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2:35 AM ET, May 30, 2020


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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 …
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Lawyer: Wife Of Charged Ex-MPD Officer Derek Chauvin Files For Divorce  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A lawyer has issued a statement from the wife of the now-arrested and charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and she said she has filed for divorce.  —  “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses to Transport Protesters for the NYPD
Discussion: Payday Report and NBC News
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd's Death
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
The History Behind ‘When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts’
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’
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
Boone County resident positive for COVID-19 after visiting Lake of the Ozarks pool party venue  —  A week after images of Memorial Day weekend revelers jammed into a Lake of the Ozarks pool party at Backwater Jack's Bar & Grill in Osage Beach made international headlines …
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
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 …
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump said not a word to soothe a smoldering country. It's time for Biden to step up.
Discussion: COURIER and Mother Jones
Val Demings / Washington Post:
My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?
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.
New documents show Flynn told Russian ambassador not to escalate on sanctions
Discussion: РБК and KDFX-TV
The Daily Beast:   Flynn Asked Russian for Alliance Against ‘Radical Islamists’ on Infamous Phone Call
CNBC:   Michael Flynn transcripts released, calls with Russian diplomat detailed
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
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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roberts joins court's liberals to deny California church's lockdown challenge
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit  —  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 of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis.
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.
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
Chicago Tribune:
Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say ... begins with F and it ends with U’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Star Geraldo Rivera Unloads on Trump: ‘What Is This, 6th Grade?!’  —  During an appearance on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera called on the president to “self-censor” himself over his “looting, shooting” tweets.  —  Geraldo Rivera delivered one of the harshest condemnations …
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA, Breitbart and Deadline
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
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
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.
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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Adrian Wojnarowski / ESPN:
Sources: NBA board of governors expected to approve Adam Silver's restart plan Thursday
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump imagines roving bands of child ballot thieves
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China vows to ‘smash’ any Taiwan independence move as Trump weighs sanctions
Every Single Worker Has Covid at a U.S. Farm on Harvest Eve
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Over Veterans' Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules
Discussion: Axios
Max Boot / Washington Post:
This is the presidency George Wallace never had
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Loren Grush / The Verge:
SpaceX loses another Starship prototype in massive explosion
Discussion: Mediaite
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Through the lens of a CNN camera on the ground, a view of American disintegration
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Denise Roland / Wall Street Journal:
Blood of Recovered Covid-19 Patients Is Becoming a Hot Commodity
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and The Hill
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: ‘Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies’ Again
Discussion: Raw Story
Chase Peterson-Withorn / Forbes:
Inside Kylie Jenner’s Web Of Lies—And Why She’s No Longer A Billionaire