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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.
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos, The Root, DCist and Axios
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, DCist and Common Dreams
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 …
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.
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.
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Outraged’: Trump faces condemnation for clearing protesters, threatening military force  —  President Donald Trump faced withering criticism in the hours after spurring a violent incursion against apparently peaceful protesters for the purposes of staging a political photo opportunity …
Discussion: ABC News, Slate and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
‘I find it baffling and reprehensible’: Catholic Archbishop of Washington slams Trump's visit to John Paul II shrine  —  President Trump triggered sharp condemnation from top religious leaders for the second time in two days on Tuesday, with Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory slamming …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op
Washington Post:
Biden, in speech to the nation, denounces President Trump's actions against protesters and vows to heal racial wounds
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
Bloomberg:
Trump Lambasted After Violent Response to White House Protest
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
GOP senator: Trump used ‘Word of God as a political prop’
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this
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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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 convention would move forward is with proper health protocols in place.
Discussion: Associated Press, NPR and CBS17.com
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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: Fox News and The Hill
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 George Floyd Nationwide Protest Updates and Video
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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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Black leader ‘stunned’ after phone call with Facebook's Zuckerberg: He ‘lacks the ability to understand’ race issues
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr released the following statement:  —  “Last night was a more peaceful night in the District of Columbia.  Working together, federal and local law enforcement made significant progress …
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
D.C. Residents Open Their Doors To Save Protesters From The Police
Discussion: Mother Jones and INSIDER
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Floyd Protests Are Backed by Most Americans as More Say Racism Isn't Taken Seriously Enough  —  61% agree ‘white people do not recognize the real advantages they have’  — 54% of U.S. adults — including 69% of Democrats, 49% of independents and 39% of Republicans …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
1 in 7 Republicans don't think a coronavirus vaccine is necessary
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Birx warns against ‘false sense of security’ that outbreak will wane this summer
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
The Federalist:
Tucker Carlson: This Is How Nations Collapse
Discussion: Redstate
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Crisis in the Liberal City
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King's political career is on the line in Tuesday's primaries
 Earlier Items: 
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon
Discussion: Politico
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Viral White House ‘blackout’ image shared by Hillary Clinton, Democrats edited and from at least 2015
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
West Point Cadets Ordered Back For Trump's Speech Test Positive For Coronavirus
Discussion: Mother Jones and Task & Purpose
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Decades-old Confederate statue removed from Alexandria intersection
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, KTVZ-TV and LewRockwell