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1:30 PM ET, June 1, 2020


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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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Live Protests Updates and Video  —  There were widespread reports of looting and confrontations with the police in cities across the United States.  The White House went dark as fires burned outside its gates.  —  RIGHT NOW President Trump said on Monday that state governors …
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
NBC News:
Trump dismissing advice to tone down rhetoric, address the nation
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
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 …
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) …
As rage over killings of black Americans sweeps nation, DOJ has all but abandoned broad police investigations
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
Ted Hesson / Reuters:
Trump faces election risks in looming Supreme Court ruling on ‘Dreamers’  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision expected in the coming weeks on the fate of the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” could cause an election-year headache for President Donald Trump - even if he wins the legal battle.
Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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 …
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
'Mr President, don't go hide': China goads US over George Floyd protests  —  Officials and state media appear to revel in scenes of US unrest, comparing protests there to Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement  —  Chinese officials and state media have seized on news of the protests sweeping the US …
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Police Ban Tiananmen Massacre Vigil
Discussion: National Review
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 …
USA Today:
Keep Trump on Twitter.  Each indefensible tweet is a reminder of the stakes this fall.  —  I want President Donald Trump to stay on Twitter.  —  That sentence will cause a red mist to cloud many of the eyes reading it, so I will quickly add: President Trump does not have a right to be on Twitter, any more than you or I do.
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, KTLA, KRON4, Vox and The Atlantic
Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Tosses Steve King Overboard  —  The Iowa congressman is too much, even for the party of Donald Trump.  He still might win.  —  Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the Opinion staff.  —  Steve King, the suicidally outspoken Republican representing Iowa's Fourth Congressional District …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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 …
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: KTLA and Althouse
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery  — “Now is the time to go big” to keep America from dividing into two separate and unequal societies, Robert Johnson said in a CNBC interview Monday.  — Johnson said reparations would send the signal …
Discussion: Breitbart
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: National Review, KTVZ-TV and Daily Kos
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Encounters New Legal Challenge for ‘Wildly Broad’ Nondisclosure Agreements  —  Former campaign staffer files class-action suit in New York state court, saying the NDAs silence free speech and violate contract law  —  A former staffer on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign filed a new challenge …
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 recent killing of black men in Minnesota and Georgia and a black woman in Kentucky to a mundane request …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Omaha World-Herald:
Father of slain Omaha protester urges peace; shooter identified as downtown bar owner
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Most favor Twitter flagging Trump tweet
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Gloating About U.S. Unrest Is Racist as Hell
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Nationwide George Floyd riots are the price of liberalism
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Herman / Axios:
Health care CEO pay outstrips infectious disease research
New York Times:
Two Lawyers Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police in Brooklyn
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump vs. Biden? This coronavirus mask photo may be 2020's best Rorschach test
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
ABC News:
Hesitancy to resume activities marks reopening challenges: POLL