Alec Baldwin as President Trump in the latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

After the Senate voted not to call witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, the "Saturday Night Live" cold open gave us the proceedings "you wish had happened."

Highlights: In the show's reimagination of the Senate trial, TV Judge Greg Mathis, played by Kenan Thompson, pushes aside Mikey Day's Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to preside over matters because "this court needs a real judge who got some big brass ones under his skirt."

  • Beck Bennett's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to "remind the American people that all men are innocent after proven guilty."
  • Kate McKinnon's Sen. Lindsey Graham has "studied my chances of getting re-elected and it ain't gonna happen unless I kiss Mr. Trump’s grits and tickle his biscuits and that’s why I declare Mr. Trump’s innocence."
  • Cecily Strong assumes the role of former national security adviser John Bolton, who's called as a witness but won't give away any "free spoilers" ahead of his upcoming book. ("It's called 'Harry Potter and the Room Where It Happened,'" Strong's Bolton says.)

Of note: Pete Davidson made quite the entrance as former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter when called as a witness — rolling in on a hoverboard.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Pelosi, Schumer demand postmaster general reverse USPS cuts ahead of election

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Thursday calling for the recent Trump appointee to reverse operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that "threaten the timely delivery of mail" ahead of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: U.S. mail and election infrastructure are facing a test like no other this November, with a record-breaking number of mail-in ballots expected as Americans attempt to vote in the midst of a pandemic.

CRISPR co-discoverer on the gene editor's pandemic push

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The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the development of CRISPR-based tests for detecting disease — and highlighting how gene-editing tools might one day fight pandemics, one of its discoverers, Jennifer Doudna, tells Axios.

Why it matters: Testing shortages and backlogs underscore a need for improved mass testing for COVID-19. Diagnostic tests based on CRISPR — which Doudna and colleagues identified in 2012, ushering in the "CRISPR revolution" in genome editing — are being developed for dengue, Zika and other diseases, but a global pandemic is a proving ground for these tools that hold promise for speed and lower costs.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 18,912,947 — Total deaths: 710,318— Total recoveries — 11,403,473Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 4,867,916 — Total deaths: 159,841 — Total recoveries: 1,577,851 — Total tests: 58,920,975Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi rips GOP over stimulus negotiations: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn" — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive.
  4. Public health: Majority of Americans say states reopened too quicklyFauci says task force will examine aerosolized spread.
  5. Business: The health care sector imploded in Q2More farmers are declaring bankruptcyJuly's jobs report could be an inflection point for the recovery.
  6. Sports: Where college football's biggest conferences stand on playing.