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2:03 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.
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.
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
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:   George Floyd's Brother Says Trump Was Dismissive On Condolence Call
Nick Waters / bellingcat:
US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests
Joel Anderson / Slate:
The Police Don't Change
Discussion: Axios, New York Times and Raw Story
ABC News:
Protesters converge on White House for second straight day
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and The Hill
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
Discussion: The Intercept, Instapundit and NBC News
The Daily Beast:
Scenes of ‘Urban Warfare’ Erupt from Miami to Seattle
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Riots and Domestic Terrorism  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement:  —  “With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements.
Discussion: Axios
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
George Floyd Probe Echoes William Barr's Oversight of Rodney King Case  —  Attorney general handled federal civil-rights investigation after 1992 Los Angeles riots  —  The Justice Department's civil-rights investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody puts …
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:   Laws against rioting and terrorism must be enforced against Antifa and other violent radicals
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 and Rolling Stone
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.
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
As crowds swell and destruction mounts, attention turns to out-of-state rioters
Discussion: Power Line
Theo Keith / FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul:
Jail records show most arrested in Minneapolis riots have Minnesota addresses
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
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
America's Worst Year  —  The most traumatic year in modern American history was 1968.  But what is now the second-most traumatic year, 2020, still has seven months to run.  The comparison provides little comfort, and several reasons for concern.  —  How could any year be worse than the current one …
David Siders / Politico:   The most volatile swing state of all
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Case Against Riots  —  What nonviolent protest gains, violent protest unravels.
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
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.
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.
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
Federal officer killed in shooting amid protests in Oakland identified  —  OAKLAND,Calif. (KRON) - A Federal Protective Service officer died Friday night after suffering from a gunshot wound in Oakland amid protests, according to authorities.  —  The man has been identified …
ABC7:   Federal officer shot, killed in connection with George Floyd protest in Oakland identified, per ABC7 source
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Marcia Dunn / Associated Press:
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: “He speaks and he makes it worse”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Max Nisen / Yahoo Finance:
Masks Are Here to Stay, Even After Covid Goes Away
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Roberts Upholds COVID-19 Restrictions on Churches, Scolds Kavanaugh
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Blaming White Supremacists For The Riots Is Nonsensical Gaslighting
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COVID survivor receives $840,000 statement for treatment, with more on the way
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: The US Military Is Monitoring Protests in 7 States
Discussion: Raw Story