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HBO eager for Jon Stewart’s show to start next year: ‘It’s more important, now more than ever’

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Aside from a few cameos on his friends’ shows, Jon Stewart’s voice has been largely removed from the political narrative since his 17-year tenure on the “Daily Show” ended. Luckily, disgruntled progressives seeking his voice can look forward to his new show beginning on HBO in 2017.

“He really is putting together a whole animation studio,” HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys told Entertainment Weekly. “My hope is that it’s up and running and putting out content in first quarter of ’17. Does the election change things? I think it’s more important, now more than ever, that we have voices like that who will parse the information and call out what’s going on.”

Just months after leaving the “Daily Show,” Stewart signed a 4-year, multi-platform contract with the network, but it wasn’t ready in time for the election. Though, CEO Richard Plepler was “hopeful” they could get it up in time.

“It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, ‘We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to,’” Plepler said. “My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time. He has free reign to do whatever he wants.”

The new show required Stewart to take on the ambitious task of assembling an animation studio. HBO acquired the animation company OTOY in April, according to QZ.

The absence of Stewart’s voice during the election was lamented by many comedy fans, who have seen new host Trevor Noah to be a disappointment. It did help propel Stewart’s protegees, Samantha Bee, Larry Willmore, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver to successful seasons. Stewart’s style of political accountability through comedy was adapted somewhat by Seth Meyers, who used his “Closer Look” segment to explain complex political issues nested in a comedy talk show.

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HBO hasn’t officially announced the premiere date, but they anticipate it’ll begin in the first quarter of 2017.

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Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong

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Donald Trump thinks he's winning.

For months, Americans have grown accustomed to Trump in his cornered-rat mode, lashing out defensively and ruminating obsessively over the possibility of impeachment. But his tweets this week have been surprisingly cheerful, suffused with the buoyant spirits of a teenage bully who has successfully swirlied a nerd.

First, like an overexcited child on Christmas Eve who unwraps his presents too soon, Trump — overcome with the pleasures of racist sadism — tweeted on Monday night that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens."

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.

Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."

Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.

"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."

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