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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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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 …
BuzzFeed News:
The DEA Has Just Been Authorized to Conduct Surveillance on Protesters  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the murder of George Floyd …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
One of America's most prominent conservative columnists wants Republicans to lose in 2020  —  (CNN)For the better part of the last four decades, George F. Will has been at the intellectual center of American conservatism.  Now he is calling for a full-blown rout of the Republican Party at the ballot box in November.
Discussion: HuffPost, KTVZ-TV and Raw Story
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 …
Politico:   Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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
Max Cohen / Politico:
Tim Scott: Lafayette Square should not have been cleared for Trump
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg on leaked audio: Trump's looting and shooting reference “has no history of being read as a dog whistle”  —  Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Jesse Pound / CNBC:   Ex-Facebook security chief says it's ‘impossible to deplatform the President’
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:   Zuckerberg stands firm in refusal to moderate Trump despite employee walkouts and resignations
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
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
Discussion: The Hill
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism
Discussion: Conservative Review
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.”
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Most Americans sympathize with protests, disapprove of Trump's response - Reuters/Ipsos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans sympathize with nationwide protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody and disapprove of President Donald Trump's response to the unrest …
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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Gothamist:
Live Protest Updates: Thousands Peacefully March Toward Gracie Mansion On The UES  —  Here's the latest:  —  6:45 p.m. Protests are underway throughout the city before tonight's 8 p.m. curfew goes into effect, with masses of people on the Upper East Side, outside the Stonewall Inn …
Discussion: Raw Story
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable  —  Chairman Nadler proposes funding cuts, court filings, and Committee oversight hearings  —  Washington, D.C. -Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced a series of actions …
Discussion: The Hill
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Politico:
House Judiciary panel to hear from DOJ ‘whistleblowers’ amid efforts to reschedule Barr testimony
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 …
Discussion: The Root, Redstate, Fox News and Althouse
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NBC News:
Antifa rumors spread on local social media with no evidence
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
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
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Divided Senate confirms former Trump counsel as relief watchdog  —  The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to police the massive coronavirus economic rescue programs, filling a key oversight position Congress created as part of $2 trillion legislation in March.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Ursula Perano / Axios:
George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd  —  Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are “anguished” by the death of George Floyd, and said that “it is time for America to examine our tragic failures.”
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Christians Who Loved Trump's Stunt  —  He wielded the Bible like a foreign object, awkwardly adjusting his grip as though trying to get comfortable.  He examined its cover.  He held it up over his right shoulder like a crossing guard presenting a stop sign.  He did not open it.
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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WEYI:
BREAKING: Gov. Whitmer to lift stay-at-home order, some restrictions remain
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS Pittsburgh:
Brawl At The Polls: Allegheny Co. Officials Say Voters Got Into Screaming And Shoving Match Over Face Masks
Pew Research Center:
1. Democratic edge in party identification narrows slightly
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
 Earlier Items: 
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:
Engel, on hot mic, begs for speaking time at NY protest event: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and New York Times
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
ProPublica:
This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It's Been Great for His Family.