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Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Ahead of Trump Bible photo op, police forcibly expel priest from St. John's church near White House  —  U.S.  —  Judaism  —  Islam  —  Unaffiliated/Atheism  —  Hinduism  —  Buddhism  —  Sikhism  —  Alternative Faiths  —  Other Faiths  —  Cart  —  Apparel  —  Miscellaneous
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Violent clashes between police and public escalate  —  Clashes between police and the public intensified Monday night, as largely peaceful daytime protests descended into violence and chaos after dark, amid widespread curfews and National Guard deployments.
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Live updates: Mayor's office says federal officials floated idea of taking over D.C. police; protesters holed up in D.C. home emerge after curfew lifts  —  Federal law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and chemicals at peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday evening …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump goes full law-and-order  —  President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.  —  Why it matters: Trump's ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were …
Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It's Spiraling Out of Control”: Confronting a Failed Presidency, Trump Plays Politics With the Protests  —  Teargassing protestors for a photo op, afraid to say anything that will make him look weak, Trump once again feels victimized.  “He feels the blue-state governors are letting it burn because it hurts him.”
Max Cohen / Politico:
Tim Scott: Lafayette Square should not have been cleared for Trump  —  Sen. Tim Scott said Tuesday that protesters in Lafayette Square should not have been cleared with tear gas and rubber bullets to accommodate President Donald Trump's visit to a historic church, a rebuke of the president by the only black Republican in the Senate.
Politico:
Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op  —  Senate Republicans offered rare criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday after protesters outside the White House were cleared out with tear gas the day before so the president could pose for photos in front of a historic church.
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:   Forceful Removal of Protesters From Outside White House Spurs Debate
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church
Mike Mullen / The Atlantic:
I Cannot Remain Silent  —  It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church.  I have to date been reticent to speak …
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The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Zuckerberg Defends Hands-Off Approach to Trump's Posts  —  In a call with Facebook employees, who have protested the inaction on Mr. Trump's messages, Mr. Zuckerberg said his decision was “pretty thorough.”  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive …
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Civil rights leaders say they're ‘disappointed and stunned’ after call with Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Black leader ‘stunned’ after phone call with Facebook's Zuckerberg: He ‘lacks the ability to understand’ race issues
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fortune and Vanity Fair
NPS.gov:
Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken over the weekend to protect life and property  —  The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights.  However, this past weekend's demonstrations …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
The Intercept:
Minneapolis Police Union President: “I've Been Involved in Three Shootings Myself, and Not a One of Them Has Bothered Me”  —  In an interview in April, Lt. Bob Kroll, head of Minneapolis's police union, said that he and a majority of the Minneapolis Police Officers' Federation's board have been involved in police shootings.
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David K. Li / NBC News:
State of Minnesota files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department  —  The state of Minnesota launched a sweeping civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday, a week after an officer allegedly killed a black man during an arrest, officials said.
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
North Carolina governor rejects GOP's demand for full-fledged convention  —  North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, on Tuesday rejected the GOP's plans for a full-fledged convention in Charlotte, telling Republican officials the only way the event would move forward is with proper health protocols in place.
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Business Insider:   Trump is planning to bring back his massive in-person rallies as soon as July as the pandemic rages on
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Protestors' Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be  —  Most say police more likely to use excessive force on black individuals  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans say the anger about black deaths at the hands of police officers that led to recent protests is fully justified …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
RedState Duped By Fake Antifa Account Reportedly Run By White Nationalists  —  The pro-Trump website RedState published a report Monday that was based on a tweet from a hoax “Antifa” account actually linked to a white nationalist group.  —  As NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny, Emmanuelle Saliba …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Area around White House sealed off; fence put up  —  The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:  —  TOP OF THE HOUR:  — Streets around White House sealed off and fence put up
Discussion: Axios
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Gothamist:
Live Protest Updates: NYPD Bans Vehicular Traffic In Manhattan Below 96th Street Tonight  —  Here's the latest:  —  NYPD Will Ban Vehicular Traffic In Manhattan Below 96th Street  —  4:36 p.m. In an apparent effort to deter New Yorkers from staying out past the curfew …
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Medical Workers Fighting COVID Say Cops Are Attacking Them  —  “I don't know if it's because they noticed my hospital ID or if it's because they saw the blood, but they stopped, threw my phone at me, and I walked back to the hospital.”  —  Twenty minutes after leaving his job at a Brooklyn hospital …
Discussion: Texas Monthly and Denverite
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
GOP senator: Trump used ‘Word of God as a political prop’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality.
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and NBC News
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John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and Mediaite
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr released the following statement:  —  “Last night was a more peaceful night in the District of Columbia.  Working together, federal and local law enforcement made significant progress …
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Politico:
House Judiciary panel to hear from DOJ ‘whistleblowers’ amid efforts to reschedule Barr testimony
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Engel, on hot mic, begs for speaking time at NY protest event: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'  —  Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., was caught on a hot mic Tuesday saying he “wouldn't care” about not being allowed to speak at a news conference about the unrest in his Bronx district following …
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
This riot is brought to you by Nike  —  In Chicago last weekend 82 people were shot, 22 of them fatally.  Between May 2019 and late May 2020, homicide claimed the lives of over 300 black men in the city.  That's not a police brutality problem, that's a problem of insufficient police power being deployed to stop violent criminals.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy  —  Newly declassified transcripts show the seeds of Russia's overtures to the Trump administration as both sides sought to downplay Moscow's election sabotage.  —  WASHINGTON — Russian spy services had just carried …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
 
 
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Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
A white bar owner in Omaha shot and killed a black protester. He won't face charges.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Justin Kirkland / Esquire:
A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: VICE
New York Post:
NYPD Chief of Department speaks out, ‘outraged’ at Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Discussion: National Review and IJR
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Three Months, 6 Million Guns Sold
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ursula Perano / Axios:
George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Hill
WPTV:
Son of former Republican Rep. Tom Rooney arrested, accused of spray-painting ‘B.L.M.’ at Trump National Golf Club
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and pbso.org
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech: Trump Is Fanning ‘the Flames of Hate’
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
Discussion: New York Post
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Crisis in the Liberal City
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon
New York Times:
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era
Discussion: Politico and KTVZ-TV
ProPublica:
This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It's Been Great for His Family.