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Heather Long / Washington Post:
A ‘misclassification error’ made the May unemployment rate look better than it is.  Here's what happened.  —  When the U.S. government's official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major “error” indicating that the unemployment rate likely …
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
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Washington Post:
Pentagon disarms guardsmen in Washington, D.C., in signal of de-escalation
Discussion: The Mahablog and Fox News
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Esper, Milley won't testify before House panel on military response to protests
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Ali Ingersoll / Investigative Post:
Police crowd-control unit resigns in protest
Wall Street Journal:   Viral Videos From Protests Fuel Broader Debate Over Policing
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.
Associated Press:
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest.
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has clinched a majority of delegates to the Democratic convention, locking up the party's presidential nomination, according to The Associated Press.  —  The AP now projects that Biden has won 1,993 delegates …
Discussion: Associated Press
ABC News:
Biden wins delegates needed to clinch Democratic nomination
Discussion: Politico
Donald Trump / Reuters:
Donald Trump orders 9,500 US troops to leave Germany  —  White House says move due to more Nato defence spending, not tensions with Merkel  —  Donald Trump has ordered the US military to remove nearly 9,500 troops from Germany in a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the region.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directs U.S. Troop Reduction in Germany
Discussion: Fox News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:   Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally
Ken Belson / New York Times:
As Trump Rekindles N.F.L. Fight, Goodell Sides With Players  —  The president tweeted to say it was disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other players began doing in 2016 to protest racial injustice.  N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell then said the league supported players peacefully protesting.
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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 …
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
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Hickenlooper appears before ethics board after being held in contempt
Discussion: Breitbart
Cockburn / Spectator USA:
Why isn't Andrew Sullivan allowed to write his column? … What has happened to New York media?  Just as the New York Times was experiencing its own Inner Mongolia Moment over the now notorious Sen. Tom Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ op-ed, the Maoists at New York magazine were going after their best columnist, Andrew Sullivan.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.  Either covid-19 cases will abruptly reverse their decline in some of America's largest cities, and we will know that they were seeded by the days of rage we are living through . . . or they won't.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 ― …
Discussion: Daily Kos, GovExec.com and Raw Story
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A ‘Glorious Poetic Rage’
Discussion: The Guardian and Mother Jones
Gabrielle Mannino / WCSH:
All swabs will be thrown out following Trump visit, Puritan says  —  As Trump touted increased manufacturing of the coronavirus testing swabs, all in-house during his visit will be thrown out.  —  GUILFORD, Maine — President Donald Trump visited Maine on Friday and toured the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford.
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
Man who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A community activist, who has worked for years to promote understanding between San Jose police and the public, was seriously injured by a riot gun in the George Floyd protest one week ago.
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
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 …
Discussion: Mashable
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Exclusive: He quit his Facebook job because of Zuckerberg's inaction on Trump's posts  —  New York (CNN Business)A Facebook employee who quit the company this week told CNN he is worried the platform will be used to further escalate violence in the United States.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans fear Trump may cost them Senate  —  Senate Republicans are feeling high anxiety over President Trump's aggressive response to nationwide civil unrest, which they fear is alienating middle-of-the-road voters who are crucial to keeping their majority after Nov. 3.
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.”
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plans a ‘recovery summer’ message against a bleak backdrop  —  President Donald Trump and his team are heralding a summer of economic recovery — a dramatic turnaround that will become the centerpiece of his pitch to voters, casting aside attention on nationwide protests and the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and ABC News
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Pentagon War Game Includes Scenario for Military Response to Domestic Gen Z Rebellion  —  In the face of protests composed largely of young people, the presence of America's military on the streets of major cities has been a controversial development.  But this isn't the first time that Generation Z …
 
 
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
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Saeed Jones / GQ:
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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.
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD union decries Garcetti's ‘killers’ comment. He says he wasn't talking about police
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Manhattan DA won't prosecute protesters amid mass NYC arrests, commends New Yorkers exercising …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police
Discussion: The National Interest
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Electoral College won't save Trump if this keeps up
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Backing for Military Presence at Floyd Protests Declines as Support for Demonstrations Grows
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Post
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Jumaane Williams to de Blasio: ‘You can no longer hide behind your black wife and children’
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Leaked document reveals details of federal law enforcement patrolling Washington amid protests
Discussion: New York Times