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3:05 PM ET, June 4, 2020

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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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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Fadel Allassan / Axios:   Murkowski calls Mattis' Trump criticism “true and honest and necessary and overdue”
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
BunkerBoy's Photo-Op War
Discussion: Raw Story
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: ABC News
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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?
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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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Amid staff uproar, New York Times publisher defends choice to run Tom Cotton op-ed urging …
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
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Washington Post:   The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968
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
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 …
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 Hill
KJ Edelman / Mediaite:
George Will Says Republicans Will Forget Trump ‘Fairly Fast’ When He Loses Election: 'Trump?  I Don't Recognize The Name'  —  George Will said that Republicans will forget Donald Trump “fairly fast” when the President, according to Will, loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
CBS News:
Denver police officer fired for “Let's start a riot” post during George Floyd protest  —  A Denver police officer was fired Tuesday for posting a photo this weekend of himself and two other officers in tactical gear with the caption “Let's start a riot” in the middle of demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Despite Virus, Hundreds Arrested in Unrest Are Held in Cramped Jails
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Misleading Attack on Prominent Conservatives
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell eyes advancing Justin Walker nomination next week
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Bloomberg:
Trump Summons Campaign Aides With Polls Showing Biden Lead
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump to sign order to waive environmental reviews for key projects
Discussion: The Hill
Bill Gardner / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Coronavirus began ‘as an accident’ in Chinese lab, says former MI6 boss
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
The ‘George Floyd Challenge’: How a Handful of Racist Idiots Went Viral
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Army / army.mil:
A message to the Army community about civil unrest
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Drew Brees, defending the anthem, said nothing wrong
Discussion: National Review
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How things could go very wrong in America
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
U.S. Park Police officers placed on administrative duty over assault on Australian journalists
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans face looming unemployment dilemma
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Fascist Performance
 

 
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Amar Subramanya / Google:
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