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Clockwise from L-R: Maya Rudolph as Sen. Kamala Harris, Alec Baldwin as President Trump, Jim Carrey as Joe Biden and Kate McKinnon as NBC journalist Savannah Guthrie on "SNL." Photo: Will Heath/NBC

Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey returned to "Saturday Night Live," as the cold open parodied this week's town halls of President Trump and Joe Biden — switching between the NBC and ABC broadcasts as a viewer might have.

The big picture: "SNL" spoofed the ABC town hall for asking "softball questions." Carrey's Biden said, "Unlike the president, I actually have a plan." When asked what that was, he replied, "It's a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something." In the NBC reimagination, Kate McKinnon's Savannah Guthrie asked about the president's coronavirus diagnosis. "My doctors say my lung is beautiful," Baldwin's Trump said.

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Go deeper: Biden changes channel on "Trump Show"

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

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Dec 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus vaccine gets the "SNL" cold open treatment

Photo: Will Heath/NBC

The latest "Saturday Night Live" cold open tackled the FDA's authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine a day earlier.

Details: Beck Bennett as CNN's Wolf Blitzer noted it's "like the PS5: Everybody wants it, nobody can get it, and if you're rich, you already got it like a month ago" before introducing the White House coronavirus task force's Anthony Fauci (Kate McKinnon) and Deborah Birx (Heidi Gardner).

  • The show was hosted by actor Timothée Chalamet, with music from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Flashback: Anthony Fauci praises "classy" Brad Pitt's "SNL" portrayal of him

1 hour ago - World

Mapped: The world's most and least corrupt countries

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Data: Transparency International; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

The most corrupt governments in the world are in South Sudan, Syria and Somalia, according to Transparency International's annual index, while the "cleanest" are in Denmark, Finland and New Zealand.

  • Breaking it down: The U.S. is 27th, China 66th, India 85th, Brazil 96th and Russia 136th. Scroll over the map to see each country's ranking.

Crypto leads to massive surge in online scams

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Reproduced from FTC; Chart: Axios Visuals

Bogus cryptocurrency investments led to an unprecedented increase in online scams last year, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Why it matters: Cryptocurrency is an easy target because while it's surging in popularity, there's still a lot of confusion about how it works.

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