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9:40 PM ET, May 31, 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.
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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, The Week, KTLA and Daily News
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Tanker drives into crowd; no apparent injuries  —  The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:  —  ___  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Officials in Minnesota say no protesters appear …
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   America is at a low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress
ABC News:
George Floyd protest updates: Police arrest almost 1,700 people across 22 cities in 3 days
Associated Press:   Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump envisioned ‘American carnage.’ Now, he's got it.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Guardian and MSNBC
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
Nick Waters / bellingcat:
US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden's in one of the best positions for any challenger since scientific polling began
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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 …
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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USA Today:
Police act like laws don't apply to them because of ‘qualified immunity.’ They're right.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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: Vox, Axios and Politico
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Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Bill de Blasio Needs to Resign. By Defending Police Violence, He Has Betrayed New Yorkers.
Discussion: HuffPost and NBC News
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
George Floyd Probe Echoes William Barr's Oversight of Rodney King Case
The Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is America's First Vigilante President
Discussion: ABC News
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
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Guardian