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12:25 PM ET, June 1, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
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 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.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Out of Control and Capable of Anything  —  He is so morally unfit to be president.  If he were president of a bank, he'd have been fired ages ago.  School principal—fired.  Partner of a law firm—fired.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Naively, I always thought that even Donald Trump would stop short of actually inciting violence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately scolded, warned by allies
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire
Washington Post:
Night of destruction across D.C. after protesters clash with police outside White House
Discussion: DCist, INSIDER and The Week
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.
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
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: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
The Boston Globe:
America's willful ignorance about Black lives
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Police Ban Tiananmen Massacre Vigil
Discussion: National Review
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
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
One dead in Louisville after police and National Guard ‘return fire’ on crowd  —  Louisville authorities did not specify who fired the fatal shot, and authorities have not released information about the victim  —  A man was shot dead in Louisville after police officers and the Kentucky National Guard …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak, recent earthquakes and damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ted Hesson / Reuters:   Trump faces election risks in looming Supreme Court ruling on ‘Dreamers’
As rage over killings of black Americans sweeps nation, DOJ has all but abandoned broad police investigations  —  'I can't breathe': Moments that shaped a movement  —  (CNN)During the Obama administration, high-profile police shootings of black men like Michael Brown in Ferguson …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Trump Justice Department Killed Police Reform Programs That Could Have Helped Minneapolis
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.
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 …
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 …
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, KRON4, Vox, KXAN-TV and The Atlantic
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 …
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … The collapse of the rule of law across the country, intensified by Antifa radicals, is terrifying.  —  Public safety  —  Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians and the ecstatic annihilation of businesses and symbols of the state.
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Semansky / Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Engel's Challengers to the Left Join Forces Against Him  —  NEW YORK - Sixteen-term Congressman Eliot Engel was already facing a formidable primary challenger this month in education activist Jamaal Bowman.  —  But Bowman's chances look even stronger with what NY1 exclusively reports …
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: KTVZ-TV and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers to unveil bill banning investment in firms tied to China's military
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Biden Slowly Emerges From Seclusion, Hoping to Meet the Moment
The Daily Beast:
Trump's ‘ANTIFA’ Threat Is Total Bullshit—And Totally Dangerous
USA Today:
At least 16 West Point cadets test COVID-19 positive before grad speech by President Trump
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Virus, Unemployment, Riots: When Shocks Multiply, the Effects Usually Last
Joshua Lawson / The Federalist:
Comparing The Floyd Riots To The Boston Tea Party Insults Actual Patriots
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Nationwide George Floyd riots are the price of liberalism
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Recruitment misses and money woes undermine GOP chances of reclaiming House
 Earlier Items: 
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Two Lawyers Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police in Brooklyn
Daniel King / Mother Jones:
The Reliably Racist Cherry-Picking of the Word “Riot”
Mike Cherney / Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Are Liable for Others' Facebook Comments, Australian Court Rules
Trauma and gaffes crash Biden's VP selection process
Discussion: The Daily Beast
ABC News:
Hesitancy to resume activities marks reopening challenges: POLL
New York Times:
Tara Reade's Tumultuous Journey to the 2020 Campaign
Discussion: Washington Post
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Plays Macho Man as America Burns