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As far as late night television goes, Friday night proved to be a mea culpa for the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

In a clip sure to be played and replayed online, the late night host welcomed William Shatner to read passages from Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue.

And if that weren’t enough, Conan surprised the audience and even his guest by introducing Sarah Palin, who responded to Shatner by reading from his autobiography.

With a bass and bongo player to his rear, Shatner emphasized every word of the former lawmaker’s ghost-written book.

“I looked down to see the moose’s eyeballs lying in his palm, still warm from the critter’s head,” he said. “Kid Rock is very pro-America; also, has very common sense ideas. I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all of Alaska’s animals … Right next to the mashed potatoes. One year, while stalking sheep, I disappeared.”

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After a spate of surprised applause, Palin took Shatner’s seat in front of the makeshift beatnic band and began to read, but didn’t manage to open the book in her hands.

“I attended my first Star Trek convention in November, 1975. The money they offered me to attend this convention was — do I dare? Yes, I do — out of this world. What made TJ Hooker’s character so interesting was, he remembered the old rule of law enforcement. Of course I understand you robbed that bank because you have low self-esteem. Boom! Taste my nightstick.”

This video was broadcast by NBC on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.

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‘Do you love Puerto Rico?’: Fox News’ Shep Smith rips governor to shreds

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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.

In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.

"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"

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Puerto Ricans launch biggest protest yet against governor

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Angry protesters blocked the main road in Puerto Rico's capital on Monday as they launched what was expected to be the largest yet of a wave of demonstrations seeking the resignation of the US territory's embattled governor.

Marching under sunny skies in San Juan, the demonstrators sang, chanted, danced and carried the territory's red, white and blue flag with a lone star.

Altogether, hundreds of thousands were expected to turn out.

Puerto Ricans are up in arms over alleged corruption involving money meant to be for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left nearly 3,000 dead.

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‘Simply astonishing’: Retired general sounds the alarm on Trump’s ‘utter breakdown’ in foreign policy process

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Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump's foreign policy team, which he said had shown no indications that it is capable of dealing with a real crisis on the world stage.

While appearing on MSNBC, McCaffrey was asked about a quote from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in which he said that the entire Trump foreign policy team is being held hostage to the president's impulsive tweets.

"I think the most important thing Panetta said here was the utter breakdown of a national security process," he explained. "It's simply astonishing! [Defense Secretary nominee Mark] Esper still hasn't been confirmed, you've had a series of acting secretaries of defense, no one really understands what [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo, who is a very intelligent person, is up to."

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