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At the conclusion of a nightmarish political year, on the cusp of a year that may prove much worse still, two of America’s smartest comic voices examine the singular cause of our woes: Donald J. Trump. John Oliver describes the developing Trump phenomenon in a rapid-fire series of jokes, while Jon Stewart more soberly examines the meaning of Trump’s victory in a democratic society. The former Daily Show host is especially acute on the subject of the Republicans who have enabled Trump, and why.

When interviewer Charlie Rose mentions “draining the swamp,” Stewart cuts him off: “McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp…[whose cynical strategy is] I’m gonna make sure government doesn’t work and then I’m gonna use its lack of working as evidence of it.” He can’t help wondering why nobody ever asked Trump what made America great. Now, says Stewart, Trump has raised real questions about whether a multi-ethnic, multi-racial democracy can still work.

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How To Stop Monopolies From Milking Us Dry

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For the past several years, monopolistic price fixing by two multibillion-dollar milk processing behemoths — DFA (an outfit deceptively named Dairy Farmers of America) and Dean Foods — has squeezed thousands of dairy farms out of business, paying farmers less for a gallon of milk than it costs them to produce it. The Big Two controlled some two-thirds of all raw milk processed nationwide, essentially forcing farmers to sell on the processors' terms.

Last year, then-President Trump's Justice Department ("justice") allowed the $14 billion DFA empire to devour the $8 billion Dean conglomerate, leaving individual farm families at the mercy of one domineering colossus. DFA now controls 70 percent of our nation's entire raw milk supply.

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