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Photo: Will Heath/NBC

"Saturday Night Live" returned after a monthlong break with a parody in the cold open of this week's Michigan State Legislature hearing on the Trump campaign's unfounded claims of election fraud.

Details: Kate McKinnon's Rudy Giuliani vowed to introduce "highly intelligent, barely intoxicated individuals" as witnesses. Enter Cecily Strong as Melissa Carone, a Dominion Voting Systems contractor and Trump supporter, who was likened to an "SNL" character after she claimed during testimony that "dead people voted."

  • "I personally saw hundreds if not thousands of dead people vote," says Strong's Carone in a slurred speech. "I'm not lying. I signed an after David."
  • Actor Jason Bateman was the "SNL" host and Morgan Wallen was the musical guest.

Of note: Republican leaders in Michigan have said they "have not yet been aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election" in the state.

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Giuliani asks DHS about seizing voting machines

Rudy Giuliani speaks at an election hearing in Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 2. Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Rudy Giuliani called Ken Cuccinelli, second in command at the Department of Homeland Security, on Thursday night and asked him whether DHS could seize voting machines, a source familiar with the call confirmed to Axios.

The state of play: Cuccinelli responded that DHS does not have that authority, the source said.

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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained upon his return to Moscow on Sunday, which came five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He returned despite being warned that he would be arrested.

The latest: Navalny was stopped at a customs checkpoint and led away alone by officers. He appeared to hug his wife goodbye, and his spokesman reports that his lawyer was not allowed to accompany him.

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