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Larry Wilmore couldn’t help but send up Justice Antonin Scalia’s bitter dissent in Thursday’s major victory for Obamacare, which the senior conservative jurist referred to as “jiggery-pokery.” Larry’s response to that term: “Actually, it sounds like some Victorian-era term for sex in a toolshed, doesn’t it?”

Jon Stewart looked at the reactions to Pope Francis’ encyclical for environmentalism from Republican presidential candidates — that is, from the same people who are always mixing religion and politics in other issue areas: “Well perhaps people would be more for preventing global warming if we referred to it as, ‘taking a stand for preserving traditional sea levels.”

Conan O’Brien highlighted how the Six Flags amusement parks actually have a subtle connection to the Confederate flag — but since most people don’t even know this, the company really shouldn’t even try to become “Five Flags” and bring up the subject in the first place.

Seth Meyers featured a “supporter” of Donald Trump, who went out campaigning among the people.

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Lt. Gov. Janice McEachin

The Republican Party’s radical right flank is making inroads among voters and winning key primaries east of the Mississippi. But out West, among the five states that held their 2022 primary elections on May 17, a string of GOP candidates for office who deny the 2020’s presidential election results and have embraced various conspiracies were rejected by Republicans who voted for more mainstream conservatives.

In Pennsylvania, Douglas Mastriano, an election denier and white nationalist, won the GOP’s nomination for governor. He received 568,000 votes, which was 44.1 percent of the vote in a low turnout primary. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s nine million registered voters cast ballots.

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Rep. Ted Budd, left, and Cheri Beasley

On Tuesday, North Carolina Republicans selected Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), a far-right extremist who has pushed false claims about the 2020 election, to be their Senate nominee. He will face Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the state's Supreme Court.

As of Wednesday morning, Budd had received more than 58 percent of the GOP primary vote. Former Gov. Pat McCrory received just below 25 percent of the vote, while former Rep. Mark Walker received about nine percent of the vote.

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