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Alec Baldwin’s Trump Pays Homage to Hope Hicks on SNL: ‘She’s Like a Daughter to Me. So Smart, So Hot.’



“She’s like a daughter to me. So smart, so hot. You know, I hate seeing her go but I love watching her walk away.”

Saturday Night Live’s cold open was one of the best in a long time. “Anderson Cooper” introduced a bipartisan meeting featuring Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump, during which the president comes up with a solution to end gun violence. “Maybe we should take everyone’s gun away. Nobody is allowed to have a gun, not even whites.”

“Tonight I am here to bring you a message of healing and a show of unity, along with Mike Pence and Senator Dianne Feinstein,” Baldwin as Trump said, opening the meeting. “Last week I met with a group of teenage survivors of gun violence and I want to assure them once again that I hear you, and I care,” he said, reading from the now infamous cheat sheet he was caught using when meeting in the White House with student survivors and families of those killed at Florida’s Parkland shooting.

“Rent Lego Ninja Movie – sorry, Eric scribbled some notes on there,” Baldwin continued.

“It’s clear something has to change. We have to take a hard look at mental health, which I have so much of. I have one of the healthiest mentals. My mentals are so high, we have to respect the law, believe me, no one loves the Second Amendment and due process more than me. But maybe we just take everyone’s guns away. Nobody is allowed to have a gun, not even whites. Did we like that? Dianne loves that,” Baldwin says, referring to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. “She hasn’t been this excited since women were allowed to get jobs. Look at Mike, he hates it. I met with the NRA, they gave me 30 million good reasons not to change a thing. So cha-ching – it’s all good.”

“We’re still friends, right? We’re still friends Mike?” Baldwin asks, placing his hand on top of “Mike Pence’s” hand. “He hates this. He’s worried this is a gateway touch,” Baldwin says, mocking the vice president’s homophobia.

“Trump” moved on to discuss the mass exodus from his White House.

On the surprise exit of longtime aide Hope Hicks, who has been with Trump even before he decided to run for president, Baldwin made some interesting facial and tongue gestures, and said of Hicks, “She’s like a daughter to me. So smart, so hot. She resigned.  You know, I hate seeing her go but I love watching her walk away.”

He also mentioned his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, describing him as “basically the hottest chick left in the place.”

Baldwin’s “Trump” turned to the tariffs on steel and aluminum he announced late this past week which caused the markets to take a deep dive.

“Both sides hated it,” he admitted. “I don’t care. I said I was going to run this country like a business. That business is a Waffle House at 2 AM. Crazies everywhere, staff walking out in the middle of their shift, managers taking money out of the cash register to pay off the Russian mob.”


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Mystery Grand Jury Witness in Trump Hush Money Probe Is Former ‘Enquirer’ Publisher and Trump Ally



Avid followers of the Manhattan District Attorney’s moves noted the grand jury had been called into service for Monday, and soon news leaked that yet another witness would be testifying in the probe into Donald Trump’s alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

Monday afternoon, NBC News’ Garrett Haake reported live on MSNBC that the mystery witness was David Pecker, the former tabloid publisher of the “National Enquirer,” who reportedly had been looking for stories in 2016 to protect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Haake notes Monday was Pecker’s second appearance before the grand jury in the hush money case.

The New York Times also reported David Pecker as the grand jury witness, calling Pecker “a key player in the hush-money matter. He and the tabloid’s top editor helped broker the deal between the porn star, Stormy Daniels, and Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s fixer at the time.”

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“While the focus of Mr. Pecker’s testimony is unclear, he could provide valuable information for prosecutors. A longtime ally of Mr. Trump, he agreed to keep an eye out for potentially damaging stories about Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign,” The Times reports. “For a brief time in October 2016, Ms. Daniels appeared to have just that kind of story. Her agent and lawyer discussed the possibility of selling exclusive rights to her story of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump to The National Enquirer, which would then promise to never publish it, a practice known as ‘catch and kill.'”

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, noting, “nothing about that decision [to have Pecker testify] suggests any change of heart on Bragg’s part to indict Trump.”

Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU professor of law, notes that Pecker’s “testimony can show the [hush money] scheme was designed to affect outcome of election.”

“He reportedly communicated directly with Trump on payment,” Goodman adds.

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‘Our Children Deserve Better’: First Lady Jill Biden Speaks Out After Six Die in Nashville School Mass Shooting



First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, speaking Monday afternoon at a National League of Cities conference, told attendees, “Our children deserve better,” as she broke the news of the Nashville school mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School where three children and three adults were shot dead.

“You know,” Dr. Biden, herself an educator and clearly pained by the news, began her remarks by saying, “I hate to say what I’m gonna say next because you know you’re so enthusiastic and with so much energy and hope and I feel it.”

“But while you’ve been in this room, I don’t know whether you’ve been on your phones but we just learned about another shooting in Tennessee, a school shooting and I am truly without words and our children deserve better, and we stand – all of us – we stand with Nashville in prayer.”

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The First Lady, a former public high school English teacher and currently a professor of English at a community college, was speaking at the organization’s Congressional City Conference.

Watch Dr. Biden below or at this link.

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Death Toll Rises to Six as Three Children and Three Adults Declared Dead In Covenant School Mass Shooting (Streaming Video)



Six people have now died after a shooter shot and killed three young children and three adults at The Covenant Presbyterian School, a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. Police say the shooter was a 28-year old woman who had two assault rifles and a handgun.

WSMV announced the rise in deaths on-air, noting that the shooter is also dead. A police spokesperson later increased the announced death toll from five to six. Including the shooter the death toll is seven.

Live streaming video via CBS News below.

This article has been updated with additional video.

1:56 PM ET: Updated to change age of shooter based on new reporting from WSMV.

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