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Play of the Day: How to Start a Non-War

September 30, 2014 The United Kingdom recently voted to join the U.S. in airstrikes against the militant Islamist State—but only after British Prime Minister David Cameron called for a lengthy debate among lawmakers to discuss the issue. Hasn't Cameron learned anything from President Obama? Declaring war shouldn't have to involve prolonged deliberation. Comedian ...

Play of the Day: The Problem with Drone Strikes

September 29, 2014 Unmanned aerial attacks are all the rage in the current administration's war against terrorism, and the American public is just fine with that. In fact, polls show overwhelming support for these stealth strikes. But Last Week Tonight host John Oliver points out that, rather than cheering on the predator drones, ...

Play of the Day: The Best Candidate to Replace Eric Holder

September 26, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder tendered his resignation Thursday, but President Obama has yet to appoint a successor. Amid the rampant speculation about job candidates, one man has stepped up to the plate, ready to don the mantle of responsibility for the Justice Department: Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. Plus: Congress ...

Play of the Day: The Absurd Art of the Congressional Attack Ad

September 25, 2014 The battle for control of the United States Senate continues, and challengers to incumbent lawmakers are not above slinging mud. Or, in the case of Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes, sometimes they're not afraid to shoot a gun. Plus: Pundits lambast Obama's "latte salute" to marines when he descended from Air ...

Play of the Day: Syria, the iPhone 6 of Wars

September 24, 2014 U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State and other targets in Syria began late Monday night. And after much anticipation, comedian Jon Stewart astutely observes: It's almost as if Americans weren't awaiting a war as much as they were standing in line for the most recent version of mobile cellular technology. ...

Play of the Day: How to Explain Climate Change So Congress Can Actually Understand

September 23, 2014 About 400,000 environmental supporters are on the move in New York City, and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert wants to sing their praises. But not everyone "gets" climate change, including the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the the U.S. House of Representatives. Comedian Jon Stewart tries his hardest ...

Play of the Day: How to Use Twitter if You're a Politician

September 22, 2014 Because legislators often lack certain social-media graces, Twitter has released a 137-page handbook detailing how government officials can best utilize its services. Jimmy Fallon takes a peek at what the table-of-contents section looks like. Plus: Joe Biden's gaffes provide a welcome distraction, and a Miss America pageant contestant supplies a ...

Play of the Day: What 'Boots on the Ground' Look Like

September 19, 2014 While President Obama has promised not to send ground forces to fight in Iraq, the rest of America is still quibbling over the footwear question. What does a "no boots on the ground" strategy really mean? It doesn't seem to matter: Stephen Colbert thinks it's all a load of "croc" ...

Play of the Day: Why America Is More Afraid of Ebola Than ISIS

September 18, 2014 The terrorist organization known as ISIS released a video responding to President Obama's strategy to "degrade and destroy" the group. But the"slick" production that seemed to style itself after a Hollywood blockbuster has no one running scared. Americans have more to worry about—like the deadly Ebola virus liquifying our lungs. ...

Play of the Day: The Frustrations of Hillary Clinton

September 17, 2014 Whoever attends Sen. Tom Harkin's 37th annual Iowa Steak Fry is destined to run for president. That must be why Hillary Clinton finally set foot in the state, eight years after she came in third in the Iowa caucuses. That must also be the reason media pundits are going crazy ...