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9:00 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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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David Remnick / New Yorker:   An American Uprising
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Killed Obama's Police Reforms.  Now He's Getting What He Asked For.  —  Last October, Minneapolis Police Union president Bob Kroll appeared at a Trump rally.  Clad in his red “Cops for Trump” T-shirt, Kroll (who has been alleged to be affiliated with white supremacists) …
Wall Street Journal:   The Minneapolis Police Chief Promised Change. He Got a Disaster.
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 …
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Andy Ngo / Spectator USA:   Antifa's American insurgency
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 …
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New York Times:
Police Cars Rammed Protesters. Here's What de Blasio's Response Tells Us.
Discussion: Vox
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 …
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New York Times:   Two Lawyers Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police in Brooklyn
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Trauma and gaffes crash Biden's VP selection process  —  Joe Biden's choice of a running mate is getting more treacherous with each news cycle.  —  Real-life events — from the outcry over the killing of black men in Minnesota and Georgia, to a mundane request for boating privileges in Michigan …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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: Slate, MintPress News and Rolling Stone
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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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Night of destruction across D.C. after protesters clash with police outside White House
Discussion: Politico, INSIDER and The Week
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Daniel King / Mother Jones:
The Reliably Racist Cherry-Picking of the Word “Riot”
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … The collapse of the rule of law across the country …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Cherney / Wall Street Journal:
News Outlets Are Liable for Others' Facebook Comments, Australian Court Rules
Bloomberg:
Facebook Employees Criticize Zuckerberg's Inaction Over Trump
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
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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
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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