February 3, 2020

History surely has its eyes on President Trump — but House impeachment managers made sure history was looking at them, too.

House prosecutors and Trump's defense on Monday both invoked powerful rhetoric to stick the trial's landing, using sage advice from a bevy of influential leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Alexander Hamilton, and the fictional but no less important Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore.

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) quoted Angelou after discussing Trump's self-interest, citing Angelou's warning that "when someone shows you who they are, [you should] believe them the first time." Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) first took aim at Trump with this same quote in December.

Crow also made waves when he repurposed wisdom from J.K. Rowling (speaking through the character Dumbledore) and emphasized the importance of individual decision-making.

"It is our choices that show who we truly are far more than our abilities," Crow quoted.

Trump's counsel Ken Starr also used some star power, referencing Martin Luther King Jr.'s views on freedom and justice, which he then attempted to relate to the verdict on Trump.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) packed a punch in his final remarks, saying "you can't trust this President to do the right thing, not for one minute, not for one election, not for the sake of our country. You just can't. He will not change. And you know it."

Then, in an apparent dig at Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Schiff said any senators who vote to acquit despite feeling Trump has been proven guilty will have their names tied to Trump's "with a cord of steel" for all of history.

"But if you find the courage to stand up to him ... your place will be among the Davids who took on Goliath," Schiff said. Marianne Dodson

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.