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PUPPET REGIME: the Really Bad People song

With everyone focusing on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, bad people in other parts of the world are having a moment. MBS, Modi, Bolsonaro, and others are here to explain, through - what else - song.

COVID zeroes in on Xi Jinping

The Chinese president thinks his zero-COVID policy can stamp out the disease entirely until a rude awakening changes everything.

Sleepy Joe captured on camera!

Is it a Robin or a Robinette? Filmmakers have tracked down the elusive Biden in its natural habitat. What can we learn about the elusive Biden's behavior?

Biden's big rebrand

The US president's poll numbers sure are looking grim, but he's got a foolproof plan to refresh his brand and reconnect with voters ahead of the mid-terms. Right? Right?

Zuckerberg practices free speech on Elon Musk

Elon Musk is getting all the tech bro attention these days, and Mark Zuckerberg can NOT stand it.

Modi lays low

India's PM is trying to avoid siding too closely with anyone these days, but Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, and Boris Johnson won't leave him alone.

Zelensky visits the Big Apple

Everyone knows Americans love apple pie and culture wars, but these days they also seem to really love Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky recently hit the streets of New York to find out why.

What's Putin got left?

After a parade of Western companies leaves Russia, Putin has trouble even making a list of his enemies. But there's one person who can help -- at a cost.

More oil? MBS & the moral dilemma

With energy prices soaring, Boris Johnson and Joe Biden are turning to some dodgy friends for help.

Biden’s quid pro quo with Zelensky

Joe Biden wants some pointers from the Ukrainian president, but will Zelensky get anything in return?

Ukraine edition: Kim Jong Un will not be ignored!!

As the Russian war on Ukraine intensifies, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is launching his own warning shots ... for attention.

The end of the affair (COVID edition)

Experts say that the omicron wave may be what ends the acute phase of the pandemic. But one couple isn't ready to let go just yet.

Putin's President's Day advice

Presidents Biden, Macron, and Bolsonaro are tempted by a new way to improve their approval ratings.

Putin, love, obsession: Valentine's Day advice from PUPPET REGIME

Maybe - just maybe - you shouldn't take love advice from Vladimir Putin. Or Boris Johnson. Or Emmanuel Macron. Or Xi Jinping. Or Joe Biden.

Slim Jong Un: New look, same explosive appeal

Putin and Xi want to talk about Pyongyang's nuclear program, but Kim Jong Un has a svelter subject in mind.

Merkin' it with Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is retired — but only from politics. Still, maybe she's not as good at other jobs as she was as German chancellor.

Angela Merkel off the grid

Merkel, interrupted.

Putin It Out There: Leverage 101

Russia's president has an education playbook. It involves annexation and natural gas.

Is democracy a charade?

After a long day at the Autocracy Summit, Putin and pals unwind with a parlor game — but guess who shows up to ruin the laughs?

A Kremlin Christmas

With Europe facing an energy crisis, all the good boys and girls want one thing -- but poor Santa Claus has to kiss the ring to get it.

Xi's Xmas surprise

As world leaders gather for a secret Santa exchange, China’s president comes away with the best gift of all.

Biden's turkey fail

The US President is just trying to keep tradition, but he's a little out of touch.

Who's the real President Joe?

Joe Biden can't seem to do anything these days without the approval of one very specific person.

Biden's paid leave problem

America sure is back -- but not quite in the way Joe thinks.

Joe Biden's impossible Halloween costume

The US President is stumped on what to dress up as. World leaders including Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and Jair Bolsonaro weigh in.

Zuckerberg is sorry/not sorry

The Facebook CEO deals with an avalanche of negative publicity the only way he knows how.

COVID family reputation on the brink

You thought your parents were tough. The COVIDs have global aspirations.

Joe Biden at breakfast

Someone very, very important hasn't been seen much recently. Why?

Boris Johnson's AUKward phone call

Boris Johnson is a glutton for punishment, but Emmanuel Macron won't give it to him.

Angela Merkel's farewell song - Kraftwerk mix

The most powerful woman in the world is stepping down from the Chancellorship -- and stepping up to the mic. #PUPPETREGIME

Zuckerberg's metaverse trap

World leaders aren't any better at cooperating in that universe than they are in this one.

The delta skelter song

Joe Biden really thought things were looking rosy, until an unwanted variant showed up.

Trump’s comeback tour

Donald Trump may have lost the 2020 election, but his greatest hits still draw a big crowd.

The real star of the Tokyo Olympics

An exclusive interview with the most feverishly awaited competitor at the 2020 Summer Games.

Putin has a solution for US democracy

Are you tired of elections that are confusing, meddled with, or disputed? Renowned US democracy expert Vladimir Putin knows there is a better way!

Biden the whisperer of things

Has the US president finally cracked the code for getting what he wants from ... everyone?

Jeff Bezos has a solution for work-life balance

In the wake of the pandemic, we're all trying to figure out what work-life balance even means anymore. Here's what a few of the most powerful people in the world have to say about it.

Putin’ on a show for Biden

Joe Biden says he wants a stable and predictable relationship with Vladimir Putin. Will the wily Russian president really give him what he wants?

Authoritarian Airlines

Co-captains Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin have an important pre-flight safety announcement.

Joe Biden's trillion dollar tune

Joe Biden wants to spend more money than any US president in history. Why? And where's the money gonna come from? Trillion dollar Joe grabs the mic to explain....

Brazil's own Godzilla vs Kong

Brazil's economy is a shambles. COVID is still raging. The Amazon is aflame. But despite all that, president Jair Bolsonaro fears only one thing: the coming clash with an old nemesis that'll make King Kong vs Godzilla look like child's play by comparison.

Joe Biden the Candyman

The US president changes his tune about giving vaccines to the rest of the world, and gets a desperate call from Narendra Modi.

Biden & Khamenei's nuclear song and dance

The US and Iran both seem interested in reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, but there's one simple problem they just can't get past. See the whole song and dance on PUPPET REGIME.

Kim Jong-un will not be ignored!!

Guess who's ghosting the Supreme Leader of North Korea now?

PUPPET REGIME: The fairytale kingdom

Once upon a time there was a kingdom of squabbling princes... Angela Merkel is sick und tired of that kingdom.

The ad Facebook will never run

Mark Zuckerberg launches a new algorithm to weed out politically divisive content, but there's one message he didn't expect.

The gender gap revealed!!

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel convenes a world leader Zoom on gender inequality, the accusations fly fast and furious.

Viral kids, empty nest: one family's story

We all want the best for our kids, but sometimes they grow up too fast and get way out of control. Damn variants.

Putin’ the kids first!

A five year old calls in to speak to the Russian president and learns a lesson he won't forget.

The drug deal of the century

When the EU can't get the fix it needs, Angela Merkel turns to desperate measures.

Angela Merkel's missed connection

On Angela Merkel's last Valentine's Day as chancellor, she thinks back to East Germany, 1987. He was a foreign agent, she a quantum chemist. What might have been?

Arranging marriage for Modi on Hindu Nationalist Matchmaker

You've watched Indian Matchmaking... so we bring you a special edition of Hindu Nationalist Matchmaker. His magic might not be working with Punjabi farmers, but India's PM Narendra Modi feels he is charming enough to find a match.

Is the press being fair to Joe Biden?

After four years of over the top mayhem, even the little things seem like staggering achievements.

Biden's mailbox is full

Now that Joe Biden is president, he's getting an earful from the likes of Putin Merkel, Kim Jong-un and .... who else?

Guess who won't leave the White House?

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Trump needs a new job

Donald Trump has finally admitted he needs a new job - but he's optimistic. After all, he didn't need real skills or experience to get his last position.

World leaders weigh in on 2021 Top Risks

Are Biden, Merkel and Putin happy with their ranking on Eurasia Group's Top Risks report this year?

The new Santa Claus

President Trump may not have won reelection, but he's now claiming he's been named to an even bigger role. He may know if you've been naughty or nice, but is he really Santa? You'd better look twice.

Trump & COVID sing The Damage Song

Trump & COVID might be on their way out. But there's still time for them to do as much damage as they can.

Trump’s turkey pardon, disputed

President Trump's Thanksgiving Day turkey pardoning doesn't exactly go according to plan when the condemned critter cries fowl.

"Dude, you lost?" World leaders react to the US election

After days of tension and uncertainty, Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the US presidential vote -- but how are world leaders like Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and Mark Zuckerberg taking the news?

Coronavirus announces endorsement for US president (exclusive!)

Breaking news: In yet another October surprise, an endorsement in the presidential election! Who will the coronavirus be voting for?

The pandemic presidential debate we deserve

Finally, someone who can actually control Trump and Biden on the debate stage.

Will Joe Biden make America 2010 again?

Joe Biden's got a new slogan for his campaign -- but can he get Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to support it?

You can call me Al...i Khamenei

Joe Biden gets a call from an unexpected supporter -- the Supreme Leader of Iran?

The great Belarus deal

Trump is willing to give up Wisconsin for Belarus' democracy? When multilateralism hits the Zoom calls, we can't really tell what's real and what's not.

The super social new kid at school

Guess who the new student is this year! Will the Coronavirus end up closing down classes before the school year even begins? #PUPPETREGIME

Putin speaks at the RNC

Breaking news: Vladimir Putin addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention.

World leaders are freaking out about the US vote too

You think you've been in a knot about Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona? Spare a thought for the leaders of Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany and.... Facebook!

Bolsonaro sings a "canção de amor" to Trump

On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Bolsonaro sends a song of support and love to his idol, Donald Trump.

Nas vésperas da eleição presidencial nos EUA, Bolsonaro manda uma canção de apoio e amor para seu ídolo, Donald Trump.

An undecided voter fairy tale

Just days from the election, Trump and Biden compete for the last three undecided voters in America.

Election injection

Putin's meddling in American elections has taken a creative turn. He now has a plan to help vaccinate Trump against a loss in November!

Viral road trip song: Trump & COVID travel the US

Donald J. Trump and CorOnaVirus decide to hit the road together across the USA. Will DJT and COV discover they are more alike than different? Will their interests diverge?

The coronavirus kings

Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and Vladimir Putin gather via Zoom for a meeting of the Pandemic Presidents. But who's the top Corona King of them all?

Rap battle: Zuckerberg vs COVID-19

Let the rap battle begin! Who's worse for humanity: Mark Zuckerberg or The Coronavirus?

Second wave

With states around the US rushing to reopen, the surf is up for that Second Wave.

Story time with John Bolton

Trump wants to censor John Bolton's tell-all, but the old walrus-whiskered warmonger has found a big audience for his banned book anyway: at a local pre-school. It's Story Time with John Bolton!

I take responsibility: world leaders edition

Perhaps you've seen some of the celebrity "I Take Responsibility" videos that have gone viral recently. Well, now some of our world leaders, including Trump, MBS, Putin and Bolsonaro, have jumped in on the act too, with their own twist.

I Take Responsibility PSA: Donald Trump Edition

Wait, did those celebrity videos "taking responsibility" for racism inspire Trump himself to "take responsibility"? Is this some kind of ALT reality? Or is it just an epic troll job from a president who has famously proclaimed, "I don't take responsibility at all" for the consequences of his government's actions (or lack thereof).

WATCH: Can They Say It?

It's the latest PUPPET REGIME game show! Watch Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Elizabeth Warren compete to see whose statements are blessed by the Facebook advertising algorithm.

Watch: Coronavirus dating is really hard

Looking for love in the time of coronavirus? Online dating during a pandemic is hard for everyone.

Modi & Trump in Bollywood (as Delhi burns)

Bollywood is calling! US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi share an affinity for divisive politics, strongman styling, and club-friendly hooks. Here is their latest single, Aaja Aaja, which you'll love to hate.

President Trump's Valentine's Day gift for Melania

It's Valentine's Day at the White House! Donald Trump calls his friends MBS, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un to help him decide on a gift for his wife, Melania. With this group, the ideas and conversation are sure to bring an interesting resolution.

The Dictator Awards

It's award season on PUPPET REGIME! Find out who wins this year's Dictator Awards!