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August 27, 2014

On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show desk from a "particularly nice vacation" to discuss the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He apparently wanted to have that "national conversation on race" that Bill Clinton tried to start in 1997, and he wanted to have it with Fox News, whose hosts and guests have been particularly skeptical that race played any role in a white police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager — or that America's history with racism had anything to do with the reaction in Ferguson.

It's a pretty pretty comprehensive rebuttal of various Fox News arguments, and a pretty heartfelt segment from Stewart, especially near the end. "Race is there, and it's a constant," he said, reminding Fox News' indignant white personalities that black Americans are humiliated or worse every day. "You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how f--king exhausting it is living it." The segment ends with a few minutes of tragicomic relief from Stewart and "Senior Missouri Correspondent" Michael Che. --Peter Weber

11:42 a.m. ET
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Suspects who have been tased by police while being taken into custody are more likely to waive their Miranda rights and provide false confessions, according to new research (PDF) published in the Criminology & Public Policy journal.

That's because a Taser's 50,000-volt shock temporarily impairs brain function, so "TASER-exposed participants resembled patients with mild cognitive impairment," the study says. "Thus, part of our findings implicates a suspect's ability to issue a valid waiver [of Miranda rights], whereas another part implicates the accuracy of information he or she might give investigators during a custodial interrogation."

Even innocent suspects are at greater risk of self-incrimination after being tased. "They may waive their Miranda rights and make incriminating statements to police without the benefit of counsel," and then find those comments difficult to explain once their mental function has recovered later on.

The study notes that American police have tased 2.37 million people in the last decade, an average of 904 tasings per day, or one every two minutes. Bonnie Kristian

11:19 a.m. ET
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The 100 biggest political donors in the 2016 election cycle have spent a combined $195 million, Politico reports. That's $40 million more than the smallest 2 million donors have contributed.

Of the top six donors, four support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), including the top-ranked Wilks family, which has spent $15 million so far. Politico's analysis includes all super PAC donations through the end of 2015 that were disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Julie Kliegman

11:11 a.m. ET

The NFL should have censored Beyoncé's halftime performance at the Super Bowl after viewing her rehearsals, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the panelists of Fox News' Fox & Friends concluded Monday morning.

After host Brian Kilmeade expressed disbelief that the performance — which included a salute to the Black Lives Matter movement in Beyoncé's song, "Formation" — was approved for broadcast, Giuliani concurred.

"This is a political position and she's probably going to take advantage of it," he said. "You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let's have decent, wholesome entertainment. And not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk just to save us."

Complaints about the contents of the halftime show, as well as Super Bowl commercials, are nothing new. Each year, the FCC is deluged with angry letters following the big game. Bonnie Kristian

11:05 a.m. ET

New Hampshire doesn't make a pollster's job easy: Nearly 50 percent of the state's registered voters are independent, which means they can choose to vote for either party in the primary. Additionally, Granite State voters have a reputation for being extremely picky — and staying undecided up until the very last minute. With just hours to go before polls begin to open at midnight, many still haven't made up their minds as to who they want to vote for.

Naturally, then, predicting the results of the primary can be extremely tricky. While a Monmouth University poll released Sunday shows Donald Trump with a double-digit lead, the focus has turned to the four candidates in a virtual tie for second place. Only two points or fewer separate Ohio Gov. John Kasich (14 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (13 percent), Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (13 percent), and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (12 percent). On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders holds a lead of 52 percent to Hillary Clinton's 42 percent.

New Hampshire also has a reputation for picking the candidate who goes on to be the actual presidential nominee — "The people of Iowa pick corn, the people of New Hampshire pick presidents," then-Governor John H. Sununu boasted in 1988. However, the three most recent election winners — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — finished second in the New Hampshire primary, with the four presidents before them being New Hampshire primary winners.

Watch MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff explain the unpredictable New Hampshire primary below. Jeva Lange

10:49 a.m. ET

All that stood between Barack and Michelle Obama and their Super Bowl party Sunday was an interview with CBS' Gayle King. The presidential couple is clearly living it up in the White House, but they did have one complaint to share about their humble abode: spotty Wi-Fi.

"The whole tech thing, we've been trying to get that straight for the next group of folks, because it is an old building," President Obama said. "So there are a lot of dead spots where Wi-Fi doesn't work."

The setup doesn't go over well with the White House's two resident teenagers.

"The girls are just irritated by it sometimes," Michelle Obama said.

Watch more of the Obamas' feisty interview below. Julie Kliegman

10:26 a.m. ET

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was mocking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Sunday afternoon — reprising his effective salvo at Saturday night's debate by calling Rubio a guy who "makes a good speech and looks good in a suit" but is "not ready" to be commander-in-chief — two men in rudimentary robot suits were making the same case outside a Rubio rally in a school cafeteria in Londonderry, 30 miles away.

The two protesters, Eddie Vale and Kevin McAlister, weren't working for Christie but for the liberal group American Bridge 21st Century, though their message was the same. Inside the cafeteria, Rubio repeated the line about President Obama wanting to change America, and some of his supporters at the event expressed concern about their candidate. "Not one of his better moments," Monica Mahoney said of Rubio's debate performance. "It seems like he got a little flustered. It happens to the best of us." Watch the "Marco Roboto" protesters and nervous fans below. Peter Weber

10:08 a.m. ET
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With Bernie Sanders leading the polls in the hours before the crucial New Hampshire primary, former President Bill Clinton stepped up to bat for Hillary — with some harsh words directed at the Vermont senator and his supporters.

Speaking for approximately an hour in Milford, New Hampshire, on Sunday, Bill Clinton slammed Sanders by calling him sexist, inaccurate, dishonest, hypocritical, and likened an incident in which Sanders' staffers received Clinton's voter data as being akin to grand theft, The New York Times reports:

...Mr. Clinton's most pointed remarks may have been when he took aim at Sanders supporters who, he said, use misogynistic language in attacking Mrs. Clinton. He told the story of a female "progressive" blogger who defended Mrs. Clinton online through a pseudonym because, he said, the vitriol from Mr. Sanders' backers was so unrelenting.

"She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat." Mr. Clinton, growing more demonstrative, added that the liberal journalist Joan Walsh had faced what he called "unbelievable personal attacks" for writing positively about Mrs. Clinton. [The New York Times]

Bill Clinton isn't the first to level searing criticism at Sanders' fans; they were also skewered by feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright over the weekend.

Sanders has called for his supporters to knock it off: "Anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things — we don't want them," Sanders told CNN Sunday. Jeva Lange

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