Monday night's debut of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee's late-night comedy show on TBS, included a melancholy look at Jeb Bush's sagging presidential campaign. "Is this the end for our nation's dream of a third Bush presidency?" Bee asked, sardonically, after playing that clip of Bush pleading for his small audience to clap for him. To answer that question, Bee said, she had sent her "foreign exchange producer" to New Hampshire to check in on Bush.
What that looks like in practice is an artsy documentary short narrated by somebody affecting a German accent. Bush "should totally be winning but instead is getting his ass handed to him by an oddly tinted compilation of psychiatric symptoms and by a man who seems like he would lecture a starving kitten on personal responsibility and then deport that kitten and his family," the narrator said, referring to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, respectively. Jokes aside, the camera team actually talked with voters, reporters, and, eventually, Bush, creating a gloomy portrait of "a Jeb in winter." Which will be especially funny if Bush takes second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. You can watch below, but be warned, there is one instance of the f-word and somewhat disturbing imagery of a crocodile eating a turtle. Peter Weber
Final House GOP Benghazi report concludes Hillary Clinton, Obama administration failed on multiple levels
One day after House Democrats released a report calling the Benghazi investigation a "partisan sham," Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee released a final report of their own with a very different conclusion. The report, made public Tuesday, cites failures by the Obama administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to protect the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya ahead of the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks. The report also reveals the CIA overlooked the threat in Libya despite multiple warnings, and that the Defense Department failed to deploy military assets in a timely manner.
While detractors widely paint the Benghazi investigation as a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner is not the central focus of the report, though she is mentioned specifically in the document's final section. There, Clinton is criticized for using a private email account and the Obama administration is accused of attempting to block the investigation into the incident. "What may appear at first blush to be a lack of competence on behalf of the State Department now appears fully intentional and coordinated," the report says, according to a copy obtained by Politico. "Delaying the production of documents sought by letter, informal request, or subpoena has decided political advantages for those opposing the investigation." Becca Stanek
Hey, Remainers: Feeling abandoned post-Brexit vote? Sure, 52 percent of your fellow Britons may have voted to leave the European Union — and for you Englanders, more desertion may be in your future — but fret not. If you're in need of a good cuddle to ease your EU-loving heart, two Remain-supporting voters want to help you out via their new dating app, Remainder.
Remainder is touted as "the dating and social app for the 48 percent" — as in, the 48 percent of voters who supported staying in the EU — and its creators came up with the idea to cheer up their EU-allied friends. "All the Remain voters we know seemed so depressed," the Remainder team told Metro. "We thought the best way of recovering must be to go out for a few drinks with someone who's in the same boat."
Per the app's official website, Remainder is "a labor of love by two heartbroken Remain voters." The creators are seeking roughly $6,700 in donations via their Crowdfunder page — but hey, isn't that a small price to pay for true, EU-faithful love? Kimberly Alters
The world's top golfer, Jason Day, announced Tuesday that he will not be playing in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games because of concerns about the Zika virus. The Australian golfer said in a statement released Tuesday that while the Olympics has long been a dream of his, family comes first:
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) June 28, 2016
Day is the fifth golfer to back out of the Games because of concerns about the mosquito-borne illness, which has been linked to birth defects. In the past week, Day's fellow Australian and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy announced he also won't be competing in Rio because of the Zika virus. Becca Stanek
Someone other than Donald Trump will now be overseeing his campaign messaging and press interactions. Bloomberg Politics reports the presumptive GOP nominee known for speaking on the fly has hired Jason Miller — once the senior communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign — to be his senior communications director.
Until now, media requests fell almost entirely on Trump's press secretary, Hope Hicks, and paid surrogates were appearing on Trump's behalf on cable news. Trump himself was often behind his tweets and sometimes his speeches, in which he's been known to veer "off message," Talking Points Memo reports.
However, with the convention fast approaching, Republicans are pressing Trump to move towards more traditional, more responsive campaign messaging. "I think he'll be helped greatly by having a communications team who can get these messages out in a timely fashion," Tony Perkins, president of the Christian advocacy organization Family Research Council, told Bloomberg.
Rio de Janeiro's acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, is beginning to worry about the upcoming Olympic Games. With just six weeks to go until the opening ceremony, Dornelles told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state is still waiting on $860 million in funding from the federal government for additional security and transportation for the Games.
While the funding was allocated last week, Dornelles said that if it doesn't arrive soon, "police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money," The Associated Press reports. "I've said that without security and without the metro there will be difficulties," Dornelles said.
Those difficulties would be atop the plethora of others Rio has already encountered. Organizers are facing widespread concerns about the Zika virus and crime. Just last week, the lab responsible for handling drug testing for the Games was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Brazil is also in the midst of political turmoil, with its president suspended and an impeachment battle ongoing.
"I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality," Dornelles said. "We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure." Becca Stanek
On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that the U.K. is in no hurry to invoke Article 50, triggering the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union, while EU lawmakers and the leaders of Germany, Italy, and France said Britain should invoke Article 50 as soon as possible. Cameron and his EU counterparts will be able to discuss the timing and other Brexit details at a two-day summit starting Tuesday; Cameron will meet with EU leaders up through a working dinner on Tuesday, but not attend the second day with the 27 other leaders of the 28-member European Union.
Germany's Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Britain may want "close relations" with Europe, but "whoever wants to leave this family cannot expect to have no more obligations but to keep privileges." Some Britons are hoping to remain in the EU tariff-free union but not have to abide by other EU rules like open borders, but Merkel ruled that out: "We will ensure that the negotiations are not carried out with the principle of cherry picking." At an emergency session of the European Parliament, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made clear that nobody in the EU will start negotiations on Britain's exit until the U.K. starts the clock. "No notification, no negotiation," he said. "I want the U.K. to clarify its position. Not today, not tomorrow at 9 a.m., but soon. We cannot allow ourselves to remain in a prolonged period of uncertainty." Peter Weber
Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and amassed the winningest record in Division I college basketball, died Tuesday. She was 64. Summitt retired in 2012, after 38 years at Tennessee, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She ended her coaching career with an unprecedented 1,098-208 record, and in her 38 seasons, she never had a losing record; her Lady Vols made every NCAA Tournament and played in 18 Final Four matches.
Her son, Tyler Summitt, said Tuesday morning that his mother had died peacefully at a retirement home in Knoxville. "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,'" he wrote, "and we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease." Peter Weber