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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
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
Max Cohen / Politico:
Tim Scott: Lafayette Square should not have been cleared for Trump
Politico:   Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
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.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests  —  The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad — the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns …
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 …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
On Swann Street, D.C. protesters needed a refuge from police, so one resident ‘just opened a door’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Axios
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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 …
Jesse Pound / CNBC:   Ex-Facebook security chief says it's ‘impossible to deplatform the President’
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Civil rights leaders say they're ‘disappointed and stunned’ after call with Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:   Zuckerberg stands firm in refusal to moderate Trump despite employee walkouts and resignations
Business Insider:   Facebook is getting slammed by civil rights leaders and losing business as employee strife rages …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Black leader ‘stunned’ after phone call with Facebook's Zuckerberg: He ‘lacks the ability to understand’ race issues
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vanity Fair and Althouse
James N. Miller / Washington Post:
Secretary Esper, you violated your oath in aiding Trump's photo op.  That's why I'm resigning.  —  I resign from the Defense Science Board, effective immediately.  —  When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy …
Discussion: The Hill
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The Daily Beast:
‘Uncomfortable Mission’: Pentagon Tries to Retreat From Trump's Call to ‘Dominate’ Protests  —  Pentagon officials say it was the White House, not the Defense Department, pushing for military might in the streets—with Trump seeking details on “tanks” that could be used.
Discussion: Reuters, IJR and Defense One
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 …
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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
Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump goes full law-and-order
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 …
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 …
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism  —  Hold officers accountable who use excessive force.  But there's no evidence of widespread racial bias.  —  George Floyd's death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist.
Discussion: Conservative Review
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David K. Li / NBC News:
State of Minnesota files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   RNC searching for alternative to Charlotte as North Carolina governor refuses to allow full convention
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.”
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
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
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.”
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC  —  Former officials from the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC to support former Vice President Joe Biden's White House campaign.  —  The super PAC, dubbed 43 Alumni For Biden, referring to the 43rd president …
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
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
The FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ in Sunday's Violence  —  Trump wants to designate Antifa a terrorist organization despite lack of authority and evidence of wrongdoing.  —  The FBI's Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Signal and VICE
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It takes a village to create a monster
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Mother Jones
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Protesting Racism Versus Risking COVID-19: 'I Wouldn't Weigh These Crises Separately'
Discussion: KXAN-TV and Wall Street Journal
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
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable
Discussion: The Hill
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:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine
The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico