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11:00 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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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 on 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. …
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.
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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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Senator's ‘Send In the Troops’ Op-Ed in The Times Draws Online Ire  —  Staff members at the newspaper, including a Pulitzer winner, denounced an opinion essay by Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, calling for a military response to protests.  —  “Country Braces for a 9th Straight Night of Unrest …
Discussion: Raw Story
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
New York Times Staffers in Open Revolt Over Tom Cotton's ‘Send in the Troops’ Column  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.  —  Staffers at The New York Times are in open revolt Wednesday …
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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Washington Post:   Northam to announce plans to remove Richmond's iconic statue of Robert E. Lee
Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Stoney to propose removing all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Virginia to Take Down Confederate Statue After George Floyd Protests
Discussion: Raw Story
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
The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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.
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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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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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
All four living ex-presidents draw a sharp contrast with Trump on systemic racism
Discussion: Breitbart, The Root, ABC News and TMZ.com
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Jimmy Carter releases statement on George Floyd protests
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and Associated Press
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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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
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed  —  WASHINGTON — It is ironic that President Donald Trump used Lafayette Square as the staging ground to intimidate peacefully protesting citizens with a force of soldiers and federal agents.  —  After all, the Marquis de Lafayette was a young nobleman drawn …
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and Washington Post
 
 
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ABC News:
State Department inspector general fired by Trump defends record to lawmakers
Discussion: The Hill
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Daily Kos and The Root
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Infamous Pizzagater Jack Posobiec Pushed Hoax About Pipe Bombs Being Planted at Korean War Memorial
Will Swaim / National Review:
Obama's Blind Spot on Police Unions and Police Abuse
New York Times:
Protests Draw Shoulder-to-Shoulder Crowds After Months of Virus Isolation
Discussion: Althouse
Patrick Skinner / Washington Post:
I'm a cop. I won't fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror.
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
De Blasio staffers demand ‘radical change from mayor’ in open letter: read full text
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
The dystopian Lincoln Memorial photo raises a grim question: Will they protect us, or will they shoot us?
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
Telegraph:
Boris Johnson says 3m people in Hong Kong will get path to British citizenship
Discussion: The Daily Caller
George Joseph / Gothamist:
The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed
Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes
Washington Post:
'This can't be happening': An oral history of 48 surreal, violent, biblical minutes in Washington
Discussion: The Mahablog and NBC News
 

 
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