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Photo: NBC

"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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Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.