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James N. Miller / Washington Post:
Secretary Esper, you violated your oath in aiding Trump's photo op.  That's why I'm resigning.  —  I resign from the Defense Science Board, effective immediately.  —  When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy …
Discussion: Mother Jones, KTVZ-TV, The Hill and Mediaite
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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.  —  WASHINGTON — After a weekend of protests …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Violent clashes between police and public escalate  —  Clashes between police and the public intensified Monday night, as largely peaceful daytime protests descended into violence and chaos after dark, amid widespread curfews and National Guard deployments.
The Daily Beast:
‘Uncomfortable Mission’: Pentagon Tries to Retreat From Trump's Call to ‘Dominate’ Protests  —  Pentagon officials say it was the White House, not the Defense Department, pushing for military might in the streets—with Trump seeking details on “tanks” that could be used.
Discussion: Reuters, Defense One and Raw Story
NPS.gov:
Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken over the weekend to protect life and property  —  The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights.  However, this past weekend's demonstrations …
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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.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful And That Tear Gas Was Used Against Rioters
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Ahead of Trump Bible photo op, police forcibly expel priest from St. John's church near White House
Axios:
Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary  —  State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.  —  Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks …
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King, House Republican With a History of Racist Remarks, Loses Primary  —  Mr. King, one of the nation's most divisive elected officials, saw his power in Congress curtailed last year after he questioned why white supremacy was considered offensive.  —  Representative Steve King of Iowa …
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Iowa Voted A Racist Out Of Congress
Discussion: NPR, Vox and Mother Jones
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Controversial Rep. Steve King loses Iowa GOP primary battle
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Tuesday's Primaries: Races To Watch And Live Results
Discussion: New York Times
Mike Mullen / The Atlantic:
I Cannot Remain Silent  —  It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church.  I have to date been reticent to speak …
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Democracy Scholars Thought of Trump's Bible Photo Op
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mother Jones
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg on leaked audio: Trump's looting and shooting reference “has no history of being read as a dog whistle”  —  Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Jesse Pound / CNBC:   Ex-Facebook security chief says it's ‘impossible to deplatform the President’
New York Times:
Zuckerberg Defends Hands-Off Approach to Trump's Posts
Business Insider:   Facebook is getting slammed by civil rights leaders and losing business as employee strife rages …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Ella Jones Is Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson  —  Ms. Jones is also the first woman to lead the Missouri city, which erupted in protests in 2014 after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager.  —  Ella Jones became the first African-American …
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Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism
Discussion: Conservative Review
David K. Li / NBC News:
State of Minnesota files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
George W. Bush Virtually Endorses Joe Biden In Powerful Statement  —  Former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush issued a statement on the riots that echoed Joe Biden's language of empathy and unity.  —  In part, the statement read: … The better way that Bushs wrote …
Discussion: Politico
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC
Ursula Perano / Axios:
George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and The Hill
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Use of medical helicopter to target protesters is under investigation, National Guard says  —  On the battlefield, the roar of helicopter blades paired with a Red Cross is salvation for wounded troops and civilians.  —  But the thwomping blades of military helicopters …
Discussion: The Hill, DCist and ABC News
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
After George Floyd's death, Trump administration told military's service chiefs to remain quiet about unrest
Reuters:
Exclusive: Most Americans sympathize with protests, disapprove of Trump's response - Reuters/Ipsos  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans sympathize with nationwide protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody and disapprove of President Donald Trump's response to the unrest …
Associated Press:
Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cloaking himself in religion for the second day in a row, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to seize the moral authority to justify his hard line against demonstrators protesting the killing of another black man …
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BuzzFeed News:
The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd's Death  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Axios
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
On Swann Street, D.C. protesters needed a refuge from police, so one resident ‘just opened a door’  —  From his front steps on Swann Street, Rahul Dubey watched uneasily as D.C. police in riot gear moved in on a throng of protesters.  —  There had been no sign of violence from the group of several hundred.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Axios
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Last Person to Receive Civil War-Era Pension Dies  —  Irene Triplett collected $73.13 from Department of Veterans Affairs, benefit for her father's military service in Civil War  —  Irene Triplett, the last person receiving a pension from the U.S. Civil War, has died at the age of 90.
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Protestors' Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be  —  Most say police more likely to use excessive force on black individuals  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans say the anger about black deaths at the hands of police officers that led to recent protests is fully justified …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests  —  The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad — the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns …
Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets …
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Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live  —  ST. LOUIS — A retired police captain was shot to death by looters at a St. Louis pawn shop early Tuesday and his killing apparently was broadcast on Facebook Live.
 
 
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USA Today:
American carnage: These aren't protests — they're riots. Someone must end the lawlessness.
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus
New York Times:
Trump Deploys the Full Might of Federal Law Enforcement to Crush Protests
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Blasted as Uniformed ‘Prop’ for Trump's ‘Fascist Political Stunt’
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It takes a village to create a monster
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and ABC News
CBS Pittsburgh:
Brawl At The Polls: Allegheny Co. Officials Say Voters Got Into Screaming And Shoving Match Over Face Masks
 Earlier Items: 
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
House Judiciary Chairman Announces Actions to Hold AG Barr Accountable
Discussion: The Hill
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
A white bar owner in Omaha shot and killed a black protester. He won't face charges.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“It's Spiraling Out of Control”: Confronting a Failed Presidency, Trump Plays Politics With the Protests
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Medical Workers Fighting COVID Say Cops Are Attacking Them
Discussion: Texas Monthly