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'The Daily Show' on fire

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2012 file

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, Jon Stewart speaks during a taping of "The Daily Show with John Stewart", in New York. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has at least temporarily shut down its Twitter feed following an unusual diplomatic incident involving "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and the Egyptian government. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file) Photo Credit: AP Photo Carolyn Kaster

"The Daily Show" is on fire - not literally, but figuratively, possibly quantitatively (ratings!), absolutely qualitatively. Since returning from his film directing sabbatical, Jon Stewart has scorched a broad swath of earth, in part because he has had so much fuel to burn. The government shut-down....the Healthcare.gov fiasco...and now, the spying scandal. It's been a remarkable performance for three weeks running - nothing like it anywhere on television - and he has clarified the issues more sharply, certainly more hilariously, than anywhere, too. But most notably this: He has also become President Obama's single biggest critic, quite possibly the most trenchant one. Stewart is defining the second term in a way that could very well stick. The White House should be worried, likely is. Stewart is TV's most trusted political commentator, and he is scoring at will...

  Last night's latest example...What's so good about this is how he ultimately framed the whole controversy...Newsday app readers please watch at newsday.com/tvzone, if you want to see Stewart throw fire balls...

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