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It’s not so easy for Saturday Night Lives writers to satirize Donald Trump and the ultra-right government he is creating. The reality is more bizarre than any parody. This week’s SNL cold open began with CNN anchor Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) greeting Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) to discuss the president-elect’s latest cabinet choices: for EPA director, an oil industry stooge who denies climate change, and for labor secretary, a fast-food executive.

“They aren’t bad,” she insists. “They’re alt-good!”

But then onto the set strides the “high school science teacher from New Mexico,” promoted by adviser Steve Bannon, who will serve as the new chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration: Walter White, meth-brewing anti-hero of Breaking Bad, played by the great Bryan Cranston himself. He introduces himself with a pithy slogan: “Donald Trump and I know it’s time to make America cook again!”

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The House Select Committee hearings are swaying political independents and centrists to reject the power-grabbing tactics used by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to several polls and surveys of battleground state voters released on Thursday, June 30.

“Vast majorities of the American people are paying attention, and they are deeply concerned,” said Leslie Dach, co-chair of Defend Democracy Project, an advocacy group dedicated to the principle that voters determine the outcome of elections. “They believe that a crime has been committed. They want accountability in the courts and at the ballot box. And they hold not just President Trump responsible, but they hold his allies and Republicans responsible for what happened.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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