Updated Feb 2, 2020 - Politics & Policy

"SNL": Baldwin back as Trump for impeachment trial "you wish happened"

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.

Go deeper: The highlights from all of the public impeachment hearings

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

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Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 5,968,693— Total deaths: 365,796 — Total recoveries — 2,520,587Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 1,749,846 — Total deaths: 102,900 — Total recoveries: 406,446 — Total tested: 16,099,515Map.
  3. Economy: The future of mobility in the post-pandemic worldGeorge Floyd's killing and economic calamity are both part of America's unfinished business.
  4. Supreme Court: Chief Justice Roberts sides with liberals in denying challenge to California's pandemic worship rules.
  5. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March.
  6. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  7. Business: Fed chair Powell says coronavirus is "great increaser" of income inequality.

America's unfinished business

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The fury over George Floyd's killing is erupting as the U.S. faces a looming wave of business bankruptcies, likely home evictions and a virus pandemic that will all disproportionately hit African Americans.

Why it matters: What these seemingly disparate issues share in common is that they emanate from systemic abuses that calls to action and promised reforms have yet to meaningfully address.