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Jon Stewart schools ‘young padawan’ Marco Rubio: Your ‘1999’ joke was actually ‘complete rubbish’

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted on Tuesday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) looked somewhat pleased with himself for making a musical pun while announcing his candidacy for president, before pointing out that the joke was actually on the senator.

“Oh Marco, young padawan,” Stewart said. “I know what it’s like to have a joke so good you want to throw it out there, even though it’s complete rubbish.”

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Stewart seemed to launch into an impersonation of Dennis Miller as he recounted how Rubio said on Monday that “our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999,” a reference to the Prince song “1999” that had Rubio smiling.

PolitiFact noted that Rubio’s analogy was off, since the national budget was balanced under then-President Bill Clinton’s administration that year. Stewart panned Rubio’s comparison more strongly on Tuesday.

“Not only is the joke slightly lame, but it’s a little inaccurate,” the host said. “The American economy should be so lucky as to be like it was in 1999. The Clinton-era year was the peak of possibly the greatest peacetime boom in our history: budget surplus, low inflation, high employment.”

Unfortunately for Rubio, Stewart observed, the only “important Latino political story” many news outlets cared about on Monday was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to a Chipotle restaurant during her road trip to Iowa.

“How could Rubio have known that on the exact same day he was launching his candidacy, Hillary Clinton would eat lunch?” Stewart asked sarcastically.

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As reporters pored over everything from Clinton’s order to her sunglasses to how “relatable” the appearance made her seem, Stewart found himself wondering how CNN failed to go “full Malaysian airplane” on the story, with computer simulations and burrito analysis.

“It’s gonna be a long f*cking election,” Stewart lamented.

Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

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The Republicans’ impeachment lawyer made 2 huge mistakes in questioning Gordon Sondland

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered complex and convoluted impeachment testimony on Wednesday about his involvement in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. He gave detailed evidence recounting the president and the rest of the administration’s involvement in his effort to get Ukraine to launch investigations of Trump’s political opponents — including by leveraging a potential White House meeting and a hold on military aid.

But he also, to the Republicans’ delight, left some ambiguity about how much Trump had been involved in the effort to leverage the aid, saying that he had “presumed” Ukraine’s announcement of the investigations would release the hold. And he noted that, in one phone call the president — as the scheme was slowly being uncovered — Trump angrily denied there was a quid pro quo.

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Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.

"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."

"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.

"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."

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‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid

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MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.

In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.

"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."

Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.

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