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12:30 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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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.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Military leaders condemn Trump over protest response  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is facing an unprecedented revolt from the elite corps of ex-military leaders and presidents over his brazen response to mass protests and inflaming of racial divides.  —  In a true Washington bombshell …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Mattis's Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal  —  Rarely has a former defense secretary publicly criticized a president he once served — and never in such harsh terms.  —  It's hard to get across what a big deal it is that former Defense Secretary James Mattis has not only publicly criticized …
NBC News:
Mattis, other military leaders close ranks against Trump
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump strongly hints at pardon of political adviser Roger Stone, saying he should ‘sleep well at night’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower
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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Politico:
Police groups break with Biden
Discussion: The Hill and The Crime Report
ABC News:
Renewed skepticism of law enforcement dims Klobuchar, Harris, Demings VP nod
Discussion: Florida Phoenix
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.
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Public Policy Polling:   Democrats Lead Key NC Races
Reuters:   A triple whammy of crises tests Trump's support ahead of November's election
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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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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Washington Post:
The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968  —  14 charts show how deep the economic gap is and how little it has changed in decades.  The covid-19 recession is also hitting black families and business owners far harder than whites.  —  As Black Live Matter protests grow across …
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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
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.
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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 and New York Times
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Anneken Tappe / CNN:
Nearly 43 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits during the pandemic
Discussion: KTVZ-TV
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
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: The Crime Report and VICE
U.S. Army / army.mil:
A message to the Army community about civil unrest  —  Dear Soldiers, Civilians, Family members and Soldiers for Life:Over the past week, the country has suffered an explosion of frustration over the racial divisions that still plague us as Americans.  And because your Army is a reflection …
Wall Street Journal:
‘Everything Is Gone’: Looting Strikes a Second Blow to Reeling Businesses in Minority Neighborhoods  —  Along Philadelphia's 52nd Street corridor, mom-and-pop stores suffered major damage.  Many had been gearing up for revival after weeks of coronavirus shutdowns, and some now face the prospect of months before reopening, if ever.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook runs ad from Congressional candidate urging people to shoot “looting hoards”  —  This is the online edition of the Popular Information newsletter.  Sign up to get independent accountability journalism in your inbox:  —  Facebook is facing an internal revolt over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's handling …
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 …
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: The Hill
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
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
The American Mind:
America is Not Racist  —  A Statement from the Claremont Institute  —  The pretext for this entire nationwide riot is that America is a racist country.  That is not true.  America is not a racist country.  America is a country that has strived, imperfectly but passionately …
 
 
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Declan Garvey / The Dispatch:
Ben's Chili Bowl Founder on Civil Unrest—In 1968 and Today
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Drew Brees, defending the anthem, said nothing wrong
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Black lives matter says Meghan, calling U.S. events ‘devastating’
Discussion: Spectator USA
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo
Washington Post:
Earth's carbon dioxide levels hit record high, despite coronavirus-related emissions drop
CNN:
Why Trump has the FBI, ICE and TSA patrolling Washington streets
Discussion: Lawfare
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Mainstream media avoids on-air coverage of Rod Rosenstein hearing after years of pushing Russia collusion
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How things could go very wrong in America
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans face looming unemployment dilemma
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Sorry I can't comment on the president's actions, I just remembered I'm turning into a bird
Clare Foran / CNN:
Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care'
Discussion: The Root and The Riverdale Press
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
BunkerBoy's Photo-Op War
Discussion: Raw Story
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Fascist Performance
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers
 

 
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