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2:40 PM ET, June 5, 2020

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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.
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Leaked document reveals details of federal law enforcement patrolling Washington amid protests  —  WASHINGTON — A leaked Trump administration document details the federal law enforcement and military personnel squaring off against protestors in Washington, D.C. …
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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.
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.
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 …
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Jay Croft / CNN:
2 officers suspended after video shows 75-year-old man being pushed during protest  —  Video captures Buffalo police push elderly man to the ground  —  (CNN)An investigation is underway after police officers pushed a 75-year-old man to the ground in Buffalo, New York, an incident Gov. Andrew Cuomo called …
Discussion: The Bulwark, WIVB-TV, Reason and WKBW-TV
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Police Have Shown Their True Colors
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo, The Hill and fox8.com
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.
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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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tom Cotton's Fascist Op-Ed
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.
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New York Times:
Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon
Wall Street Journal:   The Revenge of Jim Mattis
Alex Ward / Vox:
US Park Police: It was a “mistake” to say no tear gas was used in Lafayette Square  —  Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington DC.  José Luís Magana/AFP via Getty Images
Tyler Clifford / CNBC:
Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’  — The coronavirus pandemic has produced “one of the greatest wealth transfers in history,” CNBC's Jim Cramer said.  — “The bigger the business, the more it moves the major averages …
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directs U.S. Troop Reduction in Germany  —  The move would reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany by 9,500  —  President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany by September, U.S. government officials said Friday.
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 …
Discussion: GovExec.com, USA Today and The Root
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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Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
Biden Says 10-15% of Americans Are ‘Not Very Good People’: Campaign Update
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
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.
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
Trump campaign pulls ad about SpaceX launch after former astronaut calls it political propaganda  —  Karen Nyberg, whose husband, Doug Hurley, is aboard the space station, said the ad used her and her son's image without her knowledge  —  The Trump campaign took down a video late Thursday …
Discussion: Space.com, Gizmodo and POLITICUSUSA
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump campaign removes ad that violated NASA guidelines by showing astronauts
Discussion: Bloomberg and Space.com
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: The Hill, Politico and Redstate
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Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Trump on surprising jobless numbers: 'We're opening with a bang'
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: alicublog
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
Minneapolis to ban police chokeholds in wake of Floyd death  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis agreed with the state Friday to ban the use of chokeholds by police and to require officers to report and intervene anytime they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer.
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.
USA Today:
Congress must impeach Trump's enabler in corruption, oppression, Attorney General Bill Barr  —  It's been evident since he assumed the role of attorney general that William Barr was more concerned with advancing the political interests of President Donald Trump than with serving the cause of justice in America.
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.
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
 
 
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Paul Krugman Caught in Hilarious Self-Own After Furiously Spinning Conspiracy Theories About Good Jobs Report
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
By deploying police without badges, Barr threatens force without accountability
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
NBC News:
Republicans look at multi-city convention for Trump's renomination
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Trump, the Floyd Protests, and the End of Confident Conservatism
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
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”
 Earlier Items: 
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Research Shows Students Falling Months Behind During Virus Disruptions
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
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Four Texas GOP county leaders share racist Facebook posts, including one juxtaposing an MLK quote with a banana
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
James O'Keefe's infiltrated ‘antifa headquarters’ is a bookstore from ‘Portlandia’
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
With White House effectively a fortress, some see Trump's strength — but others see weakness
Discussion: DCist, Raw Story and The Hill