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Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry

For the past three years, The Daily Show host has secretly trained vets on the ins and outs of the entertainment game.

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Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal, critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and women in uniform. While Stewart has never hidden his respect and admiration for this country’s soldiers, the degree to which he has actively supported them not only as an entertainer, but also as a personal mentor and career counselor is just beginning to be brought to light.

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For Jon Stewart, Life After The Daily Show Will Mean Running An Animal Rescue Sanctuary

Jon Stewart to swap late night comedy for farm animal advocacy.

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When Jon Stewart announced plans to retire from hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show—a job he’d held since 1999people immediately wanted to know two things:

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4 People Who Are Utterly Unsurprised by the Eric Garner Verdict

The most vocal commentators on race and justice in America were rendered almost silent this week.

A man choked another man to death, and the killer got away. This week, a grand jury convened and decided that Daniel Pantaleo, the New York Police Department officer who took Eric Garner’s life with his bare hands in broad daylight, did not commit a crime worthy of punishment. Eric Garner, 43 years old, unarmed, died on a Staten Island street with Pantaleo’s arm around his neck, surrounded by police officers and witnesses, some of whom recorded the incident.

On Thursday, Americans awoke to grapple with the reality of a justice system that fails to deliver justice, over and over again. But while many expressed shock and dismay over the Eric Garner verdict, some facing for the first time the profundity of insitutional racism, many in the black community and their allies recieved the news with weary sighs—all too familiar with the specter of police violence.

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Nobel Laureate Gives Jon Stewart Some Bad News About the American Dream

Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz says the inequality of opportunity we're facing now is worse than it was in Old Europe. American Dream? Dream on.

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Will getting an education help you achieve the American dream? College graduates still earn twice what their peers with only a high school diploma earn, but if you don't have the educational and social opportunities you need to actually get into college and graduate, your chances of raking in a higher salary are pretty slim. Indeed, in an appearance this week on The Daily Show to promote his new book The Price of Inequality, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told Jon Stewart that the life chances of "a young person born in the United States" are "more dependent on the income and education of his parents" than in any other other advanced country in the world.

Although the 1 percent of Americans who control 40 percent of the nation's wealth have access to better education opportunities, we still tell ourselves that kids growing up in low income communities with parents who don't have an education can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and end up as a Harvard grads if they just work really hard. We saw this attitude at play earlier this year with Forbes columnist Gene Marks' much derided "here's how you poor minority children should try to get an education" advice column, "If I Was a Black Kid." And, although there are incredibly inspiring of examples of kids making it out of the hood and getting accepted to top-notch schools, that's not the norm.

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A Bee You Cannot Eat: Education Reform After the SOS March

The march may be over, but the battle for public education is just getting started.

When 5,000 educators, parents, students, and other citizens concerned with the state of education come to Washington, D.C. ready to answer the call for change, you respond. When they come together in a coalition for educational social justice and activism, you listen. When you’re asked as a teacher to speak on behalf of these thousands—and the many more who couldn’t show up—you stand up and represent. More importantly, when students of all backgrounds deserve better, you fight for it.

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Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Scapegoating Teachers

This Stewart fellow is really, really good at pointing out hypocrisy.

Chalk it up to his mom being an educator. Jon Stewart was in rare form last night as he skewered the non-stop scapegoating of public school teachers by contrasting it to the media's (especially Fox News') fawning coverage of Wall Street.

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