Seth Meyers laughs, screams at Trump’s unmoored Easter rantings about DACA and everything else

Sunday was Easter, “the holiest day of the Christian calendar, so [President] Trump woke up bright and early and tweeted to his follower, ‘Happy Easter,’ and all was right with the world — for 90 minutes,” Seth Meyers said on Monday’s Late Night. “And then Trump started raving about ‘caravans’ of immigrants.” Trump clearly “doesn’t embrace the spirit of Easter,” he added. “I bet every kid who found an egg on the White House lawn is getting a bill within the next week. ‘We have had terrible egg deals for too long! Kids have been taking our eggs, they’ve been laughing at us!'”

Trump was no less weird, and arguably weirder, when he addressed the families at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, and after going through Trump’s confused filibustering about the White House building, bragging about his accomplishments on the economy, and the massive military budget — to kids, remember — Meyers just screamed, “Aaaugh, what are you talking about!?!” When Trump then went on to blame Democrats for his own cancellation of DACA — again, while talking to children — Meyers imagined a child calmly explaining everything that’s wrong with Trump’s ungrounded string of DACA assertions.

Meyers went on to recap some of the ethical issues embroiling Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and the weird semantic imbroglio over whether Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was fired or resigned. You can watch that below.

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Villanova beats Michigan for 2nd NCAA men’s basketball title in 3 years

Villanova dominated the University of Michigan on Monday night to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship, 79-62, earning the Wildcats their second national title in three seasons. Villanova sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo scored 31 points, the most of any player on either team, and guard Mikal Bridges filled in for Jalen Brunson, scoring most of his 19 points after Brunson was benched with foul troubles. Michigan led in the first part of the game, but Villanova soon took the lead and never looked back. The Wildcats won all six games in the NCAA Tournament by double digits.

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John Oliver uses a grimly hilarious court TV show to highlight the problems with U.S. immigration courts

U.S. immigration courts are “one of those things that you may not know much about, but are actually hugely important to a significant number of people — like gefilte fish or the Insane Clown Posse,” John Oliver said on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. You’ve probably seen stories of ICE raids on workplaces and families, but America’s immigration court system, where those detainees end up, “is no less troubling,” Oliver said. These 60 courts hear hundreds of thousands of cases a year, the stakes can be life or death, and “the system is a complete mess.”

Oliver walked through how we got to a situation where, in the words of one judge, the courts are “doing death penalty cases in a traffic court setting,” including a surge of immigration from Central America, ramped-up immigration enforcement, and the “glacial” hiring of judges. Also, because these are civil trials not criminal ones, the government doesn’t have to provide lawyers for those who can’t afford them, so the majority of immigrants — some as young as 2 years old — show up in court without an attorney. To show how ridiculous that is, Oliver played parts of “the single greatest mock trial ever recorded,” of a 3-year-old trying to learn immigration law, as suggested by an actual immigration judge.

America’s immigration courts need serious fixing, starting with more judges and, more importantly, judicial independence, Oliver said, noting that these courts are part of the Justice Department, not the judiciary. But that won’t happen with this Congress or this attorney general. “Immigration courts are a lot like sex,” he joked: “The way to improve them is rarely to say, ‘Hey, let’s do it a lot faster and meaner, and let’s have Jeff Sessions overseeing the whole thing.'” He ended with a preview of “the stupidest new …read more

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Nurse makes sure cancer patient gets his final wish: to fly in an airplane

As a kid, Joe Booth used to enjoy building model planes, but “just never got the chance” to actually fly in one.

Booth has prostate cancer, and when his doctors told him in February he should discontinue taking his medication, he started thinking of things he wanted to do before it was too late — and that included flying in an airplane for the first time. The 69-year-old New Albany, Indiana, resident told his oncology nurse at Norton Hospital, Tracey Hoffman, about his wish, and she knew she wanted to make it happen. “He has a lot of pain, but he doesn’t complain about it,” she told the Louisville Courier Journal. “He’s trying to make the most of the time he has left. That’s something we should all do.”

More than 25 pilots volunteered to fly Booth over Louisville and southern Indiana, and when the day arrived for Booth to take flight, he was excited but apprehensive. “I’m getting one wish granted, but I’m hoping for a parachute, too,” he joked. Not only did Booth get to be a passenger, but he was also briefly the pilot. “It was priceless,” his son, Brian Booth, told the Courier Journal. “He has never done anything like that. He actually took the steering wheel and flew for a bit.” Booth said he was so appreciative of Hoffman and his doctor, Arash Rezazadeh, for helping him see the world from a new angle. “It was an experience,” he said. “It’s a different world all together up there.”

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