Ahiza Garcia

Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University.

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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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Stephen Colbert took his turn during Tuesday night's episode of "The Colbert Report" at mocking Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) use of doomsday rhetoric to try to push the U.S. into war.

The comedian took aim at Graham after the senator warned that Obama needs to send ground troops into Syria "before we all get killed back here at home." Colbert's turn came a day after fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart made fun of Graham's constant reliance on fear by saying he "lives his entire life trapped in 'The Blair Witch Project.'"

On Tuesday night, after playing footage of Graham's comments about Syria, Colbert was shown cowering under his desk.

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Another eyewitness to the Palin family brawl emerged on Tuesday, telling TPM she was shocked by the violent punches she saw being thrown by the eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Roberta Thompson spoke to TPM by phone from her home in Alaska. Until now, her husband, Eric Thompson, has been one of only two people to go on the record about what took place at the Sept. 6 house party in Anchorage. (Eric Thompson has said he was later fired from his job for speaking to the media.)

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