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10:30 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 …
New York Times:
Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon  —  But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump agreed on Thursday to begin sending home 82nd …
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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.
Andrew J. Bacevich / The Nation:   Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him
CNN:   GOP senator says she's ‘struggling’ on whether to back Trump
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why Mattis and Mullen toppled their bridge of silence
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and NPR
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 …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Approval Slips Where He Can't Afford to Lose It: Among Evangelicals  —  Polls and private concerns from top social conservatives show the president's standing with the cornerstone of his base isn't what it used to be.  A photo op with the Bible was supposed to help fix that.
Discussion: KTVZ-TV
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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Associated Press:
Attorneys: 2 Ex-Cops Charged in Floyd's Death Were Rookies
Discussion: KRON4 and ABC7
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump's Threat To Use Military At Protests  —  In rare public comments, the former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Ret. Gen. Martin Dempsey condemned Trump's threat to use military force to suppress nationwide protests as “dangerous” and “very troubling,” in an interview with NPR on Thursday.
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
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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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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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?
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 …
Washington Post:
With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump's strength — but others see weakness  —  The security perimeter around the White House keeps expanding.  Tall black fencing is going up seemingly by the hour.  Armed guards and sharpshooters and combat troops are omnipresent.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Neil Patel / The Daily Caller:
Time For Normal People To Take Back Our Country  —  Our country is hurting.  Culturally, as a society and how we relate to each other, we are in the midst of a steep drop, almost a free fall.  Race is just one aspect; we are talking past one another, and we are less of a community than I ever recall.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Black Lives Matter sues Trump, Barr for forcibly clearing White House protesters  —  Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr and other federal officials on behalf of Black Lives Matter and other peaceful protestors who were forcibly removed …
Discussion: ACLU of DC, Mother Jones and Breitbart
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Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Dwayne Johnson Calls Out Trump in Passionate Video Supporting Black Lives Matter
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
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
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
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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
James O'Keefe's infiltrated ‘antifa headquarters’ is a bookstore from ‘Portlandia’  —  It's also closed.  —  Undercover video trickster James O'Keefe appears to be back at it with another “timely” video from his group of well-known fraudsters at Project Veritas.
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Pence Chief of Staff  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Vice President Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short appears to have violated criminal conflict of interest law by holding stock in companies that are directly affected by the government's pandemic response …
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 …
Kyley Schultz / wusa9.com:
DC Police won't be able to use neck restraints or criminalize masks under new legislation  —  Councilmember Charles Allen announced the proposal on police accountability and transparency on Thursday as DC continued into its seventh day of demonstrations.  —  WASHINGTON — New proposals …
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, Politico and Associated Press
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ protest fears.  The leftist incursion was an online myth.
Mariann Edgar Budde / New York Times:
Bishop Budde: Trump's Visit to St. John's Church Outraged Me
Michael Moline / Florida Phoenix:
FL Supreme Court kills proposed constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Thousands Defy Beijing With Hong Kong Vigil for Tiananmen Victims
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump scraps Bedminster trip amid protests
Discussion: The Hill
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Arctic fuel spill prompts Russia's Putin to declare emergency and slam slow response
Discussion: Fox News, UPI and The Daily Caller
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump Radio Host Booked Qatari Government Guests After Getting Doha's Cash
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal
Discussion: The Hill
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Why Some Democrats Worry About the Whiteness of Biden's Inner Circle
Discussion: Fox News
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal
Washington Post:
China, Iran targeting presidential campaigns with hacking attempts, Google announces
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Misleading Attack on Prominent Conservatives
Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget …
Gini Gerbasi / Washington Post:
I'm a priest. The police forced me off church grounds for Trump's photo op.
Discussion: The Bulwark