Nov 24, 2018

Protesters hit with tear gas and water canons during tax riots in Paris

Protestors hold french flags during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs in Paris. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

Parisian law enforcement used tear gas and water canons on a crowd of thousands of activists protesting rising fuel taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday morning.

By the numbers: 5,000 protestors surged around the Champs-Elysees on Saturday, and six protestors have already been arrested, according to the AP. The nationwide protests have taken place all week with an estimated 23,000 participants, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Thousands of police have been deployed, hundreds of people have been injured, and two have been killed in accidents related to the protests, the AP reports.

The backdrop: Macron has claimed that the rise in fuel taxes is necessary for moving the nation away from its dependence on fossil fuels. He's expected to defend new plans for transitioning to renewable energy on Tuesday, according to the AP.

The big picture: Macron's popularity has reached a new low amid the unrest, according to a new poll by French pollster BVA.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.