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10:50 AM ET, May 30, 2020


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Jason Koebler / VICE:
NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses to Transport Protesters for the NYPD  —  Workers for New York City's MTA are refusing to transport people arrested during protests against police brutality in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  A video of a bus driver refusing …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
America Is a Tinderbox  —  Scenes from a country in free fall.  —  The last two and a half months in America have felt like the opening montage in a dystopian film about a nation come undone.  First the pandemic hit and hospitals in New York City were overwhelmed.
Washington Post:
The death of George Floyd: What video and other records show about his final minutes  —  Play Video  —  On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was pinned facedown on the ground, in handcuffs, by a white police officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Lawyer: Wife Of Charged Ex-MPD Officer Derek Chauvin Files For Divorce  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.  —  “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family.
Washington Post:
Demonstrations for George Floyd lead to clashes outside White House  —  Several hundred people gathered outside the White House in two successive tense and confrontational demonstrations occurring hours apart on Friday, both of them protesting the death of George Floyd, who died …
New York Times:
George Floyd and Minneapolis Protests: Live Updates  —  The Defense Department ordered the Army to prepare military police units to deploy to Minneapolis after another night of protests.  —  RIGHT NOW The Pentagon says that active-duty units from across the country have been put on notice, at the behest of President Trump.
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Associated Press
New York Times:
Sprawling Protest Movement Treads Line Between Justice Agenda and Chaos
Discussion: The Week
Des Moines Register:   Des Moines police clash with protestors, spray tear gas after bricks hit cars
Wall Street Journal:
The Minneapolis Neighborhood at the Center of Protests Over George Floyd's Death
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
The History Behind ‘When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts’
Amelia Nierenberg / New York Times:
Their Minneapolis Restaurant Burned, but They Back the Protest
Discussion: Innocence Project and Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church's Challenge to Shutdown Order  —  A California church argued that restrictions on public gatherings treated houses of worship worse than many businesses.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned away a request from a church in California …
Discussion: USA Today, and Breitbart
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Supreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions  —  The Supreme Court issued a rare late-night ruling on Friday against a California church challenging their state's stay-at-home order.  —  In a 5-4 vote, Chief Justice John Roberts broke from other conservative justices to rule in favor of the state.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Karra Small / FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV:
Partygoer at Lake of the Ozarks pool party tests positive for COVID-19, potentially exposing hundreds  —  CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — A positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in a Boone County resident who attended a crowded pool party in the Lake of the Ozarks last weekend.
Discussion: WREG-TV
news-leader:   Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue
Andrew Havranek / KYTV-TV:   A positive COVID-19 case from out of the area visited the Lake of the Ozarks pool bars on Memorial Day Weekend
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Transcript Shows Trump Adviser Michael Flynn Colluding With Russia in 2016  —  Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser, pleaded guilty in federal court to the charge of lying to FBI officials about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Declassified Flynn Transcripts Contradict Key Mueller Claims Against Flynn
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
The Daily Beast:   Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted …
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:   How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump said not a word to soothe a smoldering country. It's time for Biden to step up.
Discussion: COURIER, Mother Jones and The Mahablog
Mark Zuckerberg:
This has been an incredibly tough week after a string of tough weeks.  The killing of George Floyd showed yet again that for Black people in America, just existing means risking your life.  This comes weeks after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and in the midst of Covid having …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Leaked posts show Facebook employees asking the company to remove Trump's threat of violence
Washington Post:
Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis  —  A global pandemic has now killed more than 100,000 Americans and left 40 million unemployed in its wake.  Protests — some of them violent — have once again erupted in spots across the country over police killings of black Americans.
Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
‘You need to go home,’ Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says as new fires, looting hit Minneapolis
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Violence rocks Atlanta as rioters smash windows, set fires, loot shops  —  Gov. Brian Kemp announced early Saturday that he'd deployed the National Guard to restore calm.  —  Rioters burned police cars and smashed their way into stores in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead despite pleas …
Discussion: IJR
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia politicians condemn violent protests, others see ‘day of reckoning’
Discussion: Althouse
North Carolina governor: Trump insisted on full convention with no face masks or social distancing  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday and insisted on a full Republican convention this summer with no face masks or social distancing …
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit  —  BERLIN — Angela Merkel has rebuffed Donald Trump's invitation to attend a G7 summit, which the U.S. president is keen to portray as a symbol of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis.
Keith Cowing / NASA Watch:
Eric Trump's Brother-In-Law Is The New Deputy NASA Chief Of Staff.  Seriously.  —  Kyle Yunaska Named Deputy Chief of Staff At NASA Headquarters … Eric Trump's brother-in-law gets promoted.  E&E News (2017) … Meet The Hottest Bachelors Of Washington D.C., Inside Edition
Washington Post:
All U.S.  —  The number of people reported to have died of the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed 100,000 this week, a grim marker of lives lost directly to the disease, but an analysis of overall deaths during the pandemic shows that the nation probably reached a similar terrible milestone three weeks ago.
Chicago Tribune:
Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say ... begins with F and it ends with U’  —  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he's fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times:
Lightfoot responds to Trump's tweet on Minneapolis protesters: ‘It begins with F and ends with YOU.’
Discussion: WPRI-TV and Associated Press
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Adrian Wojnarowski / ESPN:
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump imagines roving bands of child ballot thieves
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Discussion: Axios
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Politico and Fox News
Jake Zuckerman / Ohio Capital Journal:
Police say suspect threatened to kill father of ranking house Dem unless she resigned
Discussion: Raw Story