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Jon Stewart calls for spirit of Captain America to solve debt-ceiling crisis

As Stan Lee used to say in the Marvel Comics letter columns, "'Nuff said."

Well, maybe one more thing should be said: some of the critics I trust best say that "Captain America" starts strong and degenerates into predictable tropes and cliched behavior -- much like the last 50 rounds of debt and deficit talks.

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(For Salon's piece on the politics of Captain America -- which begins with a vignette of a Captain America-clad character at Stewart's October 2010 rally for reasonableness -- click here.)

In a movie-heavy episode of The Daily Show last night, Stewart's guest was Neil Patrick Harris. He riffed amusingly enough about appearing in "The Smurfs" (opening this Friday). But he was actually revealing about starring in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" that was digitally broadcast to movie theaters in mid-June. From that part to the end, the interview is, to use Stewart's mother's favorite praise-word, "Marvelous."

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