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7:20 AM ET, June 2, 2020


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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church  —  “He did not pray,” said Mariann E. Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington.  “He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years.”
Pentagon officials express concern as Trump threatens to use military to ‘dominate’ protestors  —  Washington (CNN)Defense officials tell CNN there was deep and growing discomfort among some in the Pentagon even before President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is ready to deploy …
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and Variety
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The most chilling aspect of Trump's Monday night crackdown on law-abiding protesters  —  President Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St. John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park on June 1.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images  —  There was no need to do this before 7 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Episcopal bishop on President Trump: ‘Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence’  —  The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, was seething.  —  The president of the United States had just visited St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House …
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 …
NBC News:
Trump considering a move to invoke Insurrection Act  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering invoking a 213-year-old federal law that would allow him to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to protests in cities across the country, according to four people familiar with the internal White House discussions.
New York Times:
Tear Gas Clears Path for Trump to Visit Church  —  Police officers also used flash grenades to disperse a crowd so Mr. Trump could visit for a photo opportunity.  And in New York, protesters and looters defied a curfew.  —  RIGHT NOW At least four police officers were struck by gunfire during …
Washington Post:
Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op  —  President Trump began mulling a visit to St. John's Episcopal Church on Monday morning, after spending the night devouring cable news coverage of protests across the country, including in front of the White House.
Discussion: ABC News
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Bishop at DC church outraged by Trump visit: 'I just can't believe what my eyes have seen'  —  'I'm outraged:' Bishop overseeing church responds to Trump photo-op  —  (CNN)Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said Monday evening that she is “outraged” …
Discussion: Common Dreams, Twitchy, Vox and 444
Marina Trahan Martinez / New York Times:
Protests Live: Updates from New York, D.C. and Around the Country  —  Our reporters and photographers are on the ground in cities across the country.  Here's what they're seeing.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Democratic political leaders wasted no time in condemning President Trump's photo op …
Trump declares himself the ‘law and order’ president as peaceful protesters are dispersed  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump declared himself “your president of law and order” during remarks Monday as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas …
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A NATION THAT'S HUNGRY FOR HEALING, searching for answers, tired, fed up, angry and confused is going to get a resounding answer from Washington pretty soon:  —  WE CAN'T FIX THIS.  —  AT SOME POINT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
“Shaken”: St. John's rector caught up in tear gas deployment at church
Agence France-Presse:   Biden blasts Trump's photo op in front of riot-damaged church
Shia Kapos / Politico:
Illinois governor butts heads with Trump on conference call
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President
Discussion: The Bulwark and Law & Crime
Nick Boykin /
Crews put out fire at DC's historic St. John's Church
Discussion: NBC News, Vox and Washington Post
NBC News:
White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on twitter  —  A Twitter account claiming to belong to a national “antifa” organization and pushing violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson.
George Will / Washington Post:
Trump must be removed.  So must his congressional enablers.  —  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.
Discussion: Mediaite
'My son didn't hurt nobody': David McAtee, Louisville business owner, killed by authorities  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — David McAtee, who turned his talent for food into a popular West End eatery, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that's now under state, local and federal investigation.
Investigation launched into LMPD, National Guard fatal shooting of West End business owner
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:   Death toll grows in national protests
John P. Wise / WKYT-TV:
Louisville mayor fires police chief
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
U.S. police have attacked journalists more than 100 times in the past four days  —  As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country one week after a white police officer allegedly murdered a black man, George Floyd, it's becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming …
Discussion: Breitbart
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Blames Jared Kushner for Trump's Protest Catastrophe  —  The Fox News host said that Kushner had “subverted” Trump every step of the way during his presidency.  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner on Monday night …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson goes after Trump and Kushner over protests
Discussion: Washington Post and UPI
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter takes action against Rep. Matt Gaetz for glorifying violence  —  The platform did not remove it  —  Twitter has restricted a tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for violating its policies against glorifying violence, following a similar action taken against President Donald Trump last week.
ABC News:
Biden on comment to black radio host: 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy'  —  He had quipped that blacks voting for Trump this fall “ain't black.”  —  Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden has come under fire for comments he made during an interview with “The Breakfast Club” …
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
You Can't Loot Us, We're Progressives!  —  There is nothing good about rioting, looting and burning, but these evils sometimes provide clarifying moments.  Such as when progressives realize that the looters are coming for them, too.  It shouldn't be a news flash, but progressives …
The Post Millennial:   Editor of progressive newspaper celebrated protestors—then they stormed and trashed her office
New York Times:
Widespread Looting Hits Manhattan Before Curfew Begins  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  A curfew fails to curb widespread looting on N.Y.C.'s fifth night of protests.  —  New York City hit an 11 p.m. curfew on Monday after widespread looting erupted in the central business district of Manhattan …
Discussion: Gothamist, New York Post and INSIDER
Elizabeth Kim / Gothamist:
Citywide Curfew Will Go Into Effect At 11 P.M. Tonight
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Post
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New York Times:
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