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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Round-Up: The Fetus Lawyer

The Daily Show discovered that the state of Alabama has actually come up with a bold new initiative in the area of civil rights: Hiring a special court-appointed lawyer for a fetus, in order to stop pregnant teenagers from getting abortions. (They’re still figuring out public defenders for fully grown humans, though.)

Conan O’Brien talked about the growing backlash among Republicans against Mitt Romney potentially running for president again — including from one particular Republican who wants to hedge his bets.

Jimmy Fallon came up with an interesting variation for playing cards, alongside comedy actor Kevin Hart — involving some giant prosthetic hands.

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