The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill which would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Wednesday, the day after comedian Jon Stewart gave impassioned testimony in support of the bill in video that quickly went viral.
The bill will now go to the floor for a full vote in the House of Representatives, where it is likely to pass. It’s unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will take up the bill in the Senate, although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Wednesday that he was “imploring, pleading, even begging” McConnell to bring the bill to the floor as soon as it passes in the House.
Emmy Award winner Jon Stewart returned to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to offer is take on this week’s Republican National Convention, Fox News and Donald Trump.
Much of his appearance was directed at Fox News hosts like Trump supporter Sean Hannity (whom Stewart warmly referred to as “Lumpy” throughout the segment).
Just a sample of Stewart’s message to Lumpy and company: “You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was.”
Stewart’s on point throughout and reminds us how much we’ve missed him. Watch below.
Making his last appearance on The Daily Show, President Obama joked with Jon Stewart, “I can’t believe you’re leaving before me. I’m going to issue an executive order: Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in the courts.”
The two then moved on to talk on several topics including the nuclear proposal with Iran, Donald Trump and more. Obama indicated he still plans to address fuel-energy standards and climate change in his remaining time in office.
In a stone cold sober opening, Jon Stewart began last night’s edition of The Daily Show with a joke-free monologue on the shooting deaths of nine black Americans in a South Carolina church by a white racist.
“I’ve got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina.”
“Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them who wanted to start some kind of civil war.
“The confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for confederate generals.
“And the WHITE guy’s the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.
“We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the things —al Qaeda, all those guys, ISIS – they’re not shit compared to the damage we can do to ourselves on a regular basis.”
So, a few weeks ago an innocuous “style” piece for the Washington Post brought to light the latest decor choices made by (totally not gay) Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois.
Not exactly the kind of attention he was looking for probably, and it ended with his communications guy resigning (albeit for reasons in addition to handling the story badly).
But the story launched a look into his spending habits – spending money other than his own. And so, now there is a congressional inquiry/possible audit into some expenses that have been covered with inappropriate funds. Word comes now that he’s lawyered up to handle the allegations.
With all that happening, it was inevitable that Jon Stewart would have to bring the handsome young congressman into focus on The Daily Show.