Mar 4, 2017

Clinton adviser opens up about sister's death from Alzheimer's

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Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's communications director (and Barack Obama's communications director before that), gives us a stunning revelation in the Washington Post: Her sister, Dana, died last month from early-onset Alzheimer's. It's a personal tragedy that she was going through at the same time that the campaign team was dealing with the shock of Clinton's upset loss.

Palmieri doesn't share a lot of details about her sister's decline, but she does say that the best moment they spent together "were the ones I spent simply holding her hand in her hospice room." And she has a message for other people whose family members are fighting Alzheimer's:

They are still there, and the time you spend with them can be a gift of grace you might otherwise never have known.

Why it matters: The main value of the piece is not so much in the story itself as the unspoken context: It's a reminder that the political advisers we all see as part of the campaign "machine" sometimes have their own private crises, and there's a lot going on under the surface of the campaign itself.

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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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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.