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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.
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 …
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.
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
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.”
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
Discussion: KTVZ-TV, The Hill, ABC News and CNN
Wall Street Journal:   Forceful Removal of Protesters From Outside White House Spurs Debate
John McCormack / National Review:
Sasse Slams Clearing of Protesters for Trump's Church Photo Opportunity
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and Mediaite
Politico:
House Judiciary panel to hear from DOJ ‘whistleblowers’ amid efforts to reschedule Barr testimony
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Washington can't fix this
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  —  According to a report from Bloomberg, Black civil rights leaders who participated in a conference call with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg walked away afterward …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Civil rights leaders say they're ‘disappointed and stunned’ after call with Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg
Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg Leaves Race Justice Leader Frustrated After Call
Discussion: Wired, Vanity Fair, Althouse and Politico
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
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NBC News:
Antifa rumors spread on local social media with no evidence
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Associated Press 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: NBC News, 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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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
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
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
Gothamist:
Live Protest Updates: Police Scanner Broadcasts Calls To Shoot And Run Over Protesters  —  Here's the latest:  —  Police Scanner Broadcasts Calls To Shoot And Run Over Protesters  —  1:40 p.m. As tens of thousands of peaceful marchers flooded New York City streets Monday evening …
Discussion: Raw Story, New Republic and Vanity Fair
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
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.
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.
 
 
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Engel, on hot mic, begs for speaking time at NY protest event: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order on religious freedom, as DC archbishop slams Trump visit to Catholic shrine
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech: Trump Is Fanning ‘the Flames of Hate’
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Tennessean:
A protester asked the Tennessee National Guard to lay down their riot shields. They did
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Cranney / Post and Courier:
He told Charleston police, ‘I am not your enemy.’ Then he was handcuffed.
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
Live George Floyd Nationwide Protest Updates and Video
The Federalist:
Tucker Carlson: This Is How Nations Collapse
Discussion: Redstate
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Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
We've Now Entered the Final Phase of the Trump Era
Discussion: Politico and KTVZ-TV