Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump snubs Pelosi handshake State of the Union address

President Trump snubbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handshake as he took the stage at the State of the Union address Tuesday.

  • The other side: Pelosi snubbed Trump back, introducing him only with the lead: "The President of the United States."
  • A speaker would have usually used the language: "I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States."

The big picture: Trump's address comes just weeks after the House voted to impeach him and one day before the Senate is set to vote for his acquittal. Whether he mentions impeachment will be a key note to watch for the night.

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Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country

Protestors rally in Minneapolis. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Health experts fear that massive protests against police brutality in major cities around the United States could result in new coronavirus outbreaks due to the close proximity of demonstrators, AP reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. has already recorded more confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world. A potential surge in cases stemming from the protests would come as many states are weeks into their phased reopening plans.

The cracks in Trump’s GOP shield

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President Trump’s mockery of coronavirus masks, his false claims about the dangers of voting by mail and his insinuations that a cable TV nemesis was involved in a murder are testing more high-profile Republicans' willingness to look the other way.

The big picture: Republicans learned a long time ago how dangerous it is to alienate Trump’s base — which is why any hint of disagreement, even a whisper, is so remarkable when it happens.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

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.