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4:32 PM ET, June 4, 2020

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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: Political Wire
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest eruption just showed that Jim Mattis is entirely right  —  It's almost too perfect that President Trump has now hinted at a pardon for Roger Stone far more explicitly than he ever has before — barely 12 hours after raging at Jim Mattis for accusing him of making “a mockery” of our founding ideals and the Constitution.
CNN:
Republican senators shrug off Mattis' criticism of Trump: 'It's his opinion'  —  (CNN)Republican senators are dismissing the scathing criticism leveled against President Donald Trump by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, the latest sign that Republicans by and large are showing unwavering support …
Discussion: Mediaite and POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
‘Stunning’ ‘powerful’ ‘overdue’: Romney, Murkowski praise Mattis' stinging Trump rebuke
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Townhall
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Mattis's Rebuke of Trump Is a Big Deal
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.
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Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying
Discussion: New York Times
Sabrina Siddiqui / Wall Street Journal:   Man Who Shot Ahmaud Arbery Uttered Racial Slurs Over His Body, Prosecutor Says
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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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Retired Marine Gen. John Allen: Trump's threats of military force may be ‘the beginning of the end of the American experiment’  —  (CNN)A retired four-star Marine general on Wednesday excoriated President Donald Trump's threats to use the military on protesters and his controversial church photo op on Monday …
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and Breitbart
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.
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: Politico and ABC News
Politico:   DOJ accelerates federal crackdown on looting and vandalism
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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Lisa Song / ProPublica:
Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Discussion: Associated Press, ABC News and Gizmodo
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?
Washington Post:
China, Iran targeting presidential campaigns with hacking attempts, Google announces  —  Chinese and Iranian hackers have targeted the gmail accounts of staffers working on the presidential campaigns of Joe Biden and President Trump, respectively, Google announced Thursday.
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Campaigns Targeted by Suspected Chinese, Iranian Hackers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Grassley to hold up pair of nominations until Trump explains IG firings  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that he will block the confirmation of two of President Trump's nominees until the White House provides “adequate explanations” for why the inspectors general …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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
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 and Politico
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.
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
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Misleading Attack on Prominent Conservatives  —  A recent monologue by the cable host misquotes or misunderstands its targets.  —  Tucker Carlson's monologue Monday night opened strong.  “The nation went up in flames this weekend.  No one in charge stood up to save America.
 
 
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal
USA Today:
America's overdue reckoning with white supremacy: ‘We have allowed evil to flourish’
Garry Kasparov / The Bulwark:
Hong Kong Is the Latest Battle for the Values of the Free World
Discussion: NPR
Washington Post:
Pentagon's coronavirus plan includes millions for missile tubes and body armor
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Denver police officer fired for “Let's start a riot” post during George Floyd protest
Discussion: The Daily Caller and INSIDER
Bloomberg:
Trump Summons Campaign Aides With Polls Showing Biden Lead
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump to sign order to waive environmental reviews for key projects
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 Earlier Items: 
Bill Gardner / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Coronavirus began ‘as an accident’ in Chinese lab, says former MI6 boss
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Philadelphia Inquirer Staffers Launch Protest After Paper's ‘Buildings Matter, Too’ Headline
Tom Tapp / Deadline:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Officials Cutting $100 Million-$150 Million From LAPD Budget …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims, total unemployment level worse than expected
Discussion: The Federalist
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How things could go very wrong in America
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Another Man Who Said 'I Can't Breathe' Died in Custody. An Autopsy Calls It Homicide.
Discussion: VICE and The Crime Report