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Who would have imagined Howard Stern – the bawdy “king of all media” – presenting a fair, respectful, and very candid interview with Hillary Clinton? The former Democratic presidential nominee took a leap of faith in sitting down with Stern, whose reputation for unbridled sexism (and generally obnoxious behavior) still precedes him. Maybe she listened to Stern’s own remarkable two-part interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, when he spoke about profound changes in his persona and outlook.

Actually, he confesses to being a longtime Hillary fan. Howard being Howard, though, he couldn’t help asking about old rumors spread by the far right concerning Hillary’s sexual preference. Predictably, that drew media attention, but there’s a lot more substantive and less salacious content in this episode. Stern is no dummy; he just played one on the radio.

While the entire interview is worth checking out, the real Hillary comes across in this exchange about the two presidents she knows best – Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – and why Obama asked her to serve in his administration. This is the leader her supporters know and admire. Of all people it’s Howard Stern who reminds us again what the nation lost in 2016.

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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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The baseless claim that the FBI may have planted evidence while carrying out a court-approved search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has surged through right-wing media, as the former president’s allies continue their effort to turn their audiences against the probe and shield Trump from accountability.

The FBI searched the premises after obtaining a warrant from a federal magistrate judge and “removed a number of boxes of documents” as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump had illegally “taken a trove of material with him to his home at Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House that included sensitive documents – and then, in the Justice Department’s view, had failed to fully comply with requests that he return the disputed material,” the New York Times reported. Politico concluded after consulting with legal experts on the handling of classified documents that “it’s highly unlikely the DOJ would have pursued – and a judge would have granted – such a politically explosive search warrant without extraordinary evidence.”

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