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7:05 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.
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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
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately scolded, warned by allies  —  Over the past couple of days, numerous advisers both inside and outside the White House have urged the president to tone down his violent rhetoric, which many worry could escalate racial tensions and hurt him politically.
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: Breitbart and MSNBC
Associated Press:
Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests
Discussion: KTLA
Joe Biden:
We are a nation furious at injustice.
Amanda Watts / CNN:
George Floyd's brother says Trump 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak' during phone call
Discussion: The Root
Nick Waters / bellingcat:
US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
End the lockdown. Stop the riots
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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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 …
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, fox8.com and Breitbart
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Donald Trump and the spectre of a race-based US election  —  America faces a long summer of unrest, with the president stoking the polarisation  —  The novelist William Faulkner said: “The past is not dead.  It is not even past.”  The past 72 hours of burning US cities triggered parallels with 1968 …
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
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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
CNN:
It's been five decades since 1968, and things are somehow worse
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
ABC News:
George Floyd protest updates: Police arrest almost 1,700 people across 22 cities in 3 days
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 …
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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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
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
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
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets QAnon Conspiracy Theory Message Amid Unrest  —  ‘STRENGTH’  —  President Trump reposted a message amid national unrest on Sunday expressing support for the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, a movement the FBI considers a potential domestic terror threat.
 
 
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Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
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New York Times:
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NPR:
A Decade Of Watching Black People Die
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
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The Bulwark:
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 Earlier Items: 
Clark Neily / The Bulwark:
To Make Police Accountable, End Qualified Immunity
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Don't assume riots will help Trump's reelection campaign
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough
David Siders / Politico:
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