Mar 8, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci not getting White House gig

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The WSJ reports that hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci won't be landing the White House post he wanted. He'd reportedly been in line to become the Director for the Office of Public Liaison — even heading to Davos on behalf of the Trump administration in January — but that job's been given to Trump transition team member George Sifakis.

  • Didn't see that coming: Scaramucci was "blindsided" by the decision and only found out after Sifakis had been given the job, according to the WSJ's source.
  • Still in the works? "The Mooch" is still being considered for another White House position or an unspecified ambassadorship, but it's not known if he'd want to accept another job.

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Al Sharpton says Floyd family will lead march on Washington in August

The family of George Floyd is teaming up with Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a march on Washington on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of the civil rights movement's March on Washington — to call for a federal policing equality act, Sharpton announced during a eulogy at Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday.

Why it matters: The news comes amid growing momentum for calls to address systemic racism in policing and other facets of society, after more than a week of protests and social unrest following the killing of Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

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Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

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The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."

Why it matters: The results of the study, which claimed to have analyzed data from nearly 96,000 patients on six continents, led several governments to ban the use of the anti-malarial drug for coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.

George Floyd updates

Text reading "Demilitarize the police" is projected on an army vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.. early on Thursday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A judge Thursday set bail at $750,000 for each of three ex-officers, AP reports.