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10:30 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.
7 shot in downtown Louisville at Breonna Taylor protest. Here's what we know
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and The Root
Protest in downtown Columbus broken up after demonstrators breach Ohio Statehouse
Amelia Nierenberg / New York Times:
Their Minneapolis Restaurant Burned, but They Back the Protest
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 …
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 …
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 …
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:   How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country
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 …
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
The Daily Beast:   Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call
Washington Post:   Transcripts of calls between Flynn, Russian diplomat show they discussed sanctions
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 …
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
news-leader:   Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue
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 …
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
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
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.
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Through the lens of a CNN camera on the ground, a view of American disintegration
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
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 …
Gizmodo:   Customs and Border Protection Flew a Predator Surveillance Drone Over Minneapolis Protests Today
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?
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.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: ‘Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies’ Again  —  At the South Carolina event, attended by Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, there were few masks and no social distancing — and that was the point.  —  CONWAY, S.C. — The first mention of the coronavirus pandemic was a joke.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' bid for lockdown relief  —  The Supreme Court has turned down a bid by two Chicago-area churches for relief from stay-at-home orders Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued as part of an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.
Discussion: The Hill
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
As he seeks to punish China, Trump faces criticism at home over his own attacks on democratic values
New York Times:
How Trump's Tweets Cause Collateral Damage for Families Already in Pain
Discussion: CNN
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden sees surge in health-care industry fundraising as Trump slumps in polls over coronavirus response
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German virus ‘guru’ in crosshairs of lockdown critics
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SpaceX loses another Starship prototype in massive explosion
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 Earlier Items: 
Denise Roland / Wall Street Journal:
Blood of Recovered Covid-19 Patients Is Becoming a Hot Commodity
Discussion: The Hill
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
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Where does the phrase ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ come from?