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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: ‘Let Money Talk!’

The Daily Show looked at the UK election, expressing utter bewilderment about how those Brits do it — without tons of big money and advertising campaigns.

Larry Wilmore spotlighted the latest story of racist misbehavior by police, this time involving text messages in San Francisco. And even Larry was amazed by this story — that the racism was actually put in writing. And if it can happen in San Francisco, should people really be at all surprised when it happens anywhere else?

Seth Meyers examined ISIS’ social media strategy for recruitment, and the U.S. government’s ideas about how to counter it.

And David Letterman pointed out how truly awful Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for “Deflategate” must be on him.

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