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8:45 PM ET, May 29, 2020


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Washington Post:
Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder and manslaugther in death of George Floyd  —  Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon.
Jason Hanna / CNN:
CNN crew released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in Minneapolis  —  (CNN)A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
The History Behind ‘When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts’  —  Responding to clashes between protesters and police in Minneapolis following George Floyd's death, President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to denounce demonstrators and wrote “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The Daily Beast:
Team Biden on Klobuchar: ‘We Need to Avoid Her’  —  Klobuchar has been on the short list for Biden's veep spot since she led the Democratic field in endorsing his candidacy after his South Carolina win.  That all changed this week.  —  In recent weeks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has positioned herself …
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd's Death  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested four days after George Floyd's fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Where does the phrase ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ come from?
Protest in downtown Columbus broken up after demonstrators breach Ohio Statehouse
CBS Philly:
Reading Native Taylor Swift Says President Trump Is ‘Stoking The Fires Of White Supremacy’ With Shooting Looters Tweet
Discussion: Spectator USA, Vox and The Daily Wire
Associated Press:
Minneapolis cop who knelt on handcuffed black man arrested
New York Times:
Protests in Minnesota Renew Scrutiny of Klobuchar's Record as Prosecutor
Flynn urged Russian ambassador to take ‘reciprocal’ actions, transcripts show  —  Incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn told Russia's ambassador to Washington in late 2016 to take “reciprocal” actions in response to Obama administration sanctions for election interference …
The Daily Beast:
Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call  —  Declassified transcripts showed that the background to Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn's downfall was a scheme for the U.S. and Russia to fight ‘Islamists’ and make a deal on Syria.  —  When Donald Trump's national …
Washington Post:   Transcripts of calls between Flynn, Russian diplomat show they discussed sanctions
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Transcript Shows Trump Adviser Michael Flynn Colluding With Russia in 2016
Discussion: Just Security
Steven Nelson / New York Post:   Transcripts of Michael Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador released
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Leaked posts show Facebook employees asking the company to remove Trump's threat of violence  —  “If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly”  —  Facebook's decision not to take action against recent posts about mail-in ballots and the Minnesota protests by President Trump …
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 …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Mark Zuckerberg silent as Trump uses Facebook and Instagram to threaten ‘looting’ will lead to ‘shooting’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit  —  US president wants landmark event but chancellor ‘cannot agree’ to travel due to ongoing pandemic.  —  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 …
Val Demings / Washington Post:
My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?  —  Val Demings, a Democrat, represents Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  As a former woman in blue, let me begin with my brothers and sisters in blue: What in the hell are you doing?
Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue  —  A week after images of Memorial Day weekend revelers jammed into a Lake of the Ozarks pool party at Backwater Jack's Bar & Grill in Osage Beach made international headlines …
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  —  CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — The Camden County Health Department said Friday a Boone County resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 visited the Lake of the Ozarks during Memorial Day Weekend.
NBC News:
Troll farms from Macedonia and the Philippines pushed coronavirus disinformation on Facebook  —  One of the largest publishers of coronavirus disinformation on Facebook has been banned from the platform for using content farms from Macedonia and the Philippines, Facebook said on Friday.
Sky News:
Coronavirus: Monkeys ‘escape with COVID-19 samples’ after attacking lab assistant  —  One of the primates was reportedly later spotted up in a tree, chewing one of the sample collection kits.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped …
Loren Grush / The Verge:
SpaceX loses another Starship prototype in massive explosion  —  Another Starship bites the dust  —  A fourth prototype of SpaceX's next generation Starship rocket exploded right after a test at the company's south Texas test site on Friday.  Shortly after SpaceX ignited the engine on the test rocket …
Discussion: Mediaite
Chase Peterson-Withorn / Forbes:
Inside Kylie Jenner's Web Of Lies—And Why She's No Longer A Billionaire  —  Earlier this year, Kylie Jenner sold half of her cosmetics company in one of the greatest celebrity cash-outs of all time.  But the deal's fine print reveals that she has been inflating the size and success of her business.
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Through the lens of a CNN camera on the ground, a view of American disintegration  —  When the camera is rolling, you don't see the camera.  —  The illusion is as old as Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers: The camera is your eye, it roams the world, seeing and recording it transparently …
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization  —  President Donald Trump on Friday said he would make good on his threat to withdraw from the World Health Organization — an unprecedented move that could undermine the global coronavirus response and make it more difficult to stamp out other disease threats.
Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis  —  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a Predator drone, military technology used for surveilling and killing terrorists abroad, over Minneapolis as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality …
7 shot in downtown Louisville at Breonna Taylor protest.  Here's what we know  —  Louisville, Ky. — At least seven people were shot as hundreds of protesters in downtown Louisville gathered Thursday night to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old ER tech who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March.
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and The Root
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden sees surge in health-care industry fundraising as Trump slumps in polls over coronavirus response  — Throughout the 2020 election cycle, people in the health-care field have given over $3.8 million in donations to former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign and the outside groups that are supporting him.
Jake Zuckerman / Ohio Capital Journal:
Police say suspect threatened to kill father of ranking house Dem unless she resigned  —  Democratic House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes received a call from an unknown man on May 23 calling from her father's phone number, threatening to kill him if she didn't “step aside” politically, according to a police report released Friday.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Stratford / Politico:
Trump backs DeVos plan to limit student debt relief
Discussion: Associated Press
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' bid for lockdown relief
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
North Carolina officials push RNC to provide a detailed safety plan for convention
Congressman Matt Gaetz:
Congressman Matt Gaetz Hits Twitter with FEC Complaint, Accuses Platform of “Domestic Election Interference”
The Bulwark:
Trump's Cowardly “Press Conference”
Femke Colborne / Agence France-Presse:
German virus ‘guru’ in crosshairs of lockdown critics
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Doing All of This for Zuckerberg
Discussion: New Republic, Reason, Vox, The Dispatch and Wired
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Blood of Recovered Covid-19 Patients Is Becoming a Hot Commodity
Discussion: The Hill
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: ‘Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies’ Again
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Investigators: US official used office to get son-in-law job
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump in Trouble
Discussion: Fox News
Gabriel T. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Campaign Drops Fundraiser With Former Top Prosecutor on Mueller's Team