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11:05 PM ET, May 29, 2020


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
Max Boot / Washington Post:
This is the presidency George Wallace never had  —  We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man.  It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Just Security
Washington Post:   Transcripts of calls between Flynn, Russian diplomat show they discussed sanctions
The Daily Beast:   Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call
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
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?
Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times:
Lightfoot responds to Trump's tweet on Minneapolis protesters: ‘It begins with F and ends with YOU.’
Discussion: Associated Press and WPRI-TV
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump said not a word to soothe a smoldering country. It's time for Biden to step up.
Discussion: COURIER
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:   How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country
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: KRQE-TV
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.
news-leader:   Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue
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, The Root and Breitbart
Protest in downtown Columbus broken up after demonstrators breach Ohio Statehouse
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Minn. mayor gives masks to crowding rioters after warning in-person worship would be ‘public health disaster’
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 …
Washington Post:
North Carolina officials push RNC to provide a detailed safety plan for convention  —  President Trump called North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) Friday to argue for holding a normal Republican convention in the state, as talks have become fragile and GOP operatives have signaled they're looking for an alternative location.
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Over Veterans' Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules  —  President Trump sided with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over veterans groups, vetoing a measure that would have blocked new regulations that tighten access to student loan forgiveness.
Discussion: Axios
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Trump backs DeVos plan to limit student debt relief
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Jason Hanna / CNN:
CNN crew released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in Minneapolis
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.
Customs and Border Protection Flew a Predator Surveillance Drone Over Minneapolis Protests Today  —  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has flown a Predator drone above ongoing protests against police brutality in Minneapolis, according to flight logs.  —  An aircraft using …
Discussion: New York Times
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
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.
Discussion: Fox News, POLITICUSUSA and Politico
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Where does the phrase ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ come from?