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For 9/11 Responders, an Unwanted Milestone

FDNY: 200th firefighter has died from a related illness

(Newser) - New York City's fire department says it reached an unwanted milestone this week with the 200th death of a firefighter from an illness linked to 9/11. Retired firefighter Richard Driscoll, 73, died Wednesday, just a day after 58-year-old Kevin Nolan, reports People . Both were 9/11 responders who later fell... More »

Stewart Slams Rand Paul's 'Virtue Signaling' on 9/11 Bill

He says senator's opposition is 'outrageous'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart accused Sen. Rand Paul of hypocrisy and "fiscal responsibility virtue signaling" after the Republican blocked fast-track approval of a bill funding compensation for 9/11 victims Wednesday. "Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars... More »

Ex-Cop Who Testified With Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund Dies

Former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died of complications of colorectal cancer

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month, Luis Alvarez was one of the first responders at his side, making his own impassioned plea to the House Judiciary subcommittee to stop dragging its feet on re-funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Now, sad news from Long... More »

McConnell: Jon Stewart Is 'Bent Out of Shape' on 9/11 Fund

'Many things happen at the last minute,' he says

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell sounded bemused Monday when he addressed Jon Stewart's criticism of his alleged foot-dragging on the 9/11 victims' fund . "We have never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again," McConnell told Fox and Friends, per the Washington Post . "I don’t... More »

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

'He has always held out until the very last minute'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kept up the pressure on Congress to pass funding for 9/11 first responders in a Fox News Sunday appearance—and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the "white whale" of the issue. "I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with... More »

At 9/11 Hearing, Jon Stewart Yells at Absent Lawmakers

Comedian was there to push for reauthorization of victims' fund

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart attended Tuesday's congressional hearing on a bill to ensure that the 9/11 victims' compensation fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years, he noticed something: rows of empty chairs where lawmakers should have been sitting. "I can't help but think what an incredible... More »

Jon Stewart Steps Up to Save NYC Subway Goats

He helped get escaped animals to sanctuary

(Newser) - Jon Stewart came to the rescue Monday when New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority found what it called some "very baaaaad boys" munching grass on a subway track in Brooklyn, the New York Times reports. The MTA tweeted a photo of two goats, which had apparently escaped from... More »

Trevor Noah on Why Jon Stewart Left: 'Too Angry to Laugh'

'I'm angry all the time. I don't find any of this funny,' 'Daily Show' host says ex-host told him

(Newser) - Jon Stewart has long said he'd tired of the grind on The Daily Show and that his "dissatisfaction" led to his 2015 departure. But in a recent behind-the-scenes chat with Stewart's replacement, Trevor Noah, and other show staffers, Noah reveals Stewart was facing a stronger emotion than... More »

Jon Stewart Is Doing Something He Hasn't in 21 Years

HBO announces new stand-up special from former 'Daily Show' host

(Newser) - Jon Stewart is bringing his comedy to HBO, the AP reports. The network announced Wednesday that Stewart will return to the network for his first stand-up special since 1996. Stewart is also set to host the Night of Too Many Stars tribute in November benefiting Next for Autism, which will... More »

Nixed: Jon Stewart's Animated HBO Shorts

Project nixed after both parties agree it was more complicated than originally thought

(Newser) - For a year and a half, Jon Stewart has ostensibly been working behind the scenes to bring to life a series of digital animated shorts for HBO. But the New York Times reports the project has now been canceled after both parties agreed it was a lot tougher to pull... More »

Colbert Hosts Epic Daily Show Reunion

Jon Stewart backs Colbert 'potty mouth,' wants Trump held to same standard

(Newser) - Plenty of people want Stephen Colbert fired over a joke he made about President Trump, but Colbert has at least one comedic heavyweight in his corner: Jon Stewart. Stewart appeared on the Late Show Tuesday and defended Colbert's "potty mouth," noting, "I do not understand why... More »

Jon Stewart to Media: 'Stop Your Whining'

Time to get over Trump, he advises on Stephen Colbert show

(Newser) - Jon Stewart made another guest appearance on Stephen Colbert's show Monday night, and while he dished plenty of scorn toward President Trump—"Trump lies more in one press conference than CNN does in a year, and this is coming from a guy, who as you know, hates CNN"... More »

'Dead Animal on Head,' Stewart Returns to Rip Trump

'Every instinct ... calls me to abuse of power'

(Newser) - "We have never faced this before: purposeful, vindictive chaos," Jon Stewart said Tuesday, summing up President Trump's first 10 days in office during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Impersonating Trump with a "dead animal on head" and a tie reaching the floor,... More »

9 People, Things Trump Has Called 'Overrated'

Meryl Streep is the latest in a relatively long line

(Newser) - It was the Golden Globes speech that launched a thousand tweets, most notably from the fingertips of President-elect Donald Trump . On Monday morning, he called Meryl Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" in his criticism of her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech , in which she... More »

Next DNC Chair Should Be Jon Stewart

He's got wealth, celebrity of Trump, humor and thoughtfulness of ... himself: Donna Gentile O'Donnell

(Newser) - For the next head of the Democratic National Committee, Dem strategist Donna Gentile O'Donnell definitely doesn't want someone embroiled in daily shows of politics—she wants someone who used to head The Daily Show. Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer , O'Donnell presents her case for why Jon Stewart... More »

Jon Stewart Sees an 'Ultimate Irony' in Trump Win

It's that Republicans will be rewarded for 'cynical' obstruction strategy

(Newser) - Jon Stewart, voice of reason? In his first public comments since the election, Stewart told Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning , "I don't believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. The same country with all its grace and flaws, and volatility,... More »

The Moment the Daily Show Found Its Voice

It came during a Steve Carell interview with John McCain

(Newser) - Jon Stewart took over as host of the Daily Show in January 1999, but when did the program truly start becoming the Daily Show that legions of fans would come to love? Try December of that year, when Steve Carell boarded John McCain's campaign bus "and changed the... More »

Jon Stewart Gets a Chance to Skewer Trump

He performs at a charity show at Madison Square Garden

(Newser) - Jon Stewart doesn't have a national forum anymore, but he got a chance to rip into Donald Trump at a charity event Tuesday night for Stand Up for Heroes, which benefits veterans. Here's a sampling, per Entertainment Weekly , CNN , and USA Today :
  • "I thought when a guy
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Jon Stewart's Strong Words on Larry Wilmore's Last Show

'You took something and got better every [expletive] day'

(Newser) - Comedy Central may have been disappointed with how Larry Wilmore's late-night show performed, but one high-profile person certainly wasn't: Jon Stewart, who showed up to the final Nightly Show on Thursday to bid his former Daily Show correspondent adieu, USA Today reports. Calling Wilmore's show a "... More »

Jon Stewart to Trump Backers: 'This Country Isn't Yours'

He goes after Sean Hannity at Fox, for one

(Newser) - The Donald Trump coronation has brought one well-known critic back into the public spotlight, at least temporarily. Jon Stewart appeared on Stephen Colbert's CBS show Thursday night to provide a Daily Show-style venting, reports Mediaite . (See the video here .) While he referred to Trump as an "angry... More »

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