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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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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.
Discussion: Politico and Blue Virginia
The Daily Beast:   ‘Unhinged’ Trump Demands Mass Arrests, Flag-Burning Laws
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump urges governors to ‘dominate’ protesters after another night of unrest
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois governor butts heads with Trump on conference call
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Out of Control and Capable of Anything
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Katelyn Burns / Vox:
Trump called governors “weak” and said they need to “dominate” George Floyd protesters
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and Mediaite
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: Axios, VICE, Law & Crime and Raw Story
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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
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
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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George Will / Washington Post:
Trump must be removed.  So must his congressional enablers.  —  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.
NBC News:
Trump considering a move to invoke Insurrection Act  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering invoking a 213-year-old federal law that would allow him to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to protests in cities across the country, according to four people familiar with the internal White House discussions.
Politico:
DOJ urges Appeals Court to force dismissal of Flynn case  —  The Justice Department on Monday urged a federal Appeals Court to force a lower-court judge to dismiss the prosecution of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  —  District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan …
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
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Washington Post:   Judge Sullivan says he is not required to ‘rubber stamp’ DOJ's bid to dismiss Flynn case
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
End it: NYC protests have exposed a truth Cuomo and de Blasio have missed; the lockdown is over  —  End it.  —  Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio: End it.  —  End New York City's lockdown.  Not next Monday, now.  Not a piecemeal “Phase One” ending that means construction and manufacturing can resume, along with curbside retail.
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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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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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: 444 and Roll Call
The Daily Beast:
‘The Breakfast Club’ Battles Rush Limbaugh in Truly Wild Chat: 'You're Being Delusional'  —  During their lengthy back-and-forth, Limbaugh at one point asked host Charlamagne tha God why black Americans are still angry about racial injustice even after Obama was elected.
Seema Mehta / Yahoo News:
Nine-term Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King may lose his seat at the hands of his own party  —  Rep. Steve King is among the most conservative members of Congress, and he represents a district so red that Donald Trump won it by 27 percentage points in 2016.  Yet the nine-term congressman …
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Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Tosses Steve King Overboard
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line
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.
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
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Politico:
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Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Surgeon general: ‘You understand the anger’
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Washington Post:
As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion
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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
The Daily Beast:
Omaha Bar Owner Will Not Be Charged in Killing of Black Protester
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 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Deadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
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Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Maine Visit Despite Governor's Security Warning
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Encounters New Legal Challenge for ‘Wildly Broad’ Nondisclosure Agreements
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
It wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled
Discussion: SCOTUSblog