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9:25 AM ET, June 4, 2020

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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, KTVZ-TV and Washington Post
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Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Lead Key NC Races  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 49-45, the largest lead PPP has found for Biden in the state so far in 2020.  Only 45% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 50% who disapprove.
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.
Reuters:
A triple whammy of crises tests Trump's support ahead of November's election  —  lysisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Battered by crisis after crisis, President Donald Trump appears to be in political peril as never before.  —  Since taking office in 2017, Trump has weathered storm after storm …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Bloomberg
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
Discussion: Axios and Washington Times
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.
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Mattis's Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Washington Post and Raw Story
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Tom Cotton / New York Times:
Send In the Troops  —  The nation must restore order.  The military stands ready.  —  Mr. Cotton, a Republican, is a United States senator from Arkansas.  —  This week, rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy, recalling the widespread violence of the 1960s.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
New York Times staffers revolt over publication of Tom Cotton op-ed
Discussion: The Wrap and Balloon Juice
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” …
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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 …
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week.  There's evidence they did.
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The ‘Tear Gas Hoax’ Hoax  —  Trump apologists deny and distort the tactics used on the Lafayette Square protesters.  —  By now, everyone reading this is aware that on Monday night President Trump committed a grotesque and unconstitutional abuse of power: To show that he was “reclaiming the territory” …
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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ABC News:
Renewed skepticism of law enforcement dims Klobuchar, Harris, Demings VP nod
Discussion: Politico, Florida Phoenix and NBC News
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House
Discussion: DCist and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and Task & Purpose
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
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
New York Post:
Two NYPD cops shot, one stabbed during ‘cowardly’ attack in Brooklyn  —  Two police officers were shot and a third was stabbed in a confrontation with a suspect in Brooklyn late Wednesday night, police and sources said.  —  The melee unfolded when a suspect approached a cop …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Fascist Performance  —  Donald Trump thinks power looks like masked men in combat uniforms lined up in front of the marble columns of the Lincoln Memorial.  He thinks it looks like Black Hawk helicopters hovering so low over protesters that they chop off the tops of trees.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Covid vs. Climate Modeling: Cloudy With a Chance of Politics  —  Above, from “The Crystal Ball” (1904) by John William Waterhouse.  Predictions are a fraught enterprise.  With computer models too.  —  COVID-19 has proved to be a crisis not only for public health but for public policy.
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.
Clare Foran / CNN:
Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'  —  (CNN)Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel was caught on a hot mic at a news conference on Tuesday following civil unrest in New York City, appearing to tell another speaker that he only wanted to speak because of his primary race.
Discussion: The Riverdale Press, Disrn and NBC News
Curtis M. Wong / HuffPost:
‘Sesame Street’ Vows To ‘Speak Out Against Racism’ Amid Ongoing Protests  —  Big Bird and Elmo will address the demonstrations and racial justice issues in a virtual CNN town hall this weekend.  —  Throughout its half-century run, “Sesame Street” has tackled topical issues such as bullying …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans face looming unemployment dilemma  —  Forty million Americans are unemployed and extra unemployment benefits expire at the end of next month.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are grappling with deep ideological divisions over what to do with the popular program in the middle of a pandemic and an election year.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Intelligence Official Helps Secure Bail for Molotov Cocktail-Throwing NYC Lawyer  —  Former official said alleged firebomber is her ‘best friend’  —  A former Obama administration intelligence official who worked in both the Departments of State and Defense has guaranteed bail …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall and Instapundit
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Mainstream media avoids on-air coverage of Rod Rosenstein hearing after years of pushing Russia collusion  —  After years of pushing the Russia collusion narrative, all of the major networks avoided on-air coverage of the Senate Judiciary hearing of former Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
BunkerBoy's Photo-Op War  —  Is this an authoritarian crackdown by Donald Trump or just another politicized spectacle?  —  On Tuesday morning, a day after Donald Trump crossed Lafayette Square for an awkward photo op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, I met an outraged Lutheran pastor there …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Gun-toting members of the Boogaloo movement are showing up at protests  —  (CNN)Benjamin Ryan Teeter was at his home in Hampstead, N.C., when the call to action came.  It was an alert from the heart of the raging protests in Minneapolis, posted on an online forum by a fellow member of the Boogaloo movement …
 
 
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CNN:
Why Trump has the FBI, ICE and TSA patrolling Washington streets
Discussion: Lawfare
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
On Tiananmen Anniversary, Hong Kong Makes Mocking China's Anthem a Crime
Discussion: Fortune
New York Times:
The Virus Closed His Bronx Jewelry Store. Then Looters Broke In.
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The NFL Is Suddenly Worried About Black Lives
Discussion: Vox, The Nation, Spectator USA and INSIDER
Politico:
How bad will the jobs number be?
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Skinner / Washington Post:
I'm a cop. I won't fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror.
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
De Blasio staffers demand ‘radical change from mayor’ in open letter: read full text
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Mexican senator accidentally goes topless on Zoom meeting
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Attorney General Keith Ellison to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck …
 

 
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Matilda Battersby / The Bookseller:
Academics say publisher Taylor & Francis hadn't told them about selling access to authors' research as part of a $10M+ Microsoft AI deal, nor let them opt out

Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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