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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: ‘Guardians of the Gala’

On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams blasted the news media for covering the pomp and glamour of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, while unrest broke was simultaneously breaking out in Baltimore.

Larry Wilmore talked about the big news from Bruce Jenner, with a panel including transgender participants.

James Corden spoke out in praise of Bruce Jenner.

Fareed Zakaria sat down with Conan O’Brien, and told an amusing story about how he partied too hard — and missed his own college graduation.

And as David Letterman winds down his show, he looked back on his signature routine — and its many celebrity guests, with “Top Ten Special Top Ten Lists.”

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Republicans need the political press to do a lot of bad journalism in order to carry out their strategy of forcing through devastating spending cuts by leveraging the prospect of a calamitous default on U.S. debt. They need political journalists to produce wishy-washy “both sides” coverage that hides the party’s ultimate culpability and shields it from blame. And the latest coverage from The New York Times shows that their plan may already be working.

It shouldn’t be difficult to acknowledge that Republicans will be the ones at fault if the U.S. breaches the statutory limit on federal borrowing in June. Members of Congress of both parties routinely voted for clean debt limit hikes during Donald Trump’s presidency, which also saw record debt increases. But with Joe Biden in the White House, GOP leaders startedsaying last fall that they would require significant spending cuts – including to Social Security and Medicare – alongside further debt limit increases if their party won the House.

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