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"Saturday Night Live" provided a powerful satirical — and musical — take on R. Kelly's explosive interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.

Details: Actor Idris Elba put in a brilliant performance as "SNL" host Saturday night, but Kenan Thompson and Lesley Jones stole the show with their parody of King's interview with R&B singer Kelly. In the cold opener, Thompson's Kelly kept bursting into song, urging Jones' King to "please call me victim" — a request subsequently rejected. Pete Davidson said during his "Weekend Update" Kelly "should go to jail forever." But Davidson was met with jeers when he referenced the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis, saying: " “[I]f you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?" The show aired hours after Kelly was released from a Chicago jail, where he had been held for failing to pay child support.

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  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"— COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear themU.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. World: Italy tightens restrictions Spain declares new state of emergency.

Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.