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We almost let this Saturday Night Live spoof pass as too personal, but just couldn’t resist.

The latest SNL cold open features the Morning Joe crew, a gesture to celebrate co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who recently announced their engagement after years of fending off rumors and gossip.

In this sketch’s highlight, the MSNBC early-morning duo field a phone call from “John Miller,” a fake identity formerly used by Donald Trump to place gossip items about his own sexual prowess and other fake news, voiced by the great Alec Baldwin.

Kate McKinnon’s lockjawed Mika is pretty funny, as is her overheated flirting with Alex Moffat’s gruff Joe. But what will make you laugh out loud are the reactions of the Morning Joe regulars, especially Bobby Moynihan as Mike Barnicle and Beck Bennett as Mark Halperin. It’s too much information and they can’t quite handle the lovebirds.

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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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The baseless claim that the FBI may have planted evidence while carrying out a court-approved search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has surged through right-wing media, as the former president’s allies continue their effort to turn their audiences against the probe and shield Trump from accountability.

The FBI searched the premises after obtaining a warrant from a federal magistrate judge and “removed a number of boxes of documents” as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump had illegally “taken a trove of material with him to his home at Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House that included sensitive documents – and then, in the Justice Department’s view, had failed to fully comply with requests that he return the disputed material,” the New York Times reported. Politico concluded after consulting with legal experts on the handling of classified documents that “it’s highly unlikely the DOJ would have pursued – and a judge would have granted – such a politically explosive search warrant without extraordinary evidence.”

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