Jun 5, 2017

Macron in the driver seat

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, drives an electric golf car with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the garden of the Versailles Palace. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Emmanuel Macron, the new president of France, has emerged as one of the strongest voices for the old world order of, among other things, open borders, free movement of labor, and multilateral agreements like the Paris climate accord.

In a videotaped speech partly in English after Trump's Paris withdrawal, Macron offered a warm home to any American climate scientist or activist who wants to work in France, and concluded, "Make our planet great again."

Get smart: Macron is playing the pragmatist, delivering rebukes not just to Trump, but also Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk firm Eurasia Group. And he's awarding the grievance-filled Putin his most cherished thing -- recognition of Russia's importance on the world stage. Macron wants to work with pretty much everybody. That's a comfortable place to be, given that all of his serious problems are close to home.

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Al Sharpton says Floyd family will lead march on Washington in August

The family of George Floyd is teaming up with Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a march on Washington on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of the civil rights movement's March on Washington — to call for a federal policing equality act, Sharpton announced during a eulogy at Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday.

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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Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

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The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."

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.