Friday night sees HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher host Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president, North Carolina NAACP, is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor George Takei is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are former Cal. Rep. Jane Harman, statistician Nate Silver and editor Jamie Weinstein.
Guest Dr. William J. Barber II likely will speak about the changes in the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 by the Supreme Court last year, which removed the pre-clearance requirement by all states before making voting law changes, led the way for 22 states to make restrictions.
Dr. Barber spoke to NewsOne about this pre-clearance, particularly in the South, where the history of voting rights are most controversial. NewsOne asked Barber to elaborate on his statement regarding pre-clearance to which he responded:
“This case shows what the southern legislature are willing to do without pre-clearance. When they know that they can pass a law, and it doesn’t have to be pre-cleared, and it puts the burden of litigation on the people, we can see exactly what they can do. This is not Republicanism, we call it ‘extremism.’ Matter of fact, many Republicans have used many of the laws they’re trying to strike down now. Many of us know extremists believe the only way they can win elections is to suppress the right to vote.”
Guest Nate Silver, the editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com had a chat on Facebook and answered some statistical political questions.
Do you expect the balance of power in Congress to shift as a result of the 2014 midterm elections? Which races do you see as the most decisive?
Nate Silver: Our forecast as of about a month ago had Republicans as being just slightly more likely than not to take over the Senate. (We’ll be launching the full-fledged version of our forecast model pretty soon.) I doubt that the Democrats’ position has gotten much better — Obama’s approval rating has dropped some since that time, for instance. There are any number of races that could shift the balance: Michigan, Iowa, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina among others.
The show continues its 12th season Friday, July 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.
Last week, Maher gave us the GOP’s Zombie Lies segment where the same conservative tropes are repeated over and over until they are conventional wisdom.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president, North Carolina NAACP, is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor George Takei is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are former Cal. Rep. Jane Harman, statistician Nate Silver and editor Jamie Weinstein.
Bill Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.
His last book, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass,” was published in November 2011 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Maher’s 2006 book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” also made the New York Times list, as well as bestseller lists across the country. He is also author of the books “When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect” and the novel “True Story.” Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: July 20 (2:00 p.m.), 21 (1:00 a.m.), 22 (5:30 p.m.) and 23 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 18 (3:15 a.m.), 19 (7:15 a.m., midnight), 20 (7:00 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m.) and 22 (10:00 p.m.)