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Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and gave his vote of confidence to The Daily Show’s next host Trevor Noah, with a rebuttal to some of the online controversies about Trevor’s jokes.

Larry Wilmore looked at the backlash against Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” law, and the big lesson it has for any civil rights struggle: Progress can happen — if people are losing money for opposing it.

Seth Meyers gave his taken on the Indiana pizzeria that said it would refuse to cater a gay wedding — in a segment he called, “Hold the Sausage.”

Michael Douglas appeared with Jimmy Fallon, and told an amazing story about how nervous he was the time he first appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

And David Letterman observed the spring holiday season, with “Top Ten New Easter Candies.”

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

Photo by Kevin McCarthy (Public domain)

In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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