Nov 15, 2019

GM backs out of CES splash

The last time Barra spoke at CES was in 2016, when she introduced the Chevrolet Bolt. (Photo by Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images)

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has backed out of a planned keynote speech at CES, missing out on what was likely to be a splashy debut of GM's latest innovations on the tech industry's biggest stage.

Why it matters: Barra had been expected to show off at least one prototype of an upcoming barrage of electric vehicles. But because of a six-week strike this fall by UAW autoworkers, the show cars couldn't be produced in time.

  • “There was a plan for GM to have a presence at CES 2020, but plans changed and while we will still support the event, our overall involvement has been reduced from our original plans," GM said in a statement.

What to watch: A spokesperson says GM's plan to introduce 20 electric models between now and 2023 remains on track, with details to be revealed soon.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.

Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.