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March 11, 2014

How much does Jon Stewart love Pope Francis? As we approach the one-year anniversary of the current pope's election, Stewart dedicated an entire segment of Monday night's Daily Show to the wonderful things the pontiff has done. Is Francis a saint? A modern-day Robin Hood? Perhaps Batman? It was the pope's accidental F-bomb, though, that made Stewart throw partiality to the wind. "OK, that's it — I'm converting," he said. "I love this guy." If you're expecting that love to die out before the 4:30 segment is over, you'll be disappointed. But it's also safe to say you won't see Stewart in RCIA class anytime soon. --Peter Weber

May 1, 2016

For the first time in decades, a cruise ship from the United States is on its way to Cuba.

About 700 passengers are aboard the Adonia, part of Carnival's Fathom cruise line, which set sail Sunday from Miami. The seven-day cruise will feature activities highlighting Cuban culture and will stop in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Carnival had said the cruise wouldn't happen unless the Cuban government overturned a ban on letting people born in Cuba arrive in the country by ship, and it was lifted last month. Six of the passengers were born in Cuba.

A small group of protesters huddled on a small boat near the Adonia, holding a sign reading, "Castro why do you ask Cubans for a Visa to visit their own country?" Passenger Gary Carlson told CNN he didn't understand the protest, "because it's time to put those things behind us. Really, the big issue is government to government, not people to people, and that's what we're excited about participating in." Catherine Garcia

May 1, 2016
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) used his appearance on Sunday's Face the Nation to warn Republicans about the harm he says Donald Trump is causing the party.

"Let me just tell my friends, who I really do respect, if you are embracing Donald Trump, you're destroying conservatism," he said. "You will make it hard for this party to ever regain footing with Hispanics, because his immigration proposal is unworkable, is hateful. When it comes to women, we're alienating women, who should be coming our way after eight years of Obama." There is a "civil war going on in the Republican Party," Graham continued, adding that he believes the Republican frontrunner's foreign policy is "isolationism," which will "lead to another 9/11."

In March, Graham endorsed Ted Cruz, and he said Tuesday's primary in Indiana is a "big test" for the anyone-but-Trump movement. "I'm advising Ted, go to the last vote," Graham said. "Trump's gotten 40 percent of the popular vote. That doesn't give you 1,237 delegates. I think you could still stop, even if you lose in Indiana." Graham also said he is friends with former House Speaker John Boehner, who called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," and he believes the only person Trump might be able to beat in the general election is Satan himself. "When it comes to women and Hispanics," he added, "Trump polls like Lucifer." Catherine Garcia

May 1, 2016
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On Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus held its final performance with elephants.

Animal rights groups have been calling on the circus to discontinue the act for years, and originally, the elephants were going to be retired in 2018. "It's an end of an era that should have ended a long, long time ago," Elinor Molgebott with the Humane Society of New York told CBS News. "This is so unnatural for them. They shouldn't be subject to abuse."

Now, 11 elephants will be retired to Florida, where they will live at a 200-acre conservation center run by the owner of Ringling Brothers. The circus company has used elephants for the last 145 years, and said it will continue to showcase lions, tigers, horses, and kangaroos in animal acts. "It is a bittersweet decision, there is no question about that, but it is the best thing," said Kenneth Feld, chairman of the parent company who owns Ringling Brothers. "And we felt this was the right time to do it." More than 12 circuses continue to tour with elephants. Catherine Garcia

May 1, 2016
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Puerto Rico will default on $422 million in debt payments due Monday, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced Sunday, adding the "decision not to pay has been a very difficult one, and one that frankly I would rather not take."

In a televised address, Garcia said Puerto Rico is "faced with the lack of liquidity to meet both the needs of our creditors and to provide services to our people. I had to choose. And I chose." Government officials spent the weekend attempting to negotiate with creditors, and some payments have been postponed for the time being. Another $700 million is due to creditors in early July.

Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million people, and has an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent. White collar professionals and members of the middle class are moving away from the island, and with one doctor a day leaving, health care is in "crisis," Dr. Jaime Rivera, president of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association, told NBC News. Catherine Garcia

May 1, 2016
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Hundreds of protesters who stormed Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Saturday to demand an end to corruption left Sunday, following an order from the man who sent them there, Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr.

The influential cleric said he was asking them to leave out of "respect" for a Shiite pilgrimage underway, but vowed they would be back on Friday if their demands weren't met. Al-Sadr has demanded that Parliament meet to approve a capable new cabinet soon or else he will call for the dissolution of the government and early elections. In a statement Sunday, he asked the protesters to leave peacefully, clean up after themselves, and chant for a unified Iraq, not sects. Many of the protesters blamed the United States for the political system in place and its sectarian quotas, The New York Times reports, and in a joint statement, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President Fuad Masum, and Salim al-Jubouri, the speaker of Parliament, condemned the damage done to the Parliament building and said they will continue to meet to "assure progress in reforming the political process."

The Green Zone is usually off limits to ordinary citizens, and protesters gathered in Celebration Square, once Saddam Hussein's parade grounds, and swam in pools. "I used to hear about the Green Zone and used to ask myself and my friends, 'What does the Green Zone mean?'" Ali Mustafa, 21, told the Times. "Entering the Green Zone was like a dream for me." Catherine Garcia

May 1, 2016

Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is set to turn 1 on Monday. What would a royal birthday be without some formal photos to celebrate? Kensington Palace shared a few gems of the tyke Sunday:

Nice camera work, Kate.

Could she be any cuter?

Time flies. Julie Kliegman

May 1, 2016
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders raised $25.8 million in April, the campaign said Sunday. That's a sharp drop from the $44 million he pulled in in March.

The campaign put a positive spin on the news, noting it surpasses the campaign's monthly average of $17 million.

Hillary Clinton holds a large delegate lead over Sanders in the Democratic presidential race. In April, the struggling Sanders campaign announced layoffs of hundreds of staff members. Julie Kliegman

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