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Patrick Caldwell is a reporter in Mother Jones' DC bureau. Previously, he covered domestic politics for The American Prospect and elections for the American Independent. His work has also appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, and the Washington Independent. Email any and all tips to pcaldwell [at] motherjones [dot] com. Follow his tweets at @patcaldwell.

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Patrick Caldwell is a reporter in Mother Jones’ DC bureau. Previously, he covered all things domestic politics for The American Prospect and elections for The American Independent. His work has also appeared in The NationThe New Republic, and The Washington Independent. E-mail any and all tips to pcaldwell [at] motherjones [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter at @patcaldwell.

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Soviet-Themed Anti-Elizabeth Warren Ad Will Air During Republican Debate

| Tue Nov. 10, 2015 1:16 PM EST

Liberal fans haven't been able to persuade Sen. Elizabeth Warren to make a run for president, but she'll appear at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network—during a commercial break. As Politico's Burgess Everett reports, the conservative American Action Network will run an ad opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the consumer watchdog agency that Warren created following the financial crash. Per Everett, the group is spending half a million dollars to run the ad during the debate and later this week.

The commercial paints the CFPB as a Kremlin-like bureaucratic nightmare, with Warren as the Stalinesque figure barring regular Americans from collecting loans. Warren's face is plastered on a giant red banner in the background, alongside that of CFPB director Richard Cordray. The Soviet imagery is not subtle.

"They call it CFPB," the ad's narrator ominously intones. "Washington’s latest regulatory agency, designed to interfere with your personal financial decisions: that car loan you needed, your mortgage, that personal loan. With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, those who need help the most are denied."

The CFPB has been a frequent target of attacks from conservative organizations. But while those groups like to paint Warren's brainchild as a scourge of consumers, the CFPB has fined banks for deceiving customers, fought predatory for-profit colleges, and simplified the mortgage application process.

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Donald Trump Is Hosting SNL This Weekend. Here's the Best Sketch From His Last Time Hosting.

| Fri Nov. 6, 2015 12:07 PM EST

Donald Trump is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. It is bound to be a strange, strange 90 minutes of television. Will he play himself in a sketch? Will he don a silly costume? Who knows!

But this won't be the first time The Donald has swung by 30 Rockefeller Center late on a Saturday. Back in 2004, amidst peak Apprentice hoopla, Trump hosted the show. And it included an absolutely delightful sketch titled Donald Trump's House of Wings.

"Cock-a-doodle-doo," Trump deadpans over a disco beat to open the sketch. Wearing a garish yellow shirt and yellow tie, Trump is joined by young Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kenan Thompson, and Seth Meyers as backup dancers dressed in chicken costumes. Does it make sense? Not really. But it's SNL at its absurdist best.

Sadly, the beauty of Donald Trump's House of Wings was lost in the ether for many years. As Mediaite detailed earlier this summer, the sketch was mysteriously left off the DVD release of that season—despite being listed on the package—and didn't make it onto SNL's web archive. A cover-up to protect his presidential ambitions? Or a copyright issue with the background jingle? No one knows, but thankfully, intrepid YouTube users have made sure that the truth is set free.

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