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8:30 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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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.
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.
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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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 …
Washington Post:
As protests spread, tensions escalated over Trump's reach for military in response
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Has 7,600 Personnel Tapped
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Discussion: Defense One and Daily Kos
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
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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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
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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PRRI:
Trump Favorability Slips Among White Catholic and Non-College Americans During National Unrest
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.
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
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Wall Street Journal:   The Revenge of Jim Mattis
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  A new Trump appointee to the United States' foreign aid agency …
 
 
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
NYC reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time since mid-March
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
Kimberly Atkins / WBUR:
Pressley, Markey Push To End ‘Qualified Immunity’ For Police
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over 'America's …
Discussion: Variety and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
James O'Keefe's infiltrated ‘antifa headquarters’ is a bookstore from ‘Portlandia’
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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