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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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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 and Common Dreams
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: The Root and Axios
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.”
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Lambasted After Violent Response to White House Protest  — Catholic leader calls president's shrine visit ‘reprehensible’  — Military officials distance Pentagon leaders from crackdown  —  President Donald Trump came under harsh criticism from religious leaders and Democrats …
Discussion: The Hill
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity  —  In response to The Scene outside the White House Last Night  —  Nebraska Republican senator Ben Sasse issued a statement on Tuesday morning criticizing President Trump's visit to St. John's Church Monday night as a …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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
Politico:
Republicans chide Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
Discussion: Axios
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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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
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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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: Fox News and CBS17.com
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Wall Street Journal:   Trump, Biden Fight Takes Off in Six Battleground States
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
1 in 7 Republicans don't think a coronavirus vaccine is necessary  —  Only 2 percent of Democrats agree with them  —  While the novel coronavirus pandemic has understandably faded from public attention in recent days, the United States continues to see thousands of new confirmed cases every day and hundreds of additional deaths.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Floyd Protests Are Backed by Most Americans as More Say Racism Isn't Taken Seriously Enough
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
The Federalist:
Tucker Carlson: This Is How Nations Collapse  —  “Our leaders have dithered and lied about the riots as the nation goes up in flames,” Fox News Host Tucker Carlson said on Monday night.  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a 30 minute address Monday night, documenting the terror …
Discussion: Redstate
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.”
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is No Richard Nixon  —  As riots and looting have disordered cities across the United States, many have speculated that the troubles could help reelect President Donald Trump.  The speculation is based on analogy.  American cities were swept by riots in the mid-1960s, and then …
Discussion: Politico
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.
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Trump threatens military action to quell protests, and the law would let him do it
Zachary Evans / National Review:
‘Not the Same Question’: De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout Lockdowns
Discussion: Instapundit
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Protestors' Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be
New York Times:
Live George Floyd Nationwide Protest Updates and Video
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Crisis in the Liberal City
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
D.C. Residents Open Their Doors To Save Protesters From The Police
Discussion: Mother Jones and INSIDER
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King's political career is on the line in Tuesday's primaries
 Earlier Items: 
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This an Instruction Manual for George Floyd Protesters?
Discussion: New York Times
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Viral White House ‘blackout’ image shared by Hillary Clinton, Democrats edited and from at least 2015
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Yes, Meet Rioters with Overwhelming Force
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
West Point Cadets Ordered Back For Trump's Speech Test Positive For Coronavirus
Discussion: Mother Jones, Task & Purpose and UPI
Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
Trump Went To Church. The Rest Of The Country Must Follow — Now
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
Black Workers, Already Lagging, Face Big Economic Risks