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8:40 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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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.
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: New York Times, The Hill and Bloomberg
Public Policy Polling:   Democrats Lead Key NC Races
Reuters:   A triple whammy of crises tests Trump's support ahead of November's election
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
Discussion: Axios and Washington Times
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: The Federalist and Raw Story
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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 …
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
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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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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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower  —  From an FBI command center in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood, Attorney General William P. Barr has orchestrated a stunning show of force on the streets of the nation's capital — a battalion of federal agents …
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 political adviser Roger Stone would not serve time in prison, revealing the convicted Republican provocateur “can sleep well at night” …
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Twitchy
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Republicans face looming unemployment dilemma
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave
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 and New York Times
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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
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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ABC News:
Renewed skepticism of law enforcement dims Klobuchar, Harris, Demings VP nod  —  Biden's shortlist includes three candidates with law enforcement backgrounds.  —  Civil unrest and renewed frustration with the criminal justice system have further complicated Joe Biden's hunt for a running mate …
Discussion: Politico, Florida Phoenix and NBC News
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Veepstakes: Handicapping Biden's Choices
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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: Fox News
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 Daily Beast and The Hill
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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
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.
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
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 …
The Carter Center:
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter  —  Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks.  Our hearts are with the victims' families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty.
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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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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 …
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
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.
New York Times:
On Tiananmen Anniversary, Hong Kong Makes Mocking China's Anthem a Crime  —  As the contentious bill became law, activists planned to commemorate the victims of China's 1989 crackdown, despite a ban on the annual vigil.  —  HONG KONG — Hong Kong made mocking China's national anthem a crime on Thursday …
Discussion: Fortune
 
 
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
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New York Times:
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Politico:
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Discussion: Politico
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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CNN:
Gun-toting members of the Boogaloo movement are showing up at protests
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and Washington Post
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
Washington Post:
Sen. Paul acknowledges holding up anti-lynching bill, says he fears it would be wrongly applied
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story