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Jon Stewart came back from his two-week vacation — and was glad to have Donald Trump around, as “the patron saint of topical comedians who are just running out the clock.”

Jon looked at Trump’s newest controversial comments about John McCain, and Trump’s insistence that he really did say McCain is a war hero: “Does calling someone a ‘war hero’ count, if you’re doing it sarcastically?”

Jon made this request of Trump, as he nears his own retirement from The Daily Show: “Don’t flame out now, I’ve gotta squeeze three more weeks of this s@#t.” And oh, the never-ending supply of Trump’s craziness could be its own miraculous Jewish holiday.

The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper also highlighted the milestone of Trump’s candidacy: “our first openly a**hole president.”

Larry Wilmore also got back from vacation, and like Jon Stewart he was ready to unload on someone he’s had his own eye on: Bill Cosby. Watch as Larry rips Cosby apart, using the newest revelations from Cosby’s deposition ten years ago.

The Nightly Show contributor Holly Walker also got in on the act, explaining that she would go after Bill Cosby with a rap song: “Because Cosby hates rap — and my mission in life is to anything that might irritate that a**hole.”

Jimmy Kimmel turned Donald Trump’s statements into a game show, “Say It or Spray It”: Contestants on the street had to guess whether a crazy statement read to them was a real Trump line, or something that the show made up — and if they chose wrongly, they would get sprayed with a hose. (On the other hand, it was really hot out there.)

Seth Meyers looked at the Greek bailout situation — and Greece’s rapid shift from a defiant referendum rejecting a bailout deal, right to agreeing to an even more severe bailout — with a bit called “Up S#!%’s Greek!” Seth actually gave a pretty good overview: Greece’s structural problems; their unfitness to have joined the euro in the first place; and the ruthless political strong-arming by Germany, after having carelessly loaned Greece lots of easy money in the first place.

James Corden hosted Laverne Cox, and they discussed the ESPY award acceptance speech of Caitlyn Jenner.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)