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6:05 PM ET, June 4, 2020

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CNN:
Republican senators shrug off Mattis' criticism of Trump: 'It's his opinion'  —  (CNN)Republican senators are dismissing the scathing criticism leveled against President Donald Trump by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, the latest sign that Republicans by and large are showing unwavering support …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest eruption just showed that Jim Mattis is entirely right  —  It's almost too perfect that President Trump has now hinted at a pardon for Roger Stone far more explicitly than he ever has before — barely 12 hours after raging at Jim Mattis for accusing him of making “a mockery” of our founding ideals and the Constitution.
CNN:
GOP senator says she's ‘struggling’ on whether to back Trump  —  (CNN)Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with many of her Republican colleagues Thursday, applauding an op-ed by General James Mattis that condemned President Donald Trump's actions this week.  —  “When I saw General Mattis …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Murkowski calls Mattis' Trump criticism “true and honest and necessary and overdue”
Discussion: The Hill and Reason
NBC News:
‘Stunning’ ‘powerful’ ‘overdue’: Romney, Murkowski praise Mattis' stinging Trump rebuke
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and Politico
New York Times:
Witness Who Was in Floyd's Car Says His Friend Did Not Resist Arrest  —  Maurice Lester Hall, who fled Minneapolis after witnessing George Floyd's death, was arrested Monday in Houston and interviewed by a Minnesota investigator.  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime friend of George Floyd's …
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Washington Post:
Live updates: George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis set to begin  —  After 10 tumultuous days across the United States, a private memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis for George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered widespread protests that descended into mayhem.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Cuomo says George Floyd protesters should ‘assume’ they have been ‘infected’ with coronavirus
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Mediaite
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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Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Ahmaud Arbery was hit with a truck before he died, and his killer allegedly used a racial slur, investigator testifies  —  (CNN)William Bryan told investigators he heard Travis McMichael use a racial epithet after fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, a Georgia Bureau …
Nick Boykin / wusa9.com:
U.S. Park Police said they didn't fire tear gas Monday, but tear gas cannisters were found at the scene  —  WUSA9's Nathan Baca experienced first hand what was used when U.S. Park Police cleared Lafayette Square amid protests over George Floyd's death.  —  WASHINGTON — Update: 6/4/2020:
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Black Lives Matter Is Suing Trump And The Federal Government Over Force Used Against Protesters Outside The White House  —  WASHINGTON — The DC chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing federal law enforcement officers of violating the constitutional rights …
Discussion: DCist, Raw Story and ABC News
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Dwayne Johnson Calls Out Trump in Passionate Video Supporting Black Lives Matter
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
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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NBC News:
FBI wanted to separate itself from Barr's tough stance on protests, sources say
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
Lancet, New England Journal retract Covid-19 studies, including one that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs  —  The Lancet, one of the world's top medical journals, on Thursday retracted an influential study that raised alarms about the safety of the experimental Covid-19 treatments chloroquine …
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. to Require States to Report Demographic Data Amid Disparities
Discussion: New York Post
John Allen / Foreign Policy:
A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope  —  We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.  —  The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on June 1, 2020.  Remember the date.
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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.
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Jeff Coltin / CSNY:
Did Bill de Blasio's political career just end?
Yahoo News:
Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests  —  WASHINGTON — The government's increasingly militarized response to nationwide protests has sparked concern among employees of a Pentagon intelligence agency, who fear they might be compelled …
Discussion: Raw Story
PRRI:
Trump Favorability Slips Among White Catholic and Non-College Americans During National Unrest  —  New data from PRRI shows that 41% of Americans hold favorable views of President Donald Trump, while a 55% majority hold unfavorable views of him.  These numbers are similar to Trump's favorability in April …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul battles Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on anti-lynching bill  —  The Senate's foremost contrarian, Rand Paul, clashed with Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on the Senate floor Thursday over Paul's opposition to a popular anti-lynching bill.  —  The Senate could easily approve …
Discussion: The Hill
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Grassley to hold up pair of nominations until Trump explains IG firings  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that he will block the confirmation of two of President Trump's nominees until the White House provides “adequate explanations” for why the inspectors general …
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Reuters:
Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden  —  Audit probed energy company Burisma, of which Biden was a board member from 2014-2019  —  An audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden …
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: The Hill and Politico
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
A Progressive Challenger Was Attacked for Calling to Defund the Police.  She Won Anyway.  —  Calls to defund the police have become a focal point of nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with local politicians from New York City to Los Angeles weighing …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Why Some Democrats Worry About the Whiteness of Biden's Inner Circle  —  Even as his team adds people of color, allies worry that a lack of diverse viewpoints at the top could come with a steep cost: the possibility of taking for granted his strength with black voters.
Matt Welch / Reason:
New York Times Journalists Scared To Have an Op-Ed Page  —  Last night, The New York Times, which has long maintained the pretentions of being the serious journalistic institution in the United States, published an article about how its own employees were scared—not just irritated, or …
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Nation ‘not prepared’ for next pandemic  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top public health official warned that the United States is not prepared for a flu pandemic, which could be deadlier than the coronavirus — and could strike at the same time, potentially as soon as this fall.
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Trump campaign, RNC to resume in-person campaigning next week for first time since pandemic hit  —  Officials say teams will “adhere to local guidelines,” including wearing masks.  —  President Donald Trump's re-election effort is set to resume in-person campaigning next week for the first time since …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and The Hill
Washington Post:
China, Iran targeting presidential campaigns with hacking attempts, Google announces  —  Chinese and Iranian hackers have targeted the gmail accounts of staffers working on the presidential campaigns of Joe Biden and President Trump, respectively, Google announced Thursday.
Lisa Song / ProPublica:
Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic  —  In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways.  The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture …
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
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal  —  A boy in my neighborhood committed suicide a few weeks ago.  It's possible that the teen's preexisting problems were exacerbated by the seclusion, tediousness, and helplessness of a national lockdown.  Maybe not.  I didn't really know him.
 
 
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Condoleezza Rice / Washington Post:
This moment cries out for us to confront race in America
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USA Today:
America's overdue reckoning with white supremacy: ‘We have allowed evil to flourish’
Robby Soave / Reason:
Public Health Experts Have Undermined Their Own Case for the COVID-19 Lockdowns
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Misleading Attack on Prominent Conservatives
CBS News:
Denver police officer fired for “Let's start a riot” post during George Floyd protest
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Bloomberg:
Trump Summons Campaign Aides With Polls Showing Biden Lead
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
KJ Edelman / Mediaite:
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Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims, total unemployment level worse than expected
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How things could go very wrong in America
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The Veepstakes: Handicapping Biden's Choices
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