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The latest dispute between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — with The Donald’s allegation that Cruz stole the Iowa caucuses by spreading false rumors that Ben Carson was dropping out — was the talk of the night late shows.

Seth Meyers might have put it best, to explain how Trump went from a graceful concession speech and then to vitriol: Trump is going through the five stages of grief — but in reverse, starting with acceptance but then going immediately downhill.

Conan O’Brien said: “This is my favorite thing in politics — when people lie and cheat to get the evangelical Christian vote.”

And Trevor Noah looked at the absurdity of what Carson was actually doing: Going back to his home in Florida — to get new clothes.

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The political world is still digesting Tuesday’s referendum vote in Kansas, where voters resoundingly rejected a proposed amendment that would have removed constitutional protections for abortion rights in this Republican-dominated state. The final result was not even close, with the pro-choice side winning 59 percent of the vote in the first direct political test of abortion rights since the Republican appointees on the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade over a month ago.

The referendum received high turnout despite being scheduled during a summer primary, which typically should have favored conservatives in this red state. In fact, a large number of independent voters participated in the referendum outside of the party primaries, while NBC News elections expert Steve Kornacki has estimated that at least 20 percent of Republican voters opposed the amendment. The referendum’s defeat also occurred despite weeks of national and local media coverage that has often platformed anti-abortion advocates with little pushback.

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Attorneys for Donald Trump, the former president, are now in direct talks with officials from the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

CNN calls it “the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates.”

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