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January 11, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Jon Huntsman, who initially staked his presidential campaign on New Hampshire, now heads to South Carolina, where a recent poll shows him trailing even satirical television host Stephen Colbert. Colbert, who attempted unsuccessfully to buy naming rights for the first-in-the-South primary, is not a candidate in the race. But a new survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Colbert beating Huntsman if his name were to appear on the primary ballot on Jan. 21. It's not entirely surprising that Colbert would poll better than Huntsman.
March 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen Colbert had author Junot Diaz on his show Monday night to talk about immigration. He introduced Diaz by saying, "My guest tonight won a Nobel Prize and a MacArthur Genius grant. " Sure, Diaz has been racking up awards like nobody's business. He got his MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2012. Last week he won the British Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize -- worth more than $45,000 for a single short story -- with "Miss Lora," one of the stories in his latest collection, "This Is How You Lose Her. "  But he doesn't have a Nobel Prize.
January 24, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Michelle Obama may want to send Beyoncé a thank-you note, because the brouhaha over the singer's possible lip-synching of the national anthem at Monday's presidential inauguration has managed to drown out the controversy over the equally critical issue of the first lady's new bangs . Stephen Colbert weighed in on the “ongoing scandal threatening to engulf Obama's second term” on his show Wednesday night,  beginning with some proposed...
November 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert couldn't wait to address the growing crack smoking scandal that's engulfing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Describing the hefty Ford as a "Chris Farley tribute mayor," Colbert relayed the news that Toronto police had confirmed a video that apparently showed Ford smoking crack cocaine. "On the bright side, he's personally taking crack off the streets of Toronto," Colbert said. To address the bombshell news, Ford gathered reporters at his office and asked them to repeat the question they had asked him in May. That wasn't a rhetorical request.
August 15, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
NBC's much-hyped reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” has been roundly criticized by military veterans and peace activists alike and on Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert added his voice to the chorus of dissenters. In a withering segment broadcast in a week in which Colbert is hosting a concert aboard the aircraft carrier/tourist attraction Intrepid, Colbert argued the show isn't about “honoring the troops” so much as a disingenuous ploy to appeal to males aged 18-34. Colbert likened host Wesley Clark to the great military leaders of the past, such as Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton, but wasn't convinced the former Army general has “what it takes to be a Jeff Probst.” As for former 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, who described being on the show as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience for people like myself to step in there and get in the trenches,” Colbert quipped, “Yes, once in a lifetime, other than all the times you could have enlisted.” He also expressed his skepticism over the repeated claim that the challenges "Stars Earn Stripes" simulated an “authentic war experience.” “Yes this is real, with real weapons and real ammunition and real jet skis zipping in at the first sign of trouble,” Colbert said.
November 22, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
J.J. Abrams is primarily known as the guy who's directing the new "Star Wars" movie these days, but before that he was a writer and director who loved to plant clues and engender obsessive fan discussion over coded references to obscure items. For his visit to "The Colbert Report," Abrams was prepared to discuss his new book, "S. " but Stephen Colbert decided to send the filmmaker into a mystery straight out of one of his own works. "It's been a long time," Colbert said upon greeting him, before cryptically adding, "The squirrel is in the basket.
February 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.
January 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Following in the footsteps of virtually every other media personality, from Joe Scarborough to Piers Morgan, Stephen Colbert dived headlong into the hottest debate in the country on Wednesday's “Colbert Report.”  Using the most potent weapon in his arsenal - irony  - he made the case for tighter gun control measures. “Right now, gun control talk is suddenly everywhere for reasons I don't want to get into because it undermines my position,” he began. From there, he expressed concern over the task force headed by “Reichsmarschall Biden” whose vague yet ominous mission is to “convene a series of meetings and offer recommendations in an effort to build consent for action.” “Meetings?
March 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
After taking on campaign finance with his super PAC last year, Stephen Colbert appears to have moved on to a new favorite cause: voting rights. As the host explained Wednesday night  on “The Colbert Report,” he's “personally invested in the issue because he attended the 1963 March on Washington while in his mother's womb (he even had a muffled recording of Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech to prove it). The issue is in the news at the moment, thanks to a case before the Supreme Court challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act . “That's right, the law that banned silencing African Americans is now coming before our nation's foremost silent African American,” Colbert joked, a dig at the famously taciturn Justice Clarence Thomas.
April 9, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Usually, Stephen Colbert asserts his dominance over his guests. It's how he's become a late night superstar and has landed at the top of many viewers' wish lists to replace David Letterman on CBS. But Tuesday night, it was famed primatolgist Jane Goodall who showed Colbert how to behave. "If I were a chimp that you were meeting for the first time, would there be something different about your body language right now?" Colbert asked. Ever game, Goodall said she'd demonstrate and had Colbert stand up and assume an ape-like posture.
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