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5:50 PM ET, May 31, 2020


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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 …
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: Daily News and KTLA
Washington Post:
More cities impose curfews as police become increasingly aggressive  —  After a night of fire and fury across the nation, officials announced more curfews Sunday as police in several cities significantly increased their use of force and hundreds of people were arrested.
Joe Biden:
We are a nation furious at injustice.
Clark Neily / The Bulwark:
To Make Police Accountable, End Qualified Immunity
Discussion: Unlawful Shield
Amanda Watts / CNN:
George Floyd's brother says Trump 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak' during phone call
Discussion: The Root
ABC News:
George Floyd protest updates: Police arrest almost 1,700 people across 22 cities in 3 days
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
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:   George Floyd's Brother Says Trump Was Dismissive On Condolence Call
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.
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Trump says he's naming antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization.’ Can he do that?  —  President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that the U.S. government would be “designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”  —  There were just two problems with that.  First, he doesn't appear to have the legal authority to do so.
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Daily Caller
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:   George Floyd Probe Echoes William Barr's Oversight of Rodney King Case
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.
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.
Discussion: The Guardian and MSNBC
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: “He speaks and he makes it worse”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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
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: Raw Story
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
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
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Bill de Blasio Needs to Resign.  By Defending Police Violence, He Has Betrayed New Yorkers.  —  Photo: John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images  —  Bill de Blasio is a moral and political disgrace.  —  In March, as the coronavirus spread through the nation's biggest city …
Discussion: HuffPost and NBC News
NBC News:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police after video shows NYPD SUV driving into protesters
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
In Seeking to Hold Michigan, Trump Can Be His Own Worst Enemy  —  The state provides a case study in how the president's impulsive and insulting statements can undermine his push for re-election.  —  WASHINGTON — A day before his visit in May to Michigan, where unemployment has climbed …
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