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Located in the White House press room, Saturday Night Live's cold open begins with Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) in his new role as coronavirus "czar." The vice president soon regrets calling Ben Carson (Kenan Thompson), an actual doctor, to join him at the podium, but things get much worse very quickly.

Popping up in rapid succession are the Democratic presidential hopefuls – first Bloomberg (Fred Armisen), dogged by Warren (Kate McKinnon); then Biden (guest host John Mulaney), spouting word salad in victory; and the bickering Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost) and Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch) bickering in his wake.

Hilarious – and perfect for coping in the hour of the pandemic.

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WFormer President Trump, right, and former Attorney General William Barr

Reprinted with permission from Press Run

Stunning new abuse-of-power revelations remind us of the Trump administration's complete disregard for democratic principles. We now know that over a span of years it took extraordinary legal measures, including gag orders and secret tribunals, in pursuit of email records from reporters at CNN and the Washington Post. Team Trump also unleashed the courts on Democratic members of Congress and their families trying to obtain private phone records, as well as secretly targeting a key White House attorney, who possibly fell under suspicion for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump.

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