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The satire of Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart has influenced political news and commentary since before the days of Bush versus Gore, but he won’t be around for next year’s target-rich presidential campaign. He announced this week that he’s leaving after 16 years of The Daily Show. He’s made conservatives laugh as they gritted their teeth—while liberals have seen his comedy as a way of revealing the truth. We’ll hear some classic Daily Show moments and assess Stewart’s outsized influence on journalism and political discourse.

Plus, a labor dispute halts west coast ports, and a look into the secret world of foreign billionaires and American real estate.

Banner Image: Television host Jon Stewart interviewing Admiral Michael Mullen during a taping session of The Daily Show; Credit: Chad C. McNeely

West Coast Ports Empty as Labor Dispute Boils Over 6 MIN, 28 SEC

Twenty-nine West Coast ports that handle almost half all US trade—and 70% of all imports from Asia—were closed yesterday and they’ll be closed again during the upcoming long weekend. A contract dispute could have major impact across the country. Kirk Siegler covers the Western US for NPR.

Kirk Siegler, National Public Radio (@KirkSiegler)

Jon Stewart’s Legacy on News and Politics 31 MIN, 9 SEC

Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show was almost an after-thought at the end of his program on Tuesday. Stewart’s been at it for 16 years—but he hit it big in the year 2000 as the US Supreme Court was deciding the case of Bush v. Gore—and the winner of the presidential election.

Stewart didn’t invent political satire, but he updated it during the rise of the Internet and the decline of public trust in news on TV and cable. Now that he’s leaving The Daily Show, we’ll look at his influence on journalism and politics.

Hank Stuever, Washington Post (@hankstuever)
Amy Davidson, New Yorker magazine (@tnyCloseRead)
Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center (@asmitch)
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View (@asymmetricinfo)
Aaron Hanlon, Georgetown University (@AaronRHanlon)

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New York Skyscrapers Are Colonies for the Foreign Super Rich 10 MIN, 12 SEC

Multi-million dollar homes and condos in America’s luxury real estate markets are being sold to super-rich foreigners with shady pasts who don’t want to reveal their identities.

After a year of investigation by 13 people, the New York Times has reported on 200 limited-liability corporations and trusts buying property on behalf of foreign investors. One was “a former Russian Senator barred from entering Canada because of suspected connections to organized crime.” Another was a Greek businessman arrested a year ago for corruption in Greece.

We’ll hear how US law allows them to invest in secrecy. Louise Story co-wrote a series of stories for the New York Times.

Louise Story, New York Times (@louisestory)

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