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Jon Stewart examined the controversies surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, initiated by Speaker John Boehner as a political maneuver against President Obama — as if the United States would ever meddle in the Middle East.

Larry Wilmore looked at the ethical conundrums surrounding “designer babies,” and the new technology of creating babies with three parents in order to avoid inborn disorders.

David Letterman revealed that the Vatican has come up with an interesting solution for when Pope Francis is too exhausted to carry out his public schedule: A younger understudy.

Jimmy Kimmel featured the benefits of Girl Scout Cookies for building confidence in young girls — and those Girls Scouts really gave him the hard sell.

Jimmy Fallon found a way to cheer up viewers in the midst of all the bad news in the world: Have local NBC news anchors read out imaginary great news.

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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