Bill Maher and Amy Klobuchar go one-on-one tonight on Real Time

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Spend Valentine’s Day with Bill Maher and Senator Amy Klobuchar on a brand new Real Time.

You made it through another week and what better way to celebrate than with Real Time with BIll Maher? Another must-see guest lineup is on tap as Bill Maher once again tackles the biggest stories of the week.

As always, late night television has been all over the major headlines this week. Late Night with Seth Meyers has taken a closer look at Senator Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire primary victoryThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert meanwhile has been focusing on President Donald Trump’s behavior post-impeachment acquittal.

Both Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert have had a noticeable shift in tone while covering events in the Trump administration. The pair seem less amused even as their jokes remain top notch. President Trump’s interference in the Roger Stone sentencing especially alarmed the comedians.

It seems like they are coming around to Bill Maher’s perspective. Maher has, in recent weeks, warned that President Trump won’t leave the White House if he loses the election, encouraged Democrats to start playing dirty, and lamented the end of rule of law in an interview with Steve Bannon.

On tonight’s brand new Real Time with Bill Maher, these topics and more are sure to come up in the discussion. Here’s a complete breakdown of the guest lineup.

Top-of-show interview

Real Time with Bill Maher starts things off with an interview of Senator and Democratic candidate for president Amy Klobuchar. It will be Senator Klobuchar’s second visit to the show.

Klobuchar is the third presidential candidate to join Bill Maher this season after Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg. Kobluchar is coming off a third place finish in the New Hampshire primary that is being considered a major step forward for her campaign.

On Real Time, she will get a chance to have the stage to herself and further explain her policies and positions. Expect Maher to investigate how she differs from Democratic frontrunners like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as her plan for defeating Donald Trump.

Mid-show interview

Next up is Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington. It will be her first appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Rep. Jayapal assumed office in 2017 and is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and also serves on the Judiciary and Budget committees. Yesterday, a Fox News report indicated Jayapal was the subject of an ethics complaints regarding a tweet soliciting donations to support a Medicare-for-all bill.

It’s unlikely that the complaint will come up on Real Time or that Jayapal will even comment on the situation. Instead, Maher will likely ask about her endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

The panel

The panel will feature two returning guests along with one making a Real Time with Bill Maher debut. Fans are definitely in for another lively debate.

Journalist and television personality Katie Couric will be on Real Time for the first time. Couric made headlines earlier this week with scathing remarks against Fox News. She described the cable news network as “fake news” and “state-run television.” Maher will look to Couric to comment on journalism ethics and election coverage.

Author and political commentator Van Jones returns to the show tonight. On CNN, Jones has been giving his take on the Democratic field of candidates, suggesting that one individual has yet to stand out as able to defeat President Trump. Jones did praise top-of-show guest Amy Klobuchar following the New Hampshire primary and could revisit the topic on Real Time.

Rounding out the panel is Bret Stephens. The author and journalist is described as having neoconservative views while opposing President Trump. Stephens is also known for his view that climate change is not a major threat. Maher will likely press Stephens on that issue and its role in the 2020 election as well as who Trump-opponents like himself will support.

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Who are you looking forward to seeing on tonight’s show? What topics do you hope get discussed? Let us know in the comment section below. Real Time with Bill Maher airs tonight at 10:00 PM ET on HBO.