On Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart focused on Republican opposition to food stamps. The stated reason for opposing aid to the hungry is food stamp fraud, Stewart noted, before indulging in a little bit of light debunking. But amid all the tall tales of people using their food stamps to gamble and buy gym memberships, he noticed a strange obsession on Fox News with indignantly judging what kinds of actual food people are buying with food stamps.
The conservative annoyance over food stamps being used on junk food? Stewart said he could understand that: Maybe low-income people should be using taxpayer financed aid to eat healthy — like seafood. "People say, 'eat more fish," he said. "Why can't you spend it on that?" Nope. Roll tape of Fox pundits criticizing food stamp purchases of fresh fish and organic produce. Alright, Stewart asked conservatives, "what's the right mixture of quality and class-based shame poor people should aim for in their meal planning?"
It's not clear. But finally, Stewart walked us through to Fox personalities falling back on the old saying about teaching a man to fish. Ah, he said: Conservatives don't mind poor people eating seafood as long as they caught it themselves. Nope again. "For some f--king weird reason," he concluded, conservatives "really do not want lower-income individuals eating any seafood." It seem implausible, but hey, who's going to argue with a string of carefully selected Fox News clips? --Peter Weber
"Somebody's lying," said Larry Wilmore on Tuesday's Nightly Show, in a segment dedicated to the effort to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding. The most recent Republican attempt to defund the women's health organization was spurred by videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they deal with tissue from aborted fetuses — Planned Parenthood says it makes no profit from donating the tissue for research, while the group that secretly filmed and edited the videos says the officials are admitting they do sell the tissue.
In context, Wilmore said, it seems clear that the Center for Medical Progress is the one lying, and "context really matters when it comes to Planned Parenthood videos, just like context matters for that text you sent last night." There's no context allowed on Fox News or in GOP talking points, so "that's why I'm calling this Planned Parenthood attack for what it really is: It's a pap smear campaign," he said. "That's exactly what it is. And in a pap smear campaign, people don't care about facts." The segment ends with an absurdist enactment of what it would look like if the GOP succeeds in its ongoing effort, and you can watch it all below. Peter Weber
The FBI has started looking into the server that Hillary Clinton used for email while she was secretary of state, focusing on the security of sensitive information once housed on the server, at her and Bill Clinton's New York home, and now held on a thumb drive by Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, The Washington Post reports. In the past week, the FBI has also contacted Platte River Networks, an IT firm the Clintons hired to help manage the server in 2013, after Hurricane Sandy shut it down for a period. The investigation is preliminary, and the FBI isn't targeting Clinton or accusing her of any wrongdoing, two officials tell The Post.
"The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials," Kendall told the newspaper. "We are actively cooperating." The Justice Department and Platte River Networks declined to comment. You can read more at The Washington Post. Peter Weber
What has 21 bedrooms, nine kitchens, and keeps bankrupting people? That would be the Farmington, Connecticut, home that rapper 50 Cent says costs $72,000 a month to maintain and has previously been owned by Mike Tyson and a millionaire convicted of bankruptcy fraud.
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) August 5, 2015
On Monday, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) filed documents in a Connecticut bankruptcy court showing how much he spends a month on the enormous home, which sits on 17 acres and boasts 52 rooms, including a casino. Jackson purchased the house from Tyson’s ex-wife, who ended up with the property as part of a divorce settlement after Tyson lost his millions, MarketWatch reports. Jackson bought the home for $4.1 million, and part of the $72,000 he spends a month goes to gardening ($5,000) and household supplies ($1,500).
The Boston Globe says the estate has a rather sordid history when it comes to the finances of its owners. It was built in 1985 for Benjamin Sisti, founder of commercial real estate brokerage firm Colonial Realty. Sisti, who paid $2.3 million for the home, eventually wound up in prison for bankruptcy fraud. The property went into foreclosure, and was bought by an import-export businessman named Romas Marsinkiavitchous for $2.7 million. He sold it to Tyson in 1996 for $2.8 million, reportedly while facing bankruptcy himself.
Best wishes to whoever winds up with the house next. Catherine Garcia
If you like your Chalupas with a side of methamphetamine, well, you're out of luck.
Police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have arrested two men after the remnants of a meth lab were discovered inside a Taco Bell. The men were found by officers outside the restaurant early on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports, and one said he was a Taco Bell employee. Police entered the restaurant and found the remnants in a utility area. Christopher Adam Matous, 31, and Kent Jerome Duby, 56, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
In a statement, Taco Bell said the employee has been fired, and the restaurant will be fully sanitized before reopening. Catherine Garcia
"This song is called 'Chocolate Muffins' and it is not, I repeat, it is not a double entendre," Craig Robinson said on Tuesday's Late Night, "not if you're thinking sexually." And if you believe that, his musical preview of his new NBC show, Mr. Robinson, is totally safe for work. Watch below. Peter Weber
It's a badge of honor to be insulted by Don Rickles, and Mr. Warmth dished it out to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Tuesday's Tonight Show. After telling Questlove that the "barber convention needs him," he congratulated Fallon on "the big crowd — 12 people" in the audience and admitted he never really liked him. Of course, Rickles also accused Fallon of faking his broken finger for laughs ("tomorrow night, come out with your neck wrapped") and ended the bit with the most backhanded of compliments regarding The Tonight Show's success. Watch the insults fly in the video below. Catherine Garcia
On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing about 66,000 people and injuring 69,000. Tens of thousands more suffered from radiation disease in the years after.
To mark the 70th anniversary, Public Radio International has created a sobering app that shows users the extent of damage that would take place if the same bomb was dropped today in their town or anywhere else in the world. The team behind the app used several reports, including "The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki" prepared by the Manhattan Engineer District and "The Effects of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki" by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, to ensure its accuracy. Visit PRI's website to use the eye-opening app. Catherine Garcia