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Late-night laughs

Bachmann

The best of recent jokes by late-night comedians:

David Letterman

“Last year at Easter, Gov. Chris Christie was rushed to the hospital. It was an emergency. It turned out he had an impacted peep.”

“Last year there was some trouble at the White House’s Easter egg hunt. One kid looking for eggs turned up Obama’s birth certificate.”

Conan O’Brien

“Bill Clinton now says he wishes he had supported gay marriage back when he was president. Clinton said at the time he was too busy campaigning for open marriage.”

“Last year the expenses of the living ex-presidents cost us taxpayers almost $4 million. The costs were mostly due to Secret Service pensions and Bill Clinton’s party bus.”

Jay Leno

“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is under investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds. She’s blaming the accusations on her arch nemesis: the facts.”

“It was proposed this week that members of Congress use video conferencing and other remote technology to work from their home states instead of Washington. They figure they can get just as much ‘not done’ at home as they get ‘not done’ in Washington.”

Jimmy Fallon

“Yesterday former CIA director David Petraeus apologized for having an affair with his biographer. He said he hopes this begins a new chapter in his life. It got awkward when he said, ‘Any of you ladies want to write it?’ ”

“The Republican National Committee announced that it will spend $10 million to reach out to Hispanic, Asian and African-American voters – you know, to ask them not to vote.”

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