Best of Late Night: Colbert Slams Kelly’s Explanation of the Civil War

Colbert Addresses the Attack in New York

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Stephen Colbert began “The Late Show” with a brief but emphatic message to his fellow New Yorkers, after a man killed eight people in a vehicular attack on Tuesday. Mr. Colbert declared, “New Yorkers will never live in fear.”

The Punchiest Punchlines (Halloween Edition)

“I have three daughters. They’re 3, 8 and 11. And they dressed up as, in order, a pumpkin, a princess, and ‘leave me alone Dad, nobody cares about this stupid holiday.’” — DAVE GROHL, filling in for Jimmy Kimmel

“There was a big Halloween party at the White House yesterday, did you hear about this? Some of the Halloween costumes at the White House were a little over the top. For example, Melania Trump went as ‘happily married woman.’” — CONAN O’BRIEN

“Today was Christopher Columbus’s birthday, and if you’re wondering what to get him, how about something that already belongs to someone else?” — SETH MEYERS

The Bits Worth Watching

On Monday, Jimmy Fallon created a horror film-like sketch, trying to escape terrifying news about the Trump administration. On Tuesday, “The Daily Show’s” Desi Lydic played a character haunted by Mr. Trump’s tweets.

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Did you miss the first season of the much-discussed Netflix show “Stranger Things”? Here’s a rapped recap, from one of its stars.

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What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Hillary Clinton will talk to Trevor Noah — presumably about her new book, “What Happened,” and allegations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia — on “The Daily Show” Wednesday.

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Two months after President Trump stirred debate with a defense of Confederate monuments, his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, waded back into the fray of Civil War history. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Civil War historians tend to agree with late-night hosts, not John F. Kelly: The war came after a long history of compromises over the fate of black people in America, academics say.

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