NASA ... Like the Post Office in Space: Late-Night Comedy Roundup

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With predictions that the royal baby is going to be an economic boom for the United Kingdom, Tonight Show host Jay Leno believes he has some ideas for Michelle and Barack Obama to help the American economy. Leno also Thursday suggested that the National Security Agency should have been keeping closer tabs on New York mayoral candidates’ electronic correspondence.

The Late Show’s David Letterman brought up the NSA in his “Charts and Graphs” segment, comparing those who think NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be a traitor to those who think him a hero (and those who just want him back in the States for other reasons). Letterman also joked about the photos NASA released this week of Earth taken from hundreds of millions of miles away. He used a taped segment to illustrate the space agency’s spending and suggested a new slogan.

On Comedy Central, The Daily Show mentioned a (recently debunked) rumor that Monopoly would be scrapping the jail section of the game’s board. Host John Oliver compared the game to the actual punishments doled out by the government for those responsible for the financial crisis with an illustrated card. Stephen Colbert examined Detroit filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy and compared the city’s current situation to a classic movie that takes place in the Michigan city.

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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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