Feb 2, 2018

Gary Cohn announces promotions after tax cuts

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Two staffers at the National Economic Council are getting promotions to the deputy director level in the wake of tax cuts becoming law, Gary Cohn told staff this morning.

Quick hits: Shahira Knight, a driving force on tax reform, will be deputy director for domestic policy, according to a White House official. Ashley Marquis, who was Cohn's chief of staff and is a Bush administration veteran, will be deputy for economic affairs. They join Everett Eissenstat, who is deputy for international affairs.

Big picture: The NEC has been a force in the administration, and sources throughout the White House describe the NEC as its biggest magnet for talent. These moves simultaneously reflect the void left by the departure of former Cohn deputy Jeremy Katz, whose exit has been a bigger blow than many realize, but also the deep bench he helped build in his tenure.

What comes next: Most people in the White House believe Cohn won’t stay for much longer. But Cohn himself rebutted that widespread view in a recent interview with Mike Allen.

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The D.C. National Guard is being called to assist police with protests, per AP, as protests continue past the city's 11 p.m. curfew.

What's happening: Police fired tear gas into a crowd of over 1,000 people in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square across from the White House one hour before Sunday's 11 p.m. curfew, AP reports. Earlier in the night, protestors held a stand off in Lafayette Square, after previously breaking through a White House police barricade. A fire in the basement of the city's historic St. Johns Church was extinguished.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

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Tanker truck plows into Minneapolis protesters

The tanker after plowing into protesters on the shut-down bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening. Authorities said it appeared protesters escaped injury. Photo: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said in a statement they're investigating as a criminal matter what happened with a truck that "drove into demonstrators" on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

What they're saying: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."