Late Night Antics
March 19, 2014

I don't know if anyone actually reads Playboy just for the articles, but I'm fairly certain that some people read The New Yorker only for the cartoons. So when Seth Meyers had New Yorker editor David Remnick on Late Night, the one-frame comics were an obvious topic of conversation. Meyers did that one better, though, bringing in a troupe of actors (the Late Night Players) to re-enact some of the often abstruse, usually witty, and sometimes funny cartoons. Meyers is taking risks in his new gig, and going highbrow can backfire terribly on late-night TV. This didn't. The one about the wedding toast worked particularly well, and having Remnick explain the cartoons only added to the delightful absurdity. --Peter Weber

Foreign affairs
9:27 p.m. ET

More than 300 people in South Africa have been arrested in connection to violent attacks against immigrants, primarily those from other countries in Africa.

At least six people have been killed over the past two weeks, the BBC reports. "Everything is being done to restore peace and order," Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said during a news conference. "The government will enforce the laws of the country and will not hesitate to act speedily and decisively." Later, he added that those responsible will be subject to "the full might of the law."

South Africa's unemployment rate is at 24 percent, and armed groups have been targeting businesses owned by African immigrants, saying that they are taking away jobs that should belong to locals. Thousands have left their homes to take refuge in makeshift camps, and countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique are planning to evacuate their own citizens. An estimated 2 million foreign nationals live in South Africa. Catherine Garcia

2016 Watch
2:49 p.m. ET
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said that while he believes sexual orientation is an inborn trait, he still opposes same-sex marriage.

"I don't believe same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right. I also don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people," Rubio said on Face the Nation, adding that "sexual preference is something that people are born with."

Rubio said states have traditionally regulated marriage, and that he believes they should continue to do so without interference from the courts. —Jon Terbush

Quotables
2:04 p.m. ET
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Jon Stewart says his decision to leave The Daily Show after a 16-year run was not based on concerns with the show's direction, but rather the result of him no longer "getting the same satisfaction" from his work.

"These things are cyclical," he told the Guardian. "You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it's OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that's when you realize, 'OK, I'm on the back side of it now.'"

In the interview, Stewart also discussed the state of the media and his regrets over a "shi--y" interview with Donald Rumsfeld, among other things. Check out the whole profile here. Jon Terbush

Watch this
1:30 p.m. ET
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Patti Smith on Saturday delivered a teary-eyed speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction ceremony for the late Lou Reed, saying the famed musician's "consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice."

Smith spoke about a decades-long friendship with Reed that began as both artists developed in the New York City music scene of the 1970s. And describing the day Reed died, Smith said she realized the Velvet Underground frontman was "not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City."

"True poets must often stand alone," she said. "As a poet, he must be counted as a solitary artist. So, Lou, thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music." —Jon Terbush

Iran and the bomb
12:10 p.m. ET
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused the U.S. of fabricating tales of Iranian nuclear weapons.

"They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat," Khamenei said in an address to military commanders. "No, the source of threat is America itself, with its unrestrained, destabilizing interventions."

The remark came one day before nuclear negotiations between Iran, the U.S., and five world powers were to resume. The negotiators have until June 30 to reach a final accord. Jon Terbush

2016 Watch
11:39 a.m. ET
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he will almost certainly get into the 2016 White House race.

"If I can raise the money, I'll do it," Graham said on Fox News Sunday. When pressed to say how seriously he was considering a presidential bid, Graham pegged his odds of running at the oddly specific "91 percent."

In January, Graham launched a presidential exploratory committee. Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), and Marco Rubio (Fla.) are the only major GOP candidates to formally declare their candidacies for the White House. Jon Terbush

Foot meet mouth
11:13 a.m. ET
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Poland on Sunday summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest FBI Director James Comey's recent comment casting some blame on Poland for the Holocaust.

"The murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil," Comey said in a speech last week, which was then adapted as an opinion piece in The Washington Post. "They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do."

Poland's ambassador to the U.S. denounced the comment as "unacceptable" and a "falsification of history." Soon after, the U.S. Ambassador in Warsaw, Stephen Mull, told reporters that suggestions anyone "apart from the Nazi Germany was responsible for the Holocaust are wrong, harmful and offensive." Jon Terbush

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