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Jon Stewart looked at recent high-profile stories of racism, from the Oklahoma SAE fraternity to Ferguson, Missouri, and how conservative media will treat such stories as all being isolated incidents — and there sure do seem to be a lot of isolated incidents going on.

Larry Wilmore examined the efforts to limit language, ranging from global warming to racism — as if this would eliminate the actual problems themselves. And he channeled a bit of Lenny Bruce, by going through a catalog of racial and minority slurs.

David Letterman pivoted off the news that the Ringling Brothers circus is phasing out their use of performing elephants — with a special “Top Ten Other Changes At The Circus.”

Liam Neeson appeared with Jimmy Kimmel, and revealed that even his own nephews have watched pirated copies his movies from online.

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Tyler Matzek

So the World Series has come around again, evoking the usual mixed feelings. For one thing, I don't have a team this year, although I'll be pulling for Atlanta in honor of my friend Lauren, a serious Braves fan I pretty much talked into baseball when she was my student. As a sometime athlete and a serious reader with a taste for complex narratives, she was a natural.

Also, the Houston Astros cheated. Bigtime. Cunning and crude, the team's 2017 electronic sign-stealing, trashcan-banging scheme tipping hitters to incoming pitches could have been designed by Vladimir Putin. It wouldn't have bothered me if several Astros had been banished from baseball like Pete Rose, whose compulsive gambling hurt mainly himself.

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Mark Meadows

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Legal experts including a Harvard professor and a top election and voting rights attorney are weighing in on Sunday night's bombshell report from Rolling Stone naming members of Congress and the Trump administration who were involved in the planning and organizing of the January 6 rally and/or "Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss," according to two of the planners of the "Stop the Steal" rally.

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