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5:15 PM ET, May 29, 2020


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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?
Jason Hanna / CNN:
A CNN crew has been arrested while covering Minneapolis protests, and the governor has apologized  —  Minnesota police arrest CNN team on live television  —  (CNN)A CNN crew was arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning while giving a live television report in Minneapolis …
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.
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
When a CNN camera hit the ground, America saw the world through George Floyd's eyes  —  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: Twitchy
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just threatened to have looters shot.  Biden urged calm.  That says it all.  —  We need to more fully come to terms with an unpleasant truth.  It begins here: Donald Trump simply does not accept that he has any institutional obligation of any kind as president to use …
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd's Death
Protest in downtown Columbus broken up after demonstrators breach Ohio Statehouse
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Minneapolis Bus Drivers Refuse to Transport George Floyd Protesters to Jail
Emily Haavik / KARE-TV:
Former Minneapolis police officer arrested in George Floyd death
Star Tribune:
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls Minneapolis unrest ‘unacceptable’; President Donald Trump promises action
George Floyd, fired officer overlapped security shifts at south Minneapolis club
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump wants to win over black voters while his base wants him to be tough. His base is winning.
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Kos and The Hill
ABC News:
Trump announces China sanctions over Hong Kong, termination of WHO relationship
US should stand with Minnesota violent protesters as it did with HK rioters
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Trump teases China action today
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Where does the phrase ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ come from?  —  WASHINGTON — Twitter said early Friday that a post by President Donald Trump about the protests overnight in Minneapolis glorified violence because of the historical context of his last line: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Flynn, Kislyak transcripts transmitted to Congress after DNI declassification
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Denise Roland / Wall Street Journal:
Blood of Recovered Covid-19 Patients Is Becoming a Hot Commodity  —  Demand buoys blood brokers but challenges makers of antibody tests; $1,000 for one milliliter  —  The blood business is booming.  —  This normally obscure trade has been set alight by the race to develop Covid-19 antibody tests …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump's Assault on Twitter's Free Speech Should Disgust Supporters of Citizens United  —  The president seeks to punish a corporation for engaging in political speech—and Citizens United's biggest defenders are cheering him on. … In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump in Trouble  —  President Trump was disappointed.  Bad weather on Wednesday forced a delay in SpaceX's planned launch of the Dragon spacecraft, robbing the president of a prized photo opportunity.  He plans to attend the next launch window, scheduled for May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Gunshot fired into Republican field office during local Trump campaign event, RNC says  —  EXCLUSIVE: A gunshot was fired through a window of a Republican National Committee office in Mohave County, Arizona during a Trump Victory event Thursday night, GOP officials tell Fox News.
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
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Exclusive: Cruz calls for criminal investigation of Twitter  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a letter Friday to the Justice and Treasury departments, is calling for a criminal investigation of Twitter over allegations the company is violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
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