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During Monday’s solar eclipse, President Trump — with First Lady Melania and youngest son, Barron — stood on the White House balcony and did, to my knowledge, the only thing you’re not supposed to do during an eclipse:

Colbert, Meyers, Kimmel, and even Fallon are off this week, so the burden of late night political commentary fell on Conan O’Brien, who suggested that if Trump is this incapable of following directions, people should tell him, “Whatever you do, don’t resign.”

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The latest right-wing "antifa" hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It bubbled up from the fever swamps of the far right, broadcast widely by key figures atop the media food chain: Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Fox News, and leading Republican political candidates.

Trump retweeted an alt-right-flavored anti-Biden video suggesting he was ignoring antifa arsonists threatening the suburbs. Rogan, a wildly popular podcast host, told his audience that "left-wing people" were responsible for the fires (and apologized for it the next day). Fox News appeared especially eager to blame antifa for the wildfires as a way of denying the role of climate change. And in Washington state, where the fires have hit hard, the Republican nominee in the governor's race joined in spreading the claims through a campaign video.

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