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On The Nightly Show’s continued coverage of the unrest in Baltimore, Larry Wilmore objected to the use of the word “thug” as a possible code for another word — and he highlighted the Baltimore councilman who called this out directly on national TV.

Jon Stewart interviewed a special guest on The Daily Show: Judith Miller, the reporter who helped publish the George W. Bush administration’s information getting America into the Iraq War. And for her new book, she says, her goal was to ask the crucial questions: How did her very reliable intelligence sources get it so wrong — and how did she get it so wrong?

Conan O’Brien showed some ideas for customizing the Hillary Clinton campaign logo.

David Letterman reminisced with Michael Keaton about an experience they had together in TV — as chorus members on Mary Tyler Moore’s variety show of the late 1970’s.

James Corden made an unusual announcement for a late night comedy host: His show is available to appear at bar mitzvahs.

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If you've seen videos of people who took part in the U.S. Capitol riot weeping in shock after being barred from boarding their flights home, you may feel as Oscar Wilde did upon reading a tragic passage from a Charles Dickens novel: "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing." But schadenfreude is not a good basis for government policy.

In the aftermath of the horrifying Jan. 6 rampage, the Transportation Security Administration said it was "processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment," with an eye toward putting some of them on the federal no-fly list. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer thinks anyone who was inside the Capitol building should be kept off of airliners. "We cannot allow these same insurrectionists to get on a plane and cause more violence and more damage," he said.

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