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Stephen Colbert hilariously mocks Rick Perry: ‘Remember when we thought someone could be too dumb to be president’

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Stephen Colbert couldn’t resist poking fun at former Texas Governor Rick Perry after his recent Senate hearing.

He noted that Perry’s nomination to the Secretary of Energy is a little awkward given Perry wanted to abolish the department just a few short years ago. Perry’s excuse was that he didn’t actually know what the Energy Secretary does.

“Ha! Remember when we thought someone could be too dumb to be president?” Colbert laughed. “Those were good times! Now that he knows what the department does, he likes it! I remember hitting puberty and feeling the same way about my man parts.”

According to a New York Times report, Perry initially thought that the Energy Secretary’s job was as an ambassador to the oil and gas industry. The reality is that the position is in charge of the United States nuclear arsenal.

“As one member of the transition team put it about Perry’s education, ‘It’s been a learning curve,'” Colbert noted. “But come on, how hard could it be? It’s not like understanding our intercontinental ballistic missile system takes a rocket scientist. I mean, the outgoing Secretary, Ernest Moniz is only a nuclear physicist. Meanwhile, in college, Perry studied animal husbandry.”

Colbert also poked fun at Trump after a recent radio interview in which the president-elect explained that people will know America is “great again” because he will tell them.

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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future

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The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.

But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.

Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.

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WATCH: Katie Porter explains to constituents why her conscience demands support for Trump impeachment inquiry

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Congresswoman Katie Porter, in a video posted on social media Monday night, shared with residents of her purple California district why she is joining dozens of other Democrats who support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

"I didn't come to Congress to impeach the president," said the first-term representative. "But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution. I can't claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."

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Bernie Sanders calls fact that minimum wage worker cannot afford 2-bedroom apartment in any US state ‘a national disgrace’

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For a decade, U.S. lawmakers have kept the federal minimum wage at a level which increasingly leaves workers unable to afford housing.

That's according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The group's 30th annual study of housing affordability found that a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25—which is unchanged since 2009—cannot afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in any state, metropolitan area, or county in the United States.

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