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A special summer must-see SNL sketch: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) holds a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, and addresses the criticism over his response to Charlottesville.”

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The Tonight Show: “No better voice could embody Trump’s maniacal, power-hungry ranting than ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ star Andy Serkis’ famous character.”

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Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform “Hallelujah.”

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including President Donald Trump asking James Comey when he would announce Trump is not under investigation.

Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer) stops by with the weather.

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) weighs in on Donald Trump’s presidency.

Four seniors (Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer) bid goodbye to high school with a performance.

See all the sketches from this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the fourth episode of SNL to air live coast-to-coast.

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Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) confronts Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) about the rumors that he’s being replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant).

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) discusses firing FBI director James Comey in an interview with Lester Holt (Michael Che).

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including President Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey. Pete Davidson stops by to discuss getting sober.

See all the sketches from this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, the third episode of SNL to air live coast-to-coast.

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Set in Seattle, this sketch brilliantly skewers pointless reality shows. The SNL synopsis: Conflicts arise when Adam (Chris Pine) forgets about Alex’s (Kyle Mooney) margarita night and makes plans with Ryan (Beck Bennett).

Contestants are tasked with finding Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon).

Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) speak with Trump spokesman John Miller (Alec Baldwin) about Trumpcare.

Weekend Update introduces its new meteorologist, Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer).

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the House of Representatives passing Trumpcare 2.0.

View all of this week’s sketches.

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This week’s standout SNL sketch: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) apologizes for his comments about Hitler.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including North Korea’s failed missile launch and Vice President Mike Pence being sent to South Korea.

And the cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) looks back on his first one hundred days with Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) and chooses between advisors Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon).

Watch all sketches from this week’s episode of SNL.

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Bill O’Reilly (Alec Baldwin) and Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) discuss the sexual harassment scandal surrounding O’Reilly.

Other notable sketches from this weekend’s epsiode:

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) meets with supporters (Mikey Day, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant) in Kentucky’s Boone County.

See all sketches from this weekend’s episode.

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From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: “[Russia’s] Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump.”

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Highlights from this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live:

The sketch that everyone’s talking about: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press (Bobby Moynihan, Kristen Stewart, Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day).”

Trump (Alec Baldwin) calls Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Beck Bennett), Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Alex Moffat) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon).

Super Bowl sketch: “Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Samuel L. Jackson (Leslie Jones), Paula Deen (Aidy Bryant) and Roger Goodell (Beck Bennett) take on Gisele Bündchen (Kristen Stewart), Bill Belichick (Bobby Moynihan), Casey Affleck (Alex Moffat) and Lady Gaga (Melissa Villaseñor).”

Fake ad: The U.S. customs welcome video has recently undergone some changes.

Host Kristen Stewart remembers when Donald Trump was obsessed with her.

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NBC’s Saturday Night Live will be on hiatus next week, making last night’s incarnation of the show the annual pre-Halloween episode.

Notable sketches included:

Cold Open: Parody of the Final Presidential Debate

Chris Wallace (Tom Hanks) moderates the final debate between Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).

Haunted Elevator

A haunted elevator attraction tries to spook its riders (Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon) with an original character, David S. Pumpkins (Tom Hanks).

Black Jeopardy

Contestants Keeley (Sasheer Zamata), Shanice (Leslie Jones) and Doug (Tom Hanks) compete on Black Jeopardy, hosted by Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson).

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Sully Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) has a hard time playing co-pilot to the flight’s rightful captain (Alec Baldwin).

SNL also published A Girl’s Halloween.

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Winter is Trumping: “Armed with a Valyrian steel sword named Deal-Maker, Donald Trump embarks on a quest through Westeros to take care its border policies.”

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Stephen Colbert moderates an all-Trump debate

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2016 Republican Clown Car as of May 6th

With Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee

The 2016 Republican Clown Car now has six occupants!

The above image was created by satirist Donkey Hotey.

This illustration of the 2016 Republican Clown Car was adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo of a 1952 Buick Riviera by Tony Hisgett and available from Wikimedia. This caricature of Senator Marco Rubio was adapted from a photo in the public domain from the United States Senate website. This caricature of Ted Cruz was adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo from Jamelle Bouie’s Flickr photostream. This caricature of Rand Paul was adapted from a photo in the public domain available via Wikimedia. Rand Paul’s body was adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo from Jazz Guy’s Flickr photostream.This caricature of Carly Fiorina was adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo from Gage Skidmore’s Flickr photosteam. The motor bike and background were adapted from a Creative Commons Licensed photo from FaceMePLS’s Flickr photosteam. This caricature of Ben Carson was adapted from a photo in the public domain available via Wikimedia. The source image for the “Medicine man cart” is a photo by Carol M. Highsmith available via the Library of Congress. This caricature of Mike Huckabee is adapted from a Creative Commons licensed photo from www.flickr.com/photos/iowapolitics/5196581483/. The trail was adapted from two Creative Commons licensed images from the Flickr photostreams of www.flickr.com/photos/emeryjl/4869781824/ and James Emery.

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Picking the perfect campaign slogan for newly declared presidential candidate Ted Cruz

Over the past thirty-six hours, progressives all over the United States have been cooperating on possibilities for Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan. AlterNet has a pretty solid roundup of some of the best ones. Our favorites:

  • Ted Cruz: Like Sarah Palin’s annoying younger brother
  • Ted Cruz: Because Joseph McCarthy deserves a second chance
  • Ted Cruz: RIP Science (1601-2017)
  • Ted Cruz: An ocean in every house and a probe in every woman
  • Ted Cruz: The wisdom of Bush, the fearmongering of Cheney, the ideology of Rand Paul, and the face of the drama mask

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet… TedCruz.com is worth a visit!

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KFC, Midas team up for much-anticipated crossover meal

The Onion once again satirizes fast food… and product crossovers to boot.

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Quite a few people seem to have been taken in by this YouTube video that purports to show scenes from the filming of the next Star Wars film in Germany. Diehard Star Wars fans, however, know that Episode VII is actually being filmed in the United Kingdom and is set after the demise of the Empire. (All the spacecraft featured in this clip are operated by the Empire in Episodes V and VI, including the Lambda Shuttle, TIE fighter, AT-AT walker, and AT-ST walker. )

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