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French President Emmanuel Macron selected center-right Edouard Philippe as his prime minister — a moderate member of rival The Republicans party — making good on his centrist promise to upend the traditional French political spectrum, per Reuters.

Not politics as usual: Macron's choice is the first time that a modern French president has chosen a prime minister outside of his party without being forced into the decision by a parliamentary defeat.

Why it matters: Macron, who got his political start with the center-left Socialist Party, is looking to bridge the divide between left and right with the hope that his year-old political party, En Marche, can win a clear majority in next month's parliamentary elections.

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Joe Biden attacked President Trump at the presidential debate on Tuesday for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of panicking and failing to prepare for the crisis when he was warned about it in February.

The big picture: "It is what it is because you are who you are," Biden said, alluding to an answer Trump gave in an interview with "Axios on HBO" when asked about the 150,000+ death toll from the coronavirus. Trump responded by claiming that Biden would not have shut down travel from China in the early days of the pandemic, and he defended his administration's mass production of ventilators and protective equipment.

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Biden: "I am the Democratic Party right now"

Responding to President Trump's insistence that the Democratic Party "wants to go socialist medicine," Joe Biden said at the presidential debate on Tuesday: "I am the Democratic Party."

Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Democratic nominee is not in control of his party and that he will be "dominated" by progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Unlike other candidates who Biden ran against in the Democratic primary, he does not support Medicare for All or abolishing private health insurance.