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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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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.
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: Washington Post and Axios
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New York Times:
Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon  —  But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump agreed on Thursday to begin sending home 82nd …
Politico:
Esper risks being sidelined as White House floats replacements  —  President Donald Trump is unhappy with Pentagon chief Mark Esper.  Aides are gossiping about who could replace him.  Yet the embattled Defense secretary may be on his way to a more Trumpian punishment: sidelined within the administration.
Washington Post:
As protests spread, tensions escalated over Trump's reach for military in response
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News and The Hill
Andrew J. Bacevich / The Nation:   Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Has 7,600 Personnel Tapped
Discussion: The Hill
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why Mattis and Mullen toppled their bridge of silence
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Just The News
ABC News:
At fortified White House, Trump under verbal assault from military's top ranks
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Daily Caller
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 …
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HuffPost:
William Barr's Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters
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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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Biden: “10 to 15 Percent” Of Americans Are “Not Very Good People”
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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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Alex Altman / TIME:
Why The Killing of George Floyd Sparked an American Uprising
Discussion: The Wrap
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.
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PRRI:
Trump Favorability Slips Among White Catholic and Non-College Americans During National Unrest
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: Associated Press and The Hill
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.
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.
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
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
The Tennessean:
Nashville judge orders Tennessee to permit vote by mail for all registered voters  —  A Nashville judge on Thursday ruled the state of Tennessee must give any registered voter the option to cast a ballot by mail, paving the way for widespread mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Axios
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Associated Press:
Judge: Tennessee must allow vote by mail for all amid virus
Discussion: The Hill
Reuters:
Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden  —  Audit probed energy company Burisma, of which Biden was a board member from 2014-2019  —  An audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) postponed a vote on authorizing subpoenas for more than 50 individuals as Republicans ramp up their investigation into the Russia probe.
Discussion: Breitbart
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?
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
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.
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
Is John Kelly joining the generals' mutiny?  Former chief of staff calls Donald Trump ‘nasty’ and ‘confused’ over attack on Jim Mattis - and lines-up interview with Trump-hating Mooch  — General John Kelly is the latest retired general to speak out against the president, calling his comments against John Kelly ‘nasty’
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Suddenly, Public Health Officials Say Social Justice Matters More Than Social Distance  —  For months, public health experts have urged Americans to take every precaution to stop the spread of Covid-19—stay at home, steer clear of friends and extended family, and absolutely avoid large gatherings.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over 'America's Got Talent' Firing; Claims NBC Exec Paul Telegdy “Threatened” Her Over Probe  —  Clearly moving towards either a lawsuit she now has the right to pursue or arbitration, Union's harassment …
Discussion: Variety and The Daily Caller
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine commandant on nationwide protests: ‘The time for being silent has passed’  —  Former Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has written an open letter urging all Americans to “stand up for what is right” in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Discussion: LinkedIn and Digby's Hullabaloo
Agence France-Presse:
US likely suffered ‘heartbreaking’ unemployment in May  —  Nationwide protests could hamper efforts to reopen the economy and put workers back on the job  —  Washington (AFP) - Even as the world's largest economy begins to reopen, the scale of the job losses in May will be devastating …
 
 
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Kimberly Atkins / WBUR:
Pressley, Markey Push To End ‘Qualified Immunity’ For Police
Discussion: Washington Post
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Jacob Wohl and the women: The tale of a right-wing scam artist's downward trajectory
Washington Post:
Trump said 'we can't do social distancing' at convention as he made personal appeal to North Carolina governor
David Reddish / Queerty:
Trump wants the Supreme Court to allow adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples
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
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Pence Chief of Staff
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Brooklyn Man Was Arrested for Curfew Violation.  The FBI Interrogated Him About His Political Beliefs.
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
NYC hits hopeful milestone: Zero confirmed coronavirus deaths for first day since March
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
A Progressive Challenger Was Attacked for Calling to Defund the Police. She Won Anyway.
Discussion: The Hill
Yahoo News:
Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests
Discussion: Raw Story
Condoleezza Rice / Washington Post:
This moment cries out for us to confront race in America
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Hill and Fox News
Nick Boykin / wusa9.com:
U.S. Park Police said they didn't fire tear gas Monday, but tear gas cannisters were found at the scene
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
White man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery allegedly used racial slur after shooting, investigator says