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8:45 AM ET, June 3, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Associated Press:
AP sources: White House softens on sending troops to states
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Discussion: Redstate
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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 …
Mike Baker / New York Times:   Corrosive Effects of Tear Gas Could Intensify Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington Post:
Barr personally ordered removal of protesters near White House, leading to use of force against largely peaceful crowd
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 …
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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 …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
White Supremacist Congressman Steve King Defeated In Shock GOP Primary
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Iowa Voted A Racist Out Of Congress
Discussion: NPR, Vox, VICE, Mother Jones and Townhall
Alex Rogers / CNN:
Steve King loses primary after racist comments
Discussion: Contemptor and KTVZ-TV
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   Controversial Rep. Steve King loses Iowa GOP primary battle
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 …
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CNN:
Plans being discussed for Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral  —  Washington (CNN)Plans are being discussed for former Vice President Joe Biden to attend the funeral services for George Floyd next Tuesday in Houston, but the arrangements have not been finalized, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and American Greatness
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
George W. Bush Virtually Endorses Joe Biden In Powerful Statement
Discussion: Axios, WTRF-TV and Politico
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC
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: Fox News and Vanity Fair
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Associated Press:
Nation's streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful
Discussion: CNBC and NBC News
HuffPost:
Trump Called In The Military To Scare Anti-Racist Protesters. They Showed Up Anyway.
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
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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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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.
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.
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
The Myth of Systemic Police Racism  —  Hold officers accountable who use excessive force.  But there's no evidence of widespread racial bias.  —  George Floyd's death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist.
Discussion: Conservative Review
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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 …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Embattled at Home, Trump Finds Himself Isolated Abroad, Too  —  After years of snubs and American unilateralism, European allies have stopped looking to the president for leadership, and are turning their backs on him.  —  BRUSSELS — With American cities burning and the coronavirus still raging …
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 and Mother Jones
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Justin Kirkland / Esquire:
A 2 a.m. Talk With Rahul Dubey, the ‘Absolute Legend’ Sheltering Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: VICE
Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ella Jones becomes the first African American and first woman elected mayor of Ferguson  —  ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Councilwoman Ella Jones was elected mayor of Ferguson on Tuesday, becoming the first African American to lead the St. Louis suburb that became nationally known after a police officer killed a black teen.
Discussion: The Hill and INSIDER
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Jennifer Medina / New York Times:   Ella Jones Is Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson
 
 
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Rafaela Lindeberg / Bloomberg:
Man Behind Sweden's Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
Gretchen Whitmer / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Is a Civil Rights Battle, Too
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
If protesters can march, why can't businesses open?
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the 2020 fight for the House already over?
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson must be outraged by Tucker Carlson
USA Today:
American carnage: These aren't protests — they're riots. Someone must end the lawlessness.
Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live
 Earlier Items: 
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Blasted as Uniformed ‘Prop’ for Trump's ‘Fascist Political Stunt’
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg on leaked audio: Trump's looting and shooting reference “has no history of being read as a dog whistle”
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