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March 26, 2014

On Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart caught up on the fast-moving situation in Crimea. First he talked through what the U.S. and its allies are (and aren't) doing to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin — or "President Boobs Akimbo" — and then he brought on Senior Russia Correspondent Jessica Williams on to explain why none of that matters. The short version, as Williams explained, is that "Putin doesn't give a sh-t."

That sounds flip, crass even, but Williams followed it up with a surprisingly insightful analysis of what makes Putin tick. There's historical analysis, role-playing, and Russian accents, but it still all boils down to the original assessment: Putin doesn't care what you think. --Peter Weber

7:35 p.m. ET
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Riding high from his win in New Hampshire, Donald Trump told an audience in Pendleton, South Carolina, on Wednesday that it's true, he does "love money," but has decided now to "be greedy for the United States."

"We want to bring money to the United States," he said to cheers. "I really do. To hell with the business stuff, my kids will take the business, my executives. They'll run it." Trump claimed that he's been turning away friends offering him money, regularly rejecting donations of "$5 million, $10 million" in order to finance his own campaign. "People would give me anything," he said.

Trump briefly spoke of his rivals, noting that the number is dwindling and announcing "the last thing we need is another Bush." He brought up the "beautiful spirits" of his supporters, and shared how dedicated his team is to the cause. "Three of my people" were in car accidents on the way to an event in New Hampshire, he said, during a storm. "One walked over about a mile in a blizzard to be there, and it turned out he had close to a broken leg," he told the crowd. "I said, 'you're fired for ruining my car.' No, I'm only kidding." Catherine Garcia

6:48 p.m. ET
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The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch saying the city's residents have "suffered the deprivation of their constitutional rights — the rights guaranteed to all Americans — for decades. They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer."

The suit cites a "pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States" and alleges officials in Ferguson use illegal practices in conducting stops, searches, and arrests; by using excessive force; and in discriminating against African Americans. The Justice Department is calling on the federal court to force Ferguson "to adopt and implement policies, procedures, and mechanisms that identify, correct, and prevent the unlawful conduct."

On Tuesday, the Ferguson City Council approved a revised version of a consent decree that was intended to fix problems in the police department and municipal court found during an investigation following the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Justice Department says the revisions to the consent decree will likely be challenged. Catherine Garcia

4:02 p.m. ET

Much has been said about the lack of substantial roles for women in Hollywood films — female characters are disproportionately underrepresented and hypersexualized, a 2013 study found. The issue goes far beyond who is directing the movie, too: A character is, after all, first conceived in a script. That's where Ross Putnam comes in.

Putnam is a producer who has created a Twitter account to highlight the fact that women are written as sexual objects right from the start. "These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim... Apologies if I quote your work," Putnam writes in his bio.

Here is a look at some of the most telling of the bunch. Jeva Lange

3:26 p.m. ET

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina suspended her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, she announced Wednesday.

"While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," Fiorina said in a statement.

She fared poorly in both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. It didn't take long for the Democratic Party to weigh in on Fiorina's announcement. Julie Kliegman

3:02 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, Iranian state television aired previously unseen footage of the U.S. Navy crew members detained by Iranian authorities last month. In one of the video's segments, an unidentified sailor appears to be crying, red-eyed and seemingly wiping away tears with a tissue.

The footage was reportedly shot during the 16-hour period on Jan. 12 when 10 sailors were detained after two small U.S. navy boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territory. The Pentagon says that one of the boats was experiencing mechanical problems.

While previously released photos of the sailors showed them on their knees with their hands behind their heads, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration had thanked Iran for its "quick and appropriate response" and for providing the soldiers with "blankets and food and... their return to the fleet." The sailors' release was largely celebrated as a diplomatic victory.

However, The Washington Post reports, this new footage suggests that, despite being released unharmed the next day, the captured sailors' experience was "still stressful."

Watch the footage below. Becca Stanek

2:49 p.m. ET

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wouldn't be thrown by Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race as an independent. In fact, he thinks it could help his party, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer it's "no skin off our back."

"Yeah, I don't really view it as a third party, I just view it as another Democrat," Priebus said Wednesday. "So you get two Democrats running and splitting their vote."

Priebus then cited some well-known actions of the former New York City mayor.

"He's been fighting and pounding away at Republicans for how long now?" Priebus said. "He wants to take all the guns away, he wants to tax Slurpees and sodas. The guy's a liberal Democrat."

Watch Priebus' full segment below. Julie Kliegman

2:07 p.m. ET
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As part of Amazon's ongoing quest to run every aspect of your life, the tech giant is testing a free sommelier consultation service. Customers can leave their number between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and wait for a call from a licensed professional who can talk them through buying wine on Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports.

For now, the service is only available in Japan, but Business Insider speculates Amazon will make the option available elsewhere. Julie Kliegman

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