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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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Peggy Nienaber

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Peggy Nienaber may provide her own downfall thanks to hubris. Rolling Stone revealed on Wednesday that the Christian fascist, who serves as vice president of the nonprofit anti-abortion group Faith & Liberty and serves as hate group Liberty Counsel’s executive director of D.C. Ministry, was caught bragging about praying with Supreme Court justices. While appearing on a livestream she didn’t realize was being recorded, Nienaber confirmed that she prays with some of the justices inside the Supreme Court itself.

“They will pray with us, those that like us to pray with them,” Nienaber said, adding with a laugh, “Some of them don’t!” This claim was backed up by the founder of the ministry that ultimately got absorbed into Liberty Counsel. Rob Schenck, who used to work alongside Nienaber, but has since renounced his actions. Yet from the late 1990s onward, he prayed with Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court itself.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis

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'We're not seeing a whole lot of common sense in his policies. He tends to toss aside serious ideas about climate change as just left-wing politics,' said Sierra Club Florida political director Luigi Guadarrama.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has been energetically whittling away at civil rights in his state, pursuing anti-LGBTQ policies, pushing intolerance and censorship in schools, and restricting voting rights.

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