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The great Stephen Colbert released a video Wednesday, teasing the upcoming launch of The Late Show, which he is taking over from David Letterman. But there’s one casualty of his new job: He’ll have to say goodbye to the luxurious “Colbeard” that he’s grown during his time off.

Colbert’s video also provides an interesting lesson in what happens on TV when you want to have a sentimental montage — but you didn’t secure the full rights to use the lyrics of the song you wanted.

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

As I write, it's impossible to guess how this sitcom ends. Boss Trump's comic opera coup attempt has clearly failed, as even Emily Murphy, the hapless head of the General Services Administration was forced to concede. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan certified that Trump had lost both states, she really had no choice. The formal transition to Joe Biden's presidency has begun.

President Putin will be disappointed. Discrediting democracy is Job One for the Russian dictator. Peddling phony claims about voter fraud and election rigging is right out of the Kremlin playbook. It's become unfashionable to say so, but that's the biggest reason Putin invested in Trump to begin with.

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