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Being a White House kid comes with pluses and minuses

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If it’s tough being a kid, try being a “first kid” — the child of an American president. Just ask President Bill Clinton‘s daughter, Chelsea. Or President George W. Bush‘s twins, Jenna and Barbara. And now, President Donald Trump‘s youngest child, Barron, is finding out. Ten-year-old Barron was the target of a poorly received joke tweeted by a “Saturday Night Live” writer on Jan. 20 as the new first family reveled in Inauguration Day events. Separately in Chicago, comedian Shannon…

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With Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer, ‘SNL’ cranks up Donald Trump satire

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Melissa McCarthy lampooned White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch where she taunted reporters as “losers,” fired a water gun at the press corps and even used the lectern to ram a Wall Street Journal journalist. “SNL” opened with Alec Baldwin reprising his President Donald Trump and phoning foreign leaders with chief strategist Stephen Bannon by his side. Bannon, with hood and scythe, was portrayed as the grim reaper. He nodded affirmatively after the successive…

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On Election Day, let’s talk baseball …

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Grumpy and possibly jealous old men — some with newspaper columns — disapproved of Saturday’s comedy debut of Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and Tallahassee homeboy David Ross. Fresh off their World Series win, the trio swung by Saturday Night Live to sing “Go Cubs Go” with superfan and trained professional comedian Bill Murray, and to bump and grind with Benedict Cumberbatch in a tasteless-by-design sketch starring cast member Aidy Bryant, a gifted practitioner of physical comedy who makes anyone who shares her stage look terrific. The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal dissed the…

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Florence Snyder: If you’re laughing, it was probably not a ‘skit’

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Pols, pundits and other people in #TheProcess are busy plastering their social media accounts with paeans to the “skits” produced and performed by the stellar crew and cast at Saturday Night Live. So this is a good time to show our appreciation by resolving not to mention Lorne Michaels’ people in the same sentence with the word “skit” ever again. Men and women who make their living by making us laugh would never use that four-letter word to describe SNL’s…

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Bernie Sanders could appear with host Larry David on SNL

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Bernie Sanders will be stepping off the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire for an appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, senior adviser Tad Devine tells the Associated Press. This will give the Vermont Senator an opportunity to meet comedian Larry David, who has played Sanders several times on the show. David is hosting the show and is expected to interview Sanders. Devine says details of the appearance has yet to be finalized but “it looks like it’s going…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.9.15 – Peyton Manning in autumn

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It was an interesting weekend as the Donald Trump skits flopped on Saturday Night Live and Ben Carson media scrutiny reached a new intensity, but can I talk about football? Actually, how about people who watch football? I was at a tavern yesterday afternoon which was unusually crowded, due to the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were playing a rare 4 p.m. game. Unlike in other cities, many Tampa fans since I’ve lived here like to go to bars instead of friend’s…

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Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign takes new twist on ‘SNL’

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Donald Trump‘s unorthodox campaign for president will take another unusual step this weekend when he takes a break from typical campaigning to host “Saturday Night Live.” The appearance will put the billionaire businessman and reality TV star in rare company: Only eight politicians previously have hosted “Saturday Night Live” in its entire 40-year-old history. And only one of those politicians-slash-guest hosts was an active presidential candidate — the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was seeking the Democratic nomination when he hosted…

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