Feb 15, 2017

The head of the CIA's secret meeting with Abbas

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On the eve of President Trump's visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, CIA Director Mike Pompeo met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, per the AP.

The meeting came as the Trump administration signaled an openness to pursue a peace process in the Middle East that does not involve a two-state solution — a goal mutually endorsed by the United States, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator: "We believe undermining the two-state solution is not a joke, it is a disaster and tragedy for Palestinians and the Israelis and the whole region."

Facts Matter: Read more about Trump and the two-state solution.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 6,777,896 — Total deaths: 395,812 — Total recoveries — 2,773,039Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 1,901,391 — Total deaths: 109,215 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.
  4. Public health: Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of coronavirus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free coronavirus testing amid protests
  5. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics.
  6. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.

Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester

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Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault on Saturday after a video emerged of them shoving a 75-year-old protester while clearing a demonstration in the wake of George Floyd's killing, AP reports, citing prosecutors.

The state of play: Both officers pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, and were released without bail. After the law enforcement officers were initially suspended without pay on Friday, all 57 officers on the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned in a show of support for their fellow officers' suspensions.

Humility for forecasters: Jobs shocker is record miss

President Trump speaking in the Rose Garden following the release of the jobs report on May 5, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Economists were projecting that May's jobs figures would show a loss of 8 million jobs and an unemployment rate approaching 20% — Great Depression territory.

The state of play: Instead, a record 2.5 million workers were added, and unemployment fell to 13.3% from April's post-World War II high of 14.7%.