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Sat May 12, 2018, 01:15 AM

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 5/11/18

Monologue: No Deal



Bill recaps the top stories of the week in his Real Time monologue including good news from North Korea, Erick Schneiderman's fall from grace and troubles with leaving the Iran Deal.




Rep. Duncan Hunter



Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) joins Bill to discuss torture, the Iran Deal, and what Trump knew about Russian meddling.




Ethan Hawke



Actor Ethan Hawke joins Bill to discuss environmentalism, religion and his new film, First Reformed.




New Rule: Married to the Mob



In his editorial New Rule, Bill questions how a New York City slicker like Trump became a hero to America's heartland.




Polarized Politics, Border Control and Leaders in Environmentalism | Overtime



Bill and his guests Rep. Duncan Hunter, Ethan Hawke, Robert Reich, Michael "Killer Mike" Render answer viewer questions after the show.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2018, 03:56 AM

1. OMG. Duncan Hunter is one of the dumbest fucks on the face of the planet.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #1)

Sat May 12, 2018, 04:17 AM

2. Well, not if Bill Maher can help it!

The thing is, Bill gave him ever chance, but he refused to take it. And that is a pretty scathing article! Yikes! He's facing the same kind of scrutiny as most of Trump's associates - seems like they're all into some kind of trouble. Have we ever seen times like this?? Not in my lifetime. And Bill did him the favor of not throwing him under the bus on this, either! Thanks for passing this on!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2018, 07:12 AM

4. Bill was far too kind to him. You can tell he really wanted to rake him over the

coals but he held back. I'm not sure why because this guy was one of the dumbest, least respectful guests he has had on the show in a long time. I just wanted to smack him. Anyway, thanks again for posting the show! I love watching it!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #4)

Sat May 12, 2018, 08:38 AM

7. You're more than welcome!

As I keep saying, we desperately need humor these days - and Bill Maher usually does a good job. I was hoping that he'd given up the RW guests, though, it's obvious they aren't popular with his audience. Geraldo a couple of weeks ago was bad enough...

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #1)

Sat May 12, 2018, 07:08 AM

3. in the bubble for the moron.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #3)

Sat May 12, 2018, 04:04 PM

8. I'm still not even sure why Bill had him on

He certainly wasn't popular with his audience.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2018, 07:35 AM

5. Thanks Rhiannon. Funniest New Rules in a long time. As a San Diegan, Hunter was esp painful

So the pretty much non stop laughs in the New Rules welcome relief.

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #5)

Sat May 12, 2018, 07:38 AM

6. I know - and Bill Maher tried so hard to give him a break, but it didn't help!

And I loved New Rules, too - especially when he did the Marlon Brando voice! He really is a talented comedian, we need to see more of that, especially now!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Sat May 12, 2018, 04:20 PM

9. Wish Hunter's self validating, Lie Bullying on "illegal voting" had been shut down by Maher/Reich '

You can't imagine how entrenched Duncan,Jr is here He inherited the office from his Father, Duncan Hunter Sr who had it like forever. For a couple of cycles I swear his very Red District (kind of like Bakersfield) thought they were still voting for the Dad.
Even tho Hunter,Jr sleazy activities have come to light, he has such a strong grip on that District... Well, that used to be said of Issa, the other longtime Repug Congressperson of SD County's 5 Reps (the other 3 Democrats) Doug Applegate finally frightened Issa into retirement, so there's hope even to rid Congress of obnoxious UberCreep Hunter.

OMG the MB voice! Even Maher, you could tell,knew he'd exceeded himself It was just fabulous.

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #9)

Sat May 12, 2018, 04:59 PM

10. Yes, not only was the commentary painfully spot-on but the delivery was flawless.

Bill can be way too simplistic too often, but he is valuable. I wish Dr. Reich had been given more time.

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Response to Boomerproud (Reply #10)

Sat May 12, 2018, 05:28 PM

11. Love Bill but he tends to let these lying RW Blabbers dominate his show..esp Overtime

Lesson #1 " Kill them with Bullshit" @ Koch School of Public Appearance. So the smartest,informed guests like Reich get drown out by the RW fact free fillibustering, cheating the audience of their time. I think that's why we all have love Maxine' "reclaiming my time" stand in Congress. She refuses to give Repug lies even a second of her rightful time.

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #9)

Sun May 13, 2018, 04:48 AM

12. Well, Robert Reich only appeared with him on Overtime

His interview was only with Bill Maher. But I completely agree, Maher wasn't at all tough on him, gave him chance after chance to redeem himself, but he just stubbornly kept digging himself in deeper. And I'm not that familiar with him, I'm in New York, so I wasn't aware of his background - or that he was already in serious trouble. And not bringing that up was a big omission on Bill's part, but he bent over backwards to keep things "friendly." If he'd been on the panel with the others, things could have turned out much differently.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #12)

Sun May 13, 2018, 02:29 PM

13. Very good points!

I forget with all the Show segmenting that these RW zealots often get their own insulated spot So it was just that little window on Overtime where Maher should have let Reich deflate Hunter's Smear Bubble. BTW I've never read of even one proven case of deliberate voter fraud in San Diego County by Hunter's scheming "illegals" Aren't the handful of cases that pop up nationwide predominately Republicans?

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #13)

Mon May 14, 2018, 04:46 AM

14. His first guest on every show is an interview just with Bill Maher

Followed by a discussion with his panel of the week. This week that was only Robert Reich and Michael Render, then he brought in Ethan Hawke and it was four of them. The only time Duncan Hunter discussed anything with anyone other than Bill Maher was the Overtime segment - which takes place after the show and is only available online.

Previously he has had RWers on his panel, Rick Santorum, S.E. Cupp and Amy Holmes come to mind, but lately he's just had them for his opening interview. Last month he had Geraldo Rivera and that didn't go any better than the Duncan Hunter interview did, Bill couldn't get him to back down off of the Trump "talking points."

And I don't have the statistics, but it's been reported that, nationwide, there have only been a handful of cases of attempted voter fraud, but it remains one of the right's - and Trump's - favorite talking points. And you know that old saying about repeating a lie - the Trump supporters continue to believe it.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #14)

Mon May 14, 2018, 04:25 PM

15. Yep Rivera backed into a corner, screamed "911"! Hunter "Voter Fraud" & then fillibustered

That Scottish(?) RW guest pulled the "we need bipartisan respect" out of his ass & took off... They all deliberately hog & lie churn valuable Overtime moments with their RW Drivel. And,as you say, it's the only segment where all 5 guests plus Bill might be together. Also probably,because of wider access, has the biggest audience.
Instead of being polite, Maher needs to do what Joy Reid does on her show When the lies start and before the Repug can go
into full outrage/victim/lpropaganda, time devouring orbit, Joy Reid just stops them by saying,"No, no, stop ...you know we do not allow fillibustering on this show". (She also always shuts down their using Democrat as a noun with "no,gotta be grammatically correct on my show, and she forces them to say "Democratic" )

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