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John Oliver joins Stephen Colbert for their own version of Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ video

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The friends and singers of “Pitch Perfect” came together to film a version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” which Hillary Clinton has been using as her campaign’s anthem. The video was released Monday night at the Democratic National Convention and made a repeat performance Wednesday, but “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver decided to film their own version of the video.

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It begins like the original video, but Colbert appears in a box singing “drum, drum, base, high hat, base, drum, drum, drum.” At another point, his face slides into frame, where he begins singing the Chili’s Grill & Bar song, “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back ribs.” He then blows into a long horn for some extra sound effects.

At one point, John Oliver appears on screen wearing headphones and standing in front of the microphone. “I did not agree to appear on this. I was just told to wait here with these things on my ears. No one mentioned this was part of a weird acapella song for Clinton. Awful!”

Colbert appears again with a blond wig and hat complaining that he thought they agreed at the acapella meeting Colbert would go that route.

At the end, John Oliver appears again wearing the black and white wig Sia is known for wearing, with a large bow on top. “Again, I did not agree to be part of this. This song is going to irritate people.”

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Check it out below:

Here’s the original version, which has just shy of one million views in three days.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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