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5:20 PM ET, June 1, 2020

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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Trump tells “weak” governors they “have to dominate” as civil unrest divides the nation  —  President Trump unloaded on the nation's governors Monday morning, calling them “weak” for failing to more aggressively enforce law and order over the weekend, as some of the nation's biggest cities burned …
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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.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump urges governors to ‘dominate’ protesters after another night of unrest
Washington Post:
Trump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to use force against unruly protests
Discussion: Reason and Vanity Fair
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois governor butts heads with Trump on conference call
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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George Clooney / The Daily Beast:
America's Greatest Pandemic Is Anti-Black Racism
Courier-Journal:
Investigation launched into LMPD, National Guard fatal shooting of West End restaurant owner  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday afternoon that the police officers involved along with National Guard personnel in the early morning shooting of the owner …
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and Breitbart
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Courier-Journal:
'My son didn't hurt nobody:' David McAtee, Louisville business owner, killed by authorities  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — David McAtee, the owner of YaYa's BBQ in western Louisville, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that's now under state and local police investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
John P. Wise / WKYT-TV:
Louisville mayor fires police chief  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday announced that LMPD Chief Steve Conrad has been fired.  —  Sunday marked the fourth straight night of citywide protests — some of the violent through the weekend.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts  —  While Twitter started labeling some of the president's inflammatory posts, Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Dozens of Facebook employees …
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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 …
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Washington Post:
Judge Sullivan says he is not required to ‘rubber stamp’ DOJ's bid to dismiss Flynn case  —  Judge Emmet G. Sullivan should not be required to act as a “mere rubber stamp” for the government's unusual move to undo the guilty plea of President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge questions ‘unusual’ Justice Department filing in Flynn case  —  The Justice Department's abrupt move to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn was so “unusual” that it calls into question the department's motives and warrants deeper review …
Discussion: Fox News
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 100 times in the past four days  —  As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country one week after a white police officer allegedly murdered a black man, George Floyd, it's becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming …
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Jaclyn Reiss Globe / The Boston Globe:
Baker didn't hold back on what he thinks about Trump's message on protests
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell: George Floyd protests ‘hijacked’ by rioters committing ‘unjust violence’
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
George F. Will / Washington Post:
No one should want four more years of this taste of ashes  —  This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Steve Scherer / Reuters:
Russia not welcome at G7, Canada's Trudeau says
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Attorney General William Barr floats an implausible theory that foreign countries could interfere …
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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 …
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
LISTEN FOR YOURSELF: Trump's ‘Unhinged’ Rant to Governors on Protests  —  ‘BUNCH OF JERKS’  —  President Trump on Monday told the nation's governors that they needed to get “much tougher” in responding to the protests breaking out across the country.  He said the lack of response has so far made state officials look weak.
New York Times:
Police Union Discloses Arrest of de Blasio's Daughter in Privacy Breach  —  The Sergeants Benevolent Association posted a police report on the arrest of Chiara de Blasio during a protest on Saturday night.  —  Among the hundreds of protesters arrested over the four days of demonstrations …
Discussion: Axios, NBC News, Politico and The Week
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New York Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, arrested at Manhattan protest
Washington Post:
As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion  —  President Trump's persistent attacks on mail-in voting have fueled an unprecedented effort by conservatives to limit expansion of the practice before the November election, with tens of millions …
Discussion: The Guardian
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jsonline:
Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether to remove 150,000 voters from the rolls
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group.  Here's why DOJ officials call that ‘highly problematic’  —  The Justice Department has been grappling with the issue for years.  —  As fits of violence overshadowed peaceful protesters seeking justice for George Floyd …
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Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Tosses Steve King Overboard  —  The Iowa congressman is too much, even for the party of Donald Trump.  He still might win.  —  Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the Opinion staff.  —  Steve King, the suicidally outspoken Republican representing Iowa's Fourth Congressional District …
Discussion: NBC News
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Seema Mehta / Yahoo News:   Nine-term Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King may lose his seat at the hands of his own party
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
It wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled  —  The big story is even bigger than it appears to be at first blush.  —  Close to midnight on Friday, while rioters used the killing of George Floyd as a pretext to set America aflame, the U.S. Supreme Court issued …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
The Daily Beast:
Omaha Bar Owner Will Not Be Charged in Killing of Black Protester  —  Prosecutors said video showed James Scurlock was shot dead after he jumped on Jake Gardner and that it was self-defense.  —  Prosecutors said Monday they will not charge the white Omaha bar owner who fatally shot …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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Omaha World-Herald:
Father of slain Omaha protester urges peace; shooter identified as downtown bar owner
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
Gregg Popovich: ‘The System Has to Change’  —  The legendary San Antonio Spurs coach is past done with Donald Trump's inability to rise to this moment.  —  People from across the sports world have spoken out, raised money, and taken part in demonstrations following the police murder of George Floyd.
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Surgeon general: ‘You understand the anger’  —  There will likely be new rash of coronavirus cases following widespread protests this weekend over racism and the death of George Floyd — but people's concerns need to be heard, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said in an interview.
 
 
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Fox News:
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Discussion: Politico
The Hill:
Deadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Ezra Klein / Vox:
America at the breaking point
Bloomberg:
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Semansky / Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Engel's Challengers to the Left Join Forces Against Him
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Out of Control and Capable of Anything
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Tanker Truck Drives Into Minneapolis George Floyd Protesters On I-35W Bridge; Driver In Custody