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1:20 PM ET, May 31, 2020


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Joe Biden:
We are a nation furious at injustice.  —  These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice.  Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Times reporter recounts being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets by Minnesota police  —  When Minnesota police advanced on peaceful protesters gathered at an intersection outside the Fifth Precinct late Saturday, I didn't expect them to fire on reporters.  —  I was wrong.
The Daily Beast:
Scenes of ‘Urban Warfare’ Erupt from Miami to Seattle
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
As crowds swell and destruction mounts, attention turns to out-of-state rioters
Discussion: Power Line
Brandon Stahl / KARE-TV:
KARE 11 Investigates: Records show arrests so far are mostly in-state
Frances Robles / New York Times:
A Reporter's Cry on Live TV: 'I'm Getting Shot!  I'm Getting Shot!'  —  From a television crew assaulted by protesters to a photographer struck in the eye, journalists have found themselves targeted on the streets of America.  —  Linda Tirado, a freelance photographer, activist and author …
Joel Anderson / Slate:
The Police Don't Change
Discussion: Axios, New York Times and Raw Story
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
Discussion: The Intercept, Instapundit and NBC News
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Terrified of Protest  —  Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive.  But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what's transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence.
Discussion: Voice of America, The Hill, Vox and The Root
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: “He speaks and he makes it worse”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
ABC News:
Protesters converge on White House for second straight day
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Days of Discord, a President Fans the Flames
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Threatens White House Protesters With ‘Vicious Dogs’ and ‘Ominous Weapons’
Discussion: Reuters
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don't understand the protests?  What you're seeing is people pushed to the edge  —  What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd's neck while Floyd croaked, “I can't breathe”?  —  If you're white …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
LZ Granderson / Los Angeles Times:
George Floyd and the special hell reserved for black journalists covering his killing  —  When my cell rang, an unfamiliar number popped up on the screen.  Normally I ignore these calls, certain my service provider has sold my information to half the country's telemarketing companies.
Clark Neily / The Bulwark:
To Make Police Accountable, End Qualified Immunity  —  In their preference for a policy that protects police, conservatives abandon their commitment to textualism and embrace pro-government judicial activism.  —  MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 30: POLICE ADVANCE ON DEMONSTRATORS WHO ARE PROTESTING …
Discussion: Unlawful Shield and New York Times
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
George Floyd's Brother Says Trump Was Dismissive On Condolence Call  —  “He didn't give me the opportunity to even speak,” Philonise Floyd said.  —  A condolence phone call from President Donald Trump ended up frustrating George Floyd's brother, who said Trump “didn't give [him] the opportunity to even speak.”
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
D.C., Atlanta mayors call for calm, say ‘solution is not to destroy our cities’  —  WASHINGTON — Amid nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in custody of a Minneapolis police officer, the mayors of two major cities Sunday urged those participating to remain peaceful …
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:   This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide  —  Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street.  Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch.  Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter — Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
Discussion: Mother Jones
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Advantage Biden, with risks; Trump disapproval grows: POLL  —  Biden holds a lead over Trump among registered voters.  —  Joe Biden holds a 10-point lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, but that's sliced in half among those certain to vote …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president's coronavirus rating slips  —  Americans give President Trump negative ratings for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the crisis has persisted his prospects for reelection in November have eroded, with former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Financial Times and The Hill
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Don't assume riots will help Trump's reelection campaign  —  As major U.S. cities are engulfed in flames amid mass rioting and looting, there has been a default argument people have been making that this will play right into President Trump's hands and give a boost to his reelection prospects.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Florida's Seen a ‘Statistically Significant’ Uptick in Pneumonia Deaths.  The CDC Says It's Likely COVID.  —  There's a conspiracy theory brewing on the left that Gov. DeSantis is cooking the books.  Instead, it's very likely due to lack of testing.  —  Since the beginning of this year …
Discussion: Raw Story
In a sad week for America, Trump has fled from his duty  —  David Gergen has been a White House adviser to four presidents and is a senior political analyst at CNN.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he founded the Center for Public Leadership.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough  —  Joe Biden wants to heal the soul of the country in this moment of protest and loss, and win the White House.  Simply telling people to vote in November may not help with either goal.
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Blaming White Supremacists For The Riots Is Nonsensical Gaslighting  —  I can't believe they even tried it.  On Saturday morning Minnesota officials came out with an audacious and absurd explanation for the looting and arson that struck Minneapolis this week.
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:   Laws against rioting and terrorism must be enforced against Antifa and other violent radicals
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump calls for delay in Group of 7 meeting, seeks expansion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he will postpone a meeting of Group of 7 nations until fall and called for an expansion of the group's membership because he considers it an outdated group …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
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David Siders / Politico:
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Case Against Riots  —  What nonviolent protest gains, violent protest unravels.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
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Discussion: Raw Story