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3:30 PM ET, May 31, 2020


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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.
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.
Associated Press:
'We're sick of it': Anger over police killings shatters US  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Americans began cleaning up charred and glass-strewn streets Sunday after another night of unrest fueled by rage over police mistreatment of African Americans destroyed businesses, damaged landmarks …
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost, Daily News and KTLA
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   America is at low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
Discussion: The Intercept, Instapundit and NBC News
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, Breitbart and Twitchy
Harry Enten / CNN:
Warren as Biden's running mate makes no electoral sense  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new national Ipsos/Reuters poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 45% to 39% lead over President Donald Trump.  —  Biden's lead is confirmed by an ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday morning putting Biden …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Advantage Biden, with risks; Trump disapproval grows: POLL
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president's coronavirus rating slips
Discussion: Financial Times and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?  —  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.
It's been five decades since 1968, and things are somehow worse
Discussion: Raw Story
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:   The Flawed Politics of a Law-and-Order Campaign
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
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
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  —  Bellingcat has identified and collected multiple instances of US law enforcement deliberately targeting journalists during the protests against the 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 Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is America's First Vigilante President  —  The American president is a man who encourages extra-legal violence.  —  Twice in a 24-hour period, the president of the United States took to Twitter to endorse violence.  The first time, at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: “He speaks and he makes it worse”  —  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday to President Trump's tweets and comments about the mass protests that have swept across the United States, urging him to “just stop talking.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘On the Verge’: Violent Police Clashes Carry Terrifying COVID Future  —  “It could spread out of control,” said one public health expert.  “We have to be careful that racial injustice isn't compounded by health injustice.”  —  The word “unprecedented” has been used ad nauseam in recent months …
Discussion: Associated Press and KTLA
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NBC News:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police after video shows NYPD SUV driving into protesters
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Marcia Dunn / Associated Press:
SpaceX's historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough
David Siders / Politico:
The most volatile swing state of all
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Blaming White Supremacists For The Riots Is Nonsensical Gaslighting
 Earlier Items: 
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Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
As crowds swell and destruction mounts, attention turns to out-of-state rioters
Discussion: Power Line
Federal officer killed in shooting amid protests in Oakland identified
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