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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
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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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 …
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.”
CNN:
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
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The most chilling aspect of Trump's Monday night crackdown on law-abiding protesters  —  President Trump walks past law enforcement in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House on June 1.  Patrick Semansky/AP  —  There was no need to do this before 7 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this
NBC News:
Trump considering a move to invoke Insurrection Act
Washington Post:
Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Agence France-Presse:   Biden blasts Trump's photo op in front of riot-damaged church
Marina Trahan Martinez / New York Times:
Protests Live: Updates from New York, D.C. and Around the Country
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
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 …
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson goes after Trump and Kushner over protests
Discussion: UPI and Washington Post
CNN:
Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn't spoken with Trump in two weeks
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Courier-Journal:
'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.
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Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:   Death toll grows in national protests
New York Times:
Black Workers, Already Lagging, Face Big Economic Risks  —  Black employment rates are plummeting, and the evolving wealth and income hit could fall on the shoulders of those ill-equipped to bear it.  —  WASHINGTON — The coronavirus recession has hit black Americans particularly hard …
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era  —  We are in the Götterdämmerung now, the final phase of the Trump era.  We began with the axis of adults that imperfectly constrained him.  We then entered the age of hubris and action during which he systematically rid himself …
Discussion: Politico, KTVZ-TV and LewRockwell
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.”
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: DCReport.org, Unfogged and Breitbart
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.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Election officials contradict Barr's assertion that counterfeit mail ballots produced by a foreign country are a ‘real’ worry  —  Current and former election administrators said it would be virtually impossible for a foreign country to produce and mail in phony absentee ballots without detection …
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Trump Finally Gets the War He Wanted  —  Gen. Milley and Secretary Esper accompanied the president to a photo op — and right into his American war.  —  President Donald Trump finally got the war he wanted.  It isn't in Afghanistan, or Iraq, Syria, or North Korea.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Video shows NYPD cop being attacked by several men in the Bronx  —  An NYPD officer was attacked by several men in the Bronx Monday night as onlookers recording the struggle instigated the suspects.  —  The footage, which was tweeted by the city's Sergeant's Benevolent Association …
Discussion: Twitchy, INSIDER, abc7NY and Breitbart
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
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.
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Trump Went To Church.  The Rest Of The Country Must Follow — Now  —  President Donald Trump went to church Monday.  —  That isn't exactly accurate.  There was no chorus of worship, no corporate prayer, no holy reverence, no gathering of believers, and thus no church.
Discussion: CNBC
ABC News:
27% unlikely to be vaccinated against the coronavirus; Republicans, conservatives especially: POLL  —  Distrust of vaccines is main reason for 50% of those who wouldn't get one.  —  Unpersuaded by more than 100,000 pandemic deaths in the United States, 45% of strong conservatives …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Mass upheaval and pandemic spell trouble for Tuesday's mega-primary  —  Holding an election in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic is tough.  Holding an election as civil unrest sweeps across the country during that pandemic could be seriously problematic.
 
 
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
Forget the Name, Antifa Is No Better Than the Fascists
CBS Philly:
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Paul Starr / American Prospect:
Do Churchgoers Have a Right to Risk Infection?
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy
R.T. Rybak / Politico:
I Was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I Know Our Cops Have a Problem
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Wall Street Journal:
Warnings Surface About New System to Disinfect N95 Masks
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bill O'Reilly's show to air on conservative OTT network The First
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
End it: NYC protests have exposed a truth Cuomo and de Blasio have missed; the lockdown is over