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U.S. Secretly Expelled Chinese Officials Suspected of Spying After Breach of Military Base

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WASHINGTON — The American government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials this fall after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia, according to people with knowledge of the episode. The expulsions appear to be the first of Chinese diplomats suspected of espionage in more than 30 years.

American officials believe at least one of the Chinese officials, who were with their wives, was an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover, said six people with knowledge of the expulsions. The group evaded military personnel pursuing them and stopped only after fire trucks blocked their path.

The episode in September, which neither Washington nor Beijing announced, has intensified concerns in the Trump administration that China is expanding its spying efforts in the United States as the two nations are increasingly locked in a geopolitical and economic rivalry. American intelligence officials say China poses a greater espionage threat than any other country.

In recent months, Chinese officials with diplomatic passports have become bolder about showing up unannounced at research or government facilities, American officials said, with the infiltration of the military base only the most remarkable instance.

The expulsions, apparently the first since the United States forced out two Chinese Embassy employees with diplomatic cover in 1987, show the American government is now taking a harder line against suspected espionage by China, officials said.

Recent episodes of suspected spying add to the broader tensions between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies and biggest strategic rivals. That conflict is heightened by a trade war that President Trump started in July 2018 and that shows only tentative signs of abating.

On Oct. 16, weeks after the intrusion at the base, the State Department announced sharp restrictions on the activities of Chinese diplomats, requiring them to provide notice before meeting with local or state officials and with educational and research institutions.

At the time, a senior State Department official told reporters that the rule, which applied to all Chinese Missions in the United States and its territories, was a response to Chinese regulations imposed years ago requiring American diplomats to seek permission to travel outside their host cities or visit certain institutions.

The Chinese Embassy said in October that the new rules were “in violation of the Vienna Convention.”

Two American officials said last week that those restrictions had been under consideration for a while because of growing calls in the American government for reciprocity, but episodes like the one at the base accelerated the rollout.

The base intrusion took place in late September on a sensitive installation near Norfolk, Va. The base includes Special Operations forces, said the people with knowledge of the incident. Several bases in the area have such units, including one with the headquarters of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six.

The Chinese officials and their wives drove up to a checkpoint for entry to the base, said people briefed on the episode. A guard, realizing they did not have permission to enter, told them to go through the gate, turn around and exit the base, which is common procedure in such situations.

But the Chinese officials instead continued on to the base, according to those familiar with the incident. After the fire trucks blocked them, the Chinese officials indicated that they did not understand the guard’s English instructions, and had simply gotten lost, according to people briefed on the matter.

American officials said they were skeptical that the intruders made an innocent error and dismissed the idea that their English was insufficient to understand the initial order to leave.

It is not clear what they were trying to do on the base, but some American officials said they believed it was to test the security at the installation, according to a person briefed on the matter. Had the Chinese officials made it onto the base without being stopped, the embassy could have dispatched a more senior intelligence officer to enter the base, the theory goes.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Washington did not reply to requests for comment about the episode. Two associates of Chinese Embassy officials said they were told that the expelled officials were on a sightseeing tour when they accidentally drove onto the base.

The State Department, which is responsible for relations with the Chinese Embassy and its diplomats, and the F.B.I., which oversees counterintelligence in the United States, declined to comment.

Chinese Embassy officials complained to State Department officials about the expulsions and asked in a meeting whether the agency was retaliating for an official Chinese propaganda campaign in August against an American diplomat, Julie Eadeh. At the time, state-run news organizations accused Ms. Eadeh, a political counselor in Hong Kong, of being a “black hand” behind the territory’s pro-democracy protests, and personal details about her were posted online. A State Department spokeswoman called China a “thuggish regime.”

So far, China has not retaliated by expelling American diplomats or intelligence officers from the embassy in Beijing, perhaps a sign that Chinese officials understand their colleagues overstepped by trying to enter the base. One person who was briefed on reactions in the Chinese Embassy in Washington said he was told employees there were surprised their colleagues had tried something so brazen.

In 2016, Chinese officers in Chengdu abducted an American Consulate official they believed to be a C.I.A. officer, interrogated him and forced him to make a confession. Colleagues retrieved him the next day and evacuated him from the country. American officials threatened to expel suspected Chinese agents in the United States, but did not do so.

For decades, counterintelligence officials have tried to pinpoint embassy or consulate employees with diplomatic cover who are spies and assign officers to follow some of them. Now there is growing urgency to do that by both Washington and Beijing.

Evan S. Medeiros, a senior Asia director at the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, said he was unaware of any expulsions of Chinese diplomats or spies with diplomatic cover during Mr. Obama’s time in office.

If it is rare for the Americans to expel Chinese spies or other embassy employees who have diplomatic cover, Mr. Medeiros said, “it’s probably because for much of the first 40 years, Chinese intelligence was not very aggressive.”

“But that changed about 10 years ago,” he added. “Chinese intelligence became more sophisticated and more aggressive, both in human and electronic forms.”

This year, a Chinese student was sentenced to a year in prison for photographing an American defense intelligence installation near Key West, Fla., in September 2018. The student, Zhao Qianli, walked to where the fence circling the base ended at the ocean, then stepped around the fence and onto the beach. From there, he walked onto the base and took photographs, including of an area with satellite dishes and antennae.

When he was arrested, Mr. Zhao spoke in broken English and, like the officials stopped on the Virginia base, claimed he was lost.

Chinese citizens have been caught not just wandering on to government installations but also improperly entering university laboratories and even crossing farmland to pilfer specially bred seeds.

In 2016, a Chinese man, Mo Hailong, pleaded guilty to trying to steal corn seeds from American agribusiness firms and give them to a Chinese company. Before he was caught, Mr. Mo successfully stole seeds developed by the American companies and sent them back to China, according to court records. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

The F.B.I. and the National Institutes of Health are trying to root out scientists in the United States who they say are stealing biomedical research for other nations, China in particular. The F.B.I. has also warned research institutions about risks posed by Chinese students and scholars.

Some university officials say the campaign unfairly targets Chinese citizens or ethnic Chinese and smacks of a new Red Scare.

Last month, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former C.I.A. officer, was sentenced to 19 years in prison, one of several former American intelligence officials sentenced this year for spying for Beijing.

His work with Chinese intelligence coincided with the demolition of the C.I.A.’s network of informants in China — one of the biggest counterintelligence coups against the United States in decades. From 2010 to 2012, Chinese officers killed at least a dozen informants and imprisoned others. One man and his pregnant wife were shot in 2011 in a ministry’s courtyard, and the execution was shown on closed-circuit television, according to a new book on Chinese espionage.

Many in the C.I.A. feared China had a mole in the agency, and some officers suspected Mr. Lee, though prosecutors did not tie him to the network’s collapse.

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Gymgoer drops barbell on chest and falls flat on his face, allegedly while drunk

This is why they don’t sell booze at the gym.

As seen in painful-looking footage from China, one gymgoer recently learned that drinking and working out do not mix. The footage, which hit the Internet earlier this week, shows the moment the allegedly inebriated man loses his grip on the weight bar, dropping it directly onto his chest.

The incident occurred on Dec. 8 at a gym in Chongqing, Newsflare reports. The footage shows the man attempting to bench press a bar with several weighted plates on each side. But, after a short struggle, he can no longer support the weight and lets the bar fall across his chest.

Amazingly, the man then stands up and starts to walk away… before immediately collapsing onto the floor.

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The man suffered injuries to his soft tissue, although he quickly recovered, the New York Post reports.

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Gym employees said that the man had been drinking before his workout, which ended when he dropped a barbell on his chest and soon hit the floor. (Newsflare)

Gym employees confirmed to Newsflare that the man had been drinking before his workout. It’s unclear how much he had to drink, but it’s generally considered a bad idea to combine alcohol and exercise in a short period of time.

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However, studies show that drinking can still be harmful on its own: In early April, a study debunked the myth that moderate drinking might actually be good for health.

Researchers from Oxford University found that, in reality, moderate drinking appears to have more of a correlation with an increased risk of stroke. Moderate drinkers have about a 10–15 percent increased risk for stroke, while heavy drinkers have a 35 percent increased risk for stroke.

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According to the World Health Organization, the average person consumes about 33 grams of pure alcohol per day, which is the equivalent of a large bottle of beer or two glasses of wine.

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Newt Gingrich: Big differences between Clinton and Trump impeachments – And I should know

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Since the start of the Democrats’ impeachment effort, I have been constantly asked by journalists about my experience from the Clinton impeachment in 1998 when I was the speaker of the House.

Frankly, I haven’t wanted to encourage the media’s maniacal, hyper-focus of the impeachment circus. But when I watched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tell us that for two-and-a-half years she had been plotting this impeachment, I felt that I had to speak out about the vast differences between what we did in 1998 and what they are doing now.

This is why I’m devoting this week’s episode of “Newt’s World” to this discussion.

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The truth is, in 1998, President Clinton and I didn’t spend all our time fighting each other. We thought that as speaker of the House and president of the United States, we had an obligation to Americans to do things for America.

If you go back and look, you’ll find that we passed a welfare reform – which was the most successful effort to help poor people leave welfare and get jobs (and get children out of poverty) than any other in American history. We passed Food and Drug Administration reform, something Congress had worked on for years.

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Also, working with President Clinton, we passed four consecutive years of a balanced budget – the last time in many of your lifetimes this happened. We also had the economy growing faster because we passed the largest capital gains tax cut in history.

In fact, all through the period of the Clinton investigation and impeachment, we still worked together on things, particularly dealing with Saddam Hussein and the problems in Iraq.

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Another thing the media regularly omits about the Clinton impeachment effort is that it was bipartisan. Democrats and Republicans voted to impeach him.

We were faced with a report from Independent Counsel Ken Starr which plainly said Clinton had violated laws on 11 counts – including perjury, which is a felony.

The charges were so serious, Clinton lost his license to practice law. He had to pay steep fines for having perjured himself, and he ended up paying the young woman who had sued him for sexual harassment when she was working for the Arkansas government.

Compare that with where we are right now. We had a two-year-long Robert Mueller investigation conducted by people who hated President Trump. They couldn’t find anything close to a crime.

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Now, we are watching the culmination of Pelosi’s two-and-a-half-year impeachment effort – in which the Democrats failed to find anything close to a crime.

I hope you will join me for this week’s episode of “Newt’s World” and getting a better understanding of the differences between these two important moments of American history.

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On ‘SNL,’ Greta Thunberg calls out Trump, warns of Christmas climate calamity: ‘The elves will drown’

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Santa’s North Pole will be wiped out and “the elves will drown,” Kate McKinnon as a grim 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg warns, before issuing a challenge to President Trump.

“Step to me and I’ll come at you like a plastic straw comes to a turtle,” she says at the end of “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open this weekend.

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The sketch opens with Aidy Bryant, dressed as Sam the Snowman from the “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” cartoon, saying Americans seem more divided than ever this holiday season — with Democrats filing articles of impeachment against Trump and a presidential election coming in the new year. 

“But if we listen in to some dinner conversations tonight, I bet we’d find out we have more in common than we realize,” the snowman says. “And now we can listen because I hacked into three Nest home cams.”

The sketch then jumps back and forth among three families – a multiracial liberal family in San Francisco, a white conservative family in Charleston, S.C., and a black family in Atlanta — one that foregoes talking politics at the dinner table.

Kenan Thompson, playing the father in Atlanta, prefers to skip subjects like impeachment in favor of “Bad Boys III,” the new movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

“Could we please talk about politics instead?” his son asks.

“You mean how Trump is definitely getting impeached and then definitely getting re-elected?” the dad responds. “I’m good.”

The son later tells his dad that people have been saying Trump won’t get a second term.

“What people? White people?” Thompson answers. “If white people tell you I might not vote for Trump this time, you know what that’s called, right? A lie. Nobody was gonna vote for Trump in 2016 either and then guess who did? Everybody. See, now you got me worked up. I need a drink.”

Sam the Snowman returns, saying that although the three families seem different, they have one thing in common: “They live in states where their votes don’t matter, because none of them live in the three states that will decide our election.

“They’ll debate the issues all year long,” she adds, “but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won’t even think about the election ’til the morning of.

“And that’s the magic of the electoral college.”

McKinnon’s Thunberg then interrupts to deliver her “Christmas message.”

“In 10 years, this snowman won’t exist,” she says bluntly. “Her home will be a puddle. Santa, reindeer, the North Pole — all of it gone. The ice caps will melt and the elves will drown.”

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“Greta!” the shocked snowman interjects.

“What? You said keep it light,” McKinnon’s Thunberg responds. “So Merry Last Christmas to all.”

“And, Donald Trump – step to me and I’ll come at you like a plastic straw comes to a turtle,” she says, adding, “I can’t believe I’m saying this to a 70-year-old man but grow up!”

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Ben Shapiro: NY Times columnist is wrong about depression and suicide rates in red states

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Paul Krugman of The New York Times has posited a theory: Red states cause depression and suicide.

In a column titled “America’s Red State Death Trip,” Krugman wrote: “In 1990, today’s red and blue states had almost the same life expectancy. Since then, however, life expectancy in Clinton states has risen more or less in line with other advanced countries, compared with almost no gain in Trump country. At this point, blue-state residents can expect to live more than four years longer than their red-state counterparts.” On this basis, Krugman blasts Attorney General William Barr, who suggested this year that militant secularism lies behind rising mortality in the United States. Instead, Krugman suggested that “these evils are concentrated in states that voted for Trump, and have largely bypassed the more secular blue states.”

Krugman’s analysis is deeply flawed. It is flawed because it is far too simplistic. First off, states are not good proxies for political viewpoint within states, which would be far more telling: Texas encompasses both Austin and Lubbock, for example. Secondly, Krugman links 2016 voting patterns to 1990 data, but some of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic shifted over that same time frame from blue to red (e.g., Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan), demonstrating that voting may have resulted from distress, not the other way around. But more importantly, Krugman assumes that conservatism presages lower life expectancy, rather than that those in lower-income rural areas are turning toward conservatism as a result of the social liberalism pushed forward by the left.

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This analysis, as it turns out, is false. The reality is that broad trends over time point to the fact that low-income Americans have been disproportionately affected by the rise of social liberalism: the decline in religiosity, and the concomitant collapse of church and other social institutions have undermined precisely the same people who have been hit hard by the economy. Charles Murray pointed out this phenomenon in his book “Coming Apart” nearly a decade ago: America has bifurcated between more highly educated, higher-income Americans (Murray labels them residents of Belmont) and less educated, lower-income Americans (Murray labels them residents of Fishtown).

This holds true regardless of race. And contrary to popular opinion, those who are less educated and lower-income, particularly in the white community — the base of support for President Trump — have been disproportionately affected by the excesses of social liberalism. Between 1960 and 2010, the marital rate among Belmont whites ages 30 to 49 declined from 94 percent to 84 percent; the marital rate among Fishtown whites declined from 84 percent to 48 percent. Similarly, single motherhood increased from 1 percent of Belmont white college-educated women in 1970 to less than 6 percent in 2008; for Fishtown women, that number skyrocketed from 6 percent to 44 percent.

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Most tellingly, secularism increased for both groups but far less among Fishtown residents (from about 29 percent in 1972-1976 surveys to 40 percent in 2006-2010 surveys) than Belmont residents (from 38 percent to 59 percent). In other words, the wages of social liberalism take a deeper toll on those who require more from social institutions, both economically and culturally. Denizens of The New York Times are far less likely to have children out of wedlock than the supposed religious fanatics they oppose — but they’re also likely to push both governmental and social policy designed to promote single motherhood, for example. They don’t pay the price of the policies they push.

Good decision-making and robust social institutions have a lot to do with life success. Promotion of bad decision-making and decay of key social institutions in the name of personal freedom may seem liberating to elitists like Krugman, but there are consequences for those who don’t draw six-figure paychecks from Manhattan newspapers. Disdaining those who live in red states as victims of their own conservative backwardness isn’t merely inaccurate; it’s doubling down on stupid.

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Medicare for All Is Even Better Than You Thought. Previous estimates suggested that Medicare for All would save $2 trillion. But it’s even better: a new study finds that Bernie Sanders’s bill would save $5.1 trillion — while providing universal, comprehensive coverage.

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It seems I get to tell my story a lot on Reddit these days…

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12/3 was the first anniversary of my open heart surgery. I had great insurance (Kaiser Permanente) at the time and my heart attack, trip through the ER, 8 days in the hospital, open heart surgery had an out of pocket expense of $250 plus another $100 for prescriptions.

While that was going on, my company was in the process of being sold to a large tech company. I can’t say who, but they’re in the next tier below Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. You have heard of them.

On 1/1, the new owners took over, the insurance changed from Kaiser to Aetna and I lost ALL of my doctors 4 weeks in to a 6 week open heart surgery recovery.

On 1/3 I start having complications. I’m coughing all the time and if I lay down, I choke and gag like I’m drowning. We find out later it’s congestive heart failure, but we don’t know that yet.

I can’t see my old doctors because I’m not a Kaiser member anymore. But Aetna is an insurance provider, not a health care provider, so I don’t have new doctors to see yet.

Fortunately, the new company is large enough that they have their own concierge in the Aetna system and she sets me up with a hospital who tells me they’ll be happy to see me in 2-3 months.

When I relay that back to the concierge, her reaction is “Oh, nononono…” pulls some strings and gets an appointment in 2 weeks. Aetna won’t let me go direct to cardiology, I have to see a GP first.

So for two weeks, I sleep sitting up. I buy a neck pillow because if I lay down, I can’t breathe.

Appointment comes, they run a bunch of tests and I get the call, congestive heart failure. Go to the ER immediately.

So that’s another 7 days in the hospital where they drain 4 liters of fluid out of me per day. I developed an irregular heartbeat, that caused fluid to build up in my chest cavity and that fluid was crushing my heart and lungs. The reason it felt like I was drowning is because I was.

Under the new insurance, they only cover 80% of the costs until I hit an out of pocket maximum of $6,500. Naturally I hit that more or less immediately so I’ve been covered at 100% the rest of the year…

Oh, except this one time when my wife had her own issue, at the same hospital, and Aetna ruled her doctor was “out of network”, that was another $1,100.

It’s important to note that at no point during all this was I not covered. This is with employer provided coverage from one of the premier tech companies in the country.

This is why we so desperately need medicare for all.

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Army-Navy Game ‘willing to die’ remark makes many Air Force fans feel overlooked

Every December, when Army takes on Navy in one of college football’s best-loved traditions, many supporters of the Air Force team get a little annoyed.

That’s because each year on Army-Navy Saturday, someone is bound to make a remark like, “The Army-Navy Game is the only game where everyone playing is willing to die for everyone watching.”

Air Force fans like to point out that the team from the Colorado-based school also competes each year for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy – which the Falcons have won 20 times compared to 16 times for navy and eight times for Army.

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Air Force personnel are also equally dedicated to serving the country, they note.

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The Colorado-based Air Force Falcons football team tends to get less attention than the Army and Navy teams — especially at the end of the college football season, when the Army-Navy Game is played on national TV. ((Facebook))

“Pardon my ignorance,” one Twitter user posted Saturday, “but is Air Force vs Navy/Army also not games where everyone playing is willing to die for everyone watching?”

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While the Army-Navy Game gets the end-of-season national TV spotlight – and is often played in Philadelphia or another big East Coast market – the annual Air Force-Army and Air Force-Navy games get considerably less attention.

The games involving Air Force are typically played at one of the service academies’ relatively small campus stadiums – at West Point, N.Y.; Annapolis, Md.; or Colorado Springs, Colo. — rather than the NFL-sized stadiums that usually host the Army-Navy Game.

One sports figure who doesn’t forget to place Air Force on the same level with the other service academies is Paul Mainieri, baseball coach at Louisiana State University.

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Prior to back-to-back baseball games for LSU in February against Army and Air Force, Mainieri expressed LSU’s appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. military – regardless of branch.

“The players on that Army team, the players on that Air Force team, are willing to die for each of us,” Mainieri said in a video posted by WAFB-TV of Baton Rouge, La. “And they don’t even know us.”

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Nepal bus crash kills 14 pilgrims, injures 18

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — A bus carrying Hindu pilgrims drove off a highway and crashed in Nepal on Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 18, police said.

The pilgrims were returning home after visiting the famed Hindu Kalinchowk Bhagwati temple when the bus veered off the highway about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the capital, Kathmandu, police official Prajwal Maharjan said.

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Rescuers were able to pull out the injured passengers and take them to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Maharjan said police were investigating the cause of the crash but the roads were slippery because of winter rain. The visibility was also poor due to morning fog..

There was also a possibility of mechanical failure and it appeared the bus was not from the area and the driver might not be familiar with the road conditions.

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Bus accidents in Nepal, which is mostly covered by mountains, are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

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Scarlett Johansson Puts It All Out There For Fiancé Colin Jost On ‘SNL’

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If anyone had any doubts about Scarlett Johansson’s solid relationship with her fiancé, “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost, she put them to bed. Johansson declared at the end of her monologue hosting “Saturday Night Live” for her sixth time that she met the “love of my life” on the program.

The couple also wrapped up their stint together at the end of the show Saturday with some PDA amid the rest of the cast.

During her monologue she quipped that she wasn’t worried about screwing up. “What are they going to do? Fire my fiancé?” Johansson asked. “Oh no,” she added, pretending to be worried: “What will we do without his paycheck?”

The monologue took a weird twist as cast members coming on stage began to dissolve, apparently due to the return of Thanos, villainous enemy of Johansson’s Avengers character Black Widow. (“First Asian cast member and you guys are dusting me? Twitter is going to eat you alive!” Bowen Yang hilariously complained as he dissolved.)

It turned out not to be the work of Thanos, but Pete Davidson, who had purchased Thanos’ destructive infinity gauntlet online.

“I just want to say that this place means so much to me,” Johansson said at the end of her monologue. “I have so many friends here, and I met the love of my life here,” she gushed before kissing Jost — twice.

Check out her monologue in the video up top.

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Kate McKinnon’s Greta Thunberg Tells Trump To GROW UP In ‘SNL’ Spoof On Divided America

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It turns out Americans couldn’t be more divided in a “Saturday Night Live” mock holiday fairy tale intended to reveal how much we have in common. 

Aidy Bryant’s Sam the Snowman ends up baring deep rifts across the country with a peek into various dinner conversations in the cold open before Kate McKinnon’s convincing Greta Thunberg pops up with a chilling warning.

In a white family in South Carolina, the conservative parents are rabid Trump supporters who bicker with their adult son. A California family is full on for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

As for a black family in Atlanta, they’re debating whether “Bad Boys 3” will be any good — because the political scene is so hopeless it’s a waste of time to talk about it.

“Could we please talk about politics?” asks Chris Redd, playing the adult son.

“Oh, you mean how Trump is definitely getting impeached and then definitely getting reelected? I’m good,” responds “dad” Kenan Thompson.

“If white people tell you, ‘I might not vote for Trump this time,’ you know what that’s called, right? A lie,” he says later.

He’s just happy that three black quarterbacks beat Tom Brady this season.

But … “you know who I’m starting to like a lot?” quips Thompson. “That Pete Buttigieg,” which draws uproarious laughter from all.

None of it matters, Bryant warns, because the election will come down to 1,000 voters in Wisconsin, “who won’t even think about the election till the morning of. And that’s the magic of the Electoral College!”

That’s when McKinnon’s Thunberg pops up to soberly point out that the snowman will be gone in 10 years, thanks to climate change. “Her home will be a puddle. Santa, reindeer, the North Pole — all of it gone! The ice caps will melt and the elves will drown,” she warns.

So “Donald Trump, step to me and I’ll come at you like a plastic straw comes at a turtle. I can’t believe I’m saying this to a 70-year-old man, but GROW UP,” she adds.

In an effort to lighten things up just a bit, “Thunberg” wishes everyone a “Merry-maybe-our-last Christmas.”

Check out the clip up top.

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