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6:30 PM ET, May 31, 2020

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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.
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NBC News:
Videos, threats, but few signs protests have been stoked by ‘outsider’ extremist groups  —  Unrest, violence and property destruction in cities across the U.S. on Saturday showed few signs of having been stoked by organized extremists despite a growing narrative from several political figures …
Discussion: Redstate, IJR and fox8.com
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 …
New York Times:
Trump, Lacking Clear Authority, Says U.S. Will Declare Antifa a Terrorist Group  —  The president and his administration have blamed the far-left movement for the violence this weekend.  But it was uncertain whether the declaration would carry any real meaning.
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.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
America is at low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress  —  America is at a low ebb.  Pain and destruction strangle hopes and dreams of people across the country.  People are dying — alone from a terrible virus or from a knee on the neck in full public view.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump envisioned ‘American carnage.’ Now, he's got it.  —  WASHINGTON — Now, there's American carnage.  —  When Donald Trump first addressed the nation as its president on Jan. 20, 2017, he depicted the nation's cities as domestic combat zones and declared “this American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
Discussion: Breitbart and MSNBC
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately scolded, warned by allies
Discussion: Washington Post, The Root and Daily Kos
Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London  —  LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have watched in horror at the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing.
Discussion: The Week, KTLA and Daily News
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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 …
Joe Biden:
We are a nation furious at injustice.
ABC News:
George Floyd protest updates: Police arrest almost 1,700 people across 22 cities in 3 days
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
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Anna Wintour / Vogue:
Joe Biden Should Choose a Woman of Color to Be His Vice President—and He Should Do It Now
Discussion: The Hill
Amanda Watts / CNN:
George Floyd's brother says Trump 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak' during phone call
Discussion: The Root
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
New York Daily News:
Pair of Brooklyn lawyers including Ivy League corporate attorney charged in Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD cruiser  —  Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle early Saturday morning during …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden's in one of the best positions for any challenger since scientific polling began  —  (CNN)A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden clearly ahead of President Donald Trump.  Biden's up by a 53% to 43% margin among registered voters in this survey.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
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 …
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LZ Granderson / Los Angeles Times:
George Floyd and the special hell reserved for black journalists covering his killing
Discussion: KTLA
CNN:
It's been five decades since 1968, and things are somehow worse  —  Anger erupts across America in the wake of George Floyd's death  —  Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the forthcoming book …
Discussion: Financial Times and Raw Story
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James Fallows / The Atlantic:   Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
The Flawed Politics of a Law-and-Order Campaign
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police after video shows NYPD SUV driving into protesters  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the New York City Police Department after a pair of the force's SUVs drove into a crowd during Saturday's protest against George Floyd's death.
Discussion: Axios and Politico
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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 pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55 — Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Plays Macho Man as America Burns  —  There was a moment on Saturday afternoon when President Trump stood on a rooftop in Florida for what could have been a sorely needed moment of national unity.  A made-in-the-U.S.A. spacecraft was about to blast off from Cape Canaveral …
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.
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Joel Anderson / Slate:
The Police Don't Change
Discussion: Mother Jones, HuffPost and Reason
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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