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4:15 AM ET, June 1, 2020

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New York Times:
As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back  —  The president spent Sunday out of sight, berating opponents on Twitter, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a televised address to an anxious nation.  —  WASHINGTON — Inside the White House, the mood was bristling with tension.
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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.
Associated Press:
Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire  —  In cities across America on Sunday, people awoke to see shattered glass, charred vehicles, bruised bodies and graffiti-tagged buildings.  Demonstrators gathered again in peaceful daytime protest of racial injustice.
CNN:
Trump briefly taken to underground bunker during Friday's White House protests  —  (CNN)As protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night in Washington, DC, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
America is at a low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress
Discussion: The National Interest and Politico
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: Slate, Daily News and WGN-TV
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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
Washington Post:
More cities impose curfews as police become increasingly aggressive
Associated Press:   Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests
Amanda Watts / CNN:
George Floyd's brother says Trump 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak' during phone call
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and The Root
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Record Ratings and Record Chaos on Cable News  —  Cable networks are facing threats, and opportunities, in a national crisis.  Now, Fox is fighting back and CNBC is looking to the right.  CNN is defined by Jeff Zucker, and he may run for mayor.  —  Last week, Fox News's anchors competed …
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Chalkbeat:   ‘Moments like now are why we teach’: Educators tackle tough conversations about race and violence — this time virtually
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Anti-Trump Republican group attacks Trump on race in new ad  —  Conservative group's ad garners angry Trump tweet  —  (CNN)The anti-Trump Republican group, The Lincoln Project, is planning to air a new attack ad blasting President Donald Trump's record on race relations in the US.
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 …
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 …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough  —  Joe Biden wants to heal the soul of the country in this moment of protest and loss, and win the White House.  Simply telling people to vote in November may not help with either goal.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Washington Post:
Protests pose a challenge for Biden: Appealing to older and younger black voters
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The lockdown riots  —  Had officer Chauvin the sense or the pity to take his knee off George Floyd's neck before killing the man, we wouldn't have riots and fires and urban warfare this weekend.  But that doesn't make Floyd's killing the sole cause of this unrest.
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.
New York Times:
Tara Reade's Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign  —  To better understand Ms. Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, The Times interviewed nearly 100 friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors, and reviewed court records and her writings.  —  Last spring, after years of strife …
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
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
The Minneapolis Police Chief Promised Change. He Got a Disaster.
Nick Baumann / The Atlantic:
When Police View Citizens as Enemies
Discussion: The Hill
Kyley Schultz / wusa9.com:
Live updates: DC issues curfew tonight, crowds swell at Lafayette Square, Virginia declares State of Emergency
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and The Hill
Washington Post:
‘The norms have broken down’: Shock as journalists are arrested, injured by police while trying to cover the story
USA Today:
Pandemic historian: Don't rush reopening. In 1918, some states ran straight into more death.
USA Today:
Police act like laws don't apply to them because of ‘qualified immunity.’ They're right.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Will Protests Set Off a Second Viral Wave?
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
Washington Post:
Trump's May days: A month of distractions and grievances as nation marks bleak coronavirus milestone
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 Earlier Items: 
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets QAnon Conspiracy Theory Message Amid Unrest
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Tulsa Race Massacre: In aftermath, no one prosecuted for killings, and insurance claims …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?
Discussion: The Mahablog and CNN
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Florida's Seen a ‘Statistically Significant’ Uptick in Pneumonia Deaths.  The CDC Says It's Likely COVID.
Discussion: Raw Story