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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.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Military leaders condemn Trump over protest response  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is facing an unprecedented revolt from the elite corps of ex-military leaders and presidents over his brazen response to mass protests and inflaming of racial divides.  —  In a true Washington bombshell …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Mattis's Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal
Discussion: Washington Post, Truthout and Axios
Fadel Allassan / Axios:   Murkowski calls Mattis' Trump criticism “true and honest and necessary and overdue”
CNN:
GOP senator says she's ‘struggling’ on whether to back Trump
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
Mattis, other military leaders close ranks against Trump
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
White man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery allegedly used racial slur after shooting, investigator says  —  The white Georgia man accused of killing an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, used a racial slur after the fatal shooting, according to another suspect's account to an investigator.
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Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
George Floyd autopsy report released; he tested positive for COVID-19 in April  —  The release comes nine days after Floyd's death following police encounter.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office released the full autopsy results performed on George Floyd with his family's permission.
HuffPost:
William Barr's Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters  —  Federal law enforcement officers are operating on American streets without identification, which experts say breeds a culture of impunity.  —  WASHINGTON ― Just a few hundred feet north of the White House …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump promises Stone won't serve prison time: ‘He can sleep well at night!’  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday promised his longtime informal political adviser Roger Stone would not serve time in prison, revealing the convicted Republican provocateur “can sleep well at night” …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump strongly hints at pardon of political adviser Roger Stone, saying he should ‘sleep well at night’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Gini Gerbasi / Washington Post:
I'm a priest.  The police forced me off church grounds for Trump's photo op.  —  This sacred space became a battleground  —  When I arrived in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square on Monday, bringing granola bars and cases of water, the mood was upbeat.
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Veepstakes: Handicapping Biden's Choices  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Joe Biden should not be in a rush to name his vice presidential pick.  Circumstances may change his list of contenders — and probably already have.  — A predictable name leads our list, but a not-so predictable name is second.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Politico:
Police groups break with Biden
Discussion: ABC News, The Crime Report and The Hill
ABC News:
Renewed skepticism of law enforcement dims Klobuchar, Harris, Demings VP nod
Discussion: Florida Phoenix
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 …
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Washington Post:
The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968  —  14 charts show how deep the economic gap is and how little it has changed in decades.  The covid-19 recession is also hitting black families and business owners far harder than whites.  —  As Black Live Matter protests grow across …
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CBS News:
Americans' views shift on racial discrimination - CBS News poll  —  As thousands protest, their message is getting across.  Comparing views at this moment to decades of CBS News polling, today we see more people — both white and black — saying racial discrimination affects both treatment by police and chances of getting ahead.
Discussion: Redstate
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
White House Security Blocks Washington's Episcopalian Bishop from Holding a Vigil at Her Church  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.  —  On Monday, President Donald Trump tear-gassed an assembly of peaceful demonstrators …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Another Man Who Said 'I Can't Breathe' Died in Custody.  An Autopsy Calls It Homicide.  —  Manuel Ellis of Tacoma, Wash., died in part as a result of how he was restrained, according to the medical examiner, who concluded that his death was a homicide.  —  SEATTLE — A black man who called out …
Discussion: VICE and The Crime Report
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
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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Public Policy Polling:   Democrats Lead Key NC Races
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims, total unemployment level worse than expected  — Weekly jobless claims totaled 1.877 million last week vs. the Dow Jones estimate of 1.775 million.  — Continuing claims rose sharply, hitting nearly 21.5 million in a sign that workers are being called back to work slowly.
Discussion: The Federalist and New York Times
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Philadelphia Inquirer Staffers Launch Protest After Paper's ‘Buildings Matter, Too’ Headline  —  More than 30 employees of color have called out sick to send management a message about racism.  —  Some journalists at The Philadelphia Inquirer are refusing to work on Thursday and posting …
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.
Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget, Funds To Be Reinvested In Communities Of Color  —  As he began to speak about reforming the LAPD during his Wednesday evening press conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called this an …
U.S. Army / army.mil:
A message to the Army community about civil unrest  —  Dear Soldiers, Civilians, Family members and Soldiers for Life:Over the past week, the country has suffered an explosion of frustration over the racial divisions that still plague us as Americans.  And because your Army is a reflection …
Terry Carter / BuzzFeed:
Meghan McCain Responded After Her Neighbor Called Her Out For Making False Claims About The Black Lives Matter Protests In New York  —  Yesterday, Meghan McCain tweeted about the protests happening in New York City following the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis.
Axios:
RNC expands convention search across the Sun Belt  —  The Republican National Committee is planning site visits over the next 10 days to more than a half-dozen cities — across the South and into Texas and Arizona — as it scrambles for a new convention host, people familiar with the internal discussions tell Axios.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook runs ad from Congressional candidate urging people to shoot “looting hoards”  —  This is the online edition of the Popular Information newsletter.  Sign up to get independent accountability journalism in your inbox:  —  Facebook is facing an internal revolt over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's handling …
Michele Munz / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
No new COVID-19 cases from Lake of the Ozarks crowds, Missouri health director says  —  ST. LOUIS — The large crowds of people at the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend have not led to any more reported cases of COVID-19, Missouri's top health official health department said Wednesday.
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
U.S. Park Police officers placed on administrative duty over assault on Australian journalists  —  Two U.S. Park Police officers who were seen clubbing and punching Australian journalists in video footage from a demonstration outside the White House have been placed on administrative duty, officials said Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Trump to sign order to waive environmental reviews for key projects  —  New executive order would affect how agencies apply laws such as the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act  —  President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday instructing agencies …
Discussion: The Hill
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How things could go very wrong in America  —  It Can't Happen Here was the title of a 1930s novel about America.  Fascism never came to America — nor is it likely to.  But martial law, or something close to the militarisation of America's cities, is plausible.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
The ‘George Floyd Challenge’: How a Handful of Racist Idiots Went Viral  —  SENSATIONALISM  —  The media and celebs have been stoking fears of “The George Floyd Challenge,” wherein people post photos of kneeling on necks.  But only a few people have actually done it.
 
 
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The American Mind:
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Drew Brees, defending the anthem, said nothing wrong
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Intercept
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Black lives matter says Meghan, calling U.S. events ‘devastating’
Discussion: Spectator USA
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo
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Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Covid vs. Climate Modeling: Cloudy With a Chance of Politics
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Reuters:
A triple whammy of crises tests Trump's support ahead of November's election
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans face looming unemployment dilemma
Clare Foran / CNN:
Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'
Discussion: The Root and The Riverdale Press
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
BunkerBoy's Photo-Op War
Discussion: Raw Story
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Fascist Performance