Alec Baldwin as President Trump and Will Ferrell as EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland on "SNL." Photo: Will Heath/NBC

Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" to take up the roles of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump in the cold open, which tackled the latest dramatic moments from the impeachment inquiry.

Highlights: In the sketch, Baldwin's Trump denies any quid pro quo took place with Ukraine, saying: "Any quid after that is on them. That’s how it works. .. Besides, I don’t know this Ambassador Sondland guy. That’s fake news."

  • Enter Ferrell's Sondland, who tells reporters: "Keep the quid pro quo on the low-low, got it. I want to go on the record and say you guys need to lay off my boy. Everybody loves his ass. Ukraine, Russia — They’ll do anything for this man. I know. I asked."
  • After the cold open, "SNL" moved on to perfectly skewer last Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate. Watch out for Woody Harrleson's star turn as former vice president Joe Biden, below.

The big picture: Ferrell was also hosting Saturday's "SNL" show — the fifth time he has done so. It's a feat that puts him in the "Five-Timers Club" alongside fellow stars such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake, per the New York Times.

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59 Confederate symbols have been removed, relocated or renamed since anti-racism protests began over George Floyd's death, a new Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report finds.

Why it matters: That's a marked increase on previous years, per the report, which points out just 16 Confederate monuments were affected in 2019.

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France reported more than 2,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours — the largest single-day number since May. French officials said the situation was "clearly worsening," per France 24.

By the numbers: Over 745,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus globally and over 20.4 million have tested positive, per Johns Hopkins. Almost 12.7 million have recovered from the virus.