealmaker. Congressional Republicans even like to bring it up to flatter him. “He comes from the private sector where your business partner today isn’t always your business partner tomorrow,” Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) told the Washington Post. “Just because you’re one way today doesn’t mean you’re written off. That’s The Art of the…

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Despicable Me 3 is everything good and bad about the franchise in one messy package

There’s heartfelt, good stuff in Despicable Me 3. But there’s also a lot of junk to sift through to find it. For the past few years, the Despicable Me franchise’s Minions — the humanoid, cheddar-yellow creatures who speak in gibberish, have varying numbers of eyes, and harbor desire to don women’s undergarments — have become a cultural force on their own. They’re part of an inescapable meme. They’ve won the affection of our nation’s children.…

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The most damning excerpts from the news reports Trump is angrily tweeting about

After news broke Tuesday that a Senate vote on the GOP health care bill would be postponed until after July 4, the New York Times and the Washington Post ran several stories that portrayed the president as a failed dealmaker, and a thorn in the sides of congressional Republicans — if they cared about his role in this at all. The postponed vote was already a sign that the White House was not effectively uniting…

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The risky — but not impossible — path forward for the Senate health care bill

“I know McConnell hates losing.” The divisions between Senate Republicans about how to repeal and replace Obamacare only seem to be widening, and yet Mitch McConnell must see some path to consensus to fulfill his party’s seven-year pledge to undo the health care law. “We’re not going to vote this week, so we have more time to work on it until we get it done,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), McConnell’s top lieutenant, said Tuesday. That…

"The risky — but not impossible — path forward for the Senate health care bill"

The Senate health care bill polls even worse than the wildly unpopular House bill

New polls show Americans really, really don’t like the Senate health care bill. Republican senators face a pretty big hurdle in their quest to repeal and replace Obamacare: the American people. According to two new polls released Wednesday, the Senate bill to replace Obamacare (called the Better Care Reconciliation Act) has very, very low approval ratings. One survey, by NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist, found only 17 percent of US adults approve of the bill,…

"The Senate health care bill polls even worse than the wildly unpopular House bill"

We fixed the White House’s misleading Obamacare chart

White House press secretary Sean Spicer took to Twitter Wednesday morning to point out that 28 million Americans remain uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. This is true; there are millions of Americans who currently lacking coverage. The Commonwealth Fund has a nice brief explaining who these people are. But what Spicer leaves out is critical context: The number of uninsured would nearly double under the House and Senate Obamacare repeal bills. The House bill…

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Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies

Welcome to Show Me the Evidence, where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day. “I’m going to make you work hard,” a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent spinning class, “so you can have that second drink at happy hour!” At the end of the 45-minute workout, my body…

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One estimate: 208,500 additional deaths could occur by 2026 under the Senate health plan

Analysts who say health insurance doesn’t affect mortality are wrong. The Congressional Budget Office projects that if the Senate Republicans’ health care bill becomes law, 14 million Americans will lose their health insurance in 2018, and, by 2026, 22 million would lose coverage. Drawing on that work, we estimate that if the Senate bill becomes law, 22,900 excess deaths will occur in 2020 — and the figure will grow over time. 26,500 extra deaths will…

"One estimate: 208,500 additional deaths could occur by 2026 under the Senate health plan"

Mark Zuckerberg’s probably nonexistent 2020 presidential campaign, explained

If you read media coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s national tour, it’s easy to get the impression that the Facebook billionaire is running for president. Last week, Zuckerberg visited a truck stop in Iowa. He previously had dinner with an Ohio family and visited a Ford plant in Michigan. Given the centrality of these three states to presidential politics, and the campaign-like nature of these activities, Zuckerberg’s trip has generated a lot of social media speculation…

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