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Michael Keaton as Julian Assange, far left, Kate McKinnon as Lori Loughlin, center, and Pete Davidson as Michael Avenatti, far right, join the "SNL" cast as inmates in the spoof. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

"Saturday Night Live" went behind bars in this week's cold open sketch to skewer Lori Loughlin, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, attorney Michael Avenatti and rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine over their legal troubles.

Details: Michael Keaton guest starred as Assange in the spoof of MSNBC reality show "Lockup," declaring himself "the architect of anarchy." "I’m the king of chaos. I’m the scourge of the cleaning staff at the Ecuadorian Embassy," he says. Kate McKinnon's Loughlin describes herself as "loco." "I paid 500 grand to get my daughter in USC. ... And that's not even including the $300 grand I paid in tuition," she says.

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Harry and Meghan accuse British royal family of racism

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a devastating indictment of the U.K. royal family in their conservation with Oprah Winfrey: Both said unnamed relatives had expressed concern about what the skin tone of their baby would be. And they accused "the firm" of character assassination and "perpetuating falsehoods."

Why it matters: An institution that thrives on myth now faces harsh reality. The explosive two-hour interview gave an unprecedented, unsparing window into the monarchy: Harry said his father and brother "are trapped," and Markle revealed that the the misery of being a working royal drove her to thoughts of suicide.

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In photos: Thousands rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

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Thousands of protesters marched through Minneapolis' streets Sunday, urging justice for George Floyd on the eve of the start of former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death, per AFP.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start Monday, with jury selection procedures.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tells "Axios on HBO" that he recently received his first of two doses of the company's coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: Bourla told CNBC in December that company polling found that one of the most effective ways to increase confidence in the vaccine was to have the CEO take it.