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6:40 PM ET, June 3, 2020

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Tom Cotton / New York Times:
Send In the Troops  —  The nation must restore order.  The military stands ready.  —  Mr. Cotton, a Republican, is a United States senator from Arkansas.  —  This week, rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy, recalling the widespread violence of the 1960s.
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation's capitol are beginning to return to their home base, after two days of more peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C. …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Defense chief breaks with Trump on response to protests  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Wednesday that he does not support using active duty troops to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the death of George Floyd and those forces …
The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House  —  Military personnel in Washington, D.C., at least some of whom were not wearing identifiers, extended the perimeter around the White House on Wednesday, blocking off access to LaFayette Square Park, where police clashed with protesters earlier this week.
Candice Bernd / Truthout:
As Trump Threatens to Send Military Into Cities, Some GIs Refuse to Comply
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:   The dystopian Lincoln Memorial photo raises a grim question: Will they protect us, or will they shoot us?
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution  —  James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump's Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump's performance as president.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Hill
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Orion Rummler / Axios:   James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Attorney General Keith Ellison to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck; also charging other 3 involved  —  Ellison took over case on Sunday.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Attorney General Keith Ellison plans to elevate charges against the former Minneapolis police officer …
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Protesters' breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker  —  President Trump was rushed to a secure bunker in the White House on Friday evening after a group of protesters hopped over temporary barricades set up near …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
White House physician releases memo from Trump's latest physical  —  The White House physician released a memo on Wednesday summarizing data from President Trump's latest physical exam, conducted between November 2019 and April 2020 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the White House.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
President Trump tried to register to vote in Florida using an out-of-state address  —  President Trump originally tried to register to vote in Florida while claiming his “legal residence” was in another part of the country — Washington, D.C. — according to Florida elections records.
Associated Press:
Police shove, make AP journalists stop covering protest  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officers surrounded, shoved and yelled expletives at two Associated Press journalists covering protests Tuesday in the latest aggression against members of the media during a week of unrest around the country.
Associated Press:
Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
Discussion: Virginia Mercury and Blue Virginia
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Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Stoney to propose removing all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue
Discussion: The Hill
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
More Voters Trust Biden on Race Relations  —  Increase in views that outbreak is hurting Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden currently holds an 11-point lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race as more voters say they trust the challenger to handle race relations in the country.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Jimmy Carter releases statement on George Floyd protests  —  Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday released a statement on Wednesday describing himself and his wife as “pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks.”
Discussion: Associated Press, KTVZ-TV and Breitbart
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Washington Post:
Hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by Trump, failed to prevent healthy people from getting covid-19 in trial  —  The University of Minnesota enrolled health-care workers and others exposed to the disease in the first randomized prevention study of the drug  —  Hydroxychloroquine …
Discussion: National Review, MinnPost and CNBC
Washington Post:
Sen. Paul acknowledges holding up anti-lynching bill, says he fears it would be wrongly applied  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday that he is holding up a bill with broad bipartisan support that would make lynching a federal hate crime, saying he fears it could allow enhanced penalties …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Had Kushner Push the National Enquirer to Probe Scarborough Murder Conspiracy  —  OBSESSION  —  Trump is so hellbent on smearing the MSNBC host that he had Jared push the Enquirer to publish the lies, sources told The Daily Beast.  Even the tabloid rag wouldn't sink that low.
The Guardian:
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company  —  Surgisphere, whose employees appear to include a sci-fi writer and adult content model, provided database behind Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine hydroxychloroquine studies
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Biden blows past Trump in betting markets as protests over police brutality continue  — Former Vice President Joe Biden has surged past President Donald Trump in online betting markets tied to the outcome of the 2020 presidential race as the U.S. continues to grapple with a deepening financial crisis …
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Biden's Old-Time Liberalism Finds Its Moment
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes  —  Sweden's top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown.  —  “If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge …
Telegraph:
Boris Johnson says 3m people in Hong Kong will get path to British citizenship  —  PM offered to make what he says would be one of the “biggest changes” in the history of the British visa system  —  Boris Johnson is ready to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Congressional Black Caucus chair rejects call to defund police, but pushes for June vote on reforms  —  The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus rejected growing demands from activists for a national defunding of police departments but said the House is forging ahead with passing police reforms as soon as this month.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Growing calls to “defund the police,” explained
Discussion: American Prospect
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Snapchat to stop promoting Trump's content  —  Snapchat said Wednesday it would no longer promote President Donald Trump's content in its Discover section, a move that brings the messaging company closer to Twitter's approach in the ongoing debate over political speech.
Discussion: The Root
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Washington Post:
'This can't be happening': An oral history of 48 surreal, violent, biblical minutes in Washington  —  On Monday evening, over the course of 48 minutes, Donald Trump put on a show that may have changed America, yet again.  It involved an overture to the nation, a physical attack on Americans and a Bible.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Corrosive Effects of Tear Gas Could Intensify Coronavirus Pandemic  —  Tear gas brings temporary misery by stinging eyes and throats.  There's also evidence that it may increase the risk of respiratory illness.  —  SEATTLE — The billowing clouds of tear gas that the authorities …
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Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Trump demands journalists correct stories on the use of tear gas.  According to the CDC, it was tear gas.
Politico:
Rod Rosenstein blames FBI while defending Russia probe  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday defended his role overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, blaming senior FBI officials for withholding vital information related to the probe.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, Raw Story and ABC News
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rosenstein denies he suggested wearing wire, invoking 25th Amendment against Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Thank You Mister Trump!  —  This is not the sort of article you normally see here at The Bulwark, the world's largest superspreader of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  —  And to be honest with you, I didn't want to write it.  But somebody had to.  Because, my goodness, what a week it has been for Donald J. Trump.
Reuters:
‘I See Limitless Potential,’ Obama says  —  I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country, who as Playon just so eloquently described have witnessed too much violence and too much death.  And too often some of that violence has come from folks who we're supposed to be serving and protecting you.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
People Say Pallets Of Bricks Are Showing Up Near Protests All Over The US.  The Truth Is More Complicated.  —  A wave of social media posts and images have claimed that pallets of bricks have been appearing near the locations of protests in cities all over the United States.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Chicken Industry Executives, Including Pilgrim's Pride CEO, Indicted on Price-Fixing Charges
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CBS Denver:
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Chris Arnold / NPR:
Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
McEnany compares Trump church photo op to Bush throwing out first pitch post-9/11
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
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Henry Holloway / The Sun:
‘HE GRABBED ME’ TV reporter screams live on air as she is attacked by 'screwdriver-wielding man …
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Albeen / FOX News Radio:
President Trump on the Brian Kilmeade Show
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
South L.A. is largely untouched by unrest. That is by design
Discussion: Fox News and Gothamist
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sean Hannity and wife divorce after more than 20 years of marriage
Discussion: Raw Story and Disrn
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Two Church Visits
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
George Joseph / Gothamist:
The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed