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3:30 PM ET, June 3, 2020

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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 …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Esper catches White House off guard with opposition to military use, photo op  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a press briefing Wednesday that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law that permits the president to use active-duty troops on U.S. soil, in order to quell protests against racial injustice.
Candice Bernd / Truthout:
As Trump Threatens to Send Military Into Cities, Some GIs Refuse to Comply  —  Some National Guard and active-duty GIs are refusing to deploy to U.S. cities rising up against police-perpetrated killings, saying no to complicity in the repression of the American populace and that they have not …
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.  —  阅读.体中 …
James N. Miller / Washington Post:
Secretary Esper, you violated your oath in aiding Trump's photo op. That's why I'm resigning.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
White House physician releases memo from Trump's latest physical
Discussion: The Hill and Law & Crime
Chris Lefkow / Agence France-Presse:
Pentagon chief opposes using active duty troops to quell protests
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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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
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Biden's Old-Time Liberalism Finds Its Moment
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden has edge over Trump on handling race relations: poll
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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 …
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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:   The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Corrosive Effects of Tear Gas Could Intensify Coronavirus Pandemic
Discussion: NBC News and The Verge
NPS.gov:
Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken …
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat will no longer promote Trump's account in Discover  —  Snapchat will no longer promote President Trump's account on its “Discover” page of curated content, a spokesperson tells Axios, after Trump tweeted comments that some suggested glorified violence amid racial justice protests.
Discussion: Fortune and KTVZ-TV
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Ben Collins / NBC News:   Snapchat to stop promoting Trump's content
Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider:
Snapchat will stop promoting President Trump's account in Discover: 'We will not amplify voices …
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
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Wall Street Journal:
HSBC Throws Support Behind China on Hong Kong Security Law
Discussion: National Review and Bloomberg
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.
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 …
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:
'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.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Thank You Mister Trump!  —  Our Great President is crushing it.  —  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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sean Hannity and wife divorce after more than 20 years of marriage  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity and his wife Jill Rhodes have divorced after more than 20 years of marriage, Page Six has exclusively confirmed.  —  Hannity, 58, and former journalist Rhodes, 57, were married in 1993 and have two children …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites  —  Black people in Minneapolis as a share of ...  Population  —  Police officers use of force Population  —  Police officers use of force  —  Video of George Floyd's last conscious moments horrified the nation …
Discussion: Reason, COURIER and The Hill
George Joseph / Gothamist:
The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed  —  In hours of secretly recorded telephone conversations, police officers in Mount Vernon, New York, reveal widespread corruption, brutality and other misconduct in the troubled Westchester County city just north of the Bronx.
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Malaria Drug Promoted by Trump Did Not Prevent Covid Infections, Study Finds  —  The first carefully controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine given to people exposed to the coronavirus did not show any benefit.  —  The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine did not prevent Covid-19 in a rigorous study …
Discussion: Townhall
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Two Church Visits  —  The president's fear of seeming weak makes the whole country weaker.  —  US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HOLDS UP A BIBLE OUTSIDE OF ST JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH ACROSS LAFAYETTE PARK IN WASHINGTON, DC ON JUNE 1, 2020.  - US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WAS DUE …
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and Slate
Henry Holloway / The Sun:
‘HE GRABBED ME’ TV reporter screams live on air as she is attacked by ‘screwdriver-wielding man making knife threats’ in London  —  A REPORTER was left screaming in horror after a man allegedly armed with a screwdriver grabbed her live on TV.  —  Australian network Channel 9's correspondent Sophie Walsh …
New York Times:
The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?  —  The technology was old, the data poor, the bureaucracy slow, the guidance confusing, the administration not in agreement.  The coronavirus shook the world's premier health agency, creating a loss of confidence and hampering the U.S. response to the crisis.
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, ABC News, Raw Story and The Hill
 
 
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Top House Dem calls protests ‘defining’ historical moment, but condemns looting
Discussion: Breitbart
Eric Albeen / FOX News Radio:
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
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theepochtimes.com:
‘Resistance’ Has Become Insurrection
 Earlier Items: 
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Is it time to call Trump the f-word?
Siva Vaidhyanathan / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg Believes Only in Mark Zuckerberg
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the 2020 fight for the House already over?
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King, House Republican With a History of Racist Remarks, Loses Primary
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Last Person to Receive Civil War-Era Pension Dies
Discussion: Althouse
Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live
Reuters:
Exclusive: Most Americans sympathize with protests, disapprove of Trump's response - Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and 444