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While campaigning, President Trump made it a point to court rural voters, telling them that their lives would improve if he was elected. On Tuesday night, Seth Meyers decided to check in on one portion of the area dubbed Trump Country, to see if things really are on the upswing.

Meyers focused on West Virginia, where Trump made "impossible promises" to voters, telling them they would get "so tired of winning." "I don't think he gets how winning works," Meyers said. "You don't get tired of it. I've never heard a New England Patriots fan burning his Tom Brady jersey and moving to Cleveland."

Trump promised he would put coal miners back to work, and after he became president, he returned to West Virginia and crowed that he had "ended the war on beautiful, clean coal." A new report out earlier this month contradicts Trump's claims; coal mines are closing faster than ever, with more shuttering during the first two years of the Trump administration that the first four years of the Obama administration.

This isn't because of regulations, but rather competition from cleaner and cheaper forms of energy. Meyers notes that this isn't even Trump's fault, "it's the march of time," but the problem is Trump gave a lot of coal miners false hope, and continues to insult them by saying they are incapable of doing any other jobs. Watch the video below for more on Trump's promises to coal miners, plus how cutting regulations on power plants is bad news for the air we breathe. Catherine Garcia

January 11, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has a new book out, leading to inevitable speculation about her 2020 plans, but The Late Show's Stephen Colbert began his interview of Harris on Thursday by asking about the government shutdown, and what senators are saying behind closed doors. "The chatter in the cloak room is that we have hundreds of thousands of Americans who are not going to get paid, and they're not getting paid because the president of the United States has a vanity project that he doesn't want to give up," Harris said.

"The buzz is that the Republicans are cracking a little bit underneath the pressure," Colbert said. "When the cameras are off and you guys are back in the cloak room, are they cracking — or is that just the sound of the ancient dry skin?" Harris focused on her Republican colleagues who favor reopening the government before tackling the wall.

"How do you imagine this ends?" Colbert asked. "This has already been something that's hurtful and harmful to the American people," Harris said. "How does it end? It has to end with the government running and functioning. ... It will not end with a wall." If Trump declares a national emergency, she added, "the courts will kick in" to "determine the legitimacy of his exercise of that authority, and I think what we all know is it would be an improper exercise of authority."

"Senator, let me ask you this: Many people who put out books two years before a presidential election do so to introduce themselves in a broad way to the American people," Colbert began, then just asked: "Are you going to run for president?" "I might," Harris said, smiling and nodding her head. "All right, there you go, there's your headline right there," Colbert said. Harris didn't confirm or deny reports that she'll formally announce her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Watch below. Peter Weber

December 20, 2018

Samantha Bee hosted her very own, very special Full Frontal Christmas show on Wednesday night. The theme was Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. "The reason I'm here doing a Christmas special tonight with a bunch of tasteless ICE puns locked and loaded is that this is a tremendously difficult time to be an immigrant in America," she explained, and her special doubled as a fundraiser for the group Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which has set up a special fund with Full Frontal to help the migrant families separated under President Trump's policies.

The entire special was a mixture of immigration policy and Christmas cheer, with some NSFW language, a dash of politics, and a subplot about Bee's issues with ice skating. "The world is dark," Bee said, but she promised to brighten it with her "half hour of tinsel and trees and carols and skating and celebrity cameos." She started with a song.

Most of the special guests were lumped together in Bee's parody of "We Are the World," the 1986 charity song by America's singing elite. You can watch 1980s film icons like Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, and Jon Cryer sing about eggnog, with newer stars like Olivia Munn and Patton Oswalt — and Jon Stewart channeling Bob Dylan.

There were helpful segments, like Bee and figure skater Adam Rippon explaining how Americans can legally help immigrants deal with ICE:

Bee also tried to find hope in McAllen, Texas, visiting the bus depot — the "new Ellis Island" — where the luckier migrants are dropped off.

And she visited Lumpkin, Georgia, bringing good tidings (and real estate) outside the largest ICE detention center in America.

Many Christmas trees are grown by undocumented immigrants, Amy Hoggart discovered. She suggested that ICE is endangering future Christmases.

Bee wrapped it all up in her closing message about the meaning of Christmas. Again, there is some NSFW language. Watch below. Peter Weber

December 19, 2018

Stephen Colbert had incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday's Late Show, and he wasted little time with niceties. "Is there something you know that you can't tell me, that would just blow my brains out?" he asked. "Yes," Schiff said, but he appeared to be joking. Still, in the public domain, "when you think about what we've seen in the last few weeks, it's really quite shocking," he added. He started with ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen's revelations about Trump's business negotiating with Russia for a Moscow building well into the 2016 campaign.

The presumptive GOP nominee for president was "misleading the country and privately seeking the Kremlin's help to make a deal — and what we've seen subsequently is that not only was he hiding this from the country, the Kremlin was helping in the cover-up," Schiff said. "Wait, are you saying the Russians lied to us?" Colbert asked in mock outrage. Schiff laughed, briefly. "We expect the Russians to lie," he said. "We expect a president of the United States to be telling the truth, and therein lies the problem."

"For two years, we've had this deeply unethical man running the country, and for two years, the Republican Congress has done nothing to oversee any of the allegations of malfeasance — and that stops now," Schiff said. "One of the most basic rules of doing investigation is you follow the money. We were not allowed to follow the money," but it's now incumbent to find out what leverage Russia and Saudi Arabia have over the president. "Is foreign funding influencing U.S. policy in a way that's not in our national interest?" Schiff asked. "I think it would be negligent for us not to find out."

Colbert and Schiff discussed other areas of inquiry, and Colbert ended with a final observation: "I've interviewed you several times before. I've never seen you look this happy." Watch below. Peter Weber

December 19, 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama had a little fun with Jimmy Fallon for Tuesday's Tonight Show, and they threw in a little light exercise to boot. The elevator surprise idea is pretty simple — people believing they are taking a normal tour of 30 Rockefeller Center stop at a floor, only to get a glimpse of Fallon and then Obama, and then the doors close. Maybe the conversations inside the elevator got awkward and political on the ride down — this is still 2018, after all — but from what we can see, everyone seemed to have fun, there is legitimate elevator music, and you can watch below. Peter Weber

December 12, 2018

"I've shared a story or two this week about my ongoing struggle with the elf in our shelf at home," Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday's Kimmel Live. He described the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon as "a very sneaky way to get kids to behave: The elf watches everything your child does and then goes to Santa and rats them out when they do bad things. But now there's a new holiday character to counter that little narc, to help kids spin their bad deeds and hopefully make Christmas great again." And the tagline for Kimmel's new product is pretty hard to resist: "Protect yourself from prosecution this holiday season with 'Huckabee in a Tree' — 'Kellyanne in a Garbage Can' sold separately." Watch below. Peter Weber

November 28, 2018

Tuesday's Late Show was a series of guests sitting at Stephen Colbert's desk and grilling him about everything from religion to key moments in his life. It was a fruitful experiment in late-night TV, especially interesting for fans of Colbert. Continuing his conversation with Jon Stewart, Colbert talked about the months-long, multi-stage process of stepping out from behind the characters he had seamlessly inhabited for a decade, most notably his Colbert Report alter-ego, to be himself on The Late Show.

Stewart and Colbert also discussed their favorite Old Testament figures, what it was like to go on David Letterman's Late Show, and how Colbert spontaneously reciting an allegorical poem about God and Satan is what it's actually like to hang out with Stephen Colbert.

When Neil deGrasse Tyson had his shot hosting the show, he also noted how "geeky" Colbert is in real life. "We've geeked out together a couple of times," he told Colbert. "We have a little geek bromance, I think." Colbert concurred, then demonstrated it.

"We're definitely in the bad timeline right now," Colbert said when Tyson alluded to the age of President Trump. "This is the split universe," Tyson agreed. "There could be a universe where Trump is president and you are praising him. In the multiverse, that is a possible universe." "There is — in that one, I have an even worse drinking problem than I do in this one," Colbert joked. They ended with a discussion about faith versus science; Colbert looked more comfortable.

Colbert talked with guest host Kerry Washington about hope conquering despair, told host Jake Tapper the pivotal moment in his career, and looked slightly awkward when host Charlamagne tha God asked how he's "using your white privilege to combat prejudice and empower the black community." Watch below. Peter Weber

November 28, 2018

Stephen Colbert found yet another way Tuesday to present a new Late Show while remaining on Thanksgiving vacation. "I thought it would be fun to flip the script this time, have some of my celebrity friends over to interview me for a change," he said in a pre-taped introduction. "That's right, even in a show I pre-recorded so that I wouldn't have to host a show, I'm still not hosting that show." Those friends included Kerry Washington, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Jake Tapper, but the first segment featured Colbert's old boss and current under-desk denizen Jon Stewart. "I'm strangely nervous," Colbert said after Stewart teed up the first question.

After some witty banter and light nostalgia — Stewart had interviewed Colbert only once before, as a stand-in for Al Sharpton — Stewart brought up the elephant perpetually in the theater, President Trump. Colbert said he met Trump once before he ran for president, and he was "just some guy you'd see someplace" and not "blustery at all," but also "orange like you couldn't believe." Stewart explained why he doesn't miss hosting a topical comedy show in the age of Trump using an elaborate turd-mining analogy, and you can watch that below. Peter Weber

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