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Small business owners were elated when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris deal. "It was like a major win at a football game," a management consultant told NYT. Although many big companies (Apple, IBM, Disney, etc.) criticized Trump for the decision, the small business owners he's kept happy are reflective of the base of voters who delivered him to the White House.

"There is a new sheriff in town," said another business owner whose company develops control panels for larger factories. "But the biggest frustration that I have is that there is so much resistance that is keeping him from moving forward."

Why it matters: Trump's decision to withdraw was political. He's appealing to his base (something he's done through continued campaign style rallies) instead of large corporations and business elites like Tim Cook.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.