Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver explains why filibusters exist, why they shouldn't, and why it's stupid to drink coffee like a cat.
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  1. Lewis Chho

    Lewis Chho

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  2. Tucker Bowen

    Tucker Bowen

    Prieš 11 val

    i'll admit, i also have one or two values in common with Trump. we both like buxom women, neither of us drink alcohol, and we both think Eric and DJ are idiots.

  3. Saoirse del Tufo

    Saoirse del Tufo

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    Woah woah, hold on there. Jimmy Stewart, a bad actor? Go watch It’s a Wonderful Life without crying at his beautiful acting

  4. Jennifer Griel

    Jennifer Griel

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    How about, instead of abolishing the filibuster, we just abolish republicans.

  5. Jennifer Griel

    Jennifer Griel

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    That Ted Cruz ongoing poem will be long enough to be a fully illustrated Seuss book by the end of the year.

  6. Kristoffer ‘Necrodust’ Jørgensen

    Kristoffer ‘Necrodust’ Jørgensen

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    The US is entering a time where The Senate will decide your fate

  7. Albert Klarname

    Albert Klarname

    Prieš 16 val

    No amount of political malpractice or abuse can take away my love of Jimmy Stewart in Mr Smith Goes To Washington.

  8. Duke of Bud

    Duke of Bud

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    lol they lie to your face when they say they aren't getting anything done. They pass thousands of bipartisan bills on behalf of their mutual corporate owners to screw over working people and make more money for the ruling class.

  9. TheWorldOfChris


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    I loved chasing Amy.....

  10. likquidsteel


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    @13:39 - 13:50 pure gold truth

  11. Tanner Wilson

    Tanner Wilson

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    Another reason why the US Constitution needs to be modernized. It’s looking more and more outdated every year.

  12. Mat AIne

    Mat AIne

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    As long as the zionists run the gov, media, companies etc. , the usa is doomed.

  13. UMICL


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    14:34 wait is that a white guy in blackface

  14. Mark Hashman

    Mark Hashman

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    The number of times I jumped back to 11:49 has surpassed the number of times Ted Geisel somersaulted in his grave during that blustering filibuster (filibluster?) session.

  15. Maya Deslilas

    Maya Deslilas

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    So Mitch what's-his-face wanted to block the green new deal and called himself the grim reaper? Man, he didn't even bother to do a sh*tty pun and say he was the green reaper

  16. Bthsr71


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    I can see reasons for keeping the filibuster, namely to check the power of any political party that gets too much power from moving ahead with legislation unopposed. That said, with how much use it's seeing to just flat out stop legislation from ever moving forward in the process, I feel that it might be time to test whether the other safeguards against consolidated political power are enough. Then again, with all the current and recent attacks on the separation of powers, I am hesitant. On the other hand, with the current state of the climate, the lack of protection for the people, the growing power of businesses, and the global diminishing of stability and peaceful international relations, our government has a lot to do and very little time to do it.

  17. Sho Am

    Sho Am

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    So, is that the original purpose of the saucer? TIL..

  18. Andrés Falcone

    Andrés Falcone

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    Honestly, Americans need to stop thinking that their Constitution, political traditions and the wishes of the founding fathers are holy and should remain untouched. They're stucked with many laws and institutions from the 18th century that have no justification today, and can't do anything about it because it's almost impossible to change them. Maybe it's time to do as most countries do from time to time (including very stable and serious democracies), and make a new Constitution. That doesn't mean flushing the current one down the toilet. All the parts that are still good can be kept in a new one.

  19. Harsh Raythattha

    Harsh Raythattha

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    I want to say that I agree with this video, but I also want to call out a bit of the bias in it. I know this is an extremely liberal talk show so I understand. ( Don't call me out lol I like this show which is why I'm commenting) When he says that we should care that Republicans want it too, and we should be worried about Republican laws getting passed I want to say I disagree a bit. Because honestly getting rid of the filibuster isn't about one side getting the advantage over the other. It's about removing an unfair policy that affects the passing of any law. Democrats are probably just as guilty of filibusters as Republicans. But both versions of filibuster are unfair to each other. To be completely fair both must not get the right to filibuster. And we need to start passing laws. Id honestly rather have a republican law passed rather than have the filibuster in place allowing for no laws to be passed at all, because at least if the law is passed and it doesn't work we can get rid of it whereas not doing anything gets nothing done. This is called progress. With the filibuster, we have no progress. A famous general once said "making the wrong decision is better than making no decision at all". If you fail, you can fix it. If you don't do anything....well you're at a standstill forever. If you read all this thank you!

    • spencer b

      spencer b

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  20. Carlos Nieblas

    Carlos Nieblas

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    this show can be biased as fuck, but i still love this show

  21. Sharad Kazimi

    Sharad Kazimi

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    How did John zip his pants without using his hands? He should go back to the Stephen Colbert Mime School.

  22. Indroneil Biswas

    Indroneil Biswas

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    Sipping out of a saucer... clearly you haven’t been to my home country, Ollie

    • Jenni Raisovna

      Jenni Raisovna

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      And to mine)) It's funny how they laugh at founding fathers without understanding the history and pragmatic approach to life skills. This shouldn't ever be laughed at as it is still practiced in many parts of the world because this trick works greatly, especially where summers can be hot and make it harder to drink hot liquid from cup alone. Anyways, keep that tradition alive❤

  23. Neil Stone

    Neil Stone

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    The rock makes me question my sexuality

  24. Elizabeth Vanesian

    Elizabeth Vanesian

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    Rand Paul eating that candy bar is me

  25. armaximogen


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    We still use saucer to cool coffee down here in Indonesia, it’s the “traditional” way of drinking coffee..

    • armaximogen


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      Here’s an even weirder one :

  26. senseamp


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    Dems should nuke the filibuster first thing, pack the courts second thing.

  27. Clayton Jones

    Clayton Jones

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    There are plenty of things historically considered okay that could possibly do with revision in the modern United States of America

    • Jenni Raisovna

      Jenni Raisovna

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      Yes, except drinking from a saucer)) I will keep that tradition alive 😎

  28. C M C

    C M C

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    his father is german Trumf what literally means Trump

  29. Greetings from Cascadia

    Greetings from Cascadia

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    Pouring your coffee from the cup onto a saucer, then drinking from the saucer...seems a bit redundant.

    • Greetings from Cascadia

      Greetings from Cascadia

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      @Jenni Raisovna LMAO!

    • Jenni Raisovna

      Jenni Raisovna

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      Just try it, and you will understand what it feels like instead of assuming how it seems :)

  30. Tejas Nair

    Tejas Nair

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    15:39 he meant his foreskin

  31. Trevor Wong

    Trevor Wong

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    Excuse me but has he seen chasing Amy cause that’s not what happens in the ducking movie

  32. Solomon Beeching

    Solomon Beeching

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    How many episodes can we get with Ted Cruz poems? I am loving it! ♪~(´ε` )

  33. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson

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    the rules on cheating.... well there goes everything we learned about the bill in school.

  34. WhosYourDaddyNow


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    So the filibuster, for the last couple of decades, has been pushing actual decisions on legislation to be decided by the supreme high chancellor.... I mean the U.S. president. Nice representation of the people in your version 'democracy'.

  35. john pyle

    john pyle

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    Extremely partisan nature? Translation: GOP.

  36. Jane Srygley

    Jane Srygley

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    JIMMY STEWART WAS NOT A BAD ACTOR!!!! Yeesh not ok dude.

  37. Shade :3

    Shade :3

    Prieš 3 dienas

    11:50 if you came here for Ted annihilation.

  38. PhoenixQuill


    Prieš 3 dienas

    Populations aren't represented based on size, the Senate is broken, elections can be lost even if candidates won most of the votes... American democracy sure is great....

  39. Yolande Long

    Yolande Long

    Prieš 3 dienas

    ...that man ted cruz, can suck my balls!! I freaking died! John Oliver is awesome.

  40. A.half-baked Nobody

    A.half-baked Nobody

    Prieš 3 dienas

    some good bars coming from oliver!

  41. Harsh Raythattha

    Harsh Raythattha

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Me, an Indian guy, watching this episode drinking Chai from my saucer at 2 in the morning the way my mom taught me: ... :(

    • Mojito skurt

      Mojito skurt

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      lol.. you go gurl :D

    • t


      Prieš 16 val

      Used to do it as a child! Now I love my drinks really hot, otherwise it’s a good idea

    • Harsh Raythattha

      Harsh Raythattha

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      @Jenni Raisovna haha don't worry. I'm just nodding at the humor at it. I don't get offended by jokes like that lol. I'll be sipping tea from saucers to the day I die 😂

    • Jenni Raisovna

      Jenni Raisovna

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      And it's beautiful! Don't you dare feeling ashamed of it just because some other beings laughed at this tradition. I love it personally and used to drink this way when I was a child. Thanks to the show for the reminder, time to return to this tradition 😇

  42. TheAGcollector101


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    John Oliver- Shows picture of saucer Americans- wait, you mean those tiny plates aren't just for when I need a smaller plate and don't want to do a lot of dishes?

  43. Dahak


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    I'm in favor of keeping the filibuster but making the senators still stand and speak. Why? Because it IS a useful tool to give the minority party some power in our government. By making them stand and speak it comes with an actual cost (unlike now) that the senators have to pay unlike the current system. If you look at that graph they showed highlighting the misuse of the filibuster, you might notice things really took off once there was no price to pay. If, for example Republicans had 50 votes to repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing, without the filibuster that would happen. Instantly. Nothing anyone can do about it. Just like what happened with Kavanaugh. The only reason they even had debate over a Supreme Court Justice nominee was a couple Republicans weren't sure. If there is a physical cost to pay it means it doesn't get abused over basic bills and is used only on things that are actually rather important to the minority party.

  44. Mark Lawson

    Mark Lawson

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    The purpose of the senate is to protect the opulent minority. Check the googler or Federalist 51. Lawson di Ransom Canyon

  45. hazel dub

    hazel dub

    Prieš 3 dienas

    nobody is asking the important question here.. is that painting up for auction

  46. Ryan Clarke

    Ryan Clarke

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    How Ted Cruz did not get the blatant, obvious irony of trying to filibuster the ACA by reading Green Eggs and beyond me. Does he not get the moral of that story? Is he that fucking STUPID?!?! Rhetorical question. We all know he is.

  47. melvina628


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    6:41 So, it's a rich people's blockade for poor people's desires, just like the electoral college.

  48. luke shaw

    luke shaw

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    >of course there were dutch pirates!...who do you think founded the *dutch west indies* (aruba, bonaire, curacao - as well as sint maarten, & suriname)?...also the nicaraguan caribbean town of "bluefields" is named after this dutch pirate ;

  49. Yuuri Shibuya

    Yuuri Shibuya

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    11:11 Oliver’s British accent surfaces.

  50. David T

    David T

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    #Yang2020 #AndrewYang

  51. Sexy Weenis

    Sexy Weenis

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Sigh our countries fucked once again

  52. lordis belingsly

    lordis belingsly

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    is rand short for randall?

  53. Stephanie The Teacher

    Stephanie The Teacher

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    Jimmy Stewart a bad actor?? What the actual fuck, John. I love you but you are testing that love right now.

  54. firewordsparkler


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    this is the video where i learned that john oliver didn't know why saucers existed

  55. IntermediateJesus


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    Sipping Coffe from a saucer was pretty common back in the day in many parts of europe too.

  56. lmcgiglez


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    Look, I agree, but before it's killed I would really like someone to filibuster something Cruz wants by reading Ted Cruz fanfiction (preferably something small, I don't want to really fork over the country much more). I've never seen any TC fanfiction, however according to the rules of the internet, it exists somewhere. I just want that. Maybe for Christmas.

  57. Susan Hillwig

    Susan Hillwig

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    John Oliver's most-controversial statement ever: "[Jimmy Stewart] was a bad actor."

  58. paul casino

    paul casino

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    I disagree with John Oliver a lot but the Jimmy Stewart thing goes to far.

  59. Ryan Clarke

    Ryan Clarke

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    I have long defended the filibuster for the sole reason to prevent far reaching, major legislation that affects millions of lives from being able to pass with a simple majority. I have always believed such things should, if at all possible, have agreement with a larger majority of the Senate. If there is enough will to pass something over a filibuster, then compromise and working together becomes more likely. But, those days are gone...

  60. Sai Anand

    Sai Anand

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    Did anybody else think of the video for Nobody Speak ( ) when he spoke about senators brawling mid-session?