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How the new generation of late-night hosts could affect the presidential election

How the new generation of late-night hosts could affect the presidential election

There was a time not so long ago when it would have been inconceivable for a sitting president to visit any late-night talk show, much less one on basic cable. But President Obama did just that Tuesday night — for the third time as chief executive — to bid farewell to Jon Stewart, who leaves "The Daily Show" next month. In their years on the air, Stewart and his peers David Letterman, Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert have mined the campaign trail for countless punchlines and transformed late-night comedy into a critical arbiter in the political conversation. In stark contrast to the Johnny Carson era, it is now routine for D.C. players to appear in the guest chair. ...

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