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With many late-night shows coming back from an Independence Day break, politics were on hosts’ minds. The early news on a possible Hillary Clinton run for president was ripe for commentary by Conan O’Brien, while The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno used the holiday to reference the United States’ growing national debt to China. O’Brien also looked outward by talking about Mexico’s new status as the most obese nation in the world.

George W. Bush’s humanitarian trip to Africa last week brought the former president into the humor crosshairs once again. Bush danced with Zambians last week and provided silly video for Jimmy Kimmel to mock and for The Late Show’s David Letterman to tie to the heat wave with a public service announcement.

Letterman also tied the heat wave to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying he is now looking for asylum among penguins in Antarctica. Snowden has been offered asylum by a few South American nations, but NBC’s Jimmy Fallon thinks he may just wait to go to jail.

Fast forward to 3:35 to see Fallon read Snowden’s to-do list as he waits in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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Ross Gianfortune is a senior web producer at Government Executive. He previously worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, and WXRT Radio.

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