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Stephen Colbert made a juicy revelation during his show on Thursday night: the safe word he uses while being spanked by Fox News host Sean Hannity.

"The Colbert Report" host played video from Hannity's own show earlier in the week in which the Fox News host took off his belt on live television and began beating his desk. Hannity was defending the use of corporal punishment on children, but Colbert saw something else in it.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) isn't backing down after the state Supreme Court blocked him from keeping Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor on the November ballot. He is now demanding that the Democratic Party select a new candidate, arguing that state law requires it.

What Kansas Democrats are actually going to do, though, remains unclear. If, as is widely believed, Taylor's withdrawal was a ploy by the party to funnel Democratic voters to independent candidate Greg Orman and unseat long-time incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, naming a new nominee doesn't make much sense. But Kobach seems intent on forcing the issue.

A spokesperson for Kobach confirmed to TPM that he believed state law required the party to fill the vacancy. He said he would consider suing the Democratic Party to compel them to name a replacement if they didn't do it on their own.

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House Republicans' campaign chief rolled his eyes on Friday over comedian Bill Maher's push to oust six-term Rep. John Kline (R-MN) in November.

"He's all about ratings. It's showbiz. That is what it is," National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, when asked about Maher's campaign.

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