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5:25 PM ET, May 30, 2020


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Tess Owen / VICE:
Far-Right Extremists Are Hoping to Turn the George Floyd Protests Into a New Civil War  —  Far-right extremists are showing up, with guns, to the protests against police brutality that have exploded across the country.  —  Others are egging on the violence from behind their computers …
ABC News:
Protest live updates: 'If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing', mayor faces comments backlash  —  Over 1,000 additional National Guard troops are being activated Saturday.  —  The death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died …
Discussion: Twitchy, The Hill and Star Tribune
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 …
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.
Sergei Klebnikov / Forbes:
Every Person Arrested In Saint Paul Last Night Was From Out Of State, Mayor Says  —  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, along with mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter, on Saturday condemned violent protests in the state, blaming organized outside groups for promoting unrest, while also announcing …
New York Times:
What Top Conservatives Are Saying About George Floyd and Police Brutality  —  For those on the right whose usual instinct is to stand up for law enforcement, the stark video showing Mr. Floyd being fatally pinned by a police officer raises conflicting feelings about the incident.
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Axios
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
Protests Flare in Brooklyn Over Floyd Death as de Blasio Appeals for Calm  —  Demonstrators stormed the perimeter of Barclays Center, hurling bottles and debris at police officers.  The police responded with pepper spray and arrested more than 200 people.  —  Protesters angry over the death …
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 …
Associated Press:
As Minneapolis burns, mayor takes heat for the response
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:   The death of George Floyd: What video and other records show about his final minutes
New York Times:
Appeals for Calm as Sprawling Protests Threaten to Spiral Out of Control
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:   Minnesota Bolsters Law Enforcement as Protests Roil U.S. After George Floyd's Death
New York Times:   A Justice Dept. Skeptical of Police Abuse Cases Vows to Investigate Floyd Death
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Gov. Walz to ‘fully mobilize’ the National Guard for Floyd riots
Discussion: Axios
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Think Outside the Box, Jack  —  Trump, Twitter and the society-crushing pursuit of monetized rage.  —  WASHINGTON — C'mon, @Jack.  You can do it.  —  Throw on some Kendrick Lamar and get your head in the right space.  Pour yourself a big old glass of salt juice.
CBS San Francisco:
Security Officers Gunned Down At Oakland Federal Building; DHS Official Calls Gunman ‘An Assassin’  —  OAKLAND (CBS SF) — As tensions began to soar on the streets of Oakland Friday night, a gunman opened fired on two Federal Protective Service officers posted at the city's federal building …
Discussion: Disrn and New York Post
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Federal Protective Services officer shot and killed in Oakland, FBI says
Man killed in shooting not involving police, several arrests made at large protest in Detroit
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Days of Discord, a President Fans the Flames  —  Mr. Trump has presented himself as someone who seeks conflict, not conciliation, a fighter, not a peacemaker.  And he has lived up to his self-image at an inopportune time.  —  WASHINGTON — With a nation on edge, ravaged by disease …
NBC News:
FBI's top lawyer, Dana Boente, ousted amid Fox News criticism for role in Flynn investigation  —  After a 38-year career with the Justice Department, the FBI's top lawyer Dana Boente was asked to resign on Friday.  Two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss Boente said it came …
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Now is the moment to sign Colin Kaepernick  —  Joe Lockhart is a CNN political analyst.  He was the White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
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.
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.
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 …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Declassified Flynn Transcripts Contradict Key Mueller Claims Against Flynn
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
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.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden fails to condemn rioting in remarks on Minneapolis
Discussion: USA Today
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CNN host Chris Cuomo's viewership has plunged by HALF since he contracted coronavirus after segments …
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Post
Orion Rummler / Axios:
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Discussion: ABC News, Townhall and The Hill
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Discussion: KDFX-TV and Washington Post
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country
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