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Saturday, October 20, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trump Finally Admits Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead

More than two weeks after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, amid many reports of the journalist’s gruesome demise, Donald Trump finally admits that Khashoggi is probably dead.

But Stephen Colbert doesn’t find the president’s perfunctory expression of sorrow very convincing. Nor is Stephen much impressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement, upon returning from Riyadh, about American concern over “the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi. He’s especially skeptical of the Saudi “investigation” — which has already left one suspect dead in a “car accident.”

And of course there’s even more daily craziness in the White House, as Colbert reports.

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#EndorseThis: Donald Trump Blinds Colbert With Science

Poring over the Associated Press presidential interview, Stephen Colbert explains why Trump thinks his nasty “horseface” insult of Stormy Daniels was actually a compliment. And why he believes there are “scientists on both sides” of the climate-change question.

Wading further into the climate debate, Trump boasts of his “natural instinct for science.” See, he once had an uncle who taught physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Somehow Uncle John bestowed upon young Donald not only a genetic aptitude but even scientific knowledge.

Does that sound wildly unscientific, even a little nuts? It’s just Trump, being “very smart.”

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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Takes Down Saudi Dictatorship, In Detail

The horrific fate that appears to have befallen journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of his Saudi compatriots is not a funny topic – and John Oliver doesn’t try too hard for laughs.

The regime’s evasions about Khashoggi’s disappearance certainly provoke snickers, however. Like its claim that the 15 Saudi agents who showed up in Istanbul for a few hours, apparently to carry out this crime, were just innocent “tourists.”

Yet Oliver does far more than simply recount an incredibly grim tale of alleged torture and murder. He takes a long, hard look at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — his  charm offensive, his domestic repression and “reforms,” and his brutal foreign policy – as well as America’s “morally compromised” relationship with Riyadh, which has grown more intense and more corrupt under Trump.…

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