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‘Mika has added two new exasperated groans to repertoire’: Watch SNL’s dead-on Morning Joe sketch

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A week after Saturday Night Live steered clear of politics for Mother’s Day, they leaned in hard with a season finale that opened with the Trump team in the Sopranos finale.

One of the first skits featured SNL’s take on Morning Joe hosts, with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski flirting relentlessly and guests like Meghan McCain and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya appearing—and either not getting a word in edge-wise or destroying Trump.

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“We’ve got a great show, Mika has added two new exasperated groans to repertoire,” Scarborough said to open it.

Veselnitskaya, played by host Tina Fey, explained that there was nothing unusual about their meeting in Trump Tower.

“It was all so harmless,” she said. “The meeting begins with handing out the customary Russian gift—my English not good, the rectangle with the money, what do you call it? Bribe!”

“Very easy meeting, very fun—and no one was poisoned,” he said.

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Here are 3 moves a desperate Trump will likely attempt in order to cling to power

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In a column for the Daily Beast, political observer Micheal Tomasky speculated -- and not without good reason -- that a frantic Donald Trump will do anything to remain in office and thereby avoid being slammed with criminal indictments once he departs the Oval Office for good..

As the columnist explained, impeachment seems inevitable and the president will likely take desperate measures and that he has already given hints about three paths he may take -- if not all of them.

Tomasky wrote, "It’s foolish to say that Trump thinks ahead about anything. The late journalist Wayne Barrett said many true things about Trump, but the truest ever was when he observed that Trump says whatever will get him through the next 10 minutes," before adding, "People around him of course are more strategic and are thinking ahead. And they’re all saying and doing and writing things right now that will, if the opportunity presents itself, pave the way for Trump to burn the Constitution."

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Pentagon says up to 1,000 US troops to withdraw from northern Syria

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The Pentagon said Sunday President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops from northern Syria -- almost the entire ground force in war-torn country -- amid an intensifying Turkish assault on Kurdish forces.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move came after the US learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than had been expected.

And the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seeking a deal with the Syrian regime and Russia to counter-attack against the Turks in the north, Esper added.

"We find ourselves as we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation," Esper told CBS's Face the Nation.

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Both these things can be true: Donald Trump is a criminal — and impeachment is a murky, amoral struggle

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Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump

Nothing is clear in this moment of grave peril for America, democracy and the world, not even the things that appear obvious. We stumble around in darkness, our vision obscured, awaiting a more perfect understanding, as in the famously evocative phrase of 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

This article first appeared in Salon.

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