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Trump Renews Attacks On ‘SNL,' Right On Cue
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Tina Fey called it.

On "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, the former cast member predicted that Donald Trump would bash NBC's longtime sketch comedy show.

"No matter how it goes, the President of the United States will say that it's sad and overrated," Fey said during Saturday's show. "It's fine. No one cares."

And she was right: On Sunday, five days before his inauguration, the President-elect took a swipe at NBC's news division before laying into "SNL," which returned from a winter break.

".@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC," Trump tweeted. "Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!"

At one point during the segment, a character played by "SNL" cast member Sasheer Zamata tells Baldwin's Trump that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, "people could die."

"Listen, sweetheart," Baldwin-as-Trump responds. "I'm about to be president. We're all going to die."


We're going to have four years of this.

Conservatives of Conscience Need to Stand Up to Trump on Russia

Sometimes as a political writer, events transpire such that there's not much one can say without resorting to invective or mere speechlessness. Trump calling NATO "obsolete" today is one of those times. Everything is happening here so fast it's hard to take it all in–which is part of the point as Trump continues his "shock and awe" political strategy–but let's recap just briefly.

Intelligence memos are published that, while not fully corroborated, suggest that Trump and his team are working directly with Russia and are being compromised by Russian blackmail. This includes allegations that Trump's team directly took pro-Ukraine language out of the GOP platform in exchange for Russia providing DNC emails to Wikileaks. The Kremlin is celebrating Trump's win. Trump's first meeting with a foreign leader will be with Putin. Intelligence officials are warning Israeli counterparts not to share information with Trump lest it end up in Putin's hands. The outgoing CIA chief is admonishing Trump over his stance on Russia and his irresponsible tweets. Republican leaders are threatening ethics officers while planning on removing the White House press corps.

And now Trump is openly dissing NATO as obsolete, and encouraging the weakening of the European Union–both of which are the top political priorities of Putin's Russia.

This is all so noxious and incredible that it wouldn't pass as a bad dime novel. But this is where we are.

In today's hyperpartisanized environment, it frankly does little good for liberals and Democrats to scream even louder about all this. Republicans with a sense of shame have to come out and break the wall of silence. Cutting taxes for rich people and slashing the safety net for the less fortunate has to come second to basic patriotism. President Pence will still appoint anti-abortion judges and make sure Charles and David Koch get their tax breaks. But conservatives of conscience need to stand up and make themselves heard.

This is not normal, and it is not OK.

Donald Trump was apparently watching Fox News this evening and heard that CIA Director John Brennan had said Trump was underestimating the Russian threat. In a semi coherent tweet, Trump blasted Brennan and then asked, "Was this the leaker of Fake News?" Based on his obsession with referring to the entire Russian pee pee scandal as "fake news," it's clear Trump is accusing the head of the CIA -- presumably without any evidence at all -- of leaking the MI6 report.

Although John Brennan is set to retire and will never have to work under Donald Trump, the decision by Trump to publicly and falsely accuse the CIA Director of leaking this intel is likely to have lasting reverberations. Who within the CIA, after seeing Trump do that to their outgoing longtime boss, will trust him or cooperate with him?

It sets up a situation where Trump and the CIA may be unable to work with each other at all. And it raises the question of whether the CIA might end up continuing its Trump-Russia investigations behind his back, until it can find enough dirt to take him down. This is seemingly not a fight Trump can win. - Bill Palmer

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