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Nancy Pelosi reigns supreme as the queen of clapbacks

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Nancy Pelosi may have given Trump the shadiest applause he’s ever received since becoming president.

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address Pelosi’s handclaps were more like quiet clapbacks to Trump’s questionable speech.

Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse was one of the first to pick up
Pelosi’s shade, titling the op-ed “The exquisite shade of Nancy Pelosi’s applause at the State of the Union.”

The article alluded to Pelosi’s clapping as more of a pity-party. “This was a derogatory clap, make no mistake. This was mockery wearing a half-baked costume of politeness,” Hesse penned. “Her lips mostly remained either pursed or puckered, as if the entire speech was a bit of gristle that must be endured before it could be discreetly spit into a napkin.”

Her applause “had the distinct vibe of a parent applauding a kindergartner for tying his shoes” and showcased “the art of stealing someone’s thunder without saying anything at all,” she continued.

Although its left up to plenty assumption as to the true meaning of Pelosi’s response, as for now we’ll stick with labelling the applause as on big “F––k you” to Trump.

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Watch Live Coverage as firefighters work to cease the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

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A fast-moving fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday in a massive blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, an unfortunate loss for the city and for the world.

Flames reportedly began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watching from the other side of the River Seine gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno.

President Emmanuel Macron said the whole nation was moved. “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” he tweeted.

At around 1930 GMT, nearly three hours after the fire started, a Fire Department spokesman said the next 90 minutes would be crucial in seeing if the blaze could be contained.

“Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building,” said witness Jacek Poltorak, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the southern facade of the cathedral, one of France’s most visited sites.

Firefighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses and cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very center of Paris. Witnesses said the whole island, the Ile de la Cite, was being evacuated.

The French Civil Security service, possibly responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that firefighters “act quickly” and employ flying water tankers, said that was not an option as it might destroy the entire building.

“Helicopter or plane, the weight of the water and the intensity of dropping it at low altitude could weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and cause collateral damage to surrounding buildings,” it tweeted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May said their thoughts were with the French people. Merkel called the cathedral a “symbol of France and our European culture”.

The Vatican said the blaze had caused “shock and sadness” and said it was praying for the firefighters.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, featured in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.

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Watch Steve Mnuchin Go head-to-head with Maxine Waters during heated testimony

Mnuchin was scheduled to testify before Maxine Waters’ committee today, and at the last minute he informed Waters that he had an important meeting this evening with the leader of Bahrain, and that he would be leaving the hearing at 5pm whether it was finished or not. Either way, Maxine Waters wasn’t having it. She told Mnuchin that he was free to get up and walk out, but she made no movement to call the hearing to a close.

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Trump mocks Rep. Ilhan following supporter charged with threatening to kill her

“Special thanks to Rep. Omar of Minnesota,” Trump said. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”

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