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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told Fox News that he is meeting with members of George Floyd's family on Thursday.

State of play: Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, is working with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and other Democrats to reach a bipartisan deal on police reform.

  • Scott has opposed Democrats' George Floyd Policing Act and instead backs an alternative measure blocked by Senate Democrats last year.

What he's saying: Scott has argued that antagonizing law enforcement is not the solution. "I won't cross that line," he said.

  • Scott said he will "listen to what the family wants to talk about, listen to the proposals, the suggestions that reinforces common sense and finally go back to the drawing board taking all that information to heart."

Worth noting: In his rebuttal to President Biden's address to Congress on Wednesday, Scott said "America is not a racist country" and argued that "race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants."

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$1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in Senate

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The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstanding issues.

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Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

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"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.

How Hertz is fighting to stay relevant

A Hertz car rental counter in the Miami International Airport. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In the span of less than a week, Hertz has made three big strategic moves intended to keep the car rental giant from fading into oblivion.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing and other mobility innovations are rapidly changing the way people get from A to B, posing an existential threat to traditional car rental services.