"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson appeared on the "Weekend Update" segment to apologize to former Navy SEAL and congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — and brought Crenshaw with him, per Variety.

What they're saying: "Davidson ... reiterated 'from the bottom of my heart' that it was a poor choice of words to say [on] the Nov. 3 'Weekend Update' ... that Crenshaw looked like 'a hitman from a porno..."

  • "Crenshaw rolled over to Davidson behind the desk to say, 'You think?' He also thanked Davidson for 'making a Republican look good.'"
  • "Davidson pointed out that Crenshaw lost his eye to an IED while he was fighting in Afghanistan during his third combat tour. He apologized directly to Crenshaw, who said they were good and the apology was accepted."

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Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.