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On Tuesday’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert responded to news that the primary academic study used to justify austerity is flawed. The result was a complete humiliation of the study’s authors — Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff — and the politicians like Paul Ryan (R-WI) who have used the paper to justify brutal cuts.

“It was one of those cultural moments,” said Business Insider‘s Joe Weisenthal. “Suddenly one side just looks like fools in the national media.”

Colbert then brought on the graduate student who debunked the study as homework.

Colbert has a talent for shattering pretense and exposing b*llshit.

The quintessential example of this was his speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where he destroyed both the Bush administration’s arrogant incompetence and the press’ willingness to serve that government’s agenda.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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A Maryland anti-vaxxer is facing charges for threatening National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci over email-- going as far as to warn the face of America's COVID-19 response that he would be "hunted, captured, tortured and killed," among other things-- according to court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. committed two violations-- threatening a federal official and sending interstate communication containing a threat to harm, both of which are felonies.

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