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SNL legend Bill Murray as Steve Bannon is the cherry on the cake of this week’s amazing opening sketch

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“Saturday Night Live” legend Bill Murray returned to the show this week to play ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon but there was so much to love in this week’s opener, including alum comedian Fred Armisen of “Portlandia” as Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff and Leslie Jones as Oprah Winfrey.

The sketch began with Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat reprising their creepy/sexy sendup of a smoldering — if conflicted — Mika Brzezinski and constantly interrupting Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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Armisen as Wolff regaled the pair with tales of “baby races” in the White House in which President Donald Trump gets two babies of different races and makes them compete for a bowl of cheddar goldfish.

Then as Steve Bannon arrived on set in Grim Reaper guise, Murray arrived on the scene to discuss his “web series for crackle” his fashion line of wrinkled barn jackets, “Frumpers” and his next line of “outsider” political candidates, Logan Paul, Martin Shkreli and “Jared” from Subway.

But nothing topped Leslie Jones as a presidentially-curious Oprah Winfrey.

“I thought I smelled lavender and money,” said Brzezinski.

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Google tightens political ads policy in effort to stop abuse

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Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.

The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads. But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.

"It's against our policies for any advertiser to make a false claim -- whether it's a claim about the price of a chair or a claim that you can vote by text message, that election day is postponed, or that a candidate has died," Google ads product management vice president Scott Spencer said in an online post.

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Pope Francis begins Asia tour with visit to Buddhist temple

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Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand's famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony.

The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan.

His packed schedule a day after touching down in Bangkok includes a meeting with the king and the prime minister before leading an evening mass expected to draw tens of thousands of people from across Thailand, where just over 0.5 percent of the population is Catholic.

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Hong Kong campus stalemate persists while US congress passes bill of support for democracy protesters

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Hardline Hong Kong protesters held their ground on Thursday in a university besieged for days by police as the US passed a bill lauding the city's pro-democracy movement, setting up a likely clash between Washington and Beijing.

Beijing did not immediately respond to the passage in Washington of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which voices strong support for the "democratic aspirations of the Hong Kong people."

But China had already threatened retaliation if the bill is signed into law by President Donald Trump, and state-run media warned Thursday the legislation would not prevent Beijing from intervening forcefully to stop the "mess" gripping the financial hub.

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