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’We need to close ranks — like the mafia!’: SNL roasts Giuliani and Pompeo’s panic over Ukraine scandal

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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” ridiculed the Trump administration’s ham-handed reaction to the growing foreign election interference scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

The cold-open skit began with Vice President Mike Pence meeting with Donald Trump defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr.

“As you know, this impeachment farce is growing worse by the day. And now a second whistle-blower is coming forward,” Pence warned.

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The attorney general read SNL’s version of one of the text messages sent between Trump administration officials.

“I think we should stop texting about the crimes and maybe tell the crimes over the phone so that the crimes don’t leave little crime footprints,” the message read.

The three were then joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was portrayed by Matthew Broderick.

The former New York City mayor attempted to cheer up the officials by sharing the results of a “Breitbart Office Poll” that showed 121% of respondents think Joe Biden should be impeached.

“Breitbart Office Poll” results on SNL (screengrab)

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“Listen, guys, we’re going to just fine,” Giuliani said. “We need to close ranks, you know? Like the mafia.”

“Uh, yeah, except the mafia was like, smart,” Pompeo noted. “They didn’t go on Fox News and tell people the crimes before they did them.”

The group discussed fleeing the country to North Korea or Saudi Arabia — the only two countries that would take them.

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Stephen Miller also made an appearance, as a snake.

And Rudy Giuliani showed up in clown make-up after an appearance on Sean Hannity.

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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