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Jon Stewart’s quick fix for the Republican clown car: ‘Let’s get rid of Ted Cruz’

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart made the case on Tuesday that Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz can be eliminated from the Republican primary field because he can’t live up to the “extremely high standards” he claims to have for President Barack Obama and Democrats.

Stewart chided the Texas Republican for, among other things, mocking Obama for acting as “fundraiser-in-chief” and vowing to vote against Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General, only to actually miss Lynch’s confirmation vote because he was attending a fundraiser.

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As the audience booed, Stewart turned toward a picture of Cruz and said, “I think they see how disappointed Ted Cruz will be in you, you.”

Cruz also fell short, Stewart argued, when he accused Obama of exacerbating racial tensions during his presidency, only to fumble and “take like a minute” to rephrase his statement when CNN asked him to provide specific examples.

And while Cruz accuses Democrats of relying on strawmen arguments, Stewart said, he has no problem complaining about “liberal fascism” or a “jihad” being waged against anti-LGBT laws in Arkansas and Indiana.

“So you want a president who can bring people together,” Stewart said sarcastically. “Who understands that, if you’re pro-marriage equality, you are the same as ISIS. Got it.”

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

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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