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HBO’s John Oliver Offers HCSM Membership via a Fake Church

The reason for bringing this made-up church back is due to the HBO host discussing Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSM), non-profits with common religious beliefs that share medical bills.

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During Sunday’s airing of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” the comedian spotlighted U.S. tax laws that permit preachers to get away with stating practically anything on television. 

As a result, Oliver brought back his made-up church, Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption, that he created in 2015. The reason for bringing this made-up church back is due to the HBO host discussing Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSM), non-profits with common religious beliefs that share medical bills. 

Oliver touched on how HCSM regularly exploits morality clauses to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and those who smoke or drink.

The HBO host decided to end the segment by telling everyone that he started an HCSM in Florida. The news was accompanied by a bit, where Oliver and his fake wife, played by Rachel Dratch, wanted to peddle memberships for their HCSM with members receive a first aid kit with just 3 Band-Aids, all for $1.99. 

“We know that sometimes in life accidents happen, but if they happen more than three times, it just stops being our problem,” Dratch said.

“Let me be clear. When you sign up for a membership, you’re not paying for your own first aid kit, you’re paying for someone else’s, and they are paying for yours,” Oliver said.

“And that gives you freedom from insurance. And us from responsibility!” Dratch stated.

Oliver went on to say, “Whatever it is, we’re going to reject it. No deductibles, no claims, and no contracts except for the one written on our hearts.”

The host encouraged viewers to go to the website to see if they qualify, send them money and get almost nothing in return.

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Cenk Uygur: Tulsi Gabbard Calling Out George Santos is ‘Game Recognizes Game’

Despite Gabbard grilling Santos, “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur gave the politician a snarky remark. 

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Rep.-elect George Santos is in hot water over his embellishments and fabrications about his background. During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” fill-in host former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tore into Santos.

“If I were one of those in New York’s 3rd District right now, now that the election is over, and I’m finding out all of these lies that you’ve told, not just one little lie or one little embellishment — these are blatant lies — my question is, do you have no shame?” Gabbard said (h/t The Hill). 

“Do you have no shame? And the people who are now, you’re asking to trust you to go and be their voice for them, their families and their kids in Washington?”

Despite Gabbard grilling Santos, “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur gave the politician a snarky remark. 

“I like how Tulsi Gabbard called out George Santos for being a grifter [on Tuesday] on Fox [News],” Uygur tweeted. “Game recognizes game.”

While Uygur is making a joke at Gabbard’s expense, he’s criticized the political press for not vetting and digging into Santos’ past leading up to the Midterm Elections in November. 

“The fact that George Santos was not vetted by the press before he won his Congressional race speaks to the value of running as a ‘moderate Republican,’” Uygur tweeted. “You can get away with almost anything if the media thinks you’re going to help maintain the status quo.”

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Ryan Seacrest Applauds CNN for Scaling Back Drinking on NYE Show

As some might recall, hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were drinking on air, resulting in Cohen throwing shade at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which Seacrest hosts. 

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News Year’s Eve is on Saturday and Ryan Seacrest endorses the move that CNN is making with its coverage regarding alcohol. 

As some might recall, hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were drinking on air, resulting in Cohen throwing shade at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which Seacrest hosts. 

“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” Seacrest said in a recent EW interview. “I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN. There’s some pretty respectable people or at least one, right?

“I think there’s a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea — although the viewers probably wish they would drink more.”

Seacrest also revealed while he doesn’t partake in any drinking during the show, he says that while many artists have shown up a bit tipsy, they’ve still been able to perform without a problem.

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PBS NewsHour Plans Revamp With Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz at Anchor Desk

“The reason that the NewsHour is the most trusted and credible brand in journalism today is because of the mission-focus work and because of the fact that we seek to add light and not heat.”

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PBS NewsHour is looking at a revamp of the venerable evening news program as Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will take the anchor jobs of the program when the calendar flips to January.

Bennett has served as the show’s chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor, while Nawaz was the chief correspondent and substitute anchor. They will step into the shoes voided by Judy Woodruff who is leaving the show after a decade at the anchor desk.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the pair was asked about what it means to now helm the PBS news program.

“Well, I’m deeply honored to be entrusted with this responsibility. I’m excited to partner with Amna in building on its rich legacy,” said Bennett. “The NewsHour is special in that it is a news program with a mission. And I’m really proud to work with such a stellar group of journalists day in and day out in pursuit of that mission, which is providing reliable reporting, solid storytelling and sharp analysis of the news and the issues of the day. And it’s a program with a nearly 50-year history, and so the idea that I get to have a hand in writing the next chapter of that is just, I’m deeply honored. “

Nawaz said she’s “honored and humbled” to take a permanent seat at the desk.

“I am so excited to be doing this and especially alongside Geoff. But, you know, the thing that strikes me is that there’s only ever been four people who’ve sat in that chair. And I think the weight of that is something that’s very real to both of us. The reason that the NewsHour is the most trusted and credible brand in journalism today is because of the mission-focus work and because of the fact that we seek to add light and not heat, and I think Geoff and I have always practiced our journalism that way. That will continue, and that’s what our team has always done.

“For me personally, to be able to step into this role after working with this team for the last four years, it’s pure joy. I mean, there’s never been a more critical and important time to be a journalist in our modern American history. I think we all recognize what’s at stake. But I’ve always been a big believer in the idea that the good stuff rises to the top, and in a crowded and messy media landscape. NewsHour is — and we are who we are — because of the work we do.”

Bennett and Nawaz begin their assignments on Monday, January 2nd.

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