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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 …
Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets …
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 …
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.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It's Spiraling Out of Control”: Confronting a Failed Presidency, Trump Plays Politics With the Protests  —  Teargassing protestors for a photo op, afraid to say anything that will make him look weak, Trump once again feels victimized.  “He feels the blue-state governors are letting it burn because it hurts him.”
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.
Politico:
Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:   Forceful Removal of Protesters From Outside White House Spurs Debate
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 …
Discussion: The Nation and Raw Story
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The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fortune and Vanity Fair
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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David K. Li / NBC News:
State of Minnesota files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department  —  The state of Minnesota launched a sweeping civil rights probe into the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday, a week after an officer allegedly killed a black man during an arrest, officials said.
Discussion: The Hill
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism
Discussion: Conservative Review
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
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
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 …
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable  —  Chairman Nadler proposes funding cuts, court filings, and Committee oversight hearings  —  Washington, D.C. -Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced a series of actions …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Area around White House sealed off; fence put up  —  The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:  —  TOP OF THE HOUR:  — Streets around White House sealed off and fence put up
Discussion: Axios
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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
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.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd  —  Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are “anguished” by the death of George Floyd, and said that “it is time for America to examine our tragic failures.”
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Hill
 
 
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Divided Senate confirms former Trump counsel as relief watchdog
Discussion: Associated Press
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
A white bar owner in Omaha shot and killed a black protester. He won't face charges.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Justin Kirkland / Esquire:
A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: VICE
New York Post:
NYPD Chief of Department speaks out, ‘outraged’ at Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Discussion: National Review and IJR
WPTV:
Son of former Republican Rep. Tom Rooney arrested, accused of spray-painting ‘B.L.M.’ at Trump National Golf Club
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and pbso.org
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'
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech: Trump Is Fanning ‘the Flames of Hate’
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
Discussion: New York Post
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon
New York Times:
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era
Discussion: Politico and KTVZ-TV
ProPublica:
This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It's Been Great for His Family.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico