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10:55 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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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.
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.
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday shared a letter on Twitter that referred to the peaceful protesters who were forcibly dispersed from a park near the White House on Monday evening as “terrorists.”
Discussion: Defense One and Daily Kos
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 …
CNN:
DC mayor says she wants out-of-state troops ‘out of Washington’
Discussion: Redstate and Fox News
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Taps 7,600 Personnel
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Protesters sue Trump and Barr over ousting from Lafayette Square
Press Herald:
Our View: To President Trump: You should resign now  —  He lacks the character, maturity and judgment to lead the country in a perilous time.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
May sees biggest jobs increase ever of 2.5 million as economy starts to recover from coronavirus  — Nonfarm payrolls rose by 2.5 million in May and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.  — Wall Street estimates had been for a decline of 8.3 million and a jobless level of 19.5% …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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’
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine commandant on nationwide protests: ‘The time for being silent has passed’  —  “We are better than this.  Stand up for what is right.”  —  Former Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has written an open letter urging all Americans to “stand up for what is right” …
Discussion: LinkedIn and Digby's Hullabaloo
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Associated Press:   Attorneys: 2 Ex-Cops Charged in Floyd's Death Were Rookies
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.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Police Have Shown Their True Colors  —  When they say they don't have too much power and don't act with impunity, will you still believe them?  —  Over the past week, protests have broken out nationwide over police brutality, the targeting of Black people and the lack of accountability for these actions.
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 …
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Pelosi Suffers 10-Second Mental Lapse On-Camera During Press Conference  —  House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to experience a ten-second mental lapse Thursday during an on-camera press conference.  —  Pelosi was reading from a letter she had sent to President Donald Trump earlier …
Discussion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and UPI
Wall Street Journal:
The Revenge of Jim Mattis  —  Trump's ill treatment of former advisers is coming back to haunt.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's denunciation of President Trump on Wednesday isn't surprising, but it still looks like an important political moment.
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Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
Is John Kelly joining the generals' mutiny? …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What Happens When It Is the Police Who Riot in the Streets?  —  It is an attack on civil society and democratic accountability.  —  If we're going to speak of rioting protesters, then we need to speak of rioting police as well.  No, they aren't destroying property.
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.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
American Civilization and Its Discontents  —  In 1969, Irving Kristol was appointed Henry R. Luce professor of urban values at New York University's Stern School of Business.  He delivered his inaugural lecture the following spring.  Its title, “Urban Civilization and Its Discontents,” …
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.
ABC News:
Questions arise over Special Forces guarding Donald Trump from protests  —  “I hate the optics of it,” retired Army Special Forces Col. Robert Wilson said.  —  On Wednesday night, after five days of at-times violent confrontations between police and thousands joining protests near the White House …
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Shut down all police movies and TV shows.  Now.  —  Police procedurals have a long, fraught history.  I don't know if it's possible for them to find a way forward.
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 …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
William McRaven: “Nothing morally right” about clearing protesters for Trump photo op  —  Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven said Friday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” that there was “nothing morally right” about the Trump administration's decision to clear peaceful protesters for the president's photo op …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and 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
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: INSIDER and New York Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon  —  He — and his party — are much, much worse.  —  On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters, killing four.  The 50th anniversary of the Kent State massacre passed with little notice in a nation preoccupied with Covid-19 …
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
Neil Patel / The Daily Caller:
Time For Normal People To Take Back Our Country  —  Our country is hurting.  Culturally, as a society and how we relate to each other, we are in the midst of a steep drop, almost a free fall.  Race is just one aspect; we are talking past one another, and we are less of a community than I ever recall.
 
 
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David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Trump, the Floyd Protests, and the End of Confident Conservatism
detroitnews:
With little social distancing, Whitmer marches with protesters
Hannah Jones / City Pages:
Minneapolis City Council members consider disbanding the police
Discussion: Fortune, Page Six and Truthout
Laurie McGinley / Washington Post:
Researchers retract study that found big risks in using hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19
Chrissy Clark / Washington Free Beacon:
UCLA Students Demand Dismissal of Professors Who Refuse to Cancel Final Exams Over Floyd Death
Discussion: New York Post
SFGATE:
Bay Area protests updates: SF mayor announces effort to redirect police funds to black community
Quinn Myers / MEL Magazine:
How Facebook Misinformation Turned a White Supremacist Conspiracy Into Police Action
CNN:
Law enforcement leaders are essential to overcoming systemic racism
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
74% of Americans view George Floyd's death as an underlying racial injustice problem: POLL
Discussion: Bloomberg, Ipsos and Contemptor
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over
Discussion: Breitbart
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over 'America's …
Washington Post:
Armed white residents lined Idaho streets amid ‘antifa’ protest fears.  The leftist incursion was an online myth.
Reuters:
Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden