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12:35 PM ET, June 5, 2020

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Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
The Story Behind Bill Barr's Unmarked Federal Agents  —  Few sights from the nation's protests in recent days have seemed more dystopian than the appearance of rows of heavily-armed riot police around Washington in drab military-style uniforms with no insignia, identifying emblems or name badges.
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Washington Post:
How Mattis reached his breaking point — and decided to speak out against Trump  —  For former defense secretary Jim Mattis, it was the last straw: the sight of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walking the streets of downtown Washington in battle-ready camouflage amid a show of brute federal force.
New York Times:
Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Discussion: Defense One and Daily Kos
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Protesters sue Trump and Barr over ousting from Lafayette Square
Wall Street Journal:   The Revenge of Jim Mattis
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Taps 7,600 Personnel
Discussion: Mother Jones, Truthout and The Hill
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.
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.
Matt Welch / Reason:
New York Times Journalists Scared To Have an Op-Ed Page
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.
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 and The Hill
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Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
Biden Says 10-15% of Americans Are ‘Not Very Good People’: Campaign Update
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Bloomberg:
Black Unemployment Rate Rises While White Joblessness Falls
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Washington Post:
In giant yellow letters, D.C. mayor sends message to protesters, and to Trump  —  D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser renamed the street in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” on Friday and emblazoned the slogan in massive yellow letters on the road, a pointed salvo in her escalating dispute …
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
D.C. Mayor Bowser has ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted on street leading to White House  —  WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday had “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street that leads to the White House where protesters have been demonstrating following George Floyd's death in police custody.
Washington Post:
With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump's strength — but others see weakness
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Maki Becker / The Buffalo News:
Protester pushed to ground by police is longtime peace activist from Amherst  —  Martin Gugino at an event from June 2019.  (Photo provided by Terrence Bisson)  —  The protester who was pushed to the ground by Buffalo police Thursday night in front of City Hall in a video seen …
Discussion: UPI, The Intercept, The Guardian and Axios
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Peninsula Daily News:
Family harassed in Forks after being accused of being members of Antifa  —  FORKS —A multi-racial family of four from Spokane was accused of being members of Antifa, followed and prevented from leaving their campsite by trees felled to block the road, Clallam County Sheriff's deputies said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Unemployment rate drops to 13 percent, as the economy picked up jobs as states reopened
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Trump, the Floyd Protests, and the End of Confident Conservatism  —  After Richard Nixon's 1968 election, many conservatives came to believe that their movement naturally represented the political views of most Americans.  This conservative faith in the wisdom of the average citizen was cemented …
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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,” …
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.
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Trump to hold news conference to tout surprising jobless numbers  —  He tweeted that he would speak at 10 a.m. Friday morning.  —  President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he would hold a 10 a.m. news conference to tout May's surprising jobless numbers out less than two hours earlier …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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
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.
detroitnews:
With little social distancing, Whitmer marches with protesters  —  Highland Park — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who's voiced concerns about other demonstrations potentially spreading COVID-19 in recent weeks, participated Thursday in a civil rights march in Highland Park with hundreds of people who did not follow social distancing rules.
 
 
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NBC News:
Republicans look at multi-city convention for Trump's renomination
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
William McRaven: “Nothing morally right” about clearing protesters for Trump photo op
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
ABC News:
Questions arise over Special Forces guarding Donald Trump from protests
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
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now.
Quinn Myers / MEL Magazine:
How Facebook Misinformation Turned a White Supremacist Conspiracy Into Police Action
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”
 Earlier Items: 
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Bloomberg:
Estee Lauder Workers Demand Heir Ouster Over Trump Support
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine commandant on nationwide protests: ‘The time for being silent has passed’
Discussion: LinkedIn
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
James O'Keefe's infiltrated ‘antifa headquarters’ is a bookstore from ‘Portlandia’
Discussion: Mediaite
Neil Patel / The Daily Caller:
Time For Normal People To Take Back Our Country