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March 3, 2014

Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost made his debut in the Weekend Update chair this weekend, replacing Seth Meyers to co-anchor with Cecily Strong. Jost looked pretty comfortable in his new role, and he lands some great jokes about Pop Tarts and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. NBC's late-night shifting of the guard is now complete. --Peter Weber

8:25 a.m. ET

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced he will step down later this month following widespread reports of tension with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. President Erdogan has attempted to shift power away from the prime minister and to the president, a move that reportedly made Davutoglu uneasy. Davutoglu succeeded Erdogan as premier and leader of the Justice and Development Party in 2014, and will step down at the party's congress on May 22.

Davutoglu is viewed in by the west as a cooperative reformer who seeks to deepen Turkey's relationship with Europe, while Erdogan is viewed skeptically for his censorship of the press and crackdown on political dissent, The Wall Street Journal reports. Davutoglu's decision to step down could weaken relations between Ankara and Washington as the nations go forward in the fight against ISIS Jeva Lange

7:54 a.m. ET
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If Donald Trump were to follow through with his plan to deport America's 11 million undocumented immigrants, the economy would suffer a devastating blow, according to a new study from the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank. The study finds that Trump's deportation plan would remove about 6.8 million workers from the U.S. economy, in turn causing a slump in private sector output anywhere from $381.5 billion to $623.2 billion. The economy would shrink by about 2 percent.

Problems would likely extend beyond the initial slump, too. The study contends that many of the jobs left vacant by the mass deportation would go unfilled because there wouldn't be enough legal workers willing to do them. That would leave potentially millions of vacancies in industries including farming, construction, and hospitality, which employ the highest share of undocumented immigrants.

"The things Donald Trump has said are utterly unworkable," American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin said. Becca Stanek

7:32 a.m. ET

MSNBC's Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has been accused — often quite convincingly — of being in the tank for Donald Trump. But the former Republican congressman said Thursday that unless Trump curbs his extreme views, he will not have Scarborough's vote.

Scarborough said Trump comes up short "on Latinos, women, on so many other things ... The convention offers him an opportunity — will be the first time a lot of Americans have really looked at Donald Trump the candidate. We see this all the time. The vice presidential selection offers him an opportunity."

Scarborough also pointed out that Trump will need to start cutting back on his extreme rhetoric sooner rather than later. "I'm never going to vote for a guy who says they are going to ban somebody because of the god they worship. And he's got to have to make that turn fast. He didn't do it yesterday. Maybe he does it over the next couple of weeks," Scarborough said.

Many Republicans have said this week that they will not vote for Donald Trump, despite him being the presumptive nominee. Watch the Morning Joe hosts debate the plausibility of a Trump presidency, below. Jeva Lange

4:40 a.m. ET

"Welcome to The Late Show, and welcome to a whole new world," Stephen Colbert said at the beginning of Wednesday's show. "Because it turns out that hilarious 'Donald Trump is running for president' thing — he meant it." When Trump announced, a few months before Colbert's Late Show launched, they rushed out some videos so they could mock Trump while it lasted, he explained. "It turns out we had nothing to worry about, except all the things we have to worry about."

"A Trump nomination, it's just, it's hard to process," Colbert said. "This feels like a political shift of biblical proportions, like an act of God. But why would a loving God let this happen? Let's find out." So God appeared on the magical dome of the Ed Sullivan Theater, and Colbert asked him. God was as shocked as much of the U.S. "What happened to Jeb? I thought he was a sure thing." Watch below. Peter Weber

4:14 a.m. ET

Now that Donald Trump has the Republican presidential field to himself, he spent Wednesday beginning to discuss his vice presidential pick. On Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel had a preview of the presumptive Republican nominee's process. "The way he's planning to find and choose the running mate, I think, is going to be a lot of fun," Kimmel said. If you guessed "reality TV show," of course you're right, but it's not a VP reboot of The Apprentice. Watch below for a preview of Vice President Island — the funny-because-it's-true kicker is at the end. Peter Weber

4:00 a.m. ET

As the 2016 primaries come to an end, so too will Stephen Colbert's joyfully snarky "Hungry for Power Games." On Wednesday's Late Show, he dispatched with the rest of the Republican field, dressed in his Caesar Flickerman persona. "In the past few months, friends, we have lost so many brave tributes, and today, we lost what many are calling more of them," he said, beginning with Wednesday's dropout. "Yes, John Kasich has ended his bid for the White House," Colbert said. "He may be gone, but he's not... who are we talking about again?"

Kasich only won one state, Ohio, but "sadly, even in losing, Tribute Kasich hasn't lost, because last night's big loser was Texas senator and half-kissed frog prince Ted Cruz," Colbert said, showing the inevitable clip of Cruz elbowing his wife in the face three times. "You have to give Ted credit: He went down swinging — even when hugging his wife." After he said he was done roasting/saluting Cruz, Cartoon Donald Trump came on to give some parting shots to the tributes from "District: Deli Meat" and "District: Human?" (and also Carly Fiorina). "Farewell, tributes — I'm sure there's room for you in Trump's cabinet, or at least his trophy room," he said. Watch below — it will likely be the last episode until July. Peter Weber

3:23 a.m. ET

Between Islamic State demolition and booby traps, U.S. airstrikes, and the Iraqi military's campaign to retake the city, Ramadi is a disaster zone. Once home to a million people, the capital of Anbar Province is now filled mostly with Iraqi troops, bomb squad personnel, and miles and miles of destruction, according to photographs and satellite images provided to The Associated Press by DigitalGlobe. Iraqi forces ousted ISIS from the city in January, AP says, "but the cost of winning Ramadi has been the city itself."

The images show that more than 3,000 buildings, 400 roads and bridges, Ramadi's electrical grid, and the city water system were destroyed or severely damaged by ISIS or the campaign to force out the militants. After ISIS was cleared from the city, families were allowed to return, then blocked when dozens of civilians died in explosives rigged up by ISIS. "The bombs are so costly and time-consuming to defuse that much of recently liberated Iraq is now unlivable," AP says. Read more about the destruction of Ramadi at AP, and get a look at some of the images in the AP video below. —Peter Weber

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