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A screenshot of the spoof press conference on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featuring "Conan the dog." Photo: NBC

The "Saturday Night Live" cold open placed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her "Medicare for All" plan center stage in its latest cold open. But a later sketch on Conan, the hero dog injured in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, stole the show.

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The big picture: Before she got on to her health care plan, "SNL" star Kate McKinnon's Warren acknowledged that former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke had dropped out of the 2020 race.

  • "Thank you so much for running a great campaign and for sticking around long enough to call me 'punitive,'" she said, in a nod to O'Rourke's remarks made at this month's Democratic Debate. "That was so bad-ass. Let me know how my dust tastes, all right?"
  • McKinnon returned for the later sketch featuring Conan "the K-9 Commando." This time, she was hosting a fake press conference as White House counselor Kellyanne Conway alongside "SNL" cast member Cecily Strong as a special-forces canine interpreter.
"Now this dog has to meet President Trump — and then he has to testify against President Trump. He was on the Ukraine call too. OK, goodnight."
— McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the dog sketch.

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Bernie Sanders: U.S. must recognize that "Palestinian rights matter"

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Stefani Reynolds via Getty Images

The United States must encourage an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East and adopt an "evenhanded approach" that recognizes Palestinians and Israelis have a right to "live in peace and security," Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote in a New York Times opinion on Friday.

Driving the news: Violence escalated this week after Israelis intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem. Hamas fired rockets and Israel massed troops, leaving more than 125 Palestinians and seven people in Israel dead.

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Exclusive: Uber makes new hire, launches anti-racism campaigns

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Eager to show progress on the pledge to make its platform and business anti-racist, Uber on Friday announced new anti-racism driver and rider campaigns, as well as fresh internal hiring practices, Axios was first to report.

Why it matters: Uber is one of the biggest ride hailing companies in the world. Its decisions impact the millions that use the platform, where drivers and riders alike say they have experienced racism.

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