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7:40 PM ET, June 3, 2020

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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.
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution  —  Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a “mockery of our Constitution” in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was “appalled” at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.
Discussion: The Guardian
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. …
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.
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
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Candice Bernd / Truthout:
As Trump Threatens to Send Military Into Cities, Some GIs Refuse to Comply
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.
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race
Discussion: Bloomberg
Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Biden-Trump tossup in Ohio, 82 percent approve of DeWine
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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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Curfews continue: Major cities tell Americans to stay home for yet another night
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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Jay Caruso / Washington Examiner:   Details don't change reality: Trump's walk to St. John's Church was a cheap stunt
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.
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Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Stoney to propose removing all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue
Discussion: The Hill
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Joint Terrorism Task Force Charges Three Men Who Allegedly Sought To Exploit Protests In Las Vegas And Incite Violence  —  LAS VEGAS, Nev. — U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI …
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Associated Press:   Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests
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.
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 Carter Center:
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter  —  Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks.  Our hearts are with the victims' families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty.
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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, CNBC and MinnPost
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
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Mexican senator accidentally goes topless on Zoom meeting  —  A Mexican lawmakers accidentally showed up topless in a government Zoom meeting — but later insisted she was “not ashamed” of having shown her body.  —  Senator Martha Lucía Mícher Camarena, 66 …
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
Patrick Skinner / Washington Post:
I'm a cop.  I won't fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror.  —  The failed strategy I participated in for years as a CIA officer is not how to police people I consider my neighbors.  It's not how to police at all.  —  When I left the CIA, I no longer wanted to fight our “war on terror.”
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
‘I Want You to Know That You Matter,’ Obama Says in Address to Young Men and Women of Color  —  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.
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
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
De Blasio staffers demand ‘radical change from mayor’ in open letter: read full text  —  Two-hundred thirty-six current and former staffers for Mayor de Blasio signed an open letter calling on him to live up to the promises of reform that initially drew them to work for him.  Read about the effort here.
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
South L.A. is largely untouched by unrest.  That is by design  —  In 1992, the last time Angelenos' rage over police brutality boiled into an uprising, large swaths of South Los Angeles burnt to the ground.  —  Angry mobs took to the street.  Some looted shops and torched buildings.
Discussion: Fox News and Gothamist
 
 
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CNN:
Senate panel approves legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign election help
NBC News:
Dozens of GOP donors invited to Pompeo's taxpayer-funded ‘Madison Dinners’
Discussion: The Bulwark and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Chicken Industry Executives, Including Pilgrim's Pride CEO, Indicted on Price-Fixing Charges
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
The dystopian Lincoln Memorial photo raises a grim question: Will they protect us, or will they shoot us?
CBS Denver:
Vic Fangio Apologizes After Saying He 'Doesn't See Racism At All In The NFL'
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
Discussion: ABC News
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Trump plans military flyover at Mount Rushmore on July 3
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Holloway / The Sun:
‘HE GRABBED ME’ TV reporter screams live on air as she is attacked by 'screwdriver-wielding man …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Snapchat to stop promoting Trump's content
Discussion: The Root
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sean Hannity and wife divorce after more than 20 years of marriage
Discussion: Raw Story and Disrn
George Joseph / Gothamist:
The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Thank You Mister Trump!
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

 
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