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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: Messing With Texas Textbooks

Larry Wilmore examined the latest school textbook revisions from Texas, which is eliminating references to the slave trade, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan — changes will affect history books in schools all across the country. Texas is a big place, Larry explained, “and the one thing Texans like more than white picket fences — is whitewashing history.”

But how to illustrate this? Larry read to a group of schoolchildren from the new book, “Goodnight Slavery.”

Conan O’Brien got a series of accidental phone calls from “Donald Trump,” who talked about his real political agenda — lying about building a wall, or watching Muslims celebrate 9/11: “What I”m selling is a twisted fantasy that a lot of sickos are, frankly, buying into.”

The Daily Show looked at the stakes of the climate summit in Paris, in a segment from correspondent Desi Lydic: “Some insist the time to avoid catastrophe is running out… others are really stupid.”

James Corden discussed the new facial hair being sported by Speaker Paul Ryan — the first speaker of the house to do so in nearly 100 years: “Incidentally, Paul Ryan is also the first politician in 100 years to have a beard that isn’t his wife.”

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