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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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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.”
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and ABC News
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.
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.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Reverend at St. John's Church Says Clergy Was Tear Gassed to Clear Church For Trump's ‘Cheap Political Stunt’  —  A reverend at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. Monday claimed that church clergy were tear gassed in order to clear the area for President Donald Trump's …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this
Bloomberg:
Trump Lambasted After Violent Response to White House Protest
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The most chilling aspect of Trump's Monday night crackdown on law-abiding protesters
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Before Trump vows to end ‘lawlessness,’ federal officers confront protesters outside 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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Biden, in speech to the nation, denounces President Trump's actions against protesters and vows to heal racial wounds  —  Seeking to console a nation riven by nights of violence with a promise to heal its racial wounds, former vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday bluntly criticized …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Live updates: Violent clashes between police and public escalate
Discussion: The Root and Axios
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.
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
White supremacists pose as Antifa online, call for violence  —  New York (CNN Business)A Twitter account that tweeted a call to violence and claimed to be representing the position of “Antifa” was in fact created by a known white supremacist group, Twitter said Monday.  The company removed the account.
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
RedState Duped By Fake Antifa Account Reportedly Run By White Nationalists
Discussion: Politico
Anders Hagstrom / The Daily Caller:
At Least Five Police Officers Reportedly Shot, One On Life Support As Rioters And Law Enforcement Battle Across The Country  —  At least four police officers in St. Louis, Missouri, were shot and another was killed in Las Vegas on Monday night, according to multiple reports.
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New York Times:   Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Democrats Slam Trump's Response
Associated Press:   The Latest: Area around White House sealed off; fence put up
New York Times:
Tear Gas Clears Path for Trump to Visit Church
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Yahoo News:
Australia probes US police assault on its journalists  —  Australia is investigating a US police attack on two Australian television journalists outside the White House, the foreign minister said Tuesday, expressing “strong concerns” about the assault caught live on camera.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
'I won't fan the flames of hate': Biden blasts Trump in Philly
Discussion: The Root
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Decades-old Confederate statue removed from Alexandria intersection  —  The Confederate statue “Appomattox,” which depicts a southern-facing Civil War soldier and has stood in an Alexandria intersection for decades, was removed Tuesday morning, a month earlier than planned.
Discussion: Washingtonian and KTVZ-TV
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Carol Robinson / al.com:
Watch: Birmingham taking down Confederate monument
Discussion: Washington Times
ProPublica:
This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout.  It's Been Great for His Family.  —  Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role.  He still has ties to his family's investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury's bailout actions.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
1 in 7 Republicans don't think a coronavirus vaccine is necessary  —  Only 2 percent of Democrats agree with them  —  While the novel coronavirus pandemic has understandably faded from public attention in recent days, the United States continues to see thousands of new confirmed cases every day and hundreds of additional deaths.
Discussion: Political Wire
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CBS News:
Americans see differences in how police treat whites and blacks - CBS News poll
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Takes Us to the Brink  —  Will weaponized racism destroy America?  —  Last fall Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis police union, appeared at a Trump rally, where he thanked the president for ending Barack Obama's “oppression of police” and letting cops “put the handcuffs on criminals instead of us.”
New York Times:
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders  —  Brazil, Russia, Britain and the U.S. have something in common.  —  The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon  —  As riots and looting have disordered cities across the United States, many have speculated that the troubles could help reelect President Donald Trump.  The speculation is based on analogy.  American cities were swept by riots in the mid-1960s, and then …
Discussion: Politico
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Stop Playing with Fire  —  On the menu today: how the country is paying the price for a long line of leaders and aspiring leaders who saw public anger as a force they believed they could control and manipulate; why Donald Trump won't give a unifying speech and has no particular desire to do so …
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Viral White House ‘blackout’ image shared by Hillary Clinton, Democrats edited and from at least 2015  —  A viral image shared by Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats that implied President Trump took an unusual step to turn off all the lights in the White House amid protests over the death …
 
 
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John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity
The Federalist:
Tucker Carlson: This Is How Nations Collapse
Discussion: Redstate
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Crisis in the Liberal City
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
D.C. Residents Open Their Doors To Save Protesters From The Police
Discussion: INSIDER
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King's political career is on the line in Tuesday's primaries
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This an Instruction Manual for George Floyd Protesters?
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Trump, Biden Fight Takes Off in Six Battleground States
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Yes, Meet Rioters with Overwhelming Force
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Trump Went To Church. The Rest Of The Country Must Follow — Now
Discussion: CNBC
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era
Discussion: Politico, KTVZ-TV and LewRockwell
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Election officials contradict Barr's assertion that counterfeit mail ballots produced …
New York Times:
Black Workers, Already Lagging, Face Big Economic Risks
R.T. Rybak / Politico:
I Was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I Know Our Cops Have a Problem
Discussion: Raw Story