Mar 12, 2018

Report: U.K. prepping action against Russia after spy attack

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of her National Security Council this morning, where she is expected to hear evidence from her intelligence services that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on spy Sergei Skripal, according to a report in The Times. That could prompt the U.K. to present "retaliatory measures" to parliament within "the next 48 hours," including the expulsion of Russian diplomats, financial sanctions, and actions against this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Why it matters: A similar report in The Sun highlights the geopolitical risk that comes with the U.K.'s response: "It is suspected that [Putin] sanctioned the brazen nerve agent attack simply to goad Britain into a reaction that he can strike back against and look like a strongman standing up to the West to voters."

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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.
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  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%.