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On the heels of President Trump’s proposed Border Patrol hiring surge, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday examined the agency’s shoddy screening processes and susceptibility to corruption. In particular, Oliver highlighted the shortcomings of the previous Border Patrol hiring surge, in which George W. Bush oversaw a 100 percent increase in the number of agents — a surge, Oliver noted, “that was matched only by the surge in the number of reality shows about people making cakes.”

Oliver returned from hiatus last week to showcase conspiracy peddler Alex Jones’s lucrative supplement enterprise. (If you haven’t seen it already, Jones’s tone-deaf response is worth a watch.)

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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