Mar 3, 2017

White House doesn’t expect Paris climate decision next week

Ben Geman, author of Generate

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The suspense over whether President Trump will abandon the Paris climate accord will probably last a while longer. "There's no plan at this point to have a decision on this by next week," a White House official said of the 2015 international emissions pact, adding that, "I don't think it's coming down next week."

The comment follows a New York Times report Thursday that Trump wanted to make a decision by next week to coincide with the upcoming executive order that will start unwinding EPA's carbon emissions rules for power plants.

What's next: While Paris remains under discussion in the administration, the White House is still planning to issue the order next week aimed upending the power plant rules and some other Obama-era policies, including a freeze on new coal mining leases on federal lands.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

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Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.