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10:00 AM ET, June 3, 2020


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NBC News:
Esper on Trump church photo-op: I thought we were going to ‘talk to the troops’  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he was given no notice before President Donald Trump led him and other senior administration officials to St. John's Episcopal Church for a widely criticized photo opportunity.
New York Times:
How Trump's Idea for a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park  —  When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump's walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.  —  WASHINGTON — After a weekend of protests …
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.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The Battle of Lafayette Square and the undermining of American democracy  —  Anyone concerned about the state of America's democracy ought to have been troubled Monday at the sight of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, striding behind Donald Trump during his presidential show of force at Lafayette Square.
Discussion: Slate, Vanity Fair and Defense One
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:   Joint Chiefs Chairman Blasted as Uniformed ‘Prop’ for Trump's ‘Fascist Political Stunt’
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Is it time to call Trump the f-word?
Discussion: The Guardian and Common Dreams
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Trump demands journalists correct stories on the use of tear gas.  According to the CDC, it was tear gas.  —  President Trump's reelection campaign sent a message out to news organizations Tuesday night, demanding a correction to articles that described security forces' use of tear gas …
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Corrosive Effects of Tear Gas Could Intensify Coronavirus Pandemic
Discussion: NBC News
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots
Discussion: Daily Kos
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King, House Republican With a History of Racist Remarks, Loses Primary  —  Mr. King, one of the nation's most divisive elected officials, saw his power in Congress curtailed last year after he questioned why white supremacy was considered offensive.  —  Representative Steve King of Iowa …
Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary  —  State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.  —  Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
White Supremacist Congressman Steve King Defeated In Shock GOP Primary
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Iowa Voted A Racist Out Of Congress
Discussion: Politico, NPR, Vox, VICE and Mother Jones
Associated Press:
Police shove, make AP journalists stop covering protest  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officers surrounded, shoved and yelled expletives at two Associated Press journalists covering protests Tuesday in the latest aggression against members of the media during a week of unrest around the country.
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 …
Discussion: 444
Plans being discussed for Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and American Greatness
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Two Church Visits
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 …
Trump Called In The Military To Scare Anti-Racist Protesters. They Showed Up Anyway.
Wall Street Journal:   Liberal Cities, Radical Mayhem
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
Siva Vaidhyanathan / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg Believes Only in Mark Zuckerberg
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
George W. Bush Virtually Endorses Joe Biden In Powerful Statement  —  Former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush issued a statement on the riots that echoed Joe Biden's language of empathy and unity.  —  In part, the statement read: … The better way that Bushs wrote …
Discussion: Axios, WTRF-TV and Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC
Agence France-Presse:   George W. Bush calls on US to examine its ‘tragic failures’
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes  —  Sweden's top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown.  —  “If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge …
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
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 …
David Siders / Politico:
Trump bets his presidency on a ‘silent majority’
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd's Death  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Use of medical helicopter to target protesters is under investigation, National Guard says  —  On the battlefield, the roar of helicopter blades paired with a Red Cross is salvation for wounded troops and civilians.  —  But the thwomping blades of military helicopters …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
After George Floyd's death, Trump administration told military's service chiefs to remain quiet about unrest
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Last Person to Receive Civil War-Era Pension Dies  —  Irene Triplett collected $73.13 from Department of Veterans Affairs, benefit for her father's military service in Civil War  —  Irene Triplett, the last person receiving a pension from the U.S. Civil War, has died at the age of 90.
Discussion: Althouse
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the 2020 fight for the House already over?  —  ANALYSIS — Of the major political handicappers, not even one of them thinks the House is likely to flip in November.  —  Not the folks at the Cook Political Report.  Not the analysts at Sabato's Crystal Ball.
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” …
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John Stossel / Townhall:
Race and Riots  —  “No justice, no peace!” they shout.
George Joseph / Gothamist:
The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed
Bryan Fischer Radio Host / American Family Association:
Time for Trump to Send In the Troops
Keisha Lance Bottoms / New York Times:
The Police Report to Me, but I Knew I Couldn't Protect My Son
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Thank You Mister Trump!
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
The American story, splintered, and those vying to tell it
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Worse than war: My night besieged by looters and thugs in NYC
Discussion: The Hill
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
If protesters can march, why can't businesses open?
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
'This can't be happening': An oral history of 48 surreal, violent, biblical minutes in Washington
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Embattled at Home, Trump Finds Himself Isolated Abroad, Too
USA Today:
American carnage: These aren't protests — they're riots. Someone must end the lawlessness.
Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live
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 and Mother Jones
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
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo