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John Oliver is known for using Last Week Tonight‘s 20-minute closing monologue extravaganzas to tackle issues that most satirists (and, frankly, many journalists) won’t even touch, and Sunday’s show was a prime example.

The crisis in Flint, Michigan — brought on by untreated water corroding the city’s ancient pipes — is just the tip of America’s lead iceberg. Millions of disproportionately poor people around the country are exposed to lead every day from things like untreated paint in old buildings. Even after clean drinking water starts flowing into Flint homes again, lead poisoning will continue at shameful rates around the country, mostly in other underserved communities.

The same politicians who so vocally expressed their outrage at Michigan’s Republican governor have done very little over the years to address the full picture of lead poisoning in America, and John calls on Sesame Street’s Elmo, Rosita, and Oscar to point out the obvious: If we want to end lead’s awful legacy in America, “first, we all have to care!”

Photo and Video: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Kathy Barnette, a Trumpist conspiracy-peddling Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race who has been rising through the ranks, speeding even past big-spending rivals, is facing waves of criticism and public backlash for her past anti-Muslim tweets.

On Sunday, in an interview with Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream, after bobbing and weaving on questions probing her military service, Barnette tried to downplay the gravity of Islamophobic tweets that she had penned.

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