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10:12 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.
Politico:
Republicans urge Trump to keep Esper  —  Senate Republicans have a clear message for President Donald Trump: do not fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  —  GOP senators reaffirmed their support for Esper Wednesday, hours after he broke with the president on sending in active-duty troops …
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. …
The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Defense chief breaks with Trump on response to protests
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Looks at Electoral Map and Doesn't Like What It Sees  —  As polls show President Trump significantly trailing his rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., his campaign is spending heavily in states, like Ohio, that it had hoped would not be competitive at all this year.
Discussion: Raw Story, KTVZ-TV and Washington Post
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race  —  Republicans are rightly concerned about Arizona.  —  A new Fox News Poll finds the state shading blue — especially in the race for the U.S. Senate, where Democrat Mark Kelly bests incumbent Republican …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
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.
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
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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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
New York Times Staffers in Open Revolt Over Tom Cotton's ‘Send in the Troops’ Column
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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and Washington Post
Jay Caruso / Washington Examiner:   Details don't change reality: Trump's walk to St. John's Church was a cheap stunt
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Washington Post:   Northam to announce plans to remove Richmond's iconic statue of Robert E. Lee
Wall Street Journal:
Virginia to Take Down Confederate Statue After George Floyd Protests
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Jimmy Carter releases statement on George Floyd protests
Discussion: Associated Press and KTVZ-TV
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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Associated Press:
Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Joint Terrorism Task Force Charges Three Men Who Allegedly Sought To Exploit Protests In Las Vegas And Incite Violence
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.
CNN:
Gun-toting members of the Boogaloo movement are showing up at protests  —  (CNN)Benjamin Ryan Teeter was at his home in Hampstead, N.C., when the call to action came.  It was an alert from the heart of the raging protests in Minneapolis, posted on an online forum by a fellow member of the Boogaloo movement …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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
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: CNBC, MinnPost and National Review
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.”
James Stavridis / TIME:
I Spent My Career in the U.S. Navy.  The U.S. Military Must Stand up for Its Soul in This Moment  —  Admiral Stavridis (Ret.) was the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group.  His latest book is Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Associated Press:
‘Eyes are on you:’ Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two men stepped from the shadows as the car turned off an upscale shopping street into a residential area located on the far edge of the rioting that swept through Minneapolis.  It was after midnight.
 
 
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
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Discussion: Althouse
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
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Wall Street Journal:
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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'
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Arnold / NPR:
Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
South L.A. is largely untouched by unrest. That is by design
Discussion: Fox News and Gothamist
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Biden blows past Trump in betting markets as protests over police brutality continue
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Telegraph:
Boris Johnson says 3m people in Hong Kong will get path to British citizenship
Discussion: The Daily Caller
George Joseph / Gothamist:
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Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes
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