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12:45 PM ET, May 30, 2020


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James Laporta / Associated Press:
Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis …
Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Protesters burned businesses in Minneapolis.  They smashed police cars and windows in Atlanta, broke into police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and chanted curses at President Donald Trump outside the White House.
CBS News:
Minneapolis protesters defy curfew in fourth night of unrest  —  Protesters in Minneapolis defied curfew orders as firefighters worked to put out fires across the city in the fourth night of unrest over George Floyd's death.  —  CBS Minnesota reports they were battling fires at businesses.
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 …
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.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Violent Protests Change Politics  —  On Thursday night, thousands of people gathered in the streets of Minneapolis, and other cities across the country, to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Gov. Walz to ‘fully mobilize’ the National Guard for Floyd riots  —  The governor cites the presence outside agitators ‘to destabilize civil society.’  —  Shaken by another night of chaos that overwhelmed law enforcement, Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday he will fully mobilize the National Guard …
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Sprawling Protest Movement Treads Line Between Justice Agenda and Chaos
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:   A Justice Dept. Skeptical of Police Abuse Cases Vows to Investigate Floyd Death
Des Moines Register:   Des Moines police clash with protestors, spray tear gas after bricks hit cars
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
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.
news-leader:   Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue
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.
New York Times:
Flynn Discussed Sanctions at Length With Russian Diplomat, Transcripts Show  —  The former national security adviser now says he does not remember those discussions as he fights a criminal charge he had previously pleaded guilty to.  —  WASHINGTON — The former national security adviser …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   New Transcript Shows Trump Adviser Michael Flynn Colluding With Russia in 2016
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Declassified Flynn Transcripts Contradict Key Mueller Claims Against Flynn
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Greg Wilson / Fox News:
Fox News crew harassed, chased by angry mob while reporting on protests outside White House  —  An angry mob of rioters stoked by the death of a black man at the apparent hand of a Minneapolis cop turned its rage on a Fox News crew early Saturday, chasing and pummeling the journalists outside …
Discussion: TheBlaze, IJR, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Shellie Sylvestri / WAVE-TV:
LMPD officer fires pepper balls at WAVE 3 News reporter during Louisville protest  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by pepper balls reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville.
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.
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 …
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country  —  If we talked about what is happening in Minneapolis the same way we talk about events in a foreign country, here's how the Western media would cover it.  The quotes and those “quoted” in the piece below are fictional.
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
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia politicians condemn violent protests, others see ‘day of reckoning’  —  Some of Georgia's top politicians echoed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' call for violent protesters to “go home.”  Others said outraged demonstrators should translate their anger into votes in November.
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Violence rocks Atlanta as rioters smash windows, set fires, loot shops
Discussion: IJR
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Discussion: Axios
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