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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 …
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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
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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
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 …
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
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Politico:   Republicans chastise Trump for ousting protesters, church photo-op
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump goes full law-and-order
Reuters:
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
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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 …
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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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
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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:
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Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Mother Jones
CBS Pittsburgh:
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Pew Research Center:
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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
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A white bar owner in Omaha shot and killed a black protester. He won't face charges.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
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Discussion: VICE
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
Gothamist:
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