Stephen Colbert asks former Ambassador Michael McFaul what it's like being offered up to a dictator

On Tuesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert booked former U.S Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and asked how he thought that whole “Donald Trump takes the word of the murderous dictator over our own intelligence community” Helsinki summit went. With but the merest of appropriately diplomatic pauses, the former diplomat…

A brief rundown of world leaders humiliating the president this year

Sure, President Donald Trump is hated by celebrities, athletes, rappers, boy scouts, Native Americans, U2, pornographers, Puerto Rico, his staff, the FBI, and most of his constituency, but did you also know he’s a joke amongst many of the world’s leaders as well? Even ones that aren’t Kim Jong-Un? Because he is, and a…

Jordan Klepper discusses the futility of appeasement with "Putin Enemy Number One" on The Opposition

Comedy Central’s The Opposition With Jordan Klepper continues to stretch itself to fill the ironic performative satire gap left when Stephen Colbert decamped for CBS. Klepper has ably cranked his Daily Show lacrosse bro Republican persona to eleven as the conspiracy-spouting, Alex Jones-esque ringmaster of the series’…

Randy Newman wrote a song about Trump’s dick that was too vulgar to release

It’s an old philosophical question: ”Can Randy Newman write a song about Donald Trump’s dick so vulgar, not even Randy Newman would record it?” Now we have the answer—“Apparently!”—courtesy of an interview the “Short People” and Toy Story singer-songwriter gave to Vulture this week.

Do not trust this photo of Putin and Trump making the rounds

Trump’s attendance at the G20 summit this weekend resulted in many indignities, from his deranged tweets about John Podesta to the fact that the rest of the world’s economic leaders are proceeding without the U.S. in the fight against climate change to the fact that we sent a fucking reality TV star to the G20 summit.…

Vladimir Putin implies that Russian hackers may have influenced U.S. election

One of the more unsettling things about Vladimir Putin is his smugness. He doesn’t necessarily present himself as the smartest guy in the room, but he does seem to enjoy being at least the most well-informed guy in the room. It’s a cold and calculated personality trait that probably comes from his history working in…

Good thing Putin was in hockey pads when he got hit with these Comey questions

Around these parts, the response to Trump firing FBI Director James Comey was pretty uniform, consisting mostly of “There goes the neighborhood/great democratic experiment.” Not everyone feels that way, of course. For some, this latest dismissal of a high-ranking official—occurring as it did in the midst of an…

Oliver Stone made Vladimir Putin watch Dr. Strangelove, apparently

Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove has lost some of its fun in recent months, when things like “war with Russia” and “the complete nuclear annihilation of the Earth” stopped seeming like cautionary tales of a bygone era, and started seeming like potential headlines on tomorrow’s newspapers. Still, that…

This image of Putin is illegal in Russia, so don’t distribute it

Since 2013, Russia has enforced “internet extremism” laws that forbid the dissemination of online content that the government finds offensive. Newly added to that list is an image that depicts Vladimir Putin as, in the words of the Washington Post, “a potentially gay clown.” As such, the above image is now illegal in…

Bill O’Reilly did not apologize for calling Putin a killer

Earlier today, we reported that Russia had issued a statement demanding that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly apologize for calling Vladimir Putin “a killer” during his pre-Super Bowl interview with Donald Trump. At that point, it was impossible to predict whether or not O’Reilly would cave to Trump’s best friend and issue an…

Russia demands Fox News apologize for calling Vladimir Putin a killer

Continuing the complete upending of everything we once considered “normal,” Bill O’Reilly became an unlikely voice of reason yesterday in his pre-Super Bowl interview with Donald Trump, in which he made the bold assertion that Vladimir Putin, a man who has demonstrably killed people, is “a killer.” Trump—once again…