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A screenshot of the "Saturday Night Live" Joe Bidens in the latest "SNL" cold open. Photo: Will Heath/NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open saw former cast member Jason Sudeikis resume his role as the "old" Joe Biden to reassure the "new" one, played by James Austin Johnson amid slumping poll numbers.

The big picture: Sudeikis' Vice President Biden, who's also this week's host, explained to Johnson's President Biden: "I'm you from eight years ago, man, the ghost from Biden's past — boo!" He noted they "may be from different eras, but ... we're Joe freaking Biden!"

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Nov 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden's Fed pick puts progressives on notice

Powell and Biden. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden's nomination of Jerome Powell for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve shows Biden's willingness to stare down progressives to get his cherished Build Back Better legislation through the Senate and into law.

Why it matters: Inflation is threatening Biden’s $2 trillion social spending and climate package, and Biden wants to save his political capital with moderates for that fight.

2 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

7 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.