Real Time With Bill Maher ~ April 11, 2014

Pussy Riot (Maria Alyokhina & Nadezhda Tolokonnikova)

Rob LoweDuncan D. HunterAna Marie Cox 

 and Matt Taibbi

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Real Time w/ Bill Maher ~ April 4 2014


The Interview:

Captain Paul Watson is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars.” He has been at the helm of some 300 ocean-going expeditions with the goal of protecting whales, seals and other animals from hunters and poachers. This week, his organization claimed a huge victory when the International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled against Japan’s whaling activities.


Twitter: @CaptPaulWatson


The Panel:

Alex Wagner is the host of “Now with Alex Wagner”, weekdays at noon on MSNBC. Her political analysis can frequently be seen on The Last WordHardball, and elsewhere.

Twitter: @AlexWagner

Carrie Sheffield is an online columnist for, analyzing political economy, foreign affairs and culture. She is a New York Leader at the Foreign Policy Initiative, serves on the communications committee for 100 Women in Hedge Funds and appears regularly on MSNBC.

Twitter: @CarrieSheffield

Representative Tom Davis served Virginia’s 11th district in the House of Representative for six terms. He is now Director of Federal Government Relations at Deloitte Consulting and President and CEO of theRepublican Main Street Partnership.

 Nas joins the panel mid-show to celebrate two decades in the hip-hop/rap industry this year. His re-mastered album, Illmatic XX, drops April 15th. In addition to opening 12AM RUN, a sneaker store in Las Vegas, Nas is developing a semi-autobiographical TV show, Street Dreams.

 Twitter: @Nas



Errol Morris on Real Time w/ Bill Maher ~ March 21st 2014

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The Interview:

Errol Morris is the Academy Award-winning director and producer of The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamaraHis most recent documentary is The Unknown Known , which opens in New York and Los Angeles on April 2nd.

Twitter: @ErrolMorris

The Panel:

Rep. Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th district. He is the founder of the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and author of My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future.   

Twitter: @KeithEllison

Simon Schama is a University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His latest book is The Story of the Jews: Finding the Right Words 1000 BC–1492 AD and he will host a companion TV miniseries  premiering Tuesday, March 25th on PBS.

Twitter: @Simon_Schama

Sheila Bair is the former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the author of Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself. She is now senior advisor to The Pew Charitable Trusts and Chair of the Systemic Risk Council, a “private sector, non-partisan body of former government officials and financial and legal experts committed to addressing regulatory and structural issues relating to systemic risk in the United States.”

Twitter: @SheilaBair2013

Shane Smith joins the panel mid-show. He is the co-founder and CEO of VICE Media, as well as the host and executive producer of HBO’s VICE, which airs Fridays at 11pm. The full Season 2 premiere is available on YouTube and HBO Go .

Twitter: @shanesmith30


Jimmy Carter on Real Time With Bill Maher ~ March 28th 2014



Marine Generals to Cheney: Quit the Scare Tactics, Bub


Thomas Ricks

Foreign Policy

Tue, 09/15/2009 – 11:11am

Former Marine commandant Charles Krulak and former Marine general Joseph Hoar, who succeeded Schwarzkopf at Central Command, dress down former VP Cheney on the issue of torture. Good for them.

… we never imagined that we would feel duty-bound to publicly denounce a vice president of the United States, a man who has served our country for many years. In light of the irresponsible statements recently made by former Vice President Dick Cheney, however, we feel we must repudiate his dangerous ideas — and his scare tactics.

This is an issue, they remind us, of both leadership and law and order. They might have added self-discipline, a characteristic that I think Dick “Fuck you, Leahy” Cheney seems to lack.

What leaders say matters. So when it comes to light, as it did recently, that U.S. interrogators staged mock executions and held a whirling electric drill close to the body of a naked, hooded detainee, and the former vice president winks and nods, it matters.

The Bush administration had already degraded the rules of war by authorizing techniques that violated the Geneva Conventions and shocked the conscience of the world. Now Cheney has publicly condoned the abuse that went beyond even those weakened standards, leading us down a slippery slope of lawlessness.

Doing the right thing, Krulak and Hoar conclude, “makes us all safer.” This was the best article I read on the eighth anniversary of 9/11.

(Hat tip to


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