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WATCH: Un-broadcast SNL skit of uncomfortable St. Louis happy talk hosts during protests

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In a skit dropped from Saturday Night Live due to time constraints, cast members Cecily Strong and Keenan Thompson portray hosts of a St. Louis morning happy talk show, “Rise and Smile,” attempting to put on a happy face while protesters and police battle in the streets of Ferguson.

Introduced by a grim-faced new anchor reporting on the protests, lamenting “our community will never be the same,” the two hosts are seen looking despondent, with Thompson saying, “Can we just show a rerun or something?”

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Told they are live, the two soldier on, telling viewers to “rise and smile,” before pleading with the producer to not run the overly-perky show jingle to no avail.

After asking Strong how she spent her weekend (“Spent it holding a fire place poker and protecting my property, so why don’t we skip the chit-chat and talk about some weekend events”) the two press on.

What follows is a series of malapropisms, misunderstandings, an air traffic reporter wanting nothing to do with the city, and a visit with a celebrity chef unfortunately named ‘Darryl’ Wilson who, when shunned, claims, “I’m the real victim here.”

The episode concludes with local St. Louis singing group, the “Singalingalings” performing an unfortunate musical selection.

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Watch the video posted to YouTube by SNL Sunday morning:

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Robert Reich walks through all the ways Trump is selling America to foreign powers for his own personal profit

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Notorious class warrior Robert Reich wrote a sharp attack of President Donald Trump for his international policies that are doing nothing more than scoring him personal cash and power.

Writing for The Guardian, Reich called Trump "the most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history," saying that the president has been "selling America to foreign powers for his own personal benefit."

While Trump promised during the 2016 election that he would "bring troops home," it was likely assumed that Trump meant the decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work on the ground in Syria was mostly being done by Kurdish allies and not American soldiers. The number of troops on the ground in Syria, prior to Turkey beginning their bombing campaign, was relatively low.

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Fox News staff warns of an ‘exodus’ as consequence of Shep Smith resignation

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Fox Newsman Shep Smith had been working on splitting from Fox News for some time, according to a statement he released Friday. That moment finally came this week when he unexpectedly announced he was leaving the network.

As CNN reported Smith's departure is only the beginning.

"It feels like death in the news division," said one senior Fox employee. The source explained that many staffers were "shocked" at the news, and some were crying. "At least we had him."

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Trump tweets the same thing about trade in China he said about Mexico 4 months ago — it was false then

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On June 8, 2019, President Donald Trump tweeted, in all capital letters, that "Mexico was now purchasing large quantities of U.S. agricultural" product, but Mexico claimed it had no idea what he was talking about. Sunday, Trump tweeted the exact same phrase, talking about China.

https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1183516534637060097

As CNBC reporter Carl Quintanilla pointed out, Trump announced with gusto:

"MEXICO HAS AGREED TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN BUYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS!"

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