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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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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd  —  Attorney General William P. Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials on the ground to clear the streets around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday …
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.
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.
Politico:
Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op  —  Senate Republicans offered rare criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday after protesters outside the White House were cleared out with tear gas the day before so the president could pose for photos in front of a historic church.
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:   Forceful Removal of Protesters From Outside White House Spurs Debate
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church
Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and Mediaite
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 …
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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
Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg Leaves Race Justice Leader Frustrated After Call
Discussion: Wired, Vanity Fair, Althouse and Politico
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine  —  President Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom Tuesday as Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory slammed the president and first lady's visit to the Saint John Paul …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Lambasted After Violent Response to White House Protest
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Mullen / The Atlantic:
I Cannot Remain Silent  —  Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.  —  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.
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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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Business Insider:   Trump is planning to bring back his massive in-person rallies as soon as July as the pandemic rages on
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans to tour Nashville as potential convention site
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and The Hill
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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Area around White House sealed off; fence put up
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
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: Politico
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NBC News:
Antifa rumors spread on local social media with no evidence
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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: NYPD Bans Vehicular Traffic In Manhattan Below 96th Street Tonight  —  Here's the latest:  —  NYPD Will Ban Vehicular Traffic In Manhattan Below 96th Street  —  4:36 p.m. In an apparent effort to deter New Yorkers from staying out past the curfew …
Politico:
House Judiciary panel to hear from DOJ ‘whistleblowers’ amid efforts to reschedule Barr testimony  —  The House Judiciary Committee has lined up whistleblowers to testify about alleged political interference inside the Justice Department, committee aides told POLITICO on Tuesday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
This riot is brought to you by Nike  —  In Chicago last weekend 82 people were shot, 22 of them fatally.  Between May 2019 and late May 2020, homicide claimed the lives of over 300 black men in the city.  That's not a police brutality problem, that's a problem of insufficient police power being deployed to stop violent criminals.
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.
 
 
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WPTV:
Son of former Republican Rep. Tom Rooney arrested, accused of spray-painting ‘B.L.M.’ at Trump National Golf Club
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ABC News:
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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'
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech: Trump Is Fanning ‘the Flames of Hate’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
Discussion: New York Post
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