On Friday, Bill Maher’s real Time panel included Fox News host Steve Hilton, who bills himself as a “populist.”
The British-born conservative is a Trump supporter who rails about the Deep State. In the current era, he’s one of the more hostile guests to be invited onto Maher’s HBO show.
A panel with Maher, Hilton author Thom Hartmann and Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell grew uncharacteristically hostile as Rampell and Maher confronted Hilton about his brand of “populism.”
“When you talk about the people’s interests, I completely agree with you about that,” Hilton said. “But that’s not just because of the [Supreme] court, that’s because of our laws and the fat that Congress makes laws that favor the interest of always the corporate sector.”
“But whose fault is that?” Maher asked. “You’re on Fox News!”
“Everyone!” said Hilton.
“Not everyone!” said Maher.
“This is not a both sides thing,” said Rampell. “Tell me something, who passed a tax cut where 80% of the benefit went to the top 1%. Was that a Democratic bill, or was that a Republican bill?”
The audience erupted as Maher continued to pick apart Hilton’s arguments.
White House budget official agrees to testify to Congress about his department’s role in Ukraine military aid delay: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Mark Sandy, a career official at the Office of Management and Budget, will testify to Congress as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's apparent scheme to extort Ukraine with military aid.
This comes after three political appointees at OMB, including acting Director Russel Vought, defied congressional subpoenas to appear, in accordance with the president's directive to refuse to cooperate with the probe.
Nikki Haley breaks with Trump on retaliation: ‘You have to protect the whistleblower’
Nikki Haley broke with President Donald Trump on the question of outing the White House whistleblower during a Thursday appearance on CNN.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the United Nations, was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
" Do you agree with the president that the whistleblower should be named and identified?" Blitzer asked.
"I believe in whistle-blower laws. I think you have to protect the whistle-blower and I think in turn they have to abide by those laws, the fact they don’t allow partisan leaking or anything like that to happen," Haley replied. "We don’t know that’s happened either, but until then I do think we should always protect the whistleblower."
Apple hires major Trump donor as lobbyist — to beg the president to lay off his trade war tariffs: report
On Thursday, CNBC reported that Apple is hiring Jeffrey Miller to be a lobbyist on "trade issues as they relate to technological goods and services."
Miller is a longtime ally of President Donald Trump who served as the vice chairman of the president's inaugural committee. He has since been a major donor for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.
"While it’s unclear how much Miller is being paid for his services, Apple has spent more than $5.5 million on lobbying efforts throughout 2019, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics," wrote CNBC's Brian Schwartz. "Most of those funds have gone toward paying their own in-house lobbyists but it has tapped four other firms outside the company for help this year."