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On the eve of Brett Kavanaugh’s impending confirmation to the Supreme Court, Stephen Colbert crunched the Senate numbers — and came up with the same whisker-thin 51-49 majority that could have been predicted two months ago. He reviews the not-so-thorough FBI investigation of the nominee — and the “get off my damn lawn” fury of the Senate’s elderly, white and all male leadership.

Those “angry grandpas” reached for a literary allusion this week, as they compared themselves with Atticus Finch. Which didn’t improve Stephen’s opinion of Chuck Grassley or John Cornyn,. You can still laugh at them, even as they degrade the Republic.

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I have to confess, I can’t figure Kyle Rittenhouse out. One minute, his lawyers are repeatedly throwing out a Tucker Carlson film crew. The next minute, Rittenhouse is sitting down for an interview with Carlson, and is traveling to Mar-a-Lago to meet Trump.

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While the emergence of yet another troubling coronavirus variant seems abrupt, it was entirely predictable — and fully anticipated here and elsewhere. More than predictable, the mutation of the virus will remain inevitable for so long as it continues to infect millions of human hosts.

Scientists don't yet know for certain whether the new "omicron" variant — so named by the World Health Organization — will prove to be substantially more infectious, transmissible or dangerous than the delta variant that became dominant last year. What they do know, however, is that sooner or later, as COVID-19 continues to spread and change, our prospects for emerging from the pandemic will dim, and millions more will die.

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