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11:25 AM ET, June 1, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump Moves to Underground Bunker as Protests and Violence Spill Over  —  The death of George Floyd at the hands of the police set off days of protests in Minneapolis.  Demonstrators challenged a curfew on Saturday and took to the streets for the fifth day in a row.  Here's why.
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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What is President Trump thinking?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  80 days since Friday, March 13, which many Americans remember as the last day of normalcy pre-Covid-19.  —  AN UGLY MIASMA of disease, economic unrest and protests and riots is simmering around America.
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.
NBC News:
Trump dismissing advice to tone down rhetoric, address the nation  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has dismissed advice from his allies urging him to tone down his rhetoric and held back so far on a formal address to the nation as cities across the country faced another night of fiery protests.
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.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Out of Control and Capable of Anything
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Night of destruction across D.C. after protesters clash with police outside White House
Discussion: DCist, INSIDER and The Week
CNN:
Trump briefly taken to underground bunker during Friday's White House protests
NBC News:
Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious with neck restraints in five years  —  Several police experts said that number appears to be unusually high.  “By using this tactic, it's a self-fulfilling tragedy,” said one.  —  Since the beginning of 2015, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department …
Discussion: New York Post, Daily Kos and The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:   The Minneapolis Police Chief Promised Change. He Got a Disaster.
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says  —  ROME (Reuters) - The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.  —  “In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo …
Barack Obama / Medium:
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change  —  As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
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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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
CNN chief Jeff Zucker leaves door open to run for New York City mayor in next election
Discussion: Mediaite
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Tanker Truck Drives Into Minneapolis George Floyd Protesters On I-35W Bridge; Driver In Custody  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a tanker truck driver is in custody after speeding through marchers protesting the death of George Floyd on the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis Sunday.
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
An American Uprising  —  Who, really, is the agitator here?  —  “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  This is how Martin Luther King, Jr., explained matters to Mike Wallace, of CBS News, in 1966.  —  That language is now being heard across the United States with an uprising that began …
Discussion: Althouse
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New York Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, arrested at Manhattan protest  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter was arrested at a Manhattan protest on Saturday night, law enforcement sources told The Post on Sunday.  —  Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m …
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New York Times:
Police Cars Rammed Protesters. Here's What de Blasio's Response Tells Us.
Discussion: Vox
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Anthony Fauci on Covid-19 reopenings, vaccines, and moving at ‘warp speed’  —  Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has seen the photos of bars packed with mask-less patrons.  He was not impressed.  —  He was similarly unenthused …
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Anti-Trump Republican group attacks Trump on race in new ad  —  (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.  —  The TV spot, backed by a $500,000 ad buy …
New York Times:
Facing Protests Over Use of Force, Police Respond With More Force  —  Videos showed officers using batons, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets on protesters and bystanders.  —  Demonstrations continued across the United States on Sunday as the nation braced for another grueling night …
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Associated Press:
Use of force criticized in protests about police brutality  —  As protests grip the nation, officers have doused crowds with pepper spray, struck protesters with batons, steered police cars into throngs, shoved demonstrators and screamed curses.  Some police action has been directed …
CNN:
Trump's crazy designation of Antifa as terrorist organization  —  Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University.  He is the editor of the Coronavirus Daily Brief and author of “United States of Jihad …
Discussion: National Review, KTVZ-TV and Daily Kos
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
William Barr's State of Emergency  —  The attorney general has long held an expansive view of presidential power.  With multiple crises converging in the run-up to the 2020 election, he is busy putting his theories to work.  —  On the first Monday in May, the Department of Justice headquarters …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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New York Times:   Two Lawyers Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police in Brooklyn
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
UK would veto Russia's return to G7  —  LONDON — Any push by Donald Trump to readmit Russia to the G7 gathering of economically advanced nations would be vetoed by the U.K., Boris Johnson's official spokesperson said Monday.  —  Trump announced Saturday he is postponing the annual G7 summit …
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump vs. Biden?  This coronavirus mask photo may be 2020's best Rorschach test  —  Fox's Brit Hume looked at Biden in a mask and perceived something negative, perhaps even unpresidential.  But what do others think?  I decided to conduct a very unscientific poll.
Bob Herman / Axios:
Health care CEO pay outstrips infectious disease research  —  The CEOs of 179 health care companies took home almost $2.5 billion in 2019, a majority of which came from cashing out stock, according to an Axios analysis of financial filings.  —  The big picture: That amount is four times …
 
 
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USA Today:
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Politico:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
ABC News:
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
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New York Times:
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Plays Macho Man as America Burns