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The February 28 episode of The Daily Show focused on discussions of the sequester, maple syrup crime and Rachel Maddow.
Jon Stewart began the episode by talking about the Iraq war’s 10th anniversary. The gift for this anniversary, Stewart said, would be regret.
The administration is now arguing with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward over the origin of the spending cut. In an article, Woodward said that the White House moved the goal posts of the sequester by changing the requirements. After this article printed, Woodard said that he got a threatening e-mail from a senior White House staff member from senior economic advisor Gene Sperling. News agencies got a hold of the e-mail and Stewart played a clip of someone reading the e-mail. It was extremely friendly and not threatening at all. They also had Woodward’s response which was also extremely friendly.
In the second segment, Jason Jones investigates the maple trade in Canada. Throughout the report Jones treats his investigation like maple syrup is a dangerous and addictive drug and that the maple syrup trade has the same dangers as the Mexican drug trade. He started out interviewing a reporter and protecting his identity. After discovering that the reporter is talking about maple syrup Jones rescinded the protection. However, after discovering how much money maple syrup is worth, Jones decided to protect his identity again. They talked about Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve and Jones meets the boss, Simon Trepanier, who is the ideal is stereotypical Canadian politeness. They discussed the recent maple syrup theft. Jones spoke to some Canadian citizens eating syrup and people keep trying to get him to try it. Jones, still treating maple syrup like an addictive drug, refused to protect himself. Finally Trepanier made him try it and Jones gets addicted. The segment ended with a montage of Jones losing his mind on maple syrup.
The guest on this episode was Rachel Maddow promoting her book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. They did not spend any time talking about the book. They spent the entire on air interview talking about Maddow going to the Supreme Court hearing on the voting rights act the day before. Maddow’s mind was blown that they could be seriously discussing getting rid of this act while just a few minutes away they were unveiling a Rosa Parks statue.
Maddow shared some interesting insight into some of the Justices and her and Stewart discussed how ridiculous it is that some laws, such as the no co-habitating law in Virginia, does not have a time limit but something like the voting rights act does.