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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared with Seth Meyers, and the two commented on the recent viral video of him possibly scaring a little girl during a speech in New Hampshire — and it turns out that three year-old don’t particularly understand metaphors. (And on the subject of “the whole world is on fire,” Cruz also got in a bit of active denial of global warming.)

The Daily Show highlighted the efforts by conservative states to push back against advances in gay rights — even with celebrations of anti-gay discrimination. Among the highlights: A Texas legislator who is out to stop a lesbian couple, one of whom has cancer, from marrying — while he is on his own fifth marriage — and another bill to prevent transgender people from using public restrooms.

Larry Wilmore talked about the exploitation of college athletes, with massive revenues for the NCAA, the colleges, and media outlets — but not for the players themselves.

David Letterman hosted the prominent public intellectual Professor Cornel West, to talk about the continued problems of racism and inequality even in the age of a black president.

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting his show this week from Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest festival. And among his guests last night was country singer Brad Paisley, who reminisced about riding on Air Force One with President Obama — and Brad may or may not have stolen some beer glasses with the Air Force One logo for his bar at home.


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On Tuesday, the House Select Committee hearing featured testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ aide. It was damning. Hutchinson went on the record reiterating what she had told investigators previously, detailing the many things she saw and heard before and during January 6, 2021. Her testimony touched on Trump’s insistence that he join the riot at the Capitol, his knowledge of armed MAGA audience members, the bizarre disappearing act Meadows performed, and the fact that leading up to the “Stop the Steal” rally, Trump’s own lawyer knew that crimes were most likely being committed.

One of the more explosive moments in Hutchinson’s testimony concerned her recounting of what Trump’s former lead Secret Service agent turned political adviser Anthony Ornato told her about Donald Trump’s actions, alleging he attacked his chief security official, Robert “Bobby” Engel, when Engel would not allow him to lead the rioters at the Capitol grounds. This reportedly took place after Trump left the Stop of Steal rally on January 6, 2021.

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Wayne Willott, a QAnon influencer known online as “Juan O. Savin” who is recruiting and supporting candidates for election-administration positions around the country, warned of “civil war” if people try to “move past” the 2020 presidential election.

Savin is part of a coalition led by Jim Marchant, which aims to recruit and elect secretary of state candidates who have pushed false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

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