Host Jon Stewart began Tuesday’s “Daily Show” episode by offering his condolences to the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program. And after a scathing review of Congress’ reluctance to rein in the NSA’s overreaches, Stewart brought in the senator who filibustered for nearly 11 hours last week to protect privacy rights: Rand Paul.

Watch Stewart’s hilarious commentary and the two-part extended interview with Paul, in which the Kentucky senator talks about inconsistencies within the Republican Party, below.

—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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