Oct 30, 2019

Nancy Pelosi's moment

Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

After nearly three years of holding back her members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been increasingly vocal about the direction of the impeachment process — even if she's not yet a firm yes that it's going to happen.

What she's saying: "We have not made any decision to impeach," Pelosi told columnists earlier this week, according to Ron Brownstein in The Atlantic.

But she said they have evidence: "I do think we have enough. ... We've had enough for a very long time ... but as long as there is corroboration, we might as well get some more."

Why it matters: Pelosi resisted years of calls for impeachment, starting as far back as early 2017. She also resisted calls to impeach George W. Bush back in the final years of his presidency.

This time feels different. "How much drama can the American people handle? ... Where does the law of diminishing returns set in? Where is the value added not worth the time?"

The big picture: While House Democrats have been eager to wrap up before the new year, the WashPost notes, "the surprising number of witnesses agreeing to testify behind closed doors in the Capitol over the past few weeks has extended the timeline."

  • That is of special concern for Senate presidential candidates, who would risk being stuck in D.C. for the trial as the primaries kick off next year.

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The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.