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Colbert Nationalism
July 15, 2014

On his first night back after two weeks of vacation, Stephen Colbert caught up on a lot of subjects on Monday's Colbert Report — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)'s lawsuit against President Obama, the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling on contraception and religious rights for corporations, and the World Cup, for starters. Colbert got in some pretty good jokes about Belgium, or "Europe Rhode Island," whose team knocked the U.S. out of the tournament. "Those waffle-sucking sort-of-Frenchies crushed us like we were them in every world war," he said, unkindly.

Colbert then turned to the final match, between Germany and Argentina, which wasn't, he noted, decided by which country has the most Nazi war criminals — "too close to call" — but perhaps by divine intervention? Pope Francis is from Argentina, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is from Germany. "Deutschland's win means Benedict is pope again," Colbert cheered. "Bye-bye Frank." Maybe then the Vatican would stop flirting with baptizing extraterrestrials? --Peter Weber

campaign 2016
10:49 p.m. ET
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During a conference in Southern California on Sunday, Jeb Bush told a room filled with 450 wealthy conservative donors that he has no qualms with raising more than $103 million for his allied super PAC, saying, "I'm playing the rules of the game, the way it's laid out. And if people don't like it, that's just tough luck."

"You might as well front load it if you can," the GOP presidential candidate continued. "This is a long haul. ... I'm not running to come in third. I'm not running to have it on my résumé that I ran for president. The purpose is to run with purpose, to run with heart, to run in a way that draws people to our cause, and money helps. Money helps."

The event was founded by industrialist Charles Koch in 2003, in response to his frustration with federal spending by Bush's brother, former president George W. Bush, The Washington Post reports. Bush said his brother is "extraordinary," but he is "running for president based on my own record and my own life experience." Catherine Garcia

investigations
9:47 p.m. ET

The FBI is investigating two small explosions that targeted churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Sunday morning.

No one was injured, and the Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Catholic Church sustained minor damage. Both churches are closed, a public information officer with the Las Cruces Police Department told ABC News. Shortly after 8 a.m., people inside the Calvary Baptist Church preparing for the 8:30 a.m. service heard what sounded like a "boom." Witness Dennis Llewellyn said outside, a mailbox near the entrance was "completely opened up and twisted and blown apart. It just obliterated everything. If anyone was in front of it, it would have killed them."

Within 30 minutes, another explosive device detonated in a trash bin at Holy Cross Catholic Church, police said, after the 8 a.m. Mass had already started. "The trash can was right near a front entranceway and had there been somebody within close proximity, they may have well been injured," Dan Trujillo of the Las Cruces Police Department said. So far, there are no suspects. "We'll look into them to see if they are connected," Trujillo said. "It seems like they might be." Catherine Garcia

you're fired
9:12 p.m. ET
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Sam Nunberg, an aide to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, was fired after racially-insensitive statements were found on his personal Facebook page, a spokesman for the campaign told NBC News Sunday.

On Friday, Business Insider reported that in 2007, Nunberg called Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter a racial slur, and in 2008 said President Obama was a "Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser," adding, "congrats to the losers that voted for him." He saved some of his ire for Republicans as well — in 2012, he wrote, "@GovChristie is a fat slob who should register as a Democrat," and in 2008 said former New York Gov. Rudy Giuliani was a "punk" with a "bad lisp."

The Associated Press reports that Nunberg "spent years" working for the Trump organization, and was fired in 2014 before being rehired. Nunberg denied to NBC News that he made the posts, but on Sunday the Trump campaign confirmed they were authentic and he was fired. Campaign manager Corey Lewandowsky said Nunberg was "a short-time consultant with the campaign," and added, "Mr. Trump would never condone such statements from anybody in his campaign even if that person had a low-level campaign position." Catherine Garcia

emojional
1:46 p.m. ET
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Russian Sen. Mikhail Marchenko has had it with emoji depicting same-sex relationships. He alleged the same-sex parenting and kissing emojing violate Russia's 2013 law against gay propaganda, according to translations of a Russian newspaper report from Quartz and BBC News.

Mikhail reportedly said the emoji "promoted non-traditional sexual relationships" and "denied family values." His complaint prompted a state media investigation into the emoji that could lead to them being banned from social media in Russia. Pro-gay emoji have been available on iPhones since 2012.

The Russian law allows for blocking pro-gay websites and fining individuals and businesses that publicly support gay rights. Julie Kliegman

Around the world
12:54 p.m. ET
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Egyptian counterpart Sunday, marking the first time in six years the two nations have held strategic talks, Newsweek reports. Talks were suspended during the Middle East's Arab Spring uprising, where protests in Egypt forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

"Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," Kerry said.

The U.S. has given Egypt eight F-16 fighter jets, and will continue providing more support for the Egyptian military as they fight insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula. Kerry also emphasized the U.S. would continue to press Cairo on human rights issues, like jailing journalists.

Kerry will travel to Qatar next for meetings about fighting ISIS and enforcing the Iran nuclear deal. Julie Kliegman

lions
12:10 p.m. ET
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The head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force apologized Sunday for sharing false news Saturday of another notable lion's death, ABC News reports. The group initially reported that Jericho, a companion of Cecil, the lion who was reportedly shot and killed by an American dentist in early July, had also been killed.

"I have now discovered that he is alive and well," Johnny Rodrigues said. "The cubs are also doing well."

Cecil and Jericho were not brothers, as has been reported, but they did oversee two prides together. Zimbabwe has asked the U.S. to extradite Cecil's alleged hunter. Julie Kliegman

torture
11:29 a.m. ET
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If Donald Trump becomes president, he might bring back waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, he said Sunday on ABC's This Week.

"When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn't sound very severe," he told Jonathan Karl.

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have both issued bans on using enhanced interrogation tactics on detainees, most notably at Guantánamo Bay.

In his interview, Trump also criticized Obama for not doing enough for African-Americans during his presidency. And at Thursday's GOP primary debate, he said doesn't plan on attacking his opponents. Place your bets now on how many minutes that promise might last. Julie Kliegman

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