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Colbert: Trump Is Playing My Old Character 'Better Than I Ever Could'

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Colbert: Trump Is Playing My Old Character 'Better Than I Ever Could'

Stephen Colbert discussed Donald Trump's relentless popularity in an interview with John Dickerson on Face the Nation on Sunday. “He’s completely playing on an emotional level—and so beautifully,” Colbert said.

“I mean, it’s one of the reasons why I just can’t do that old character anymore, because he’s doing it better than I ever could, because he’s willing to drink his own Kool Aid and manufacture and distribute it, because he’s got all the cash,” he added. “I’m not the first person to say this, but I completely agree that he’s my old character with $10 billion.”

During his time on The Colbert Report, Colbert had some brilliant segments, including mocking the GOP for their "I'm not a scientist" stance on climate change. Now, as host of the Late Show, Colbert has been offering his incredibly witty takes on the 2016 election—with particular attention to Trump.

Shortly after Colbert took over as host in September, he invited Trump onto the show as his guest. Since then, Colbert has said "there is zero chance" Trump will be president, called him "an egomaniacal billionaire" and grilled him in his recap of the most recent GOP debate.

The interview touched on several other topics, including Pope Francis, Star Wars and how his interview style has changed since moving over to network television.

Watch the full interview here:

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Spring is coming. And soon, tree swallows will start building nests. But as the climate changes, the birds are nesting earlier in the spring.


"It's getting warmer overall. They're thinking, OK, it's a good time to breed, to lay my eggs," says Lily Twining of the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany.

She says that despite recent warming, late-season cold snaps remain common. Those cold snaps can harm newborn chicks.

Hatchlings cannot regulate their body temperature, so they are vulnerable to hypothermia. And the insects they eat stop flying in cold weather, potentially leaving the chicks to starve.

"These chicks are growing very, very fast," Twining says. "They have very high energy demands, so… if they don't get a lot of that good high-quality food during this pretty specific time… that's when these cold weather events seem to be most devastating."

For example, data from Ithaca, New York, shows that a single cold snap in 2016 killed more than 70% of baby tree swallows.

"And there have been more and more of these severe cold weather die-off events for these tree swallows as they've been breeding earlier and earlier over the past 40 or so years," Twining says.

So for these songbirds, earlier springs can come with devastating consequences.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy / ChavoBart Digital Media

Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.

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