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WATCH: John Oliver makes the case for D.C. statehood

John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” showed his talent for making complex policy into comedic fodder last night while advocating for the District to become the 51st state.

Oliver went through a laundry list of examples where Congress has intervened in the city’s affairs: abortion rights, gun restriction laws, marijuana legalization and needle exchange programs.

District officials were quick to praise Oliver for bringing the longstanding issue of statehood to a national audience.

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