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On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart looked at not only the State of the Union, but the even stranger ritual of the opposition response speech — and the fact that so many politicians are eager to deliver a speech that pretty much always turns out badly. And so a special award was rolled out: The “Implody.” And this year, the competition sure was fierce.

And on The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore and his panel pivoted off the State of the Union speech to examine President Obama himself and the American public’s views of him ever since 2008 — both in terms of race, and the various ways that people on either the left or the right have read into him what they wanted to see (or wanted to demonize).

Conan O’Brien’s pointed to some of the key moments of the State of the Union address:

Bill Gates appeared on The Tonight Show, to demonstrate with Jimmy Fallon his latest humanitarian project: A machine that can easily and inexpensively purify sewage into drinkable water for underdeveloped countries — complete with a taste test.

And on a lighter topic — football — Jimmy Kimmel brought on a special expert to analyze the “deflated balls” scandal from the New England Patriots game: Popular sex commentator Dr. Drew Pinsky.

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A new report is shedding light on details about a possible "sleeper wire fraud" scheme that could ultimately upend TrumpWorld.

According to The Daily Beast, this particular scheme is one that legal experts have reportedly been analyzing as they believe it "contains the ingredients for possible federal charges against officials with the campaign and the Republican National Committee—as well as Trump himself."

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call "jelly-bellied flag flappers," after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic. It is a phrase that aptly describes the belligerent chicken hawk who never stops squawking — someone like Ted Cruz or Donald Trump.

Like many who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my dad never spoke much about his four tough years of military service, which brought him under Japanese bombardment in the Pacific theater. But eventually there came a time when he attached to his lapel a small eagle-shaped pin known as a "ruptured duck" — a memento given to every veteran. With this proof of service, he demonstrated that as a lifelong liberal, he loved his country as much as any conservative.

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