From The Reporter's Notebook
We've officially had a week of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and Stephen Colbert The Character was no where to be found. That's a good thing, says TPM’s Caitlin Cruz.
Colbert's strength on Comedy Central was his ability to illicit incredible interviews from his guests and "The Late Show" gives him a format to excel. He's interviewed actors, politicians, CEOs and musicians. But his best interview so far was with Vice President Joe Biden. Colbert and Biden — united in an understanding of deep grief — talked God, 2016, children and recovery.
"I would recognize that bringing in people from the Middle East right now carries extra danger. And we have to be extra cautious. You know, the -- the typical mechanisms that we use for screening people, perhaps, have to be enhanced. And I say -- that's why I say we have to have an excellent process."
- Ben Carson warns that the U.S. can't be too politically correct when it comes to accepting refugees.
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From a TPM Prime member: "Testing may be educational malpractice, but the intentional underfunding of public education is the Right's plan to destroy public education in the name of ideological purity. Luckily I probably will not live to see the reduction of America to second world status. But my kids and their kids..."
Related: How Republicans choose tax cuts over education.
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What We're Reading
Inside the lonely lives of 9/11 truthers. (International Business Times)
George W. Bush insists that pitching at Yankee Stadium during the World Series was the "most nervous moment" of his presidency -- why? (Grantland)
The refugee mothers who risk it all. (Al Jazeera)