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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39 GOP senators sign brief asking Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade

Pro-life protetsors. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

39 Republican senators and 168 representatives signed an amicus brief on Thursday asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek an abortion.

The big picture: Roe v. Wade has, since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1973, served as a barrier against Republicans who have sought to restrict reproductive rights. But with the court's conservative majority and Trump in the Oval Office, right-leaning lawmakers have been testing the limits of the law.

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Sanders: I never told Warren a woman could never be president

Sen. Bernie Sanders denied he told Sen. Elizabeth Warren a woman would not be able to win the U.S. presidency, during the seventh Democratic debate Tuesday night.

"Well, as a matter of fact, I didn't say it. And I don't want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some media want. Anybody who knows me knows that it's incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States."
— Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Klobuchar: Obamacare is more popular than Trump

Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke on the Affordable Care Act and how she believes it's better to build on the plan than try to bring in something new, splitting from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who back Medicare for All.

"The Affordable Care Act is 10 points more popular than the president of the United States. The answer is to build on it."
— Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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