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A Last Week Tonight Year in Review: John Oliver's Best Segments of 2015

A friend once shared a qualm about Last Week Tonight With John Oliver that went something like this: "I love it, but I wish he wouldn't make jokes every 20 seconds." Though I respectfully disagreed, the comment was illuminating, as it harkened back to Jon Stewart's repeated claim that  The Daily Show  was "a comedy show" first, and thus not as journalistically liable as a segment on cable news might be. This friend preferred  Last Week Tonight  as a news program; the comedy only got in the way. Now, John Oliver and his crew at  LWT  have only further blurred the lines between comedy news and actual news, probably more than any other show in history. Embracing wide-ranging topics that other topical shows aren't touching with a ten-foot pole (tax-exempt municipal bonds for stadium construction, anyone?), Oliver and his staff have managed to accomplish the oft-untenable task of mixing a well-timed dick joke with hard-hitting journalism. And as their work in 2015 proved time and again, they're pulling it off with flying colors, going places that other popular news programs won't even tread. From segments on standardized tests to chicken farming to pennies, here are the best  Last Week Tonight  segments from 2015, listed chronologically. It's easily the most enjoyable way to relive some of this year's most infuriating news... Read More...

John Oliver Defends Voting Rights For U.S. Territories (Video)

"Imagine how it must feel to have the desire to vote but know deep down you're going to be ignored."   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/blaHu7mNJG4/story01.htm

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' tackles the enormous problem of electing judges

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's" latest target for some terrifying truthbombs is the fact that most judges in the United States are elected. It stems from the Alabama supreme court's recent edict that state judges ignore the federal order allowing gay marriage in their state. "The problem with an elected judiciary is that sometimes the right decision is neither easy nor popular, and yet campaigns force judges to look over their shoulder on every ruling," says Oliver. He goes on to show a variety of judicial attack ads that are, as he says, "downright horrifying."Part of the problem is that there is "no room in campaigns for nuance," but another part of the problem is that political campaigns must be funded by someone.RELATED: John Oliver takes down big tobacco"Elections are inherently compromising because campaigns cost money, and that money has to come from somewhere. Which leads to the horrifying spectacle of judges hitting... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/1j71ebr8gqA/last_week_tonight_with_john_oliver_tackles_enormous_problem_electing_judges-2015-02