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WATCH: SNL brutally mocks out-of-touch Trump official Wilbur Ross in opener

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Saturday Night Live opened its January 26, 2019 show with a segment brutally mocking Trump administration officials for making tone-deaf appearances on Fox News.

Tucker Carlson and Judge Jeanine Pirro opened the segment, setting up interviews with Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

“Democrats are using the shutdown to portray the Trump administration as out-of-touch with ordinary Americans,” the Carlson character said. “That is ridiculous. Here to comment is Secretary of Commerce and man of the people, Wilbur Ross.”

Ross, who was played by the versatile and talented Kate McKinnon, suggested that unpaid federal workers could “liquidate some of their stocks or sell some of their paintings” to make ends meet.

“Even if they sold a lesser Picasso that’s still going to get you through a week or two of yacht maintenance,” the Ross Character said. “We all have to make sacrifices in times of hardship. For example, instead of going out to dinner you could open a restaurant in your house, or, for a period of time, you could have your horses attend public school.”

Roger Stone then made an appearance, making a plea for sympathy.

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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future

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The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.

But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.

Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.

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WATCH: Katie Porter explains to constituents why her conscience demands support for Trump impeachment inquiry

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Congresswoman Katie Porter, in a video posted on social media Monday night, shared with residents of her purple California district why she is joining dozens of other Democrats who support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

"I didn't come to Congress to impeach the president," said the first-term representative. "But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution. I can't claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."

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Bernie Sanders calls fact that minimum wage worker cannot afford 2-bedroom apartment in any US state ‘a national disgrace’

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For a decade, U.S. lawmakers have kept the federal minimum wage at a level which increasingly leaves workers unable to afford housing.

That's according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The group's 30th annual study of housing affordability found that a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25—which is unchanged since 2009—cannot afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in any state, metropolitan area, or county in the United States.

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