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8:50 PM ET, June 4, 2020

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New York Times:
New York Times Says Senator's Op-Ed Did Not Meet Standards  —  After a staff uproar, The Times says the editing process was “rushed.”  Senator Tom Cotton's “Send In the Troops” essay is now under review.  —  Executives at The New York Times scrambled on Thursday to address the concerns …
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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 …
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Newsroom Breaks Into Open Revolt After New York Times Publishes Call for Military Crackdown  —  New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet certainly isn't afraid of controversy.  His first marquee hire, Bret Stephens, debuted with a stunning display of climate denialism in which he was forced …
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.
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Dwayne Johnson Calls Out Trump in Passionate Video Supporting Black Lives Matter
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
U.S. spends twice as much on law and order as it does on cash welfare, data show
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Bloomberg
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CNN:   GOP senator says she's ‘struggling’ on whether to back Trump
Andrew J. Bacevich / The Nation:   Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him
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 …
Washington Post:
With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump's strength — but others see weakness
Discussion: The Hill
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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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
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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?
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: NPR and New York Post
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 …
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 …
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
NYC hits hopeful milestone: Zero confirmed coronavirus deaths for first day since March  —  For the first day in months, New York City witnessed zero confirmed deaths due to coronavirus, current records show.  —  The first confirmed COVID-19 death in the Big Apple occurred on March 11 …
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
CBO Publications:
Economic Effects of Additional Unemployment Benefits of $600 per Week  —  At the request of Senator Grassley's staff, CBO has examined the economic effects of extending the temporary increase of $600 per week in the benefit amount provided by unemployment programs.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Elliot Henney / WJLA-TV:
VIDEO: Group posting signs for George Floyd in Bethesda say they were assaulted by cyclist  —  The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are searching for a man wanted in an alleged assault that happened on the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County on June 1.
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: Associated Press and The Hill
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Brooklyn Man Was Arrested for Curfew Violation.  The FBI Interrogated Him About His Political Beliefs.  —  Joel Feingold was in his apartment in Brooklyn when he heard the sound of police beating protesters outside of his building Wednesday night.  Having spent much of the week …
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 …
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: The Hill, Associated Press and Politico
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Suddenly, Public Health Officials Say Social Justice Matters More Than Social Distance  —  For months, public health experts have urged Americans to take every precaution to stop the spread of Covid-19—stay at home, steer clear of friends and extended family, and absolutely avoid large gatherings.
Condoleezza Rice / Washington Post:
This moment cries out for us to confront race in America  —  Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state from 2005 to 2009.  She is a professor at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution, where she will become director on Sept. 1.
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Hill and Fox News
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump Radio Host Booked Qatari Government Guests After Getting Doha's Cash  —  The Qatar-America Institute paid John Fredericks' radio show $180k.  He says it was for ads.  Their own filing says it was for “discussions.”  —  A popular conservative talk radio host and former Trump …
Associated Press:
Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was prepared to issue an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews …
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
 
 
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump scraps Bedminster trip amid protests
Discussion: The Hill
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Pence Chief of Staff
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Arctic fuel spill prompts Russia's Putin to declare emergency and slam slow response
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal
Discussion: The Hill
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
A Progressive Challenger Was Attacked for Calling to Defund the Police. She Won Anyway.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Why Some Democrats Worry About the Whiteness of Biden's Inner Circle
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Nation ‘not prepared’ for next pandemic
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Favorite Ex-Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Is Now Pitching a Cure for COVID
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Campaigns Targeted by Suspected Chinese, Iranian Hackers
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller and INSIDER
Bloomberg:
Trump Summons Campaign Aides With Polls Showing Biden Lead
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Raw Story
Axios:
RNC expands convention search across the Sun Belt
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Politico
Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget …