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'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin's absence didn't stop "Saturday Night Live" from taking yet another swipe at President Donald Trump.

>> 'SNL' writer under fire for Barron Trump tweet

In the comedy show's first episode after the inauguration, Beck Bennett reprised his role as a shirtless Vladimir Putin to offer Trump some words of advice – and derision.

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"Donald, let's talk as friends. You're not off to a great start, man," Bennett's Putin said. "I thought you'd be better at this; however, I'm glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration."

>> Trump slams 'Saturday Night Live' after press conference sketch

As a photo from Saturday's Women's March filled the screen, he added, "Oh, wait, that's the Women's March. Here is inauguration." A photo from Friday's ceremony appeared, showing smaller crowds.

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Putin on this weekend's inauguration. #SNL pic.twitter.com/rL8bFao3H7— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

"Putin" continued to slam Trump, taking aim at the president's Saturday remarks to the CIA.

"And today, you went to the CIA and said 1 million people came to see you in Washington, D.C.?" said Bennett, playing Putin. "If you're going to lie, don't make it so obvious. You know, say you are friends with LeBron James, not that you are LeBron James."

>> Watch the entire "cold open" here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

Although Baldwin, who occasionally plays Trump, did not appear on this week's episode, the actor did take to Twitter to blast Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for making debunked claims about attendance at the inauguration.

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10 sassy signs from women's marches around the world

As crowds flooded streets Saturday for women's marches around the world, many protesters carried signs bearing bold statements and witty slogans.

>> Click here or scroll down to see 10 memorable protest signs from the marches

>> PHOTOS: Women march around the world

>> Washington Women's March crowd surpasses inauguration attendance

>> Celebrities show solidarity with Women's March

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Muslim man receives heartwarming note from neighbors after Trump's inauguration

A heartfelt letter left on the door of a Muslim man's Ohio home after President Donald Trump's inauguration is going viral.

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According to WCPO, Abubaker Amri, who immigrated to the United States from Libya nearly 40 years ago, was concerned about some of Trump's comments on the campaign trail. But on Friday, a surprising letter note from his neighbors in Cincinnati lifted his spirits.

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"Dear Neighbors," the note read. "Today begins a new stage for our country. No matter what happens, please know there are still a lot of people who will fight for your right to practice your religion, to continue your lives without discrimination. You are welcome in our neighborhood and if you need anything – please knock on our door."

Amri's niece, Hend Amry, shared a photo of the letter on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. Her post was retweeted more than 140,000 times and "liked" more than 415,000 times by Sunday morning.

>> See the post here

After the Trump inauguration, some neighbors left this letter on my uncle's door in Cincinnati, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/jnlXewv7ej— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) January 21, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

"There's no way I could express my feelings when I got that note," Amri told WCPO, calling it "the best, best, best experience."

Read more here.

Washington Women's March crowd surpasses inauguration attendance

More than 1 million people rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday in an effort to send President Donald Trump that on Day One, “women's rights are human rights.” In Washington, more than 500,000 people -- apparently more than the number who attended Trump’s inauguration -- marched throughout the streets, according to city officials. Around the world, women brandished signs with slogans such as "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love." >>Read Trump accuses media of lying about inauguration crowd Trump claims the inauguration crowd was 1.5 million people and that it went to the Washington Monument, which is in the middle of the Mall. However, photos show the crowd stopping short of the memorial. The National Park Service doesn't provide an official estimate. However, other events that filled more of the Mall have not drawn a crowd of that size. Photos: Women march around the world In Chicago, an overflow crowd reached an estimated 250,000 causing organizers to cancel the march portion of their event. In New York, well over 100,000 people including celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg marched past Trump's home at Trump Tower. >>Read Celebrities show solidarity with Women's March More than 100,000 also gathered on Boston Common, in Los Angeles and Seattle. An estimated 60,000 people came out in Atlanta, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who drew the ire of Trump, when he called the then president-elect illegitimate. There were more than 600 "sister marches" planned worldwide. Crowd estimates from police and organizers around the globe added up to well over a million. >>Read Women's March in Washington: Live updates Tens of thousands of protesters squeezed into London's Trafalgar Square. In Paris, thousands rallied in the Eiffel Tower neighborhood. Protesters there held signs that read: "We have our eyes on you Mr. Trump" and "With our sisters in Washington." The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Blind woman inspires others walking in Seattle Women's March

An estimated 150,000 people joined the Women’s March on Seattle on Saturday.

They met at Judkins Park in the Central District and walked the roughly 3 miles to Seattle Center in the largest gathering on Seattle streets since the Super Bowl victory parade.

Among the thousands was a small woman walking arm in arm with younger man. She is blind and also battles Parkinson’s disease. “She nearly brought me to tears,” said marcher Veronica Villarreal, who walked near the woman and posted a photo to her Facebook page. “She was so inspiring.”

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When Villarreal and her partner, Melissa Irish, saw the woman she was walking uphill, headed to the start of the march. The woman brought several other marchers to tears. Villareal and others didn’t ask the woman’s name, but they were struck by the sign she carried along the route.

>>Read Celebrities show solidarity with Women's March

“I won’t follow blindly,” the sign said. If she can protest, “so should all of us who don’t believe in our heartless president,” Villareal said. Irish snapped the camera-phone photo.

Photos: Women march around the world

They saw other inspiring moments too. There was the woman who appeared to have cerebral palsy on Fourth Avenue near Union Street, covering the route with a walker. Earlier on the route, Villareal saw a woman without legs pushed in a wheelchair by a friend.

>>Read Women's March in Washington: Live updates

“There were all kinds of people,” she said. “Young men, dads … .”

Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes marched the route. Gov. Jay Inslee was there too. The day wasn’t so much about our new president, they said. The march was about university and diversity, Murray said, and about being welcoming to all kinds of people.

“After the election I just felt defeated,” Villareal said. “But now I feel energized, like we can make a difference.”

Blind woman inspires others walking in Seattle women's march: https://t.co/n0d0TCzlRu (Photo shared by Melissa Irish) pic.twitter.com/FnQZQj3JCZ— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) January 22, 2017

John Lewis fires up crowd at Atlanta rally following Trump feud

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, whose feud with President Donald Trump put Atlanta in the national spotlight, told thousands of marchers in his hometown on Saturday that they have a “moral mission and mandate to agitate.”

“I know something about marching,” said the civil rights icon who led civil rights protests in the 1960s. “We have a moral obligation to fight and never lose hope. We must vote like we never have before.”

Lewis took the stage Saturday to excited chants of “Fifth District,” a reference to his congressional district, which Trump lambasted on social media.

The #AtlantaMarch is on the move, with @repjohnlewis leading the way -> https://t.co/Hmd0FZNcUp pic.twitter.com/3n4EWdwbof— Kristina Torres (@The_KristinaT) January 21, 2017

Trump lashed out at Lewis after the Democrat questioned the legitimacy of the Republican president's election victory and said he would boycott his swearing in. Trump took to Twitter to blast the civil rights icon as “all talk” and slam his Atlanta-based district as a “crime infested” area that is “falling apart.”

Trump’s comments drew a backlash from many who noted that Trump was wrong about Lewis’ district, which includes a wide and diverse swath of Atlanta including the upscale neighborhood of Buckhead, the headquarters of corporate giant Coca-Cola and and schools like Georgia Tech.

Others criticized Lewis for undermining Trump’s election.

On Saturday, Lewis received a hero’s welcome from supporters. He fired up the crowd of about 10,000 before they embarked on a march to the state Capitol.

“We’re going to march in a minute. We’re going to pick em up and put ‘em down. We’re going to send a message,” he said.

“Sometimes you have to turn things upside down to turn things right side up. We cannot afford to be silent.”

Lewis thanked the crowd for their support.

“Thank you, John,” the crowd chanted.

Someone yelled “I love you.”

“I love you too,” he replied.

.@repjohnlewis has arrived pic.twitter.com/K2mEaNwBpY— Michelle Baruchman (@mlbaruchman) January 21, 2017

Trump accuses media of lying about inauguration crowd

In President Donald Trump’s first official stop -- a meeting at CIA headquarters -- he accused the news media of lying about the size of his inauguration crowd.

Photos widely shared, shown and broadcast Friday show large empty spaces along the National Mall compared with the same space for Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

“We had a massive field of people," Trump said. "You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I'm like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well.”

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Trump claims the crowd was 1.5 million people and that it went to the Washington Monument, which is in the middle of the Mall. However, photos show the crowd stopping short of the memorial.

The National Park Service doesn't provide an official estimate. However, other events that filled more of the Mall have not drawn a crowd of that size.

Estimates ahead of Friday's inauguration, expected anywhere from 700,000 to 900,000 people -- about half the number who turned out for Obama's first inauguration, which was estimated at 1.8 million people.

Nielsen, who oversee television ratings, estimate that 31 million viewers watched the inauguration. About 37.8 million people watched Obama’s first inauguration.

>>Read Whose inauguration crowd was bigger, Trump or Obama?

The most-watched inauguration since 1969 was when 41.8 million people watched Ronald Reagan be sworn into office in 1981.

Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer reinforced the president's message during his first on-camera appearance at the White House.

"There's been a lot of talk in the media about holding Donald Trump accountable. And I'm here to tell you that it goes two ways. We're going to hold the press accountable as well," Spicer said. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'SNL' writer under fire for Barron Trump tweet

“Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich has come under intense criticism after she made a joke about 10-year-old Barron Trump that many felt was in poor taste.

Barron, the son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, has been the subject of internet attention as he often appears nervous or bored during his father’s political events.

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After watching his behavior at the presidential inauguration Friday, Rich joked that Barron would be the first home-schooled shooter.

“Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” Rich wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

But the tweet was up long enough to stoke the ire of some Twitter users.

The fact that writers and other people are willing to attack Barron Trump, a ten year-old, just shows how much we really needed change.— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) January 20, 2017

SNL writer no doubt thinks bullying a 10-year-old CHILD is hilarious. This is truly sick. LEAVE BARRON ALONE! pic.twitter.com/Px7XnvMaZe— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) January 20, 2017

Rich has since made her account’s tweets protected.

Photos: Women march around the world

Michael Flynn Jr. mocks Women's March: 'Women already have equal rights'

Michael Flynn Jr., the outspoken son of Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security advisor, offered his take on the Women’s March in Washington on Saturday.

Flynn Jr. took to Twitter, where he questioned the point of the march. “What victory? Women already have equal rights, and YES equal pay in this country. What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis?”

Women's March in Washington: Live updates

What victory? Women already have equal rights, and YES equal pay in this country. What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis? #WomensMarch https://t.co/t5UonJJZdj— Michael Flynn Jr. (@mflynnJR) January 21, 2017

In addition to the main Women’s March in the nation’s capital, there have been women’s marches taking place all around the world Saturday. The protests are being held in response to the election of Donald Trump as president, and seek to protect women’s rights, reproductive rights, and fight for issues like equal pay, civil rights and other social justice issues.

Flynn Jr. is no stranger to controversial remarks. He was removed from then President-elect Trump’s transition team after promoting fake news on his social media network, including the Pizzagate story that was spread by the alt-right movement. Michael Flynn also promoted fake news on Twitter, but remains on Trump’s team as national security advisor. The position does not require confirmation from Congress.

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