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8:50 AM ET, June 5, 2020

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New York Times:
New York Times Says Senator's Op-Ed Did Not Meet Standards  —  After a staff uproar, The Times says the editing process was “rushed.”  Senator Tom Cotton's “Send In the Troops” essay is now under review.  —  Executives at The New York Times scrambled on Thursday to address the concerns …
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Inside Story of the Tom Cotton Op-Ed that Rocked the New York Times  —  The Cotton team explains how the explosive piece got accepted and edited.  —  When a newspaper publishes a bombshell op-ed, it doesn't want the chief casualty to be its own credibility.
Matt Welch / Reason:
New York Times Journalists Scared To Have an Op-Ed Page  —  Last night, The New York Times, which has long maintained the pretentions of being the serious journalistic institution in the United States, published an article about how its own employees were scared—not just irritated, or …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tom Cotton's Fascist Op-Ed  —  How should opinion pages respond to the right's authoritarian turn?  —  Before Donald Trump became president, most newspaper op-ed pages sought to present a spectrum of politically significant opinion and argument, which they could largely do while walling off extremist propaganda and incitement.
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Washington Post:
As protests spread, tensions escalated over Trump's reach for military in response  —  President Trump's actions in recent days have pushed the military into the most uncomfortable position in his presidency, prompting an outcry that continued to build on Thursday from retired generals …
Wall Street Journal:   The Revenge of Jim Mattis
Deroy Murdock / Fox News:
Mattis wrongly criticizes Trump - ignores facts about rioting and president's accomplishments
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
Is John Kelly joining the generals' mutiny? …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew J. Bacevich / The Nation:   Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why Mattis and Mullen toppled their bridge of silence
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Biden Says About ‘10 to 15 Percent’ of Americans Are ‘Not Very Good People’  —  Mr. Biden, speaking to black supporters about the need to improve the country, accused President Trump of dividing the nation and pledged to unite it.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told …
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden lauds America as a decent nation, if one with a small portion of ‘just not very good people’
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Biden: “10 to 15 Percent” Of Americans Are “Not Very Good People”
Discussion: Fox News
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Law Enforcement Seizes Masks Meant To Protect Anti-Racist Protesters From COVID-19  —  The masks, reading “Stop killing Black people,” were meant to quell the spread of the coronavirus, which has disproportionately affected Black Americans.  —  WASHINGTON ― Law enforcement agents …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump's Approval Slips Where He Can't Afford to Lose It: Among Evangelicals  —  Polls and private concerns from top social conservatives show the president's standing with the cornerstone of his base isn't what it used to be.  A photo op with the Bible was supposed to help fix that.
Discussion: Raw Story
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PRRI:
Trump Favorability Slips Among White Catholic and Non-College Americans During National Unrest
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump's Threat To Use Military At Protests  —  In rare public comments, the former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Ret. Gen. Martin Dempsey condemned Trump's threat to use military force to suppress nationwide protests as “dangerous” and “very troubling,” in an interview with NPR on Thursday.
Discussion: Axios
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Discussion: Defense One and Daily Kos
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Has 7,600 Personnel Tapped
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Washington Post:
With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump's strength — but others see weakness  —  The security perimeter around the White House keeps expanding.  Tall black fencing is going up seemingly by the hour.  Armed guards and sharpshooters and combat troops are omnipresent.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Twitter removes Trump campaign tribute to George Floyd claiming copyright complaint  —  Twitter on Thursday removed a video tribute to George Floyd posted by President Trump's reelection campaign, claiming it had run afoul of the website's policy on copyrighted material.
CNN:
Emotional debate erupts over anti-lynching legislation as Cory Booker and Kamala Harris speak out against Rand Paul amendment  —  (CNN)In an emotional exchange on the Senate floor, Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California spoke out Thursday against an amendment …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul battles Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on anti-lynching bill
Discussion: The Hill
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
People are sawing through and climbing over Trump's border wall.  Now contractors are being asked for ideas to make it less vulnerable.  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has asked contractors for help making President Trump's border wall more difficult to climb over and cut through …
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
74% of Americans view George Floyd's death as an underlying racial injustice problem: POLL  —  This is a significant shift from a similar question asked just six years ago.  —  Nearly three-fourths of Americans view the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer as a sign …
Discussion: Ipsos and Contemptor
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Associated Press:
Attorneys: 2 Ex-Cops Charged in Floyd's Death Were Rookies  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Two of three Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd were rookies barely off probation when a more senior white officer ignored the black man's cries for help and pressed …
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
NYC reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time since mid-March  —  The Big Apple marked a major turning point in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday with no new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March 12.  —  “In the face of extraordinary challenges …
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Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:   NYC hits hopeful milestone: Zero confirmed coronavirus deaths for first day since March
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Research Shows Students Falling Months Behind During Virus Disruptions  —  The abrupt switch to remote learning wiped out academic gains for many students in America, and widened racial and economic gaps.  Catching up in the fall won't be easy.  —  While a nation of burned-out …
Bloomberg:
Estee Lauder Workers Demand Heir Ouster Over Trump Support  —  Employees of Estee Lauder Cos., one of the world's largest beauty businesses, called for the ouster of a board member and family heir over his support for President Donald Trump and criticism of the company's response to the protests against police violence.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Four Texas GOP county leaders share racist Facebook posts, including one juxtaposing an MLK quote with a banana  —  Gov. Greg Abbott called on two Republican county chairs to resign after they shared a racist conspiracy theory about George Floyd's death.  —  Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What Happens When It Is the Police Who Riot in the Streets?  —  It is an attack on civil society and democratic accountability.  —  If we're going to speak of rioting protesters, then we need to speak of rioting police as well.  No, they aren't destroying property.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
American Civilization and Its Discontents  —  In 1969, Irving Kristol was appointed Henry R. Luce professor of urban values at New York University's Stern School of Business.  He delivered his inaugural lecture the following spring.  Its title, “Urban Civilization and Its Discontents,” …
Elliot Henney / WJLA-TV:
VIDEO: Group posting signs for George Floyd in Bethesda say they were assaulted by cyclist  —  The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are searching for a man wanted in an alleged assault that happened on the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County on June 1.
Discussion: New York Post
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
James O'Keefe's infiltrated ‘antifa headquarters’ is a bookstore from ‘Portlandia’  —  It's also closed.  —  Undercover video trickster James O'Keefe appears to be back at it with another “timely” video from his group of well-known fraudsters at Project Veritas.
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Law enforcement leaders are essential to overcoming systemic racism  —  Police march with protesters in act of solidarity  —  The Hon. Kevin K. McAleenan served as Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, and as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security until 2019.
 
 
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Progressives' dreams will send New York right back to '70s blight
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Protesters Defy Curfew and Are Again Met With a Strong Police Response
Discussion: Bloomberg, courthousenews.com and Axios
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over
Discussion: Breitbart
Agence France-Presse:
US likely suffered ‘heartbreaking’ unemployment in May
Washington Post:
Trump said 'we can't do social distancing' at convention as he made personal appeal to North Carolina governor
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine commandant on nationwide protests: ‘The time for being silent has passed’
Discussion: LinkedIn and Digby's Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
The Tennessean:
Nashville judge orders Tennessee to permit vote by mail for all registered voters
Discussion: Axios
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over 'America's …
Discussion: Variety and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ protest fears.  The leftist incursion was an online myth.
Neil Patel / The Daily Caller:
Time For Normal People To Take Back Our Country
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump scraps Bedminster trip amid protests
Discussion: The Hill
Reuters:
Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden
Yahoo News:
Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests
Discussion: Raw Story