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Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver's recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the "Last Week Tonight" host even got the help of America's favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

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The "war on drugs" is failing; a teen in China sells his kidney for an iPad 2; and "Sesame Street" admits to spreading propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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On Tuesday, producers and fans of "Sesame Street" marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children's program -- the most researched show in TV history -- in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.

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As American schoolkids clamber back onto buses and funnel into classrooms, the federal government is working on ways to squelch the swine flu virus, which may not be as ferocious as health officials first feared but is proving to be pretty tenacious. President Obama, as well as a familiar red fuzzy friend, are on the case in this clip from The Associated Press.

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The president's new budget would slash funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 25 percent. CPB is the major financial backer of PBS, and a cut of this size would be certain to cripple the public network's ability to provide the high-quality television programming it is known for.

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