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10:15 PM ET, June 2, 2020


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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.
NBC News:
Defense Secretary Esper on Trump church photo-op: 'I didn't know where I was going'  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he had no advance notice before President Donald Trump led him and other senior administration officials to St. John's Episcopal Church for a widely criticized photo-op.
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
‘Uncomfortable Mission’: Pentagon Tries to Retreat From Trump's Call to ‘Dominate’ Protests  —  Pentagon officials say it was the White House, not the Defense Department, pushing for military might in the streets—with Trump seeking details on “tanks” that could be used.
Discussion: Reuters, IJR, Defense One and Raw Story
New York Times:
A Walk Meant to Convey Grit Evokes Trump's Dark Side Instead  —  When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump's walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.  —  WASHINGTON — After a weekend …
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
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests  —  The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad — the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
On Swann Street, D.C. protesters needed a refuge from police, so one resident ‘just opened a door’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Axios
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Christians Who Loved Trump's Stunt
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 …
The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Democracy Scholars Thought of Trump's Bible Photo Op
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mother Jones
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 …
Jesse Pound / CNBC:   Ex-Facebook security chief says it's ‘impossible to deplatform the President’
Business Insider:   Facebook is getting slammed by civil rights leaders and losing business as employee strife rages …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Civil rights leaders say they're ‘disappointed and stunned’ after call with Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:   Zuckerberg stands firm in refusal to moderate Trump despite employee walkouts and resignations
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 …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
One of America's most prominent conservative columnists wants Republicans to lose in 2020  —  (CNN)For the better part of the last four decades, George F. Will has been at the intellectual center of American conservatism.  Now he is calling for a full-blown rout of the Republican Party at the ballot box in November.
Discussion: HuffPost, KTVZ-TV and Raw Story
Politico:   Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump goes full law-and-order
Exclusive: Most Americans sympathize with protests, disapprove of Trump's response - Reuters/Ipsos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans sympathize with nationwide protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody and disapprove of President Donald Trump's response to the unrest …
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism  —  Hold officers accountable who use excessive force.  But there's no evidence of widespread racial bias.  —  George Floyd's death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist.
Discussion: Conservative Review
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
The DEA Has Just Been Authorized to Conduct Surveillance on Protesters  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the murder of George Floyd …
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   RNC searching for alternative to Charlotte as North Carolina governor refuses to allow full convention
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.”
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: Breitbart, Politico and The Hill
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   George W. Bush Virtually Endorses Joe Biden In Powerful Statement
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
The FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ in Sunday's Violence  —  Trump wants to designate Antifa a terrorist organization despite lack of authority and evidence of wrongdoing.  —  The FBI's Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” …
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
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Blasted as Uniformed ‘Prop’ for Trump's ‘Fascist Political Stunt’
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It takes a village to create a monster
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Mother Jones
CBS Pittsburgh:
Brawl At The Polls: Allegheny Co. Officials Say Voters Got Into Screaming And Shoving Match Over Face Masks
Pew Research Center:
1. Democratic edge in party identification narrows slightly
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable
Discussion: The Hill
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Divided Senate confirms former Trump counsel as relief watchdog
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Kirkland / Esquire:
A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: VICE
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
Live Protest Updates: Thousands Peacefully March Toward Gracie Mansion On The UES
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
The Flynn Calls: His Dismissal of Russian Interference and the Kremlin's Savvy
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico