Feb 21, 2017

Instagram snags former comms chief to Michelle and Hillary

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Kristina Schake, who served as communications chief for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and who was also communications chief for First Lady Michelle Obama, is joining Instagram. Schake is replacing David Swain, current head of communications who has been working at Facebook for a decade.

She will build Instagram's brand: Per ReCode, building Instagram's brand will be one of her main focuses. Instagram boasts 600 million users right now and is working to expand its advertising arm. The good news is Schake has some experience with branding: she encouraged Michelle Obama's dance with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" and had her shop "undercover" at Target.

Why we're watching: Schake is joining Instagram at a crucial and fast-growing time for the company as it competes head-to-head with rival Snapchat for the coveted younger set.

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The latest: 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 big picture: The National Guard members has been activated in at least 23 states and Washington, DC., with curfews in place in at least 40 cities after days of unrest, per CNN.

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The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.