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Kathryn Krawczyk / Yahoo News:
Amy Klobuchar didn't prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints  —  George Floyd's death in police custody is  —  renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record.  —  Before she became a senator and a top contender …
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Minneapolis Man: Cop Who Kneeled on George Floyd ‘Tried to Kill Me’ in 2008  —  In 2008, Derek Chauvin barged into Ira Toles' home while responding to a domestic-violence call and shot him at close range, leaving him with a permanent hole in his stomach.  —  Ira Latrell Toles …
NBC News:
Minneapolis police precinct on fire as protest rage on after death of George Floyd  —  MINNEAPOLIS — A police precinct was burning in Minneapolis late Thursday as protests over the death of George Floyd raged on for a third straight day.  —  Protesters had focused their attention …
NBC News:
Minneapolis police officer at center of George Floyd's death had history of complaints  —  Derek Chauvin had been with the Minneapolis police since 2001.  During his career, he was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints; he was never disciplined.  —  The Minneapolis police officer …
George Floyd, fired officer overlapped security shifts at south Minneapolis club  —  A former club owner in south Minneapolis says the now-fired police officer and the black man who died in his custody this week both worked security for her club up to the end of last year.
Associated Press:
Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street by the neck.
Discussion: Associated Press and WTRF-TV
Alan Macleod / MintPress News:
As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
George Floyd protest turns violent, deadly; Minneapolis mayor requests National Guard
The White House:
Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Twitter Has Little to Fear From Trump
Discussion: Deadline, Fox News and The Daily Caller
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump readies executive order targeting Facebook, Google and Twitter, sparking widespread criticism …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Most Mendacious President in U.S. History  —  On Trump, his Twitter lies, and why it's getting worse.  —  On Sunday, on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, President Donald Trump accused the TV talk-show host Joe Scarborough of murder.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday …
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Lori deserves better. So does America.
Discussion: Techdirt and New York Times
Tony Schwartz:
The Psychopath in Chief … Among the accomplishments Trump parades …
Josh Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
The Covid Political Earthquake  —  Subsidies will soon end.  Americans will then feel the economic pain—and revolt.  —  The political press is preoccupied with the electoral implications of the virus crisis, and pundits insist the 2020 election will be about the Trump daily soap opera.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Fight Over G.O.P. Convention Escalates in North Carolina  —  In a letter to the state's Democratic governor, top Republicans suggested safety measures to avoid spreading the coronavirus.  President Trump has pushed state leaders to hold the kind of event he wants.
Washington Post:   Republicans pressure North Carolina officials to confirm August convention by Wednesday
Ursula Perano / Axios:
RNC outlines safety proposal for Charlotte convention
Discussion: The Hill
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Amy Cooper allegedly stalked ex-love interest, slammed him for Obama vote  —  The white dog-walker, who called 911 on a black man when he asked her to leash her cocker spaniel in Central Park, allegedly stalked a former love interest and chided him for voting for President Barack Obama, The Post has learned.
Discussion: TheGrio
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Never Trumpers might finally be on to something  —  The quandary of the “Never Trump” Republicans has always been that although they get plenty of attention from the media, their success in persuading rank-and-file members of their party to reject this president has been negligible at best.
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws name from Biden VP consideration  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday that she's not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden.  —  Cortez Masto, who in 2016 became …
New York Times:
F.B.I. Once Investigated Trump Campaign Adviser's Ties to Egypt  —  Investigators scrutinized ties between Walid Phares and the Egyptian government.  He was never charged with a crime.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and the special counsel's office investigated whether a former Trump campaign …
Kellyanne Conway Voted By Mail — But She Thinks You Should Have To Wait In Line  —  She argued that if you'd wait an hour to buy a cupcake, you ought to be able to wait that long to vote.  Yet in 2018, she ditched the line and voted by mail.  —  WASHINGTON — White House aide Kellyanne Conway …
GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority  —  Washington (CNN)A little more than three months ago, as Democrats cast their ballots in the Nevada caucuses, Republicans felt confident about their chances in 2020.  The coronavirus seemed a distant, far-off threat.
Washington Post:
Administration initially dispensed scarce covid-19 drug to some hospitals that didn't need it  —  Officials describe early missteps that delayed treatment to critically ill patients.  —  The Trump administration mishandled the initial distribution of the only approved coronavirus medication …
Picking Up The Pieces  —  A Minneapolis Case Study  —  When Officer Rod Webber quickly approached the car that Hamza Jeylani was sitting in, the 17-year-old hit record on his cell phone.1 Moments earlier, Jeylani and three friends were pulled over by the officer after making a U-turn …
Manu Raju / CNN:
GOP's no-mask caucus: ‘Can you smell through that mask?’  —  Trump takes jab at journalist for wearing mask  —  (CNN)Call them the no-mask caucus.  —  A contingent of House Republicans continues to defy the recommendations of public health experts and Congress' top physician to wear face coverings …
Discussion: Raw Story
Craig Brandhorst / University of South Carolina:
1 tweet, 1 sandwich, 1 beer  —  White House reporter Josh Dawsey tells it like it is  —  Josh Dawsey is a lowlife reporter.  —  That's not us talking.  That's straight from the mouth of Donald J. Trump.  Or straight from his thumbs anyway.  Here's the original tweet …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Lindsey Graham On George Floyd, Supreme Court snd Circuit Vacancies, Witnesses For Obamagate Hearings, Sanctions on the CCP Over Hong Kong, Regulating Big Tech, Joe Biden and More  —  Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsay Graham joined me this AM:  —  05-28hhs-graham  —  Transcript:
Washington Post:
Former Romney strategist Stuart Stevens joins Lincoln Project  —  Stuart Stevens, the former chief strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, said Thursday that he has joined the Lincoln Project, a super PAC launched by a group of veteran Republican operatives seeking to defeat President Trump.
Discussion: The Hill
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Journalists React to Shocking Layoff of CBS News White House Legend Mark Knoller: ‘An Irreplaceable Institution’  —  Journalists have taken to Twitter to express their anger and sadness regarding the shocking layoff of CBS News White House correspondent and legend Mark Knoller, many calling attention to his genuine, unbiased reporting.
Washington Post:
White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance  —  The Trump administration with no advance notice removed warnings contained in guidance for the reopening of houses of worship that singing in choirs can spread the coronavirus.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Trump says right-wing voices are being censored.  The data says something else  —  New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has angrily complained this week about social media companies, repeatedly accusing them of censoring conservative voices and going as far as to sign an executive order Thursday seeking to limit their power.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
For Trump, It's Never Been About the Economy  —  A growing number of Republicans, including President Trump, argue that Democratic governors are keeping their states closed to intentionally slow the economy and hurt Trump's chances at reelection.  Some Democrats, including many who worked …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's refusal to address racism threatens the identity of our country
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Temperature Checks and Desk Shields: C.D.C. Suggests Big Changes to Offices
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
As U.S. Ramps Up Reopening, Coronavirus Restrictions Return in South Korea
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Biden vs. Trump on Coronavirus Testing
The Charleston Chronicle:
Rep. Moore: “We Are In The Valley”
NBC News:
How private jet owners got a subsidy from coronavirus relief funds
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus again
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
How White Women Use Themselves as Instruments of Terror
Discussion: Raw Story
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
GOP Senate Hopeful Employs Monarchist and Anti-Semite to Manage Campaign
Discussion: Breitbart
Evan Walker / Surveys:
Missouri Statewide General Election Survey Results
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
Understanding the Michael Flynn Case: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff, and the Proper from the Improper
Discussion: emptywheel