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A must-watch segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump and his fellow Republicans suffered a major loss in Pennsylvania Tuesday night with Democrat Conor Lamb beating Republican Rick Saccone in a district that Trump won by 20 points. The loss came only a week after Trump made a very blatant attempt to woo voters in Pennsylvania by calling for heavy tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel. Trump wants to focus on American made products and goods, so we wondered how things were going on his family website Jimmy ordered a bunch of stuff and it turns out, a lot of it isn’t even made in America.

During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign made a similar discovery, but it didn’t stop gullible voters in a lot of places from being duped by Trump. Trump talks a lot about “making our country great again”, a and “putting America first”, but he clearly doesn’t believe in those ideas himself, because his family can’t even be bothered to source the goods his online store sells from American manufacturers.

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Highlights from the fifteenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer) previews what to expect with the next winter storm.

Eric (Alex Moffat) and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) address the “fake news” being spread by the “dishonest media.”

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#1: Touchdown Celebrations to Come (NFL)

For thirty teams, the Super Bowl isn’t the end of the season – it’s the start of next season. See how one team is preparing for the 2018 season and their touchdowns to come with a little inspiration from the classic film “Dirty Dancing.” Starring Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr., and featuring Landon Collins, Brett Jones, John Jerry, Chad Wheeler, D.J. Fluker, and John Greco.

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Highlights from the twelfth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

President George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) addresses the nation and compares his presidency to that of President Donald Trump’s.

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Highlights from the eleventh episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

Contestants (Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson) compete on What Even Matters Anymore, hosted by Veronica Elders (Jessica Chastain).

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Highlights from the tenth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough interview Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), Steve Bannon (Bill Murray) and Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones).

Lil Pump (Pete Davidson) and Sam Rockwell pay homage to Stanley Tucci with “Tucci Gang.”

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones) and Stedman Graham (Chris Redd) stop by to discuss Winfrey running for president.

Two scientists’ (Sam Rockwell, Mikey Day) latest project confuses potential investors (Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett).

Browse all of the sketches uploaded from this week’s episode.

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Highlights from the fifth episode of Saturday Night Live’s forty-third season:

De-Von-Tré (Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd) wishes President Barack Obama would come back.

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Saturday Night Live aired the fourth episode of its forty-third season last night. Here are a collection of notable sketches.

Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) checks in on Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat) and sends Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) to Asia in his place.

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NBC’s Emmy-award winning show Saturday Night Live returned tonight for its forty-third season premiere, airing live coast to coast.

The cold open: Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) speaks with Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor) of San Juan, Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon) and Senator Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

The show-stealing sketch was Woke Jeans:

Parody synopsis: Introducing Wokes, sizeless, style-neutral, gender non-conforming denim for a generation that defies labels.

Other notable sketches included Italian Restaurant:

Two customers (Ryan Gosling, Cecily Strong) do not react well to learning the food they’ve been eating is actually from Pizza Hut.

And The Fliplets:

Brothers Pete (Mikey Day), Zeke (Alex Moffat) and Tristan (Ryan Gosling) love renovating houses and refusing to face their demons.

The full playlist of uploaded sketches can be viewed here.

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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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“Jimmy returns from his time off after his newborn son Billy had heart surgery and he talks about the outpouring of love and support he has received, the not-so-nice things some people have said, and he speaks with Louisiana’s Republican Senator Bill Cassidy about the health care debate.”

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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.


They are gearing up to drop Fox. So that’s what the executives at Fox News are dealing with. They are dealing with a long-term and a short-term business crisis. And so they don’t really have a choice anymore. This is not them acting responsive to something that they should have taken care of a long time ago. This is because of really hard work. Like groups like Ultraviolet that have put survivors out there to tell their stories, organizations like groups like Sleeping Giants. This had to be forced. Fox News needed to be forced to do this by their own business associates.

— Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters, speaking to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell about the pending exit of Bill O’Reilly from the Fox Noise Channel (via MM)

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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.


I like to say that leadership is a choice. As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice.

— Ex-General Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

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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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SNL mercilessly mocks Trump’s ridiculous press conference

Alec Baldwin brought his impersonation of Trump back to the show for an entertaining eight minute cold open, with appearances by fellow SNL players portraying reporters and other celebrities + political leaders.

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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).


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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Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) face off in the first presidential debate, moderated by Lester Holt (Michael Che).

SNL also aired this politically-themed sketch:

Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Ivanka Trump (Margot Robbie), Gov. Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) and Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) take on Bill Clinton (Darrell Hammond), Sarah Silverman (Melissa Villaseñor), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Cecily Strong) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Larry David).