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8:00 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.
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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.
Discussion: 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.
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.
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 …
NBC News:
Trump dismissing advice to tone down rhetoric, address the nation
Discussion: MSNBC
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump Reportedly Taken To Underground Bunker Amid Friday's Protests Outside White House
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump envisioned ‘American carnage.’ Now, he's got it.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
America is at a low ebb, shaken by multiple blows, and Trump adds to the distress
Discussion: The National Interest, Politico and CNN
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests
Discussion: CNBC
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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 …
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Washington Post:   Despite widespread economic toll, most Americans still favor controlling outbreak over restarting …
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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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Will Protests Set Off a Second Viral Wave?
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
Washington Post:
‘The norms have broken down’: Shock as journalists are arrested, injured by police while trying to cover the story
Wall Street Journal:
The Minneapolis Police Chief Promised Change.  He Got a Disaster.  —  The department had successfully implemented greater transparency and accountability, but the latest crisis reveals more challenges  —  MINNEAPOLIS—When Medaria Arradondo became this city's first black police chief in 2017, the department was in trouble.
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Black Americans Have a Message for Democrats: Not Being Trump Is Not Enough  —  Joe Biden wants to heal the soul of the country in this moment of protest and loss, and win the White House.  Simply telling people to vote in November may not help with either goal.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Washington Post:
Protests pose a challenge for Biden: Appealing to older and younger black voters
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Tara Reade's Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign  —  To better understand Ms. Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, The Times interviewed nearly 100 friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors, and reviewed court records and her writings.  —  Last spring, after years of strife …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Wall Street Journal:
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Politico:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Bloomberg:
Facebook Employees Criticize Zuckerberg's Inaction Over Trump
Wall Street Journal:
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Nick Baumann / The Atlantic:
When Police View Citizens as Enemies
Discussion: The Hill
Kyley Schultz / wusa9.com:
Live updates: DC issues curfew tonight, crowds swell at Lafayette Square, Virginia declares State of Emergency
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and The Hill
USA Today:
Pandemic historian: Don't rush reopening. In 1918, some states ran straight into more death.
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Police act like laws don't apply to them because of ‘qualified immunity.’ They're right.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Washington Post:
Trump's May days: A month of distractions and grievances as nation marks bleak coronavirus milestone
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Donald Trump and the spectre of a race-based US election
Discussion: The Unz Review and Washington Post
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Tweets QAnon Conspiracy Theory Message Amid Unrest
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Tulsa Race Massacre: In aftermath, no one prosecuted for killings, and insurance claims …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Riots and Domestic Terrorism