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Feeling frustrated by the Senate Republicans’ rigged impeachment trial? So are the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live, who vented creatively with a cold open sketch: “The Trial You Wish Had Happened,” which begins with a robed  Kenan Thompson seizing control as television’s Judge Mathis to ensure a proper trial.

“This court needs a real judge who got some big brass ones under his skirt,” intones Thompson as he ejects the supine Chief Justice John Roberts (Mikey Day) out of his seat. “Now where’s that sneaky little Mitch?” In comes Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett), so he can “remind the American people that all men are innocent after proven guilty.”

Alec Baldwin returns as Trump, with Kate McKinnon providing a hysterical star turn as “Lindsey Valerie Beauregard Matlock Graham!” This impeachment even ends the way it should.

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Michigan militia members at state capitol

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Although Twitter and Facebook have been cracking down on some far-right users, extremists have found other ways to communicate — including the smartphone app Zello, which according to the Guardian, was useful to some far-right militia members during the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building last week.

"Zello has avoided proactive content moderation thus far," Guardian reporters Micah Loewinger and Hampton Stall explain. "Most coverage about Zello, which claims to have 150 million users on its free and premium platforms, has focused on its use by the Cajun Navy groups that send boats to save flood victims and grassroots organizing in Venezuela. However, the app is also home to hundreds of far-right channels, which appear to violate its policy prohibiting groups that espouse 'violent ideologies.'"

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