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Sometimes, says Stephen Colbert, it’s nice to feature “happy stories that don’t really mean anything” — like the arrival of Britain’s new royal baby. Congratulations to Meghan and Harry.

As Colbert notes, America still has its own royal baby Donald Trump — now in the throes of his “terrible twos” as president. His mood didn’t improve when roughly 400 former federal prosecutors said “YES OBSTRUCTION” in a public letter rebuking the president’s defense mouthpiece, Attorney General William Barr.

But he had a bright moment last Friday when he and  Vladimir Putin gloated together over escaping justice for their vile attack on American democracy in 2016. Somehow, Trump never got around to discussing with the Kremlin boss what the special counsel revealed about Russia’s “active measures,” or warning him not to do it again next year.

According to Trump, Putin was “smiling” on their audio call, but the White House later explained that he meant Putin was “laughing” — about that silly “Russian hoax.”

Doesn’t Trump have a great sense of humor?

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAGA movement and far-right Christian fundamentalists have downplayed its severity — inspiring critics to slam MAGA as a suicidal "death cult." Christian fundamentalist Joy Pullmann, in a shocking op-ed published by the far-right website The Federalist on the day of Gen. Colin Powell's death, argues that Christians should welcome death from COVID-19, like any other cause of death, as "a good thing." And she attacks the "pagan assumptions" of those who argue in favor of widespread vaccination.

"For Christians, death is good," Pullmann writes. "Yes, death is also an evil — its existence is a result of sin. But thanks be to God, Jesus Christ has redeemed even death. In his resurrection, Christ has transformed death into a portal to eternal life for Christians…. The Christian faith makes it very clear that death, while sad to those left behind and a tragic consequence of human sin, is now good for all who believe in Christ."

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Don Winslow, the author of several New York Times bestsellers, blasted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in a newly-released video shared on social media.

For months now, Manchin has positioned himself as one of the main roadblocks of President Joe Biden's proposed Build Back Better agenda, pushing back on key provisions including child tax credits and climate initiatives.

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