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7:50 AM ET, May 31, 2020


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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 …
New York Times:
Fiery Clashes Between Police and Protesters  —  Here's what you need to know:  — At least four people have been killed in violence connected with the protests.  — Officials blame outsiders for stoking violence, but have little evidence.  — Tension rose at protests in Los Angeles …
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: The US Military Is Monitoring Protests in 7 States  —  A National Guard member says they're ill-equipped to respond to civil unrest.  —  The US military is monitoring protests in at least seven different states, according to Defense Department documents obtained exclusively by The Nation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Threatens White House Protesters With ‘Vicious Dogs’ and ‘Ominous Weapons’  —  The president also said that his base “loves the black people” before traveling to Florida to watch a rocket launch.  —  A day after claiming he didn't mean to suggest that law enforcement officials …
Discussion: Reuters
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Trump has sown hatred of the press for years.  Now journalists are under assault from police and protesters alike.
Washington Post:
America braces for another night of chaos after police, protesters clash in dozens of cities
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Officials blame outsiders for violence in Minnesota but contradict one another on who is responsible
Discussion: Redstate, INSIDER, Breitbart and NBC News
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump rips White House protesters, says “vicious dogs” were ready
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Breitbart
Theo Keith / FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul:
Jail records show most arrested in Minneapolis riots have Minnesota addresses  —  MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The overwhelming majority of people arrested in connection with the Minneapolis unrest have Minnesota addresses, a search of the online Hennepin County Jail log shows.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Breitbart and Vox
Brandon Stahl / KARE-TV:
KARE 11 Investigates: Records show arrests so far are mostly in-state  —  Hennepin County Jail records show the vast majority of those arrested for rioting, unlawful assembly and burglary are Minnesotans.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — In casting blame on those responsible for the worst damage from the riots …
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
Sergei Klebnikov / Forbes:
Every Person Arrested In Saint Paul Last Night Was From Out Of State, Mayor Says
Discussion: Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Discussion: NPR
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:   This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee
USA Today:   Attorney General Barr: Peaceful protests over George Floyd ‘hijacked’ by ‘far left extremist groups’
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Now is the moment to sign Colin Kaepernick
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Redstate and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Federal officer shot, killed in connection with George Floyd protest in Oakland identified, per ABC7 source  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — 53-year-old Patrick Underwood from Pinole, Calif has been identified as the Federal Protective Service officer who was shot and killed Friday night in Oakland, a source confirms to ABC7 News.
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: The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus Pandemic Updates: G7, Lake of the Ozarks, W.H.O., India, California
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 …
Jason Gruenauer /
COVID survivor receives $840,000 statement for treatment, with more on the way  —  CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Robert Dennis spent weeks in the hospital, fighting and beating the coronavirus.  He's now back at home, working his way through recovery, but he's not done with the virus entirely just yet.
Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city's police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer.
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
SpaceX Pulled It Off  —  For nearly a decade, if Americans wanted to leave the planet, they had to do so from a launchpad in Kazakhstan.  Now they need only go as far as Florida.  —  Two astronauts launched into space this afternoon, departing from the sandy shores of Cape Canaveral …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Verge
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump exults in rocket launch as chaos unfolds around the country
Discussion: Breitbart
Mia Bloom / Just Security:
Far-Right Infiltrators and Agitators in George Floyd Protests: Indicators of White Supremacists  —  When anyone studies the Middle East for as long as I have, you become practically immune to conspiracy theories.  The word in Arabic “muamarrat” is pervasive and after hearing my whole adult life …
Zachary Hansen / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta protests: Demonstrators defy Atlanta curfew  —  A second day of protests Saturday began with a crowd outside the Governor's Mansion and grew to include demonstrations in downtown Atlanta.  Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implemented a curfew for the city following a night of chaotic protests Friday …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Atlanta orders curfew, Kemp says authorities won't ‘back down’ as new protests loom
Rep. Joyce Beatty, Columbus City Council President Hardin pepper-sprayed during protest  —  COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin says he, Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty were sprayed with mace or pepper spray during a protest in downtown Columbus Saturday morning.
African-American congresswoman pepper-sprayed during racism protest
Discussion: The Hill and WCMH-TV
Associated Press:
As Minneapolis burns, mayor takes heat for the response  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-term Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey appeared to be doing everything right.  —  He worked with the city's booming business community and the City Council.  He reached out to minority neighborhoods and advocated for affordable housing.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Case Against Riots  —  What nonviolent protest gains, violent protest unravels.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president's building
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
CNN host Chris Cuomo's viewership has plunged by HALF since he contracted coronavirus after segments …
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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