Mar 16, 2018

Black man accused of assaulting white supremacist found not guilty

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DeAndre Harris, who had been accused of assaulting the state chairman of the white supremacist group The League of the South during the Charlottesville rally, was found not guilty of assault in a district court on Friday.

Flashback: During the "Unite the Right" rally, Harris had been severely beaten in a parking garage, which led to spinal injury and head lacerations. He was arrested in October when white supremacist Harold Crews filed a police report and convinced a Charlottesville magistrate to issue an arrest warrant for Harris. Harris had faced up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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OPEC+, led by mega-producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, reached a tentative agreement Thursday to impose large cuts in oil production as the coronavirus pandemic fuels an unprecedented collapse in demand, per Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why it matters: The revival of the OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.