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Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" addressed House Democrats' inquiry into President Trump's impeachment in the cold open of its Season 45 premiere.

The big picture: Alec Baldwin was back as President Trump, phoning Hollywood star Liev Schreiber as he searched for a "fixer." And 2020 "SNL" Democrats held a town hall during which they discussed impeachment.

  • At the 2020 candidates' "town hall," 2 "SNL" favorites returned — "Bridesmaids" actress Maya Rudolph as 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris ("America’s cool aunt") and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  • Alex Moffat took up the role of former Congressman Beto O’Rourke; Kate McKinnon was there as Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Chris Redd played Sen. Cory Booker; and Colin Jost was Mayor Pete Buttigieg. New cast members Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman starred as Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson, respectively. The night's host Woody Harrelson arrived as Joe Biden, exclaiming, "Daddy’s here, America."

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1 min ago - Science

The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.