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Play of the Day: The Gum Chewing Heard Around the World

November 12, 2014 President Obama makes a crucial mistake that could have a major impact on U.S.-China relations: On his recent trip for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, our chief executive was seen chomping on a piece of Nicotine gum while attending a formal banquet. The backlash from Chinese media was immediate. Plus: ...

Play of the Day: The Evils of State Lotteries

November 10, 2014 Television commercials promise that the perks of buying a lottery ticket—the slight, glimmering hope of a win; the charity involved in funding public education—outweigh the risks. And the message is effective: In 2013, state lotteries were such a lucrative business that, according to Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, "Americans ...

Play of the Day: How to Shame America Into Voting Today

November 4, 2014 Midterm "flyers of shame" are the latest tactics meant to motivate citizens to the voting booth. The parties have tried nearly everything to increase voter turnout, but The Colbert Report's host, Stephen Colbert, thinks this strategy could be the best one yet. Plus: Harry Reid makes a last-ditch effort to ...

Play of the Day: State Legislatures Are Productive--And Terrifying

November 3, 2014 While the country is focusing on the fate of Congressional control this midterm season, other important elections are going unnoticed. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver examines state legislatures and why local politicians wield enormous power—with few checks on their governance. Plus: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's doppelganger appears on ...

Play of the Day: Is Texas Turning Away from Conservatives?

October 31, 2014 If the vitriolic rhetoric of Texas congressmen is any indication, Democratic hopes for flipping the state blue might not be realized any time in the near future. But there's a consolation prize: At least Texan Republicans are "folksy" when they're spewing harsh criticism of the government. Plus: No one cares ...

Play of the Day: An Honest Koch Industries Ad?

October 30, 2014 Comedian Jon Stewart greeted a new Daily Show advertiser last night: Koch Industries. And while owners David and Charles Koch have become something of a liberal swearword, Stewart welcomed the brothers to the Comedy Central family with open arms—and a new take on the Kochs' television spot. Plus: Ron Klain, ...

Play of the Day: The Midterm Toxicity of President Obama

October 29, 2014 In what comedian Jon Stewart diagnoses as "POTUS-Partum Depression," candidates running for office under the Democratic ticket are distancing themselves from the White House on nearly every issue. And these politicians, including Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, are up for trying all the oldest tricks in the denial handbook. Plus: ...

Play of the Day: What New York Can Learn From Texas About Ebola

October 28, 2014 The panic-mongering commences as New York City confirmed its first case of Ebola last week. The Daily Show, filming from Texas, looks back at what the city of Dallas did to stop the spread of the virus. And while trial and error proved that traditional solutions like guns and prayer ...

Play of the Day: The Politics of Obama's New Ebola Czar Appointment

October 27, 2014 Saturday Night Live considers President Obama's history of managing scandals and deems Ebola the administration's "greatest accomplishment." A Ron Klain lookalike makes an appearance to address the politics of this most recently appointed "czar" and the man's medical qualifications--or lack thereof--for handling the public health crisis. Plus: Last Week Tonight ...

Play of the Day: How Television Could Save the Supreme Court

October 20, 2014 How could television news organizations possibly generate interest in hours-long legal battles? It's an impossible mission that's made even more difficult by a ban on cameras in the judicial branch's highest court. And while groups have called for more transparency in the Supreme Court's proceedings, comedian John Oliver doesn't believe ...