Alec Baldwin as President Trump. Photo: Will Heath/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

The final "Saturday Night Live" of 2019 opened with a star-studded sketch skewering the sixth Democratic presidential debate and President Trump's impeachment.

The big picture: The cold open featured Fred Armisen as Mike Bloomberg (despite the candidate not qualifying for the debate); Rachel Dratch as Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Jason Sudeikis as former Vice President Joe Biden; and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders. Maya Rudolph took on the role of Sen. Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the presidential race.

  • "SNL" regular Kate McKinnon took on two roles, playing Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the cold open.
  • The starry night continued with the return of comedy great Eddie Murphy as host, after a 35-year absence from the show, per NBC. He was reunited with former "SNL" stars Tracy Morgan and Chris Rock.

Go deeper: "SNL" cold open reimagines impeachment hearings as a soap opera

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

Friedman (L) with Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.

McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.