Jun 1, 2017

Dakota pipeline now pumping oil

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The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began operations Thursday. It is now carrying oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois, per the AP. The oil has started shipping for customers.

Context: It's a grim day for environmentalists — the massive pipeline that was halted under Obama but approved by Trump is starting up the same day Trump is to announce whether he will pull out of the Paris climate deal limiting global carbon emissions. Read Axios' scoop on how Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the accord.

The pushback: Sioux tribes in North and South Dakota are still in federal court working to shut down the pipeline, which they fear could pollute water sources.

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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.

John Kelly defends James Mattis against Trump attacks

John Kelly in the White House in July 2017. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended James Mattis on Thursday after President Trump attacked the former defense secretary as "the world's most overrated general" and claimed on Twitter that he was fired.

What he's saying: “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly told the Washington Post in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused."

Barr claims "no correlation" between removing protesters and Trump's church photo op

Attorney General Bill Barr said at a press conference Thursday that there was "no correlation" between his decision to order police to forcibly remove protesters from Lafayette Park and President Trump's subsequent visit to St. John's Episcopal Church earlier this week.

Driving the news: Barr was asked to respond to comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said Tuesday that he "did not know a photo op was happening" and that he does everything he can to "try and stay out of situations that may appear political."