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8:00 AM ET, June 3, 2020


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James N. Miller / Washington Post:
Secretary Esper, you violated your oath in aiding Trump's photo op.  That's why I'm resigning.  —  I resign from the Defense Science Board, effective immediately.  —  When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy …
NBC News:
Esper on Trump church photo-op: I thought we were going to ‘talk to the troops’  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he was given no notice before President Donald Trump led him and other senior administration officials to St. John's Episcopal Church for a widely criticized photo opportunity.
New York Times:
How Trump's Idea for a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park  —  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 of protests …
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, ABC News, Defense One and Raw Story
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 …
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Trump demands journalists correct stories on the use of tear gas.  According to the CDC, it was tear gas.  —  President Trump's reelection campaign sent a message out to news organizations Tuesday night, demanding a correction to articles that described security forces' use of tear gas …
Discussion: Redstate
Mike Baker / New York Times:   Corrosive Effects of Tear Gas Could Intensify Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary  —  State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.  —  Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King, House Republican With a History of Racist Remarks, Loses Primary  —  Mr. King, one of the nation's most divisive elected officials, saw his power in Congress curtailed last year after he questioned why white supremacy was considered offensive.  —  Representative Steve King of Iowa …
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Iowa Voted A Racist Out Of Congress
Discussion: NPR, Vox, Reason and VICE
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Controversial Rep. Steve King loses Iowa GOP primary battle
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
George W. Bush Virtually Endorses Joe Biden In Powerful Statement  —  Former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush issued a statement on the riots that echoed Joe Biden's language of empathy and unity.  —  In part, the statement read: … The better way that Bushs wrote …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Plans being discussed for Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral
Discussion: KTVZ-TV
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC
Ursula Perano / Axios:
George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and UPI
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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Democracy Scholars Thought of Trump's Bible Photo Op
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 …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Violent clashes between police and public escalate
Associated Press:
Nation's streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful
Discussion: CNBC and NBC News
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 …
Discussion: 444
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Use of medical helicopter to target protesters is under investigation, National Guard says  —  On the battlefield, the roar of helicopter blades paired with a Red Cross is salvation for wounded troops and civilians.  —  But the thwomping blades of military helicopters …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
After George Floyd's death, Trump administration told military's service chiefs to remain quiet about unrest
BuzzFeed News:
The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd's Death  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd …
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
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg on leaked audio: Trump's looting and shooting reference “has no history of being read as a dog whistle”  —  Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ella Jones becomes the first African American and first woman elected mayor of Ferguson  —  ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Councilwoman Ella Jones was elected mayor of Ferguson on Tuesday, becoming the first African American to lead the St. Louis suburb that became nationally known after a police officer killed a black teen.
Discussion: The Hill and INSIDER
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:   Ella Jones Is Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Last Person to Receive Civil War-Era Pension Dies  —  Irene Triplett collected $73.13 from Department of Veterans Affairs, benefit for her father's military service in Civil War  —  Irene Triplett, the last person receiving a pension from the U.S. Civil War, has died at the age of 90.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
On Swann Street, D.C. protesters needed a refuge from police, so one resident ‘just opened a door’  —  From his front steps on Swann Street, Rahul Dubey watched uneasily as D.C. police in riot gear moved in on a throng of protesters.  —  There had been no sign of violence from the group of several hundred.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mother Jones
Justin Kirkland / Esquire:
A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: VICE
Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live  —  ST. LOUIS — A retired police captain was shot to death by looters at a St. Louis pawn shop early Tuesday and his killing apparently was broadcast on Facebook Live.
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 …
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets …
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the 2020 fight for the House already over?
Washington Post:
'This can't be happening': An oral history of 48 surreal, violent, biblical minutes in Washington
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson must be outraged by Tucker Carlson
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Embattled at Home, Trump Finds Himself Isolated Abroad, Too
Washington Post:
Voters in D.C. primary face long lines, crowds at polls
Discussion: Politico, DCist, KTVZ-TV and COURIER
USA Today:
American carnage: These aren't protests — they're riots. Someone must end the lawlessness.
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
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, Mother Jones and ABC News
Jesse Pound / CNBC:
Ex-Facebook security chief says it's ‘impossible to deplatform the President’
CBS Pittsburgh:
Brawl At The Polls: Allegheny Co. Officials Say Voters Got Into Screaming And Shoving Match Over Face Masks
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable
Discussion: 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
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It's Spiraling Out of Control”: Confronting a Failed Presidency, Trump Plays Politics With the Protests
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo