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Trevor Noah mocks Ben Carson-Kanye West lovefest: You have ‘rampant homophobia’ in common

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah took on what he called the latest political “panderdemic” on Tuesday, saying that neither Ben Carson nor rapper Kanye West know who they’re trying to win over by gushing over one another.

“Kanye, man, do your research — you can’t just look for the black guy,” Noah said. “You’re picking a president, not who’s on your basketball team.”

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Noah also played an audio clip of Carson, who has outpaced expectations in the GOP presidential field, saying that hip-hop was causing black communities to “continue to deteriorate.”

“I’m sure Dr. Ben Carson can find something he likes about hip-hop,” the host continued. “For example, the rampant homophobia. See? You guys have more in common than you think — no homo.”

As ABC News reported, West and Carson have publicly praised one another, with West calling the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon “the most brilliant guy” and Carson saying he was impressed by West’s business acumen.

That kind of mutual-admiration society, Noah argued, was part of the election process, which he said involved finding out which older person could best pretend to like “young people things.”

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He also showed a clip of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) awkwardly telling Fox News that he was a “West Coast” rap fan.

“You don’t think Biggie [Smalls] and Tupac [Shakur] should have killed each other?” Noah asked sarcastically. “I’m glad you clarified that for us, because I was really fooled by your ‘thug life’ exterior, Rubio.”

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

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CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.

"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.

"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."

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Everything you need to know about the impeachment hearings in House Intelligence Committee this week

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The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET and Raw Story will have a live stream on our website for those unable to watch on television. The second hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET on Friday.

Three key witnesses are slated to appear:

Top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor -- he has already testified that the White House set up a parallel foreign policy channel that ultimately undermined the US national security interests, calling it a "snake pit." His previous statements revealed how he and other diplomats “sat in astonishment” after hearing that aid was being withheld.

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Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.

"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."

"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."

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