Dec 22, 2019

Baldwin's Trump crashes Democratic debate in final "SNL" of 2019

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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 6,703,686 — Total deaths: 393,393 — Total recoveries — 2,906,748Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 1,885,197 — Total deaths: 108,708 — Total recoveries: 485,002 — Total tested: 18,680,529Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
  4. States: Cities are retooling public transit to lure riders back.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.

Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.