It's almost 8 p.m. in New York. In case you're just joining us, here are the important headlines from today:
- Emotional debate erupts over anti-lynching legislation: In an emotional exchange on the Senate floor, Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California spoke out Thursday against an amendment that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was trying to add to anti-lynching legislation.
- Bail set at $1 million for three ex-officers charged in George Floyd's death: A judge on Thursday set bail for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death at $1 million each, or $750,000 under certain conditions, including that they do not work in law enforcement or have any contact with Floyd's family. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao appeared in court one day after they were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
- At his memorial, Sharpton said George Floyd changed the world: The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke near a casket carrying Floyd's body at the North Central University in Minneapolis. The event was the first in a series of memorial services honoring Floyd. It was a time for Floyd's family to mourn a man who in his 46 years of life "touched many hearts" and whose death sparked momentum toward change within days.
- Ahmaud Arbery was hit with a truck before he died, and his killer allegedly used a racial slur, investigator testifies: The hearing lasted about seven hours, with the judge ruling all three defendants — Travis McMichael; his father, Gregory McMichael; and William "Roddie" Bryan — would stand trial on all charges.
- The Floyd protests are sparking a surprising debate in black America: Protesters have captured the attention of the world over the past week. But there's a difference between getting attention and getting change. How can people translate the energy unleashed by the protests into transformative action?