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11:40 AM ET, June 2, 2020


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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
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.”
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.
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:
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The most chilling aspect of Trump's Monday night crackdown on law-abiding protesters
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Christians Who Loved Trump's Stunt
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
Marc Caputo / Politico:   'I won't fan the flames of hate': Biden blasts Trump in Philly
Jarrett Renshaw / Reuters:   ‘Wake-up call:’ Biden vows to heal U.S. racial wounds as protests against police rage
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Trump Finally Gets the War He Wanted
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Tear Gas Clears Path for Trump to Visit Church
Agence France-Presse:   Biden blasts Trump's photo op in front of riot-damaged church
NBC News:
Trump considering a move to invoke Insurrection Act
Washington Post:
Before Trump vows to end ‘lawlessness,’ federal officers confront protesters outside White House
CBS Philly:   Joe Biden Coming To Philadelphia Tuesday Morning To Address Unrest In Country Following George Floyd's Death
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.
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 …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson goes after Trump and Kushner over protests
Discussion: UPI and Washington Post
Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn't spoken with Trump in two weeks
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.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Area around White House sealed off; fence put up
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
Carol Robinson /
Watch: Birmingham taking down Confederate monument
Discussion: Washington Times
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: HuffPost and Mediaite
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.
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.
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
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
West Point Cadets Ordered Back For Trump's Speech Test Positive For Coronavirus  —  The U.S. Military Academy at West Point's class of 2020 was summoned to return after Trump declared he would deliver their commencement address on June 13.  —  More than a dozen cadets who were ordered …
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Task & Purpose
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
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 …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
White instigators to blame for mayhem in some protests, local officials say  —  “What did I tell you?” a voice cried out as the camera recording mayhem in downtown Pittsburgh settled on a white man, clad in all black, smashing the windows of a police vehicle.
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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 on the line in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: NBC News and New York Times
David Mikkelson /
Is This an Instruction Manual for George Floyd Protesters?
Discussion: New York Times
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Trump, Biden Fight Takes Off in Six Battleground States
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Yes, Meet Rioters with Overwhelming Force
Washington Examiner:
Trump is right, antifa are terrorists; they always were
Rod Rosenstein to kick off Senate's Russia redux hearings
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
27% unlikely to be vaccinated against the coronavirus; Republicans, conservatives especially: POLL
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Election officials contradict Barr's assertion that counterfeit mail ballots produced …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Mass upheaval and pandemic spell trouble for a megaday of primaries
R.T. Rybak / Politico:
I Was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I Know Our Cops Have a Problem
Discussion: Raw Story
'My son didn't hurt nobody': David McAtee, Louisville business owner, killed by authorities