Jan 30, 2018

Behind the State of the Union fashion statements

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats wear black prior to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Here are the silent statements lawmakers will be making through the clothes they'll be wearing at tonight's State of the Union:

  • GOP Congresswomen will be wearing red, white, and blue "to show our support for the flag, and the country and the troops and to be a contrast," Rep. Martha McSally told USA Today's Eliza Collins.
  • Democratic Congresswomen will be wearing black in response to the #MeToo movement — similar to what Hollywood stars did during the Golden Globes awards — and as a way to respond "to a speech by a president who has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 17 women," Vox reports.
  • Congressional Black Caucus members are wearing red pins, with the name Recy on them. Per the New Yorker, it's a reference to Recy Taylor, a black woman in Alabama who was kidnapped and raped by several white men in 1944. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said the pins "are mean to increase awareness about the particular vulnerability of black women to sexual assault, and to symbolize dissent against the President."

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Situational awareness

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.