Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Seth Meyers take stock of the 1st week of juicy public impeachment evidence

Stephen Colbert recapped where things stand with President Trump’s impeachment at the start of Monday’s Late Show. “For those just joining us, it looks like Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to try to pressure that country into announcing a bogus investigation of Joe Biden, and I’m happy to say, people understand that simple story. In a new poll, 70 percent of Americans say Trump’s actions tied to Ukraine were wrong.”

This week’s impeachment hearings are expected to peak with Wednesday’s testimony of Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union. “Sondland is in deep,” Colbert said, but his biggest “slip-up was when he called Donald Trump from a public restaurant in Kyiv, where several witnesses at the table heard Trump over the phone demanding an investigation of Biden. That’s a direct link.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch also testified she “was ousted after a smear campaign involving Rudy Giuliani,” he said. “And if there’s one thing Rudy Giuliani knows, it’s how to destroy a reputation — so far just his, but he burned that mother to the ground.”

Trump and Giuliani knew Yovanovitch “would be an obstacle to their corrupt scheme,” Seth Meyers said on Late Night, and “as she was testifying, Trump decided to attack her” on Twitter, potentially committing another impeachable crime. “That’s like punching the bailiff during your assault trial,” he joked. Meyers ran through the public evidence against Trump, suggested it’s enough to impeach and convict him already, then said if “you still needed more evidence tying Trump directly to this scheme to extort a foreign country to investigate his political rivals by dangling hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money,” Sondland’s call with Trump should seal the deal.

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MSNBC’s Hardball deflates ‘conspiracy theory’ about Rep. Eric Swalwell audibly breaking wind on live TV

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) probably made some important points on Monday night’s Hardball about President Trump’s alleged bribery, high crimes, and/or misdemeanors through subverting U.S. law and government apparatuses in service of his personal political benefit. But nobody will remember his point because in the middle of his interview with Chris Matthews, this happened:

OMFG SOUND ON pic.twitter.com/StziH3Yh49

— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) November 19, 2019

Did Swalwell really submit to a massive attack of flatulence on live national television that was so loud his lapel microphone picked it up? He says no.

Good to see a member of Congress just speaking the truth without partisan spin: pic.twitter.com/eSnRbnt92G

— Addy Baird (@addysue) November 19, 2019

Hardball briefly toyed with turning the entire kerfuffle into an audio version of he-who-smelt-it-dealt-it.

Hardball tweeted and deleted this (excellent) response. pic.twitter.com/CGl78iFwlD

— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) November 19, 2019

But cooler minds prevailed. Or something.

Sorry to disappoint the conspiracy theorists – it was the #hardball mug scraping across the desk. Get yours today and let’s get back to the news! https://t.co/SG8Owm2IBw

— Hardball (@hardball) November 19, 2019

Luckily, as we all know, conspiracy theorists are often persuaded by plausible explanations.

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Top Jeopardy! winners Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter to face off in primetime event

Who is the greatest Jeopardy! player of all time?

That question will be answered this January as the show’s top three contestants — James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter — will face off in a special Greatest of All Time tournament, as ABC announced Monday. The event will be airing on prime time.

The top three contestants in JEOPARDY! history will face off in an epic primetime special event: “JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time,” starting January 7 at 8|7c on ABC. #JeopardyGOAT pic.twitter.com/7PJUi57206

— ABC (@ABCNetwork) November 18, 2019

Rutter holds the record for all-time Jeopardy! winnings including tournaments with $4.6 million, followed by Jennings with $3.3 million and Holzhauer with $2.4 million. Jennings, however, holds the record for most consecutive games won at 74, as well as highest winnings during regular season play. During Holzhauer’s unbelievable run on the show earlier this year, he repeatedly shattered the record for single-game winnings, reaching a high of $131,127. Jennings teased in June he would “love to” face off against Holzhauer, adding the idea would be “irresistible,” although he noted, “it’s been 15 years since I was in Jeopardy! shape.”

In this tournament, the first player to win three matches will take home $1 million and be declared the show’s all-time greatest player, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Based on their previous performances, these three are already the ‘greatest,’ but you can’t help wondering: who is the best of the best?” host Alex Trebek said.

This, USA Today reports, will be the first time Jeopardy! has aired on a major network on prime time since 1990. The event will last at least three days and is set to kick off on Jan. 7.

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John Oliver explains why Trump doesn’t want you to participate in the census, plus other reasons you should

John Oliver spent the bulk of Sunday’s season finale of Last Week Tonight on something that will take place before he starts filming his next season: The decennial U.S. census. “The concept of the census is very simple,” he said. “At the start of each decade, the government does a comprehensive count of every single person residing in the United States — not just citizens, not just voters, every single person. Because only by knowing how many people live where can communities effectively plan to provide things like roads, schools, and emergency services.”

“However hard counting every single person seems, it’s actually much harder,” Oliver said. “Conducting the census is the largest and most complicated peacetime operation that the government undertakes, and the 2020 census is likely to be even more challenging than usual, for reasons ranging from budget shortfalls to active Republican meddling. So tonight, let’s talk about it. And let’s start with what questions are actually on the census, because a lot of people don’t know what they are — and that very much includes the current president.”

Oliver ran though the simple list of questions, listed some reasons people refuse to provide the government that basic information — there’s a quick trip down a libertarian YouTube rabbit hole — and laid out why participation in the census is so important. He recapped the flap about the citizenship question President Trump wanted to add to the 2020 census, explained how it was revealed to be explicitly driven by a scheme to entrench Republicans in power, and lamented that the damage might already be done.

“All in all, there is a lot working against this census, and experts are worried an undercount next year is inevitable,” possibly by millions of people, Oliver said. “So what can we …read more

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