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It was a busy night of interviews for the late night shows. First up, Larry Wilmore took Bernie Sanders for a soul food dinner — and offered him an idea for a new campaign hat, to compete against Donald Trump.

Stephen Colbert hosted Ted Cruz, and asked him about the constant Republican hero worship for Ronald Reagan — who raised taxes, and passed amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Jimmy Fallon hosted Carly Fiorina, who responded to the most recent controversy in the Republican field — by saying yes, she would be just fine with a Muslim president.

Fiorina also got in a hit at frontrunner Donald Trump: saying that he and Vladimir Putin have a lot in common.

And for the obligatory bit of candidate silliness, Carly treated the audience to one of the goofy songs that she sings to her dogs.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted two legendary entertainers: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, to talk about their high-profile breakup.

Kimmel also hosted another strangely colored puppet: Bill O’Reilly, who explained Donald Trump’s lure to a nation of angry voters.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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