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Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) warning to Democrats that ending the long-standing abuse of the filibuster by invoking what pundits insist on calling the “nuclear option” would come back to haunt them.
“Mark my words,” Stewart boomed on Thursday. “One day you Democrats will want to be obstructionist a*sholes making a mockery of our system of government. And who’ll be laughing then? Turtle Man.”
Stewart also mocked media coverage of Senate Democrats’ move to have non-Supreme Court nominations and other procedural matters be decided by a simple majority, rather than by having to get at least 60 votes to pass.
“So deciding to allow majority rules to incrementally increase governmental efficiency and presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme that it’s the ‘nuclear option’?” Stewart asked. “It’s the Hiroshima of voting.”
Watch Stewart’s take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) going “nuclear,” as posted online on Thursday, below.
On Monday, Jon Stewart dove into the scandal rocking CBS News, and what he called the “meh culpa” offered by “60 Minutes” in response to learning the key figure in its Benghazi story was lying.
Stewart mock-sympathized with what a “pain in the ass” it is to have to ask “Is this true?” before going to broadcast, and then went off after rolling a clip of Lara Logan revealing that Dylan Davies had lied to CBS:
“What? If you can not trust an international mercenary existing in the netherworld ‘twixt assassin and bounty hunter, whose very livelihood is predicated on the flexible morality needed to survive in the chaos and lawlessness of failed nations, who can you trust?”
But CBS isn’t the only one having to deal with this mess; Jon Stewart’s favorite southern gentleman (and accent) Lindsey Graham has some tough questions to answer now, too.
On Tuesday, Jon Stewart tore into the latest issues with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most notably the fact that President Obama’s promise that if you liked your insurance before, you could keep it wasn’t entirely true. But, as is often the case, there were even bigger liars to fry.
After rolling clips of Obama contradicting himself on the policy, Stewart pointed out, “So, yes, the president was somewhat dishonest about the promise of his healthcare program, but here’s the weird part, his opponents have been lying like motherf*ckers about its effects.”
The rest of the segment focused on politicians and pundits from the right pulling out all the stops to characterize a legitimate problem as one of the worst tragedies the U.S. has ever seen.
Watch the clip above and let us know if you agree with Jon Stewart’s take.
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The guy being interviewed is one of many officials in North Carolina that have given Black students in particular North Carolina precincts, voting problems beyond belief for this day and age. Good riddance is the nice way of watching this man’s exit from the NC legislation process.
A Republican precinct official in North Carolina resigned from his position Thursday, after The Daily Show aired a segment on the state’s voter ID lawin which he criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything.”
Don Yelton stepped down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party, Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL.
“When I was a young man you didn’t call a black a black,” Yelton said during the interview. “You called him a negro.”
In a press release, the Buncombe GOP — which has the slogan “Moving forward without forgetting our past” on its website — called Yelton’s comments “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”
“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”
Yelton “did not seek the approval of any party official before accepting the interview request,” officials said.
Jon Stewart picked apart another piece of the messed-up healthcare puzzle on Thursday, calling out the Republican governors of 26 states who refused to expand Medicaid.
Stewart insisted that spite was the only possible excuse for the states’ not taking part in the expansion, which would cost them nothing for the first three years. Is this just another example of “that hit game show sweeping part of the nation, ‘What Do You Hate More: Poverty Or Obama?’”
Watch part one of the segment above and part two below.
As the government shutdown continues, we keep hearing about those moderate Republicans in the House who would vote for a clean continuing resolution, if only Speaker Boehner would allow a vote.
Jon Stewart wonders, however, if there are so many of them, why don’t they force the issue? Watch above as he and Al Madrigal discuss the “bipartisan curious” Republicans who care more about keeping their government paychecks than everyone else getting theirs.
In this short clip from the opening of Tuesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart vows to not talk about the shutdown… except for that one little bit about the Republicans saying they aren’t responsible for it.
In a cathartic moment that most of us can appreciate, Stewart calls bullsh*t after rolling a clip of Speaker John Boehner admitting that he had made a deal with Harry Reid that he then broke:
“Look, you think Obamacare’s a big enough threat to this country that you need to shut down the government over it, fine. Own it. Don’t fart and point at the dog.”
Jon Stewart opened Monday’s “Daily Show” by addressing the government shutdown, and placed the blame squarely on the House Republicans for going to great lengths in their one-sided fight against Obamacare, which he mockingly called “The End of America as We Know It for Reasons No One is Able to Clearly Explain.”
“You’re just throwing words together!” he exclaimed in response to a montage of Republicans rattling off their love of the Constitution to show their hatred of Obamacare, and then blasting Obama for failing to compromise. “It’s a f**king law!” he said, pointing out that all three branches of government had thus far upheld the law.
He then compared the Republicans to a losing football team. “Did you see the Giants game on Sunday?” he asked. “They lost 31-7. Do you know what the Giants didn’t say after that game? ‘If you don’t give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shut down the f**king NFL.’”
But he really drove the point home by invoking one small business owner with a message to the House Republicans about their current situation:
As Republicans continued to saber-rattle about shutting down the government in protest of Obamacare, Jon Stewart called them out for wanting a program that would provide health insurance to millions of Americans to fail.
After first taking a look at their ludicrous new ad campaign, featuring Uncle Sam readying to give an unnecessary rectal exam to one of the unfortunate beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act, Stewart responded to Ted Cruz’s claim that Obamacare would create an “addiction” to the “sugar:”
“But the sugar in your metaphor is, in this case, health insurance. Something that can literally battle the affects of too much sugar…. I don’t understand any of this. You’re protecting America from this terrible Obamacare plan that, once we get a taste of, we’ll never want to be without. You only win if the program fails. Obamacare is your ‘Springtime for Hitler.’”
Watch the clip above.
As the dawn of Obamacare draws near, right-wing panic over the Affordable Care Act has reached a boiling point, with more lies and misconceptions about the law being tossed around to divert attention from its benefits. And on last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart called out employers who are taking advantage of loopholes that allow them to cheat employers by paying a penalty rather than giving their workers a living wage.