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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  • Just putting it out there: if you guys released a coffee table book titled "The Art of LWT" featuring things like Ben Franklin lapping coffee from a saucer, or Adolf Hitler clipping his toenails mid-speech, I'd buy it. Just some food for thought for you there...

    Daniel FelkaiDaniel Felkai19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The Ted Cruz one was pretty impressive considering it was 3 hours from the record. If he did it sitting, he could have broken the record.

    Santos VázquezSantos Vázquez22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • good show john!

    Alex CioAlex Cio2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A filibuster is basically a Doctor Who speech if the speech was evil.

    Dr. KiraDr. Kira3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *At the Laundry, a Dryer Sheet Check-In* The mind's logic is a slow and subtle machine. Sometimes a person wants to let it ride or needs some physical stability in it. That's why they whack their head. They do it to get it moving again. You may find that you're the guy whacking your head all the time with a stuck machine. You're the doofus! Hey, regular television at least has a laundry cycle for logic and a check-in. This laundromat has a theft passage built-in for weirdos and many use coin-slugs. Beware! Some get involved in passionate people and the passionate often end up the tragic and reside in various levels of Hell on Earth then end up next to me at the laundry.

    Franz Colaristo'Franz Colaristo'3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My grandparents used to drink their coffee from a saucer so FU Mr. Oliver :/

    VitaDodenVitaDoden4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hello all, I require you assistance here! I am not a native speaker and thus I think I am missing a point here. Basically, on the one hand, I thought filibustering was just the act of speaking endlessly or provoking any similar situation that prevents real stuff from happening and thus any bill to be accepted. On the other hand, I understood that the 60 votes threshold (while the Senate is approximately equally represented by the two main parties) is a huge hindrance to any big change as it simply means that a significant number of members from both parties must agree. But it seemed to me that John Oliver implied that there was a link between those two concepts, almost as if this 60 votes threshold is part of filibustering, which I don't get. Is there something I am missing here?

    M JocM Joc7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Nope, your not missing a thing. Having the 60 vote threshold to end debate is a huge part of the fillibuster. If a party does not have those 60 votes, debate does not need to stop, and the legislation doesn't even get voted on. So now, all a party needs to do is threaten to fillibuster, and a bill is basically dead.

      Lochlan IbbertsonLochlan Ibbertson7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A person talking continuously, I’m pretty ok with that. Some person just saying it no. I am actually ok with a 60% approval, but it doesn’t work with 2 parties.

    Aethelred The ReadyAethelred The Ready9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The "Filibuster" sounds like a shitty knock-off of "Filmbuster", which itself would be a shitty knock-off of Blockbuster.

    321 shot1000321 shot100010 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is anyone agreeing with me that maybe we should make an age limit to being in U.S. politics?

    NW EmersonNW Emerson10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • pretty conservative person here && I have to say I appreciate what u do & how u do it! keep up the good work

    WonderlandWonderland13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I love that guy in the background of the filibuster figuring out his dick is small...

    IS THIS LOSSIS THIS LOSS13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The one good thing the filibuster has brought is lofi hip hop Bernie filibuster to chill/ study to

    Gloomy LobsterGloomy Lobster13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If the purpose of pouring the coffee from the cup into the saucer is to cool the coffee for drinking, then what is the point of pouring it into the cup first? Why don't you just pour it directly into the saucer? And yes, I would filibuster this argument...

    Tim ThorpTim Thorp15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • As someone who watched Chasing Amy, it would have worked better if they did more about acknowledging the idea that Alyssa was probably at least somewhat bi. The really offensive lesbian turned straight story that involved Ben Affleck was Gigli and honestly, that film seemed to be made for the purpose of offending people.

    Robert BosshardtRobert Bosshardt16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If you need bipartisanship (given that both parties are essentially right of centre) to pass a bill, you're never going to pass anything that isn't half-measured centrist nonsense at best, or right-wing pandering at worst. I don't know what witchcraft happened for the ACA to pass the senate - but I doubt it'll ever happen while Moscow Mitch is in charge of the agenda.

    Jak LawrenceJak Lawrence17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Pretty much all wrong with America is after greedy and corporate’s poppets Republicans. Besides the corporate democrats like Biden and Warren. It is disgusting to know that in America are so many ignorant ppl that fallow and obey them. Besides the nowadays American’s Tumor Trump 🙄. Americans got what they deserved.

    Carl PelzCarl Pelz17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I agree that the filibuster should be removed. However, I find the reason why you want to remove rather unwise. The “let’s do what benefits our party right now” mentality is what fuels injudicious rules such as this. The purpose of removing rules such as this should be for the purpose of benefitting our country, not just one party for the near future. I find you saying that your main concern about undoing the filibuster rule concerning. This kind of petty partisanship is the true downfall of our current government. I don’t support the use of filibusters to block regulations as well but I think the reasons for getting rid of them should not be an issue of partisanship rather, concern for the efficiency and functioning of our legislative system.

    Max NakanoMax Nakano17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am okay with keeping the filibuster if rules can be put in place to make it actually be a tool of debate. First, it has to stay on topic. Second, no food or drink allowed and no bathroom breaks. Third, every 30 minutes you have to offer to be interrupted by seeing if anyone in the opposition has any questions. Fourth, a majority vote can be taken at any 30 minute break to decide if this continues or is stopped.

    nerdfathanerdfatha18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ted Cruz could get it... and by it I mean a swift kick to the nuts

    Spooky StelaSpooky Stela18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • that dude at the desk at the end is an american hero.

    Leo WatleyLeo Watley19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • look at the reactions of the dude sitting in the back xD

    Jess WahyudiJess Wahyudi20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • oh please don't make fun drinking coffee with a saucer. it's still a thing here in my country

    Gati Akbar WibisonoGati Akbar Wibisono20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Fast forward 8 months later, when the idiocy and lies of trump are making even congress look good

    Benjamin ThvedtBenjamin Thvedt20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • America is messed up

    Brad SikkemaBrad Sikkema22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Jeezus 6:36 made me squirm what I was drinking hahaha

    John Gedric TudioJohn Gedric Tudio22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I do not like that man Ted Cruz...

    Martin TemelkovMartin Temelkov23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • As terrible as filibusters are, they make for absolutely hilarious moments of members of “the more pristine side of Congress” doing stuff like reading green eggs and ham

    TheGameLab /gamingTheGameLab /gaming23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Key reason why I often contemplate how to leave the US for Europe.

    David HutchinsonDavid Hutchinson24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • yang saw the stimulus package decades ago

    chronicleschronicles25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ‘Sipping out of a saucer like a fucking cat’ The Russians with their samovar are triggered lol

    jellyjayjellyjay25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is there any comedian less funny than John Oliver?

    Peter MernaghPeter Mernagh25 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Plenty

      Alba TrisAlba Tris23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No wonder rock cut his hair

    gokul balagopal Payyanurgokul balagopal Payyanur29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ted cruz talkathon wasnt a filibuster

    Martinho PaourMartinho Paourหลายเดือนก่อน
  • In case anyone is wondering about the the whole cup to saucer thing, it made sense at the time. Your hot beverages would literally be boiling hot. You put it in a saucer because it cools faster that way, as more of the surface of the liquid is in contact with the air. Not like they could grab a couple of ice cubes out of the fridge, lol.

    Moss LindenMoss Lindenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm from South Africa, and my grand mother used to do the cooling saucer thing. I thought it was weird until I saw her church friends doing it as well. Apparently it's something grandmother's do in over here 🤣🤣🤣

    Ta SimsTa Simsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I usually agree with the points he makes but the part where he says "the bad thing is sometimes the people you don't agree with will be in the senate" is totally ridiculous. yes you fucking idiot, the rules apply to everyone, you can't just introduce laws that apply to one party.


    Jessica LacasseJessica Lacasseหลายเดือนก่อน
  • What is so different from slavery ,bunch of hispanic ,black working for old dumb rich guys...

    Jessica LacasseJessica Lacasseหลายเดือนก่อน
  • so, 15 hrs later... he has yet to shake, tuck, and zip up....

    Peter LePeter Leหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Reagan never saw combat. Never even left the country. Jimmy Stuart fought in WWII, and I reckon deserves more respect than draft dodger Ronald Reagan.

    T. B.T. B.หลายเดือนก่อน
  • always interesting

    jon obliviousjon obliviousหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Why do you Americans applaud this fool. In the UK he couldn’t even succeed as a mediocre stand up act. He’s just a snide, left-whinge apologist!

  • we still cool our coffee that way in asia: pouring it from cup to saucer and drinking from the latter :)

    Adelynn TanAdelynn Tanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • the only good filibuster is the Stackhouse Filibuster. because the Stackhouse Filibuster did not stop.

    Josh MJosh Mหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm Dutch and I have no idea what he is talking about! A quick search also reveales filibustet actually came frrom a Spanish word which in term came from a French word. It did indeed mean Pirate, but it Ducth we say 'piraat' which is basically the same word. i just wanted to get it out there! His impression of us was way off, but made me laugh anyway!

  • Not passing more laws is a problem how? You really think we need even more laws? Moronic

    Joe MorrisJoe Morrisหลายเดือนก่อน
  • your Dutch accent is terrible, but hilarious

    Data DogData Dogหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Can’t believe that’s how the us senate works lol. You have a shitty ass government.

  • Maybe the senate was better back in the good old days. Back then Ted Cruize would have got two lines into that book before being hit with a walking stick.

    Sam BarrettSam Barrettหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Biden! Biden! Biden!

    McFarland GeoffroyMcFarland Geoffroyหลายเดือนก่อน
  • American democracy is a farce at this point. A bad joke, with no punchline.

    Rob AshtonRob Ashtonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'd still rather go on a platonic date with John Oliver, than The Rock.

    Candice TrueloveCandice Trueloveหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Ah, yes, the filibussy

    x _x _หลายเดือนก่อน
  • the only way to improve this country is to face the problems

    Jay CJay Cหลายเดือนก่อน
  • john oliver =truth ,

    Jay CJay Cหลายเดือนก่อน
  • john Oliver is truly american treasure。。

    Jay CJay Cหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I swear that "black guy" at 15:04 behind trump is just a white guy in black face

    Kevin StolajKevin Stolajหลายเดือนก่อน
  • he's 42

    Detective SkeletonDetective Skeletonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Ah, the time ted cruz read dr. Seuss on the senate floor. Things that SHOULD be legally allowable to beat him to near-death with a silver-tipped cane for doing...

    JG Sword Reviews and Costume WeaponsJG Sword Reviews and Costume Weaponsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I'm more surprised that John Oliver didn't wash his hand after pretending to pee. He could have at lease pretend to wash his hands.

    Alberto BernalAlberto Bernal2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • They should be paid by approved bills.

    Matteo LussoMatteo Lusso2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • We need to have rules about ensuring that more than a simple majority votes for any bill. If we are determined to stick with a 2-party system, then how about requiring at least a certain percentage of votes from each, because, and this is hard to overstate, *no law or bill should be so partisan that enough of the people elected to represent our interests don't support it.* And likewise, if we are to maintain a system that lets parties ignores the public interest in favor of party agendas or corporate interests, we should require the people elected to represent our interests to explain the reasons for how they vote on each and every bill so that we, the people who elected them, can assess whether they are representing us, or are, in fact, representing something/someone else. Our system is garbage, but we have to find ways to make it work. It's hard to do when the President of the United States pushes literal fake news while declaring critics and opponents to be part of the "fake news media" and "deep state," and it's hard to do when our representatives, supported by heavily biased media (both news and non-news), ensure we remain as uninformed and misinformed as humanly possible.

    Samuel RosanderSamuel Rosander2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • What's the difference weather you use a filibuster or come to a vote and its voted down. Filibusters actually save time. Eitherway people shouldnt use them. Only cowards do cuz their afraid of bills.

    noahnoah2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Anyone else slightly distracted by the microphones on John Oliver's tie that I've never notice in all of the episode of his show??? Like damn it's a bitch distracting asf 😂😂😂😂

    Pranz MesdePranz Mesde2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Holy shit I just looked through his episode thumbnail on youtube and he has it wtf!!!! I will now not notice his microphones on his tie god damn it

      Pranz MesdePranz Mesde2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Rand Paul is just a fucking joke isn't he?

    Braden ScottBraden Scott2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • *I don’t understand why John believes just because a few senators have spoken for unnecessary filibusters that it means going back to the talking-filibuster won’t work well. The few PR filibusters were for limited time. A talking filibuster will have to go on-and-on… I just worry that filibusters need to be around for the absolutely huge issues that need stopped.* I’ve thought that as a matter of principle during Obama’a term and currently.

    iMatti00iMatti002 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Am I the only one who pointed out out-loud that “Milky Way bars don’t have caramel in them”?

    TheMusicalBoy'93TheMusicalBoy'932 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Dominick Guzzo Ah, right. Yeah, then there’s a difference there

      TheMusicalBoy'93TheMusicalBoy'932 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • @TheMusicalBoy'93 i'm grateful for Wikipedia :)

      Dominick GuzzoDominick Guzzo2 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Dominick Guzzo That depends on if a “Three Musketeers” bar has a white nougat centre. That’s the Milky Way I’m familiar with, in Britain

      TheMusicalBoy'93TheMusicalBoy'932 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Milky Way bars definitely have caramel in them; are you maybe thinking of Three Muskateers?

      Dominick GuzzoDominick Guzzo2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Is anyone else a little triggered that he called Jimmy Stewart a bad actor?

    Jessica Briner-DeVoreJessica Briner-DeVore2 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • So how do we get rid of them?

    Kyle BrownKyle Brown2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver