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The presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio revealed more than Trump’s contempt for courts and the law, which was not exactly a secret anyway. Defending his decision to relieve the lawless lawman of the penalty for defying a federal court order, Trump endorsed his execrable, bigoted, extremely costly record in office.

Just how bad was Arpaio, often dubbed the “worst sheriff in America”? You probably have no idea. But Trevor Noah knows the stunning details. And he tells all in this latest edition of “Profiles in Tremendousness” — including the message Trump is sending to all of his cronies.

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I have to confess, I can’t figure Kyle Rittenhouse out. One minute, his lawyers are repeatedly throwing out a Tucker Carlson film crew. The next minute, Rittenhouse is sitting down for an interview with Carlson, and is traveling to Mar-a-Lago to meet Trump.

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While the emergence of yet another troubling coronavirus variant seems abrupt, it was entirely predictable — and fully anticipated here and elsewhere. More than predictable, the mutation of the virus will remain inevitable for so long as it continues to infect millions of human hosts.

Scientists don't yet know for certain whether the new "omicron" variant — so named by the World Health Organization — will prove to be substantially more infectious, transmissible or dangerous than the delta variant that became dominant last year. What they do know, however, is that sooner or later, as COVID-19 continues to spread and change, our prospects for emerging from the pandemic will dim, and millions more will die.

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