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8:40 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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: MSNBC
NBC News:
In Minneapolis and across America, another night of anger  —  Part of a park directly across the street from the White House went up in flames and many of America's biggest cities were under curfew orders and the watchful eyes of National Guard troops overnight as police again clashed …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump envisioned ‘American carnage.’ Now, he's got it.
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Minnesota attorney general to take over prosecutions in George Floyd's death  —  Minnesota's governor appointed state Attorney General Keith Ellison on Sunday to lead the prosecution of any cases arising from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
David Remnick / New Yorker:   An American Uprising
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … The collapse of the rule of law across the country …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: NBC News, Vox, INSIDER and Mother Jones
Kyley Schultz /
Live updates: DC issues curfew tonight, crowds swell at Lafayette Square, Virginia declares State of Emergency
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and The Hill
Andy Ngo / Spectator USA:   Antifa's American insurgency
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   The Minneapolis Police Chief Promised Change. He Got a Disaster.
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 Times:
Police Cars Rammed Protesters. Here's What de Blasio's Response Tells Us.
Discussion: Vox
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.
ABC News:
Hesitancy to resume activities marks reopening challenges: POLL  —  Nearly 6 in 10 are unready to resume pre-pandemic activities.  —  With two-thirds of Americans worried about a second wave of the coronavirus, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds nearly 6 in 10 people are unready …
Washington Post:   Despite widespread economic toll, most Americans still favor controlling outbreak over restarting …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MintPress News, Rolling Stone and Slate
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Will Protests Set Off a Second Viral Wave?
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
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 …
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.
Mike Cherney / Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Are Liable for Others' Facebook Comments, Australian Court Rules  —  Australian court says newspapers, TV stations that post their own articles should be considered publishers of defamatory comments  —  SYDNEY—Newspapers and television stations that post their own articles …
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Trump faces election risks in looming Supreme Court ruling on ‘Dreamers’
Daniel King / Mother Jones:
The Reliably Racist Cherry-Picking of the Word “Riot”
Wall Street Journal:
Retailers and Restaurants Hit in Protests, Adding to Coronavirus Damage
Trauma and gaffes crash Biden's VP selection process
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Facebook Employees Criticize Zuckerberg's Inaction Over Trump
Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
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William Barr's State of Emergency
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Tara Reade's Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump's May days: A month of distractions and grievances as nation marks bleak coronavirus milestone
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets QAnon Conspiracy Theory Message Amid Unrest
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Riots and Domestic Terrorism