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A screenshot of the latest "SNL" cold open. Photo: NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open saw Pete Davidson as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) grilled by Chloe Fineman's Britney Spears on sexual misconduct allegations.

Of note: After Davidson's Gaetz emphasized to Fineman's Spears the word "allegedly" over the claims, she summed the matter up by telling the audience they should "judge him by his face."

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For the record: Chris Redd appeared in the sketch as Lil Nas X, whom Fineman's Spears noted "has been attacked by the rare combo of the Catholic Church," over his "Satan shoes" and new music video.

  • And Kate McKinnon came on as Pepé Le Pew to address reports that the "Looney Tunes" character was removed from Space Jam 2.
  • British actor Daniel Kaluuya was hosting and St. Vincent was the musical guest on this week's show.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Top Matt Gaetz communications staffer resigns amid growing scandal

Matt Gaetz. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) communications director Luke Ball resigned on Friday amid a growing scandal over alleged sexual misconduct, per two sources who spoke with Axios. The resignation was first reported by NBC News.

Why it matters: Gaetz is under a federal investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl. The congressman denies the allegation and says he is a victim of political extortion.

GOP lawmaker donates Gaetz campaign contributions to victims of abuse

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Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), who defeated a Democratic incumbent in 2020 to take back the seat he previously held in Congress, is donating campaign contributions from Rep. Matt Gaetz to an organization that supports victims of domestic abuse.

Why it matters: The embattled Florida lawmaker faces escalating political struggles after the New York Times reported Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid her to travel with him. Gaetz denies the allegations.

America's pandemic coin crunch returns

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

An early pandemic problem that plagued businesses is back: not enough change to go around.

Why it matters: The pandemic broke America's coin flow. It has repercussions for millions that rely on it for daily transactions.