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Dismaying as it was to watch former presidential press secretary Sean Spicer treated like a cute celebrity on the Emmy Awards, the television academy at least recognized many of the brightest stars gracing the tube — including the mighty John Oliver, who won “Writing for a Variety Series” in competition with host Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Samantha Bee.

To honor Oliver, spend a few minutes admiring his recent takedown of Joe Arpaio, thuggish beneficiary of a Trump pardon, which showcases the remarkable research and sly humor that are the hallmarks of Last Week Tonight. (This episode includes an excruciating clip of the former Maricopa County sheriff croaking Sinatra’s “My Way,” setting up a gag.)

Congratulations, John!

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Tyler Matzek

So the World Series has come around again, evoking the usual mixed feelings. For one thing, I don't have a team this year, although I'll be pulling for Atlanta in honor of my friend Lauren, a serious Braves fan I pretty much talked into baseball when she was my student. As a sometime athlete and a serious reader with a taste for complex narratives, she was a natural.

Also, the Houston Astros cheated. Bigtime. Cunning and crude, the team's 2017 electronic sign-stealing, trashcan-banging scheme tipping hitters to incoming pitches could have been designed by Vladimir Putin. It wouldn't have bothered me if several Astros had been banished from baseball like Pete Rose, whose compulsive gambling hurt mainly himself.

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Mark Meadows

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Legal experts including a Harvard professor and a top election and voting rights attorney are weighing in on Sunday night's bombshell report from Rolling Stone naming members of Congress and the Trump administration who were involved in the planning and organizing of the January 6 rally and/or "Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss," according to two of the planners of the "Stop the Steal" rally.

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