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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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Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
America's Generals Must Stand Up to Trump
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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race  —  Republicans are rightly concerned about Arizona.  —  A new Fox News Poll finds the state shading blue — especially in the race for the U.S. Senate, where Democrat Mark Kelly bests incumbent Republican …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
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: 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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
New York Times Staffers in Open Revolt Over Tom Cotton's ‘Send in the Troops’ Column  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.  —  Staffers at The New York Times are in open revolt Wednesday …
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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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Protesters' breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed
Discussion: MSNBC, Politico and Washington Post
Jay Caruso / Washington Examiner:   Details don't change reality: Trump's walk to St. John's Church was a cheap stunt
Washington Post:
Trump and allies try to rewrite history on handling of police brutality protests
Politico:
Republicans urge Trump to keep Esper  —  Senate Republicans have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Do not fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  —  GOP senators reaffirmed their support for Esper on Wednesday, hours after he broke with the president on sending in active-duty troops …
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation's capitol are beginning to return to their home base, after two days of more peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C. …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers  —  After more than a week of unrest, tensions in a number of major U.S. cities has eased.  The vandalism and looting that had often used large, peaceful protests as cover has faded; the eruption of violence at protests appears to be less common.
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The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Daily Kos and The Root
Associated Press:
Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
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Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Stoney to propose removing all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Attorney General Keith Ellison to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck; also charging other 3 involved  —  Ellison took over case on Sunday.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Attorney General Keith Ellison plans to elevate charges against the former Minneapolis police officer …
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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.
Discussion: Business Insider
Associated Press:
Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Joint Terrorism Task Force Charges Three Men Who Allegedly Sought To Exploit Protests In Las Vegas And Incite Violence
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
President Trump tried to register to vote in Florida using an out-of-state address  —  President Trump originally tried to register to vote in Florida while claiming his “legal residence” was in another part of the country — Washington, D.C. — according to Florida elections records.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
All four living ex-presidents draw a sharp contrast with Trump on systemic racism
Discussion: Breitbart, TMZ.com, The Root and KTVZ-TV
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 …
Politico:
How bad will the jobs number be?  —  20 PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT?  — As protests continue throughout the country over police brutality toward black Americans, it's worth remembering that we're still in the middle of a severe recession.  The monthly jobs numbers for May, which will be released Friday …
Discussion: Politico
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.
New York Times:
The Virus Closed His Bronx Jewelry Store.  Then Looters Broke In.  —  “I'm 100 percent with people who are protesting for justice, but is this justice?” one business owner said.  “You're killing me.”  —  The looters attacked with crow bars and bolt cutters.
Patrick Skinner / Washington Post:
I'm a cop.  I won't fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror.  —  The failed strategy I participated in for years as a CIA officer is not how to police people I consider my neighbors.  It's not how to police at all.  —  When I left the CIA, I no longer wanted to fight our “war on terror.”
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Mexican senator accidentally goes topless on Zoom meeting  —  A Mexican lawmakers accidentally showed up topless in a government Zoom meeting — but later insisted she was “not ashamed” of having shown her body.  —  Senator Martha Lucía Mícher Camarena, 66 …
Washington Post:
Sen. Paul acknowledges holding up anti-lynching bill, says he fears it would be wrongly applied  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday that he is holding up a bill with broad bipartisan support that would make lynching a federal hate crime, saying he fears it could allow enhanced penalties …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The NFL Is Suddenly Worried About Black Lives
Discussion: Spectator USA, INSIDER, Daily News and Vox
ABC News:
State Department inspector general fired by Trump defends record to lawmakers
Discussion: The Hill
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Infamous Pizzagater Jack Posobiec Pushed Hoax About Pipe Bombs Being Planted at Korean War Memorial
Associated Press:
‘Eyes are on you:’ Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard
Discussion: The Daily Caller
James Stavridis / TIME:
I Spent My Career in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Military Must Stand up for Its Soul in This Moment
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
De Blasio staffers demand ‘radical change from mayor’ in open letter: read full text
CNN:
Senate panel approves legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign election help
Wall Street Journal:
Chicken Industry Executives, Including Pilgrim's Pride CEO, Indicted on Price-Fixing Charges
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
The dystopian Lincoln Memorial photo raises a grim question: Will they protect us, or will they shoot us?
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Congressional Black Caucus chair rejects call to defund police, but pushes for June vote on reforms
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Chris Arnold / NPR:
Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
South L.A. is largely untouched by unrest. That is by design
The Guardian:
Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company