Stephen Colbert started his interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday's Late Show by commiserating about President Trump, and then he threw her a curveball, noting that Warren and Trump both agree the 2016 Democratic primaries were "rigged." Warren took the opportunity to "clarify" her comments to CNN's Jake Tapper, then more cheerfully turned to the Democratic mini-wave in 2017, and her party's — and her own — chances in 2018, when she's up for re-election. "What about 2020?" Colbert asked, nodding to Warren's possible presidential aspirations.
She didn't bite. Democrats have to fight hard now, this week, Warren said, pointing to the GOP tax plan, which she called "$1.5 trillion in giveaways for giant corporations, for billionaires," paid for by working families. "This is about numbers, but it's about values," she said. "I don't believe one middle class person in America should have her taxes raised in order to do tax giveaways to billionaires and giant corporations."
Colbert played devil's advocate, earning a groan from the crowd and an eye-roll from Warren by bringing up trickle-down economics. "We have the data — trickle-down doesn't work," Warren said. "When you help the rich get richer, the rich get richer, and they keep it." CEOs have been admitting that on earnings calls for months, she added, urging people to call lawmakers, tweet, and take to the streets.
Colbert asked Warren if she thinks Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should step down. She said she "was just enormously disappointed about this," but Franken will answer his "serious" sexual harassment allegations before the Senate Ethics Committee. "We're going to watch this thing play out with famous men," Warren said, but the big question is if this "moment in America" will be just "a big flash and then nothing really changes." We'll know this change is real, she said, when jerks in the office no longer feel it is safe to sexually harass their female coworkers or employees. Peter Weber
President Trump is back in the United States after a trip to Asia that was rather unremarkable, Seth Meyers said on Tuesday's Late Night, except for "the time he taunted a nuclear-armed nation on Twitter and bro-ed out with Vladimir Putin."
While that was happening abroad, at home, Trump's inner circle was dealing with more fallout from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It came out on Monday that Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during the campaign, but that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, Meyers said. "Don Jr. is the dumbest member of a family in which there is stiff competition," he quipped. "That family still hasn't finished a game of Trivial Pursuit they started in 1988."
While this revelation makes Eric Trump look good, it's another cloud hanging over President Trump in regard to Russia. It's a good thing he has Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, who sang Trump a love song during his stop in Manila. Watch the video below for more on Trump Jr. and a brief clip of Duterte's singing, described by Meyers as being "a human rights violation." Catherine Garcia
When Joe Biden was last on The Late Show, he was vice president and Donald Trump president-elect, Stephen Colbert reminded Biden on Monday, and he said we should give Trump a shot to do the job. "Have we given him enough of a shot at this point?" Colbert asked. Biden said he reached a tipping point with Trump's response to the white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, and could no longer stay silent.
There has been a lot of talk about not "normalizing" Trump's behavior, "but whoever is the president is de facto presidential," Colbert said. "What do you think has changed about the presidency with him being president? ... How will this influence future presidencies?" "I think, God willing, it will go down as the single exception in American history," Biden said. After the novelty of the Trump show wore off, lots of Americans began to worry about the stability of the Republic, and "but for 74,500 votes ... we'd have a good president," he said. "We're talking about this like it was a wave election." "Only he is," Colbert cut in, getting a laugh from Biden.
Colbert and Biden then turned to Biden's new book, Promise Me, Dad, about staying engaged during and after grief. Finally, Colbert brought up 2020.
"I'm not going to ask you if you're going to run for president because I know you're not going to give me an answer," Colbert said, and when Biden shrugged, he asked anyway, soliciting a non-answer. "The country's never been more divided, we need a unifier," Colbert said. "Who do you like in the Democratic field, or the Republican field? Who do you think in 2020 could go, that person has a hope of uniting people?" Biden didn't name any names, but he said there's a whole new generation of Democrats entering politics, sick of the division, and the 2020 election won't really start for years. Watch below. Peter Weber
President Trump has been touting the GOP tax plan as a wonderful thing for the middle class, but in reality, Seth Meyers said on Thursday's Late Night, it will benefit the ultra wealthy — like Trump.
"The only thing that would be more beneficial to Donald Trump is a tax break that lets you claim your defendants as dependents," Meyers said. Trying to pass tax reform is a last-ditch effort for Republicans to get something done before the year is over, he said, and it shouldn't be that difficult for a group that has crowed about fixing the tax system for years and years. "Tax cuts are to the Republican Party what 'Piano Man' is to Billy Joel," Meyers said. "Whenever they think they're losing the crowd and people are heading for the exits, they can break that one out and everybody's gonna sing along."
Meyers went into some detail on how the House Republicans' plan would affect the middle class — decreasing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent results in a $1 trillion loss of revenue, and to make that up, important deductions that help residents in states like California and New Jersey, like the state and local tax deduction, would be eliminated. What's not touched? A tax break for golf club owners, which would directly benefit Trump. Watch the video below for more on the tax plan, and for Meyers' oddly accurate impression of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Catherine Garcia
Seth Meyers usually isn't afraid to go there, but there are some jokes Meyers says he just can't tell, due to him being a straight, white male. That's where Late Night writers Amber Ruffin, who is black, and Jenny Hagel, who is gay, come in, but for Wednesday's edition of "Jokes Seth Can't Tell," they were joined by a new, very famous face: Hillary Clinton. With great delivery, Clinton told jokes specifically tailored for the first woman to become a presidential nominee in the United States, who won the popular vote, and is often a target on Fox News. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
"You see I'm a little edgy," Rosie O'Donnell told Seth Meyers on Thursday's Late Night, after fretting that her Broadway trivia would be challenged by purists online. "I spend, like, 90 percent of my waking hours tweeting hatred toward this administration." "That is a two-way street, because Donald Trump has been mad at you for a very long time," Meyers said. "We've sort of made the joke on this show that he has flip-flopped on everything except you."
Trump has tweeted about O'Donnell about 70 times since 2011, but O'Donnell said the feud actually dates back more than a decade, to something she said on The View. "There was a Tara O'Connor, I believe her name was, a young Irish lass who was Junior Miss Trump Atlantic City Sexist winner, and she was downtown, 19-year-old girl, drinking and kissing a girl, and it was on the cover of the Post. So he held a press conference right before The View went on live, and he said, 'I just want you all to know I've forgiven her, and this young woman' — I was like, what is he, the pimp? ... He isn't the moral arbiter of 20-year-old behavior now." So she went online, found some publicly available unflattering facts about Trump, and read them on air. "And he went bats--t crazy," O'Donnell said. "And stayed that way," Meyers added. If she dislikes Trump, though, she loves Special Counsel Robert Mueller. You can learn more about her plans for a Bob Mueller tattoo below. Peter Weber
Jennifer Lawrence weathers humiliation, awe by shock-quizzing pedestrians about her movies on Kimmel Live
Despite disturbing reports of expensive herpes on Hollywood Blvd, Jennifer Lawrence said while guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, "I wanted to mingle with some of the locals while I was here in Hollywood, so I came up with a simple game: I ran up to people on the street and asked them to name five movies that I've been in — simple, if you have low enough self-esteem. The point was to put them on the spot and humiliate myself, and guess what? Both happened." One person's humiliation is another's entertainment, but Lawrence got her fair share of adulation, too. And oddly, nobody mentioned Silver Linings Playbook, the role that won Lawrence an Oscar. Still, at least one person was able to name five Lawrence films. Watch below. Peter Weber
All parents, secretly or openly, want to impress their kids. For Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Halloween dressed as David Letterman wasn't enough, or even impressive. So he asked if he could jam with guest Kristen Bell, looking kind of like Burt Reynolds. "Should we do 'Snowman'?" Bell asked, and Grohl agreed, calling the song from Frozen his "Highway to Hell" (in a good way). Bell dedicated the song to Grohl's three daughters, and snuck off to play drums with Kimmel's house band. That's when "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" started morphing into Metallica's "Enter Sandman." It's hard to say if that raised Grohl's cachet with his daughters or lowered it. Either way, you can enjoy below. Peter Weber