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There weren’t a lot of laughs in yesterday’s testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And it was even less amusing to contemplate the prospect of Kavanaugh ascending to the country’s highest court.

Yet the Trump nominee’s prevaricating and often shrill testimony is highly susceptible to satire — an opportunity that Stephen Colbert cannot resist. He transforms the nominee’s silly lie about “boofing” into vaudeville.

What makes this Colbert monologue special is not the jabbing and joking, but the dead serious peroration addressed to Kavanaugh himself, exposing the deepest truth of this historical moment.

Not to be missed.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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