‘Real Time’: Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Teases Run for Office, Still Dodges Specifics Like a Ninja


Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti might one day run for political office. Well, maybe, maybe not, but Avenatti implied it’s something he’s thought about while speaking to Bill Maher on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time.”

“As you know, there’s a small matter I’m presently focused on,” said Avenatti when Maher asked him if he saw a future in politics. “But we will see how that goes. And, I’ll tell you what: if, at the end of that, you decide that makes sense for me, I’ll do it!”

Like we said — maybe, maybe not.

Avenatti hinted at his possible political ambitions while talking to Maher at the top of the show. But as usual, while the colorful attorney had plenty of snappy things to say, he also managed to not say anything too specific about what, if anything, might be coming from the unfolding drama between Trump and his client, Daniels.

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Asked by Maher how he feels about his “newfound fame,” said Avenatti: “Wait until we actually accomplish something in the coming months.” Juicy! Sort of!

Asked what’s coming, Avenatti said he believes he’ll get “an opportunity to depose” Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, “in the next 60 days.”

Maher was skeptical about this, noting that Trump is somewhat above the law, and likely could only be convicted of wrongdoing via impeachment, which would require supermajorites in both houses of congress. “You think he’ll give a f—?” Maher asked?

“He should,” Avenatti countered, adding that refusing to appear in court if ordered would set off “what’s called a constitutional crisis.”

“He should? Hello,” Maher replied with heavy sarcasm.

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Avenatti said however that he think’s Trump’s big weakness is Cohen, whose office and home were raided two weeks ago and who is currently under federal investigation for what the Washington Post reports are possible charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law.

“What we’re seeing is the dominoes are already starting to fall. I truly believe this is the Achilles heel of the president. He has trusted a moron with his innermost secrets,” Avenatti said. “The problem is that he has surrounded himself, in his adult life, with people that are incompetent, and the chickens are going to come home to roost.”

Avenatti said he thinks Cohen is Trump’s big weakness because “there is reason to believe Michael Cohen was undertaking efforts to destroy documents.”

But that, aside from his remarks about a possible political career, was about as specific as Avenatti got during the chat. Instead, he quipped and snarked as Maher buttered him up.

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It was a brief, enjoyable-to-watch exchange, but viewers tuning in hoping for a huge moment similar to Michael Wolff’s insinuation two months ago that Trump had an affair with one of his appointees should look elsewhere.

In other words, stay tuned everyone. It’s gonna be while before Avenatti plays all of his cards, whatever they are.

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Sean Penn’s Publisher Touts His Bad Reviews in Full-Page Ad: ‘Sean Penn the Novelist Must Be Stopped’


Sean Penn’s debut novel has amassed a whole lot of bad reviews. But instead of playing down the pans, Penn’s publisher highlighted them in a full-page ad in Tuesday’s print editions of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Penn’s novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” was released by Simon & Schuster on March 27. The headline of the ad reads, “The Critics Agree!,” followed by negative quotes about the book. Reviews from high-profile outlets such as Marie Claire, Chicago Tribune and USA Today are printed on the ad (and yes, they’re real).

“Sean Penn the novelist must be stopped,” reads Huffington Post’s review, while Marie Claire wrote, “Honestly, shut your face, Sean Penn.”

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However, the ad also bears the words “Instant National Bestseller,” and points to well-known authors who have praised the book. Salman Rushdie, Jane Smiley, Paul Theroux, Stuart Dybeck, Sarah Silverman and Bill Maher are just a few who are advertised on the spread.

“Comic, cauchemaresque, crackling with life, ‘Bob Honey’ is a hero of our Trumpian times reflected in the cracked mirror of Penn’s prose,” wrote Theroux.

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Ultimately, the ad urges readers to “Read It and Decide For Yourself.”

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Bill Maher Calls Trump’s Syria Air Strikes ‘Operation Desert Stormy’ (Video)


Bill Maher started his weekly late-night show on Friday just as the U.S. began military air strikes on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by dictator Bashar al-Assad against civilians.

“I don’t mean to say this raid is meant to distract from his other problems, but it’s called Operation Desert Stormy,” the host of “Real Time” quipped, noting that the military action comes at the end of a week of troubles at the White House, including fallout from the “60 Minutes” interview with porn star Stormy Daniels.

“It looked like Trump was backing off his threat to attack Syria but apparently he got the go-ahead from ‘Fox & Friends’ today,” Maher joked.

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“We knew he was getting serious about Syria because he gave Assad a nickname,” Maher noted. “He calls him ‘gas-killing animal’ — by the way Gas-Killing Animal is also headlining Coachella this weekend.”

Maher gleefully ticked off some of the news items that have given the White House a headache this week, including the FBI’s raid on the offices of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and the use of a so-called “taint team” to protect documents that might be covered under attorney-client privilege.

“I’m not dirty,” Maher said. “It’s the news that’s dirty.”

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He also had fun with the imminent publication of fired FBI director James Comey’s tell-all book — and Comey’s claims about Trump wanting to distance himself from reports of a so-called “pee tape” in the infamous Steele dossier.

“He says, ‘I’m a germaphobe,’” Maher said of Trump’s apparent insistence that he would never have watched prostitutes urinate on each other. “Most guys would say, ‘I would never do that. I’m married.’ No, Trump’s excuse: ‘I’m a health nut. Look at me, my body’s a temple. Jim, peeing in bed? For Christ’s sake, that’s where I eat my cheeseburgers.”

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‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Defies Himself to Come Out Swinging for Kids (and Striking Teachers)

‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Defies Himself to Come Out Swinging for Kids (and Striking Teachers)


Bill Maher used the “New Rules” segment of Friday night’s episode of “Real Time” to do something even he couldn’t believe he was doing: advocating for kids.

Specifically, Maher weighed in on the ongoing wave of teachers strikes in states like Kentucky and Oklahoma, likening underfunded schools and underpaid children to neglectful parenting. “There is a revolt brewing in the teacher’s lounge these days, and it’s long overdue. #TimesUp, meet pencils down,” he said.

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But of course, Maher also noted how weird this topic is for him, as he famously can’t stand kids.

“I know, me sticking up for kids? It’s like Mike Pence fighting for gay adoption,” Maher joked.

But, Maher said, he was recently struck by a social media post from a teacher in Arizona, who shared her pay stub, that went viral. “Probably because she’s one of the people we entrust with our children. And she makes $320 bucks a week.”

“How do people, even the burdened taxpayer, justify this? We were all kids, we remember early learning,” he continued. “You have those moments imprinted on your brain. A teacher was your first mentor, your first role model.”

Or, said, “if you grew up in Florida, your first lay.”

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Maher noted teachers in West Virginia went on strike for a 5 percent pay raise. That’s “not a lot, but it helps when you have to pay for your own paper, your own pencils, and now, your own bullets.”

“Here’s an idea, don’t give the teachers guns, give them a living wage. They’re not asking for the world, just enough of a raise so they don’t have to drive an Uber three nights a week,” Maher said. “It isn’t supposed to be a side hustle, teaching.”

Maher then drew a comparison between taxpayer indifference to underfunded schools to the fact that it’s legal in every state — “not just the Waffle House states” — for kids to get married.

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“#MeToo for Hollywood but we’re okay with this?” he asked.

He made it clear he still can’t stand kids.

“But as much as I can’t stand personally to be around them, I would rather that American children be well-educated, productive citizens,” he said. “As opposed to what they otherwise might become: useless burdens on society.”

As he said it, a photo of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump appeared on screen.

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