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4:50 PM ET, June 1, 2020


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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 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:
Trump Calls Protesters ‘Terrorists’ and Urges Governors to Seek ‘Retribution’  —  President Trump, in a call with governors, said they would look like “jerks” if they did not toughen their response to protesters.  “Someone throwing a rock is like shooting a gun.  You have to do retribution.”
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump urges governors to ‘dominate’ protesters after another night of unrest  —  After pockets of the United States descended into chaos — following more protests over the death of yet another black man in police custody, leading to another night of fire and fury …
Washington Post:
Trump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to use force against unruly protests
Discussion: Politico, Reason and Vanity Fair
Jaclyn Reiss Globe / The Boston Globe:
Baker didn't hold back on what he thinks about Trump's message on protests
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Moves to Underground Bunker as Protests and Violence Spill Over
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.
George Clooney / The Daily Beast:
America's Greatest Pandemic Is Anti-Black Racism
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 …
Investigation launched into LMPD, National Guard fatal shooting of West End restaurant owner  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday afternoon that the police officers involved along with National Guard personnel in the early morning shooting of the owner …
'My son didn't hurt nobody:' David McAtee, Louisville business owner, killed by authorities  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — David McAtee, the owner of YaYa's BBQ in western Louisville, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that's now under state and local police investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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 …
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:
Police Union Discloses Arrest of de Blasio's Daughter in Privacy Breach  —  The Sergeants Benevolent Association posted a police report on the arrest of Chiara de Blasio during a protest on Saturday night.  —  Among the hundreds of protesters arrested over the four days of demonstrations …
Discussion: Axios, NBC News, Politico and The Week
New York Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, arrested at Manhattan protest
Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio takes tougher tone on police misconduct, weighs curfew as protests continue
Discussion: Axios
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
LISTEN FOR YOURSELF: Trump's ‘Unhinged’ Rant to Governors on Protests  —  ‘BUNCH OF JERKS’  —  President Trump on Monday told the nation's governors that they needed to get “much tougher” in responding to the protests breaking out across the country.  He said the lack of response has so far made state officials look weak.
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 …
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Attorney General William Barr floats an implausible theory that foreign countries could interfere …
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
Steve Scherer / Reuters:   Russia not welcome at G7, Canada's Trudeau says
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 …
Washington Post:
As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion  —  President Trump's persistent attacks on mail-in voting have fueled an unprecedented effort by conservatives to limit expansion of the practice before the November election, with tens of millions …
Discussion: The Guardian
Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether to remove 150,000 voters from the rolls
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group.  Here's why DOJ officials call that ‘highly problematic’  —  The Justice Department has been grappling with the issue for years.  —  As fits of violence overshadowed peaceful protesters seeking justice for George Floyd …
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
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
Seema Mehta / Yahoo News:   Nine-term Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King may lose his seat at the hands of his own party
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
Gregg Popovich: ‘The System Has to Change’  —  The legendary San Antonio Spurs coach is past done with Donald Trump's inability to rise to this moment.  —  People from across the sports world have spoken out, raised money, and taken part in demonstrations following the police murder of George Floyd.
The Daily Beast:
Omaha Bar Owner Will Not Be Charged in Killing of Black Protester  —  Prosecutors said video showed James Scurlock was shot dead after he jumped on Jake Gardner and that it was self-defense.  —  Prosecutors said Monday they will not charge the white Omaha bar owner who fatally shot …
Discussion: Raw Story
Omaha World-Herald:
Father of slain Omaha protester urges peace; shooter identified as downtown bar owner
Discussion: New York Post and The Root
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
America at the breaking point  —  The social upheaval of the 1960s meets the political polarization and institutional dysfunction of the present.  —  In the early years of the Trump era, I was often asked if American politics had been this bad before.  I always said the same thing.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
No one should want four more years of this taste of ashes  —  This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous.
Washington Post:
Judge Sullivan says he is not required to ‘rubber stamp’ DOJ's bid to dismiss Flynn case  —  Judge Emmet G. Sullivan should not be required to act as a “mere rubber stamp” for the government's unusual move to undo the guilty plea of President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn …
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Fox News:
Biden accuses Trump of breathing ‘oxygen into hate’ at first public campaign event since coronavirus lockdown
Discussion: Politico
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts state's stay-at-home order
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Live updates: Officials warn that protests could lead to another wave of coronavirus infections
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Hill:
Deadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Trump Plans Maine Visit Despite Governor's Security Warning
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Most favor Twitter flagging Trump tweet
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Encounters New Legal Challenge for ‘Wildly Broad’ Nondisclosure Agreements
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TheGrio and Breitbart
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Gloating About U.S. Unrest Is Racist as Hell
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Semansky / Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Engel's Challengers to the Left Join Forces Against Him
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Out of Control and Capable of Anything
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Tanker Truck Drives Into Minneapolis George Floyd Protesters On I-35W Bridge; Driver In Custody
David Remnick / New Yorker:
An American Uprising
Discussion: Althouse and KTLA