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4:15 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.”
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.
Washington Post:
Trump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to use force against unruly protests  —  President Trump on Monday berated the nation's governors on a conference call, describing them as “weak” in the face of growing racial unrest and urging them to try to “dominate” unruly protests …
Discussion: Politico, Reason and Vanity Fair
Associated Press:
Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged
Fox News:
Trump unloads on governors over protest response, calls them ‘weak’
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group.  Here's why DOJ officials call that ‘highly problematic’
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
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.
Fox News:
Biden accuses Trump of breathing ‘oxygen into hate’ at first public campaign event since coronavirus lockdown  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden argued the comments made by President Trump are encouraging violence amid a wave of protests interspersed with rioting across the country sparked …
Discussion: Politico
Trauma and gaffes crash Biden's VP selection process
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, INSIDER and Fox News
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: The Hill and 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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts state's stay-at-home order  —  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she is lifting her state's stay-at-home order effective next week, easing restrictions placed on businesses and public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether to remove 150,000 voters from the rolls
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Hill:
Deadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
States brace for disasters as pandemic collides with hurricane season
Discussion: UPI
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Harris, Jeffries demand answers on Cohen, Manafort home confinement during coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
Trump Plans Maine Visit Despite Governor's Security Warning
Ina Fried / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
BET founder Robert Johnson calls for $14 trillion of reparations for slavery
Discussion: TheGrio and Breitbart
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Gloating About U.S. Unrest Is Racist as Hell
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board
Discussion: Washington Post
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: KTLA and Althouse