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10:15 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
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 …
Washington Post:
57 Buffalo officers resign from special squad over suspension of two who shoved 75-year-old  —  Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Department resigned from a special squad Friday to protest the suspension of two officers shown on video shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground …
Wall Street Journal:   Viral Videos From Protests Fuel Broader Debate Over Policing
Jay Croft / CNN:
2 officers suspended after video shows 75-year-old man being pushed during protest
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr:
Democrat John Hickenlooper Held in Contempt After Failing to Comply with Subpoena over Ethics Complaint  —  ShareTweetSubscribe to David Harris Jr!  —  John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado and current Democratic Senate candidate has been held in contempt by the Independent Ethics Commission …
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John Frank / The Colorado Sun:
John Hickenlooper violated Colorado's gift ban, state ethics commission rules
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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Electoral College won't save Trump if this keeps up  —  (CNN)We've learned the lesson multiple times in the last few decades: There is no national presidential election.  Candidates can get fewer votes and win, if they win enough states containing a majority of electoral votes.
Discussion: East Bay Times and Slate
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Two-Thirds Think Trump Made Racial Tensions Worse After Floyd Was Killed
Discussion: PBS NewsHour and ABC News
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 …
The Daily Beast:
New York Times Executives Take Turns Apologizing to Quell Staff Revolt  —  In a tense staff meeting, the paper admitted to inviting Sen. Cotton to write the “Send in the Troops” column, and that it will overhaul the frequently controversial opinion page.  —  The New York Times apologized …
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
‘New York Times’ Staffers Grill Leadership Over Tom Cotton Op-Ed During All-Hands
 
 
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Saeed Jones / GQ:
Whose Grief?  Our Grief  —  For Saeed Jones, generations collapse …
Alan Ryland / POLITICUSUSA:
Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden
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’
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times, Vox and Axios
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
Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Manhattan DA won't prosecute protesters amid mass NYC arrests, commends New Yorkers exercising …
 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, Fronteras and Eschaton