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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.
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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 …
Politico:
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.
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.
New York Times:
Protests Today: Live News 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 Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City …
New York Times:   Trump Calls Protesters ‘Terrorists’ and Urges Governors to Seek ‘Retribution’
Tina Sfondeles / Chicago Sun-Times:
In call, Trump urges governors ‘to dominate’ …
Discussion: Raw Story
James Downie / Washington Post:
Time to toss the ‘bad apples’ excuse
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
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.
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 …
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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) …
National Review:   It's Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops
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 …
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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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Attorney General William Barr floats an implausible theory that foreign countries could interfere in the 2020 election by mass producing ‘counterfeit ballots’  — Attorney General William Barr floated an implausible theory that foreign adversaries will try to interfere in the 2020 election …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Steve Scherer / Reuters:   Russia not welcome at G7, Canada's Trudeau says
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
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
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Ted Hesson / Reuters:   Trump faces election risks in looming Supreme Court ruling on ‘Dreamers’
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
CNN:
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 …
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 …
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
What Did They Think Would Happen?  —  Actually, character does count.  —  An awful lot of Trump's defenders in conservative media appear to be shocked by what is happening right now in America.  —  But I'm kind of curious.  What did they think was going to happen?  —  The president has a real job.
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 …
Omaha World-Herald:
Father of slain Omaha protester urges peace; shooter identified as downtown bar owner  —  The father of a 22-year-old man who was shot to death late Saturday said he wants to see justice for his son and urged protesters not to commit violence in his son's name.
Bloomberg:
Trump Plans Maine Visit Despite Governor's Security Warning  — Mills warned Trump in Monday call amid violent protests  — Trump said he expects ‘tremendous crowd’ of supporters  —  President Donald Trump plans to visit Maine on Friday to tour a nasal swab manufacturing plant …
 
 
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Discussion: KTLA and Althouse
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … The collapse of the rule of law across the country …
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Trauma and gaffes crash Biden's VP selection process
Discussion: The Daily Beast