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Jon Stewart Secretly Visited White House

President Obama summoned Jon Stewart to the White House at least twice for secret meetings, Politico reported Tuesday. Both meetings came before key moments: the first during the 2011 budget fight, the second during Russia’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine. Obama didn’t merely lobby Stewart, but occasionally it seems he changed policies after The Daily Show host spoke out. In 2009, the administration proposed removing veterans with private insurance from Veterans Affairs rolls. “That can’t be right,” Stewart said on air. A day later, the proposal was dead.