A screenshot of Tom Hanks hosting "Saturday Night Live at Home." Photo: NBC/Twitter

Tom Hanks was the surprise host as "Saturday Night Live" returned with a new remotely produced, prerecorded episode after NBC suspended production of the comedy last month in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The big picture: Hanks said he was hosting "Saturday Night Live at Home" as he's been "the celebrity canary in the coal mine" for the coronavirus following his diagnosis for the virus from which he's since recovered. Alec Baldwin, Larry David and Chris Martin also made guest appearances. The show concluded with a tribute to "SNL" music producer Hal Willner, who died after presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.

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Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Meadows confirms Trump's tweets "declassifying" Russia documents were false

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump's tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's emails "were not self-executing declassification orders," after a federal judge demanded that Trump be asked about his intentions.

Why it matters: BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold cited the tweets in an emergency motion seeking to gain access to special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the first time Trump himself has indicated, according to Meadows, that his tweets are not official directives.

3 hours ago - World

China embraces hostage diplomacy

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The Chinese government is threatening to detain foreign citizens unless their home governments do what Beijing demands. In some cases, China has already made good on those threats.

The big picture: This marks a potential evolution of China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" to outright rogue state behavior, putting it in the company of countries like North Korea and Iran, which have also engaged in hostage diplomacy.

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