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Let Colbert be Colbert: Late-night host finally finds success by doubling down on Trump bashing

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Late-night host Stephen Colbert had a rough start when the new “Late Show” began in 2015. Like “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, it seemed Colbert was trying not to offend anyone and his ratings tanked.

Now, as calls to #FireColbert echoed through the internet, Colbert had his best ratings night since his 2015 premier, beating the “Tonight Show.” According to the Huffington Post, Colbert’s ratings were up 19 percent from last Thursday night and an astonishing 32 percent from the same night in 2016. But last year, Colbert was stuck in a rut alienating Republicans who knew him for mocking them for years on Comedy Central. At the same time, he wasn’t being tough on the GOP, so liberals turned to hosts like Seth Meyers, who has been doing Jon Stewart-level dives into politics and policy.

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Instead of going full-Fallon, nixing politics or attempting to appeal to a broader demographic, Colbert went another route: he doubled down on anti-GOP comments. Those who can’t stand President Donald Trump and desperately want to see a late-night comedian take the GOP to task came back home to Colbert. By letting Colbert be Colbert, CBS has scored major ratings particularly among the Millennial generation, which leads to increased ad revenue.


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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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