Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart: “Bullsh*t Is Everywhere”


After 16 years of truth-telling, Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show was alternately caustic, touching and rowdy as he brought out scores of cameo stars, former targets and clearly-much-loved co-conspirators, the last of whom, Stephen Colbert, delivered an ad-hoc heartfelt tribute that brought Stewart to tears. Fittingly, he ended with an impassioned call for ongoing vigilance against the kind of omnipresent bullshit – eg: “Patriot Act” for “Are You Scared Enough to Let Me Look at All of Your Phone Records Act” – practised by so many of the political, corporate and media powers he long lampooned. “Whenever something’s been titled Freedom Family Fairness Health America, take a good long sniff,”  he said. “If you smell something, say something.” We’ll miss him.

Kochs And ALEC Make War Against Americans And Pope Francis Public

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Power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely


Republicans love wars, and over the past decade it appears it does not matter one iota who they are at war with; just so they get to wreak death and destruction on human beings. Oh it is true they love little more than waging war against Muslims on behalf of their ‘most favored’ nation, Israel, but because they are “the structurally violent segment of society,” they also love waging war on Americans. Part and parcel of the Republican war on Americans is borne of their godly devotion to the Koch brothers and their dirty fossil fuel industry, but now the Kochs have abandoned working behind the scenes and are openly expanding their war against the people and the Pope.

The final straw was the official adoption of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week that incited the enemies of clean air, the economy, the Pope, and the people prepared their substantial forces to prevent America from reducing the amount of carbon it produces to stem the devastation of anthropogenic climate change. The war became official when at long last, mainstream mediareported that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm, the American Legal Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity openly vowed to “stop the CPP’s implementation” at all costs.

The Washington Post reported that the Kochs’ and their fossil fuel industry underlings intend on launching a rash of initiatives at the state and local level to stop the CPP implementation in Congress, the courts, and state legislatures and country governments. At the local level, the Koch brothers directed their legislative arm ALEC to convene a special task force comprised of fossil-fuel interests and electricity producers. The Koch task force rapidly “approved model legislation to be sent to state and local governments around the nation giving them ‘special authority’ to ‘expedite approval of resources to challenge the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.”

Expedite approval of resources is typical ALEC-speak for legislation giving Republicans unchallenged authority to transfer taxpayer dollars allotted for education, transportation, and healthcare into a giant legal fund to challenge, and block, CPP implementation in the courts; all to keep those same taxpayers breathing foul air and suffering harsher droughts, more intense, larger wildfires, and more severe weather events. Americans should never making the mistake of thinking the Kochs are at war solely with the Obama Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency although they are prime targets; this war is fundamentally against the American people who will be around long after the Obama Administration is termed out. However, the people should not feel they are being singled out by the Kochs; the oil magnates have also publicly opened up a battle front against Pope Francis over his audacity of hope that world governments will address climate change.

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Jon Stewart Ends 16 Years With One Last Rant About ‘Bulls**t’ (VIDEO)


In other news: Jon Stewart has left the building but before leaving he had this to say…


“Bullshit is everywhere,” Stewart said. “There is very little you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullshit, not all of it bad. General day-to-day free range bullshit is often necessary or at least innocuous.”

Bullshit, he said, comes in three different flavors: making bad things sound good, complexity and the bullshit of infinite possibility.

These kind of bullshitters are getting lazy though, Stewart said.

“These bullshitters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry. We can’t do anything because we don’t yet know everything. We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats who are going to come for our guns,” Stewart said.

Listening and detecting bullshit, he said, is a good pastime.

“I say to you tonight friends the best defense against bullshit is vigilance,” Stewart said. “So if you smell something, say something.”

Watch Stewart’s final, yet understated, rant below:


A Daily Dozen of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments


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JAN. 11, 1999

Stewart hosts his first Daily Show episode, with guest Michael J. Fox. Correspondent Stephen Colbert reports on merchandise inspired by Bill Clinton’s ongoing impeachment trial.

JULY 17, 1999

Comedy Central announces that The Daily Show will helm the network’s “Indecision 2000″ presidential-race coverage. The show’s commentary on the election wins a Peabody Award.

SEPT. 20, 2001

Stewart shows his earnest side, abandoning satire in his first show after 9/11. He memorably opens the program by asking viewers, “Are you O.K.? We pray that you are, and that your family is.”

NOV. 4, 2001

The Daily Show wins its first of 20 Emmys, for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.

OCT. 15, 2004

Stewart drops by CNN’s Crossfire to promote America (The Book). He winds up excoriating hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala for failing to provide useful public discourse. He implores them to “Stop hurting America.”

NOV. 7, 2005

Barack Obama first appears on the show via satellite, as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. He is a guest six more times, as a Senator, presidential candidate and President.

MARCH 12, 2009

Stewart interviews Mad Money host Jim Cramer about the financial crisis and accuses him of shoddy reporting. Cramer defends himself but says, “We all should have seen it more.”

OCT. 30, 2010

Stewart and Colbert host the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall, with more than 200,000 in attendance.

FEB. 23, 2011

Stewart interviews Donald Rumsfeld about the Iraq War, beginning the conversation with two words: “Apology accepted.”

JUNE 10, 2013

John Oliver steps in as host of The Daily Show for the summer (32 episodes), as Stewart takes a 12-week break to direct his feature-film debut, Rosewater, about a journalist imprisoned in Iran.

FEB. 10, 2015

Stewart announces his forthcoming retirement: “In my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity.”

AUG. 6, 2015

Stewart hosts his final episode before passing the reins to South African comedian Trevor Noah, who is set to take over on Sept. 28.

This appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of TIME.

Jon Stewart’s real threat to Fox News: You don’t get to define patriotism!

Jon Stewart's real threat to Fox News: You don't get to define patriotism!

Jon Stewart surrounded by, clockwise from top left: Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson (Credit: Comedy Central/Fox News/Reuters/Brendan McDermid/AP/Mark J. Terrill/Salon)


Post-9/11, critiquing the right meant you hated the country. Stewart was the perfect foil for that false patriotism

As we enter the final days of Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of “The Daily Show” there has been a flurry of information about Stewart’s impact. Beyond top 10 lists, we have also learned that Stewart had two meetings with President Obama, suggesting, to some, that he had enormous influence over the White House. The unreported meetings were covered by Fox News as though they were proof of some sort of scandalous collusion. Stewart, of course, mocked the Fox News hyperbole by saying, “It was a roundtable meeting with the President, Elvis, still alive, Minister Farrakhan, and the Area 51 alien. We opened with the traditional Saul Alinsky prayer, sucked on the blood of the righteous, and took turns f*cking a replica of the Reagan eye socket. The real Reagan eye socket is kept in the Smithsonian and is only f*cked on Christmas.”

While Stewart schooled Fox News, yet again, we were reminded of why Stewart really posed a threat to Fox News and its viewers: He refused to let them define patriotism. As the joke above proves, Stewart repeatedly went after the overblown, hysterical ways in which the extreme right wing characterizes progressives as “moonbats” who hate their country. Not only did he remind his audience again and again of the ways that the right misrepresents the politics of the left, he, along with Stephen Colbert, offered viewers a chance to support their country on their own terms. And that may well be one of the most important legacies of Stewart’s “Daily Show” career.

Think about it. When was the last time anyone associated with left-leaning politics was heralded as a national hero? Even Obama’s message of “hope” was mocked by Sarah Palin when she famously quipped: “How’s that hopey-changey stuff working out?” Imagine a Democrat doing the same thing to a Republican candidate. Now imagine what Fox News and its army of trolls would do to them.

As Geoffrey Nunberg proves, beginning around the Vietnam War, the country became divided over what it means to support our nation. As those on the left protested the ill-conceived war, they were branded as unpatriotic, as hating the troops, and as the source of the decline of all “traditional” American values. From there it just got worse.

In the post 9/11 era, those on the right effectively monopolized the definition of U.S. patriotism. George W. Bush immediately imposed an “us versus them” rhetoric that made it impossible to question his administration and not be accused of treason. Consequently, the GOP took its ownership of patriotism to a whole new level. Remember when John Kerry “reported for duty” at the 2004 Democratic National Convention? Remember how dumb that sounded?  Even a decorated vet could have his patriotism seem almost comical.

Thus patriotism and right-wing values became merged as one and the same thing.  If you critiqued the right, you hated the country.  This rhetoric was spun up into full-blown hysteria on Fox News and via the ongoing din of conservative pundits who all claim that they know the secret to saving our nation from oblivion. We have pundit after pundit on the right authoring books that suggest that they and they alone know what it means to support the country. From Ann Coulter to Glenn Beck to Bill O’Reilly each pundit tells us the nation is falling apart, its values are being forgotten, and they have the solution to fix it.

That’s where the satirists come in. Stewart and Colbert worked together to create one of the most powerful attacks on GOP patriotism we have seen in decades. They reminded their audiences that it was not just reasonable, but, in fact, patriotic to question our role in an unjust war. They showed us that the best way to support our troops was to have them avoid unnecessary wars and to make sure that they were well taken care of upon their return. While Fox News covered such pressing stories as a “ground zero mosque,” Stewart advocated for a First Responders Bill and fought for better healthcare for veterans — stories that were noticeably underplayed in Fox News coverage. Even more important, Stewart didn’t just cover the stories; he is credited with playing a major role in helping effect policy.

Colbert and Stewart worked together to educate citizens on campaign finance when they created their own super PAC—a move that helped the average citizen understand the consequences of Citizens United, which allows the wealthy to have undue influence on campaign contributions.  Certainly it would seem that defending the rights of voters is a pretty patriotic act. More important, it is one we rarely see taken up on the right.  Instead we learn of redistricting and voter ID laws, both of which work to disenfranchise voters rather than defend them.

But Stewart and Colbert did much more than fight for policy change and educate citizens; they showed us that it was time to reclaim the meaning of our national identity from the GOP. They used satire to explain that we had lost our language of national values. Mocking the “wishy-washy” way that progressives can favor tolerance over the aggressive imposition of their ideas, they reminded us that being tolerant was, indeed, a founding American value—and it was one we needed to fight for. That was exactly what they did at their 2010 “Rally to Restore Sanity” on the National Mall. There they advocated for a return to core American values like reason, tolerance, civil rights and democracy.

Of course that is not the version of patriotism on offer by Fox News.  In the Fox News world, patriotism often overlaps with conservative Christian values and includes a lot more fear, intolerance and outright hatred than was ever any part of the mind-set of our nation’s founders, regardless of how hypocritical they may have been.  In an era when flying the Confederate flag can be taken as a sign of patriotism and when defending the right to own a gun is considered more patriotic than defending the life of a fellow citizen, it becomes clear that the GOP definition of patriotism has little to do with democracy or basic rights.

But perhaps the real way that Stewart and Colbert worked to challenge the Fox News effect on patriotism was to remind fans that being critical can and should be a central feature of active citizenship.  Patriotism in a democracy never should be blind faith. And yet blind faith is a key component of the right-wing brain. As Stewart demonstrated on his interview segment, active questioning is the stuff of a strong democracy and it is a key feature of progressive politics, meaning that progressives are arguably far more committed to democracy than any conservative ever could be.

In contrast to the negative critique and baseline grouchiness that can characterize much left discourse, Stewart and Colbert offered a positive spirit, what Henry Giroux calls “educated hope.” For the first time in decades, progressives were able to fightfor something rather than against the status quo. U.S. citizens could question the hubris behind American exceptionalism, they could challenge the hypocrisies that have always been a part of our national history, and they could work toward making the nation better, not giving up on it.  Most important, they could recognize that allowing the GOP to corner the market on patriotism may be the most unpatriotic act ever.

This was the real art of Stewart’s satire—a comedic mode that can often seem like nothing more than negative mockery. Stewart showed us that the real mockery of our nation’s values comes from Fox News and the politicians it serves. He urged citizens to fight the anger and fear that dominates much GOP rhetoric. This is why his heartfelt monologues after 9/11 and after the Charleston church murders were so moving and so significant.

We recently learned that Stewart’s successor, Trevor Noah, doesn’t plan to keep Fox News idiocy as a central motif to his satirea move to be expected given the differences between his comedy base and Stewart’s.  And we can also expect that South African-born Noah won’t be much help when it comes to offering us a foil for GOP patriotism either. If there is one question we need to ask as Stewart leaves his post, it is, who will carry the flag once he’s gone.

Sophia A. McClennen 

Obama held secret meetings with Jon Stewart

Obama Held Secret Meetings With Jon Stewart

'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart interviews President Barack Obama for the last time on July 21, 2015. [The Daily Show]

Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart interviews President Barack Obama for the last time on July 21, 2015. [The Daily Show]


President Barack Obama summoned television host Jon Stewart to the White House on several occasions before he made major announcements, according to a Politico article that revealed the secret connection between “The Daily Show” host and the president. News of the private meetings surfaced Tuesday as Stewart prepares to end his tenure as host on Aug. 6.

Some have questioned Stewart’s ethics because he did not disclose his connection to Obama. “The summoning of Stewart to the White House validates the belief that the comedian is more influential on the public discourse than any journalist,” said a Minnesota Public Radio article Tuesday. “But do the rules of journalism apply to a comedian who doesn’t consider himself a journalist even as the people watching consider him one?”

While still at the White House, former Obama advisor David Axelrod kept in touch with the host by phone and email. In an interview, Axelrod said Stewart was “a useful prod” for the administration. “I can’t say that because Jon Stewart was unhappy, policy changed. But I can say that he had forceful arguments, they were arguments that we knew would be heard and deserved to be answered,” said Axelrod, who also makes appearances on “The Daily Show.”

Stewart visited the Oval Office to meet with Obama privately on at least two occasions, one of which was in fall of 2011 while the administration dealt with heated budget negotiations. “The president wanted to counter his critics on the left and lay the groundwork for his 2012 re-election campaign,” former Obama aide Austan Goolsbee said to Politico.

As the Ukraine crisis broke out, the president met with Stewart in Feb. 2014 before a significant announcement. Later that day, Obama went on air to say that “there will be costs” if Russia continued its aggression towards Ukraine.

Obama frequently appears on the “The Daily Show,” and he visited most recently last Tuesday, close to Stewart’s departure date. He used the segment to discuss topics such as the Iran nuclear deal. Three of the seven times Obama has been on the show have been when he was in office.

Obama ‘Issues An Executive Order’ Telling Jon Stewart He Can’t Leave (VIDEO)


Tuesday made The Daily Show history. It was the last time that President Obama would appear on the show across from Jon Stewart. Tuesday was also Obama’s seventh appearance on The Daily Show, although he was only president for three of appearances.

The president was on for the entire duration of the show and showing his sense of humor we’ve seen so many times, he began, “I can’t believe that you’re leaving before me. In fact, I’m issuing a new executive order: Jon Stewart cannot leave the show.” Stewart joked that it’s a state’s rights issue.

After the initial banter, Stewart began running off Obama’s list of “lame duck” accomplishments, including Iran, Fast Track, etc. “Are you feeling like seven years in…”

“I finally know what I’m doing?” Obama joked.

Obama replied that many of the things that are happening now are results of years of negotiations and work. Obviously, Obama appeared on the show at least in part to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. Stewart noted that after the years and decades of bombing first, “diplomacy sounds interesting.”

“We might as well try it, see what happens,” Obama joked.

Obama admitted that this peace agreement is not the last step and that Iran will continue to cause us problems. He also sent out a nod to Israel, who is against the agreement and said we will continue to need them.

Stewart then asked Obama if the media was focusing on the wrong things and demanding too much of him and of government in general. Obama answered, “some (medias) get on my nerves more than others.” (Guess who that might be.) He said that journalism and media is supposed to be tough on government. The problem, though is that “it gets distracted by shiny objects and doesn’t always focus on the big tough choices and decisions that have to be made.”

Here’s the video:

Jon Stewart blasts ‘a*shole’ McKinney cop: ‘How do you go from a pool party to this?’

Jon Stewart mocks McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt on June 8, 2015. [Crooks and Liars]

Jon Stewart mocks McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt on June 8, 2015. [Crooks and Liars]


ile Daily Show host Jon Stewart was aghast on Monday at the incident involving McKinney, Texas police Cpl. Eric Casebolt and a group of black teenagers, he did get a chuckle out of video showing Casebolt barrel-rolling through the scene.

“I’ve never seen a cop run through a frame and do a little parkour somersault in the manner that he did,” Stewart said. “That was some Starsky and Hutch sh*t.”

As Gawker reported, Casebolt kept a “police training” playlist on his YouTube account before wiping it clean as the incident, filmed by a white witness, began getting attention nationally.

At one point, Casebolt also included that footage in the playlist. Another one of the clips was titled, “Self-Defense Roll and Strike Drill.” A screenshot can be seen below:

Casebolt video

But aside from Casebolt’s tumble, Stewart was alarmed by the footage of the encounter.

“How do you go from a pool party to this?” Stewart asked, before mimicking Casebolt and yelling, “When I say ‘Marco,’ you say ‘Polo,’ motherf*cker!”

He also criticized Casebolt for his treatment of Dajerria Becton. The footage shows Casebolt telling the teen, “Get your ass on the ground” while she was actually sitting on the ground.

“Not only is he being an a*shole, he’s redundant,” Stewart said.

Correspondent Jessica Williams, sporting body armor under a swimsuit — aka “a McKinney bikini” — told Stewart that the encounter taught black residents an important lesson.

“When you go to a pool party, even in your own neighborhood that you live in, you have to know pool etiquette,” she said. “No running, no splashing, no talking back. And if at all possible, get your ass even further into the ground than it is.”

At the same time, Williams said, what happened in McKinney showed “progress.”

“I’m sorry,” Stewart replied. “A cop pulled his gun out and dragged a 14-year-old girl around by her hair.”

“I know — white people always want to touch our hair; it’s nothing new,” Williams said. “Jon, it’s progress because a cop pulled a gun on a group of black kids and nobody is dead.”

Watch Stewart and Williams’ commentary, as posted by Comedy Central on Monday,below.

Jon Stewart unloads on Fox News in exclusive: “Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing … I live in a constant state of depression”

Jon Stewart unloads on Fox News in exclusive: "Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing ... I live in a constant state of depression"

Jon Stewart (Credit: Comedy Central)


In amazing new interview, Stewart details why he’s leaving, whether he’d ever watch Fox again, and biggest regret

Jon Stewart opens up in a terrific new interview with The Guardian, conducted before and after the announcement that he’ll leave “The Daily Show” this year. It’s the most wide-ranging conversation he’s had since then and gets into his mindset about the 2016 election, his “heartbreak” over a tough Barack Obama interview, and what he’s thinking about for his future.

(The occasion of the interview is the British release of his film “Rosewater.”)

He also has a frank, frightening assessment of Fox News — and a straight answer about whether he’ll ever watch the network again after he leaves the “Daily Show chair.”

Here are the highlights. The whole interview can be found here.

On why he’s leaving “The Daily Show”:

“It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.’ … These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realize, ‘OK, I’m on the back side of it now.’”

On what he’s likely to do in the future:

“I would do what I’m doing. Whether it’s standup, the show, books or films, I consider all this just different vehicles to continue a conversation about what it means to be a democratic nation, and to have it written into the constitution that all men are created equal – but to live with that for 100 years with slaves. How do those contradictions play themselves out? And how do we honestly assess our failings and move forward with integrity?”

On what it’s like watching that much Fox News:

 “Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing. … I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don’t get turd lung disease.”

Would he ever watch Fox News again:

“(L)et’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family. I might glance at it for a moment until I realize, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off. That’s the circumstance.”

His biggest “Daily Show” disappointment is not pinning down Donald Rumsfeld in an interview:

“He just went into the general gobbledegook. … I should have pushed, but he’s very adept at deflecting. … That interview with Rumsfeld went shitty, but it’s still just an interview. He’s the one who has to live with the repercussions of what he really did, so there’s nothing that could happen on my show that carries that same level of regret.”

Salon Staff

10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2015

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Week

1.Germanwings co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies
German prosecutors said Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been treated for “suicidal tendencies” years before he crashed the airline’s Flight 9525 in the French Alps last week. Lubitz locked the plane’s captain out of the cockpit and was alone at the controls when the flight went down, killing all 150 people on board. Lubitz, 27, was treated “over a long period of time” but showed “no signs of suicidal tendencies or aggression toward others” in follow-up visits, the public prosecutor’s office in Dusseldorf, Germany, said.

Source: The New York Times

2.One killed by gunfire as stolen vehicle approaches NSA security checkpoint
Police officers shot and killed a person in a stolen Ford Escape when the occupants tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Monday. The two men in the car reportedly were dressed as women. The second occupant and an NSA officer were hospitalized. Investigators did not believe the incident was a terrorist attack, and are looking into whether the men were under the influence of drugs after a night of partying. Cocaine was allegedly found in the car.

Source: CNN

3.Talks heat up hours from deadline for Iran nuclear deal
Negotiators from the U.S., Iran, and five other nations made a final push to reach a deal curbing Tehran’s controversial nuclear program hours ahead of a Tuesdaydeadline. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, returning to Switzerland to rejoin the talks, said “chances are high” for an accord on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but diplomats said any agreement would be preliminary and incomplete, leaving key issues, such as uranium enrichment and lifting sanctions, for later.

Source: Reuters, The New York Times

4.Prosecution rests at Boston Marathon bombing trial
Prosecutors rested their case Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial. The state’s 92nd and final witness, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Nields, brought jurors to tears as he described the devastating and fatal injuries suffered by 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest of four people killed in the twin April 2013 bomb blasts. Next Tsarnaev’s lawyers will begin their defense. Seventeen of the 30 charges faced by Tsarnaev, 21, carry the death penalty.

Source: Boston Herald

5.States and cities ban official travel to Indiana over “religious freedom” law
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on Monday signed an executive order barring state-funded travel to Indiana, which just approved a controversial new religious freedom law criticized as anti-gay. “We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.,” Malloy tweeted. Washington state, Seattle, and San Francisco have enacted similar bans in response to the law, which critics fear would allow people and businesses to cite religious beliefs to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Source: NBC, Fox News

6.Strike kills at least 40 at Yemeni refugee camp
An airstrike targeting Houthi rebels in north Yemen killed at least 40 people and wounded another 200 at a refugee camp on Monday. Yemen’s state news agencySaba, now controlled by Houthis, said Saudi planes had intended the bombs for a rebel camp nearby. Saudi military officials said they were trying to confirm what happened. “It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said. A humanitarian worker said the strike hit a truck filled with Houthi fighters at the camp gate, killing nearby residents as well as fighters.

Source: Reuters

7.Arizona governor vetoes bill on keeping officers’ names secret after shootings
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have temporarily blocked the release of the names of police officers involved in shootings. Proponents of the legislation said it would allow a 60-day cooling-off period to prevent retaliation against officers, and protests like those that broke out after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Critics, including many police chiefs, said the measure could have escalated tensions by fueling distrust of police.

Source: The Arizona Republic

8.Obama plans first presidential trip to Kenya
The White House announced Monday that President Obama will co-host a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in July, his first trip to his father’s homeland as president. It will be Obama’s “fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa and the most of any sitting U.S. president,” note National Security Council staffers Grant Harris and Shannon Green, comparing the Kenya visit to “President Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland in 1963.”

Source: The New York Times

9. Jay-Z relaunches Tidal, a high-def, higher priced rival to Spotify
Music mogul Jay-Z on Monday relaunched Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service he acquired this year for $56 million. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, promised “a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.” Tidal will charge $19.99 per month, compared to $9.99 per month for established rival Spotify, but hopes to offer users earlier access to new releases by big-name musicians.

Source: Techcrunch

10.Trevor Noah picked as Jon Stewart’s Daily Show heir
South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, Comedy Central announced Monday. Noah, 31, made his first appearance on the popular satirical news show in December, when he gave his thoughts on Ebola, Boko Haram, and police brutality in the U.S., from the perspective of a biracial South African. Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving later this year after 16 years, although neither he nor Comedy Central has given a date for his last show.

Source: The Washington Post