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10:30 PM ET, June 5, 2020

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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr says he didn't give tactical order to clear protesters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give …
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Federal Agents Release Coronavirus Masks Seized From Black Lives Matter Protesters  —  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service claimed it suspected that boxes of cloth masks meant to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 “contained non-mailable matter.”  —  WASHINGTON ― …
Sarah Westwood / CNN:
Former White House chief of Staff John Kelly: ‘I agree’ with Jim Mattis on Trump
Discussion: The Guardian and fox8.com
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A ‘Glorious Poetic Rage’
Discussion: Mother Jones
Washington Post:
89 former Defense officials: The military must never be used to violate constitutional rights  —  President Trump continues to use inflammatory language as many Americans protest the unlawful death of George Floyd and the unjust treatment of black Americans by our justice system.
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Washington Post:
Pentagon disarms guardsmen in Washington, D.C., in signal of de-escalation  —  The Pentagon has told the District of Columbia National Guard and guardsmen from other states who have arrived in the nation's capital as backup to not use firearms or ammunition, a sign of de-escalation …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Fox News
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Trump's Public-Relations Army  —  Will the military allow the President to use it for political advantage?  —  The image of Donald Trump leading his advisers to St. John's Church may prove to be a defining one of his Presidency: Trump, passing through streets that had been cleared of protesters by tear gas …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
How Mattis reached his breaking point — and decided to speak out against Trump
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Esper, Milley won't testify before House panel on military response to protests
Maki Becker / The Buffalo News:
57 members of Buffalo police riot response team resign  —  Police with batons and riot helmets arrive to clear Niagara Square of protestors as the curfew takes effect, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)  —  All 57 of the members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency …
Discussion: WBFO, Bloomberg, Axios and Mother Jones
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Ali Ingersoll / Investigative Post:
Police crowd-control unit resigns in protest  —  A special squad on the Buffalo Police Department — the Emergency Response Team — has resigned from their posts, according to the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.  —  The announcement comes one day after two members were suspended without pay …
Wall Street Journal:   Viral Videos From Protests Fuel Broader Debate Over Policing
Jesse Pound / CNBC:
The recovery from the coronavirus sure looks V-shaped, going by these charts  —  The U.S. economy added a record number of jobs in May as it appeared to bounce off the bottom of the coronavirus recession, and now the chart of jobs gains and losses is starting to look like a “V.”
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Tyler Clifford / CNBC:   Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’
HuffPost:
As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump And His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally  —  Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington, but voted in Florida.  Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence.  —  WASHINGTON - Even as they both attack the idea of voting by mail …
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Backing for Military Presence at Floyd Protests Declines as Support for Demonstrations Grows  —  62% support protests, while 48% plurality opposes supplementing police with active-duty military  — 42% of U.S. adults say they'd support cities calling in the military to supplement local police forces …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Post
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
DC readies for Saturday protests as police chief says it may be 'largest we've had in the city'
Discussion: Associated Press and DCist
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directs U.S. Troop Reduction in Germany  —  The move would reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany by 9,500  —  President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany by September, U.S. government officials said Friday.
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New York Times:   Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally
Laura Wagner / VICE:
‘New York Times’ Staffers Grill Leadership Over Tom Cotton Op-Ed During All-Hands  —  The internal fallout from the New York Times' decision to run an op-ed by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, which called for the U.S. military to be deployed to American cities to crack down on protests …
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Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Leaked document reveals details of federal law enforcement patrolling Washington amid protests  —  WASHINGTON — A leaked Trump administration document details the federal law enforcement and military personnel squaring off against protestors in Washington, D.C. …
Discussion: New York Times
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Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Story Behind Bill Barr's Unmarked Federal Agents
George Conway / Washington Post:
The president's inhumanity is deeper than we knew  —  Just as crises can provide a test of anyone's character, they do so especially with presidents.  We stand burdened with watching a president fail his test, in cataclysmic fashion, and with the nation suffering the consequences.
John Frank / The Colorado Sun:
John Hickenlooper violated Colorado's gift ban, state ethics commission rules  —  Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper violated state law when he took a flight aboard a corporate jet owned by a top political donor and accepted transportation in a Maserati limousine at a conference in Italy, an ethics panel ruled Friday.
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Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr:
Democrat John Hickenlooper Held in Contempt After Failing to Comply with Subpoena over Ethics Complaint
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Security Concerns Give the White House a Fortified New Look  —  It increasingly resembles a Washington version of the Green Zone that sheltered American and Iraqi officials in Baghdad.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump was furious when news got out last weekend that as protesters gathered outside …
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Ivanka Trump's commencement speech was canceled because social justice is a disease  —  Academia is where the absolute horror called “social justice” multiplies, so it was only predictable that White House adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president, would be the latest casualty of that sick ideology.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police  —  Officers have charged and swung batons at demonstrators after curfew with seemingly little provocation.  The mayor said he would review any reports of inappropriate enforcement.  —  It was about 8:45 p.m. in Brooklyn …
Maki Becker / The Buffalo News:
Protester pushed to ground by police is longtime peace activist from Amherst  —  Martin Gugino at an event from June 2019.  (Photo provided by Terrence Bisson)  —  The protester who was pushed to the ground by Buffalo police Thursday night in front of City Hall in a video seen …
Alan Ryland / POLITICUSUSA:
Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden  —  A new super PAC, called 43 Alumni for Biden, has been formed by former staffers of George W. Bush, according to paperwork submitted earlier this week.  The news comes just days after the former president issued a statement along …
Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Manhattan DA won't prosecute protesters amid mass NYC arrests, commends New Yorkers exercising civil rights at George Floyd demonstrations  —  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Friday said his office will decline to prosecute marchers arrested for breaking the city's 8 p.m. curfew …
 
 
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Ari Shapiro / NPR:
As The Nation Chants Her Name, Breonna Taylor's Family Grieves A Life ‘Robbed’
Discussion: CNN, Teen Vogue and PAPER
Saeed Jones / GQ:
Whose Grief?  Our Grief  —  For Saeed Jones, generations collapse …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Teens have been gassed and hit with rubber bullets at protests. They keep coming back.
Mark Maske / Washington Post:
Roger Goodell says NFL was wrong, encourages players ‘to speak out and peacefully protest’
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. police union, angry over Garcetti's ‘killers’ comment, calls mayor ‘unstable’
Discussion: Breitbart and American Greatness
Chad Sanders / New York Times:
I Don't Need ‘Love’ Texts From My White Friends
Discussion: Althouse
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Electoral College won't save Trump if this keeps up
Discussion: East Bay Times and Slate
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Jumaane Williams to de Blasio: ‘You can no longer hide behind your black wife and children’
Discussion: Gothamist and Breitbart
CNN:
Susan Collins to stay in DC as Trump visits Maine
Jon Cohen / Science:
Top U.S. scientists left out of White House selection of COVID-19 vaccine short list
Discussion: FactCheck.org and LifeNews.com
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Over 1,000 coronavirus deaths reported in the past 24 hours.  Officials fear protests will drive up numbers
Washington Post:
Facebook employees said they were ‘caught in an abusive relationship’ with Trump as internal debates raged
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
People are sawing through and climbing over Trump's border wall. …
Discussion: Breitbart, Eschaton and Fronteras