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5:20 PM ET, June 5, 2020

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Ali Ingersoll / Investigative Post:
Police crowd-control unit resigns in protest  —  A special squad on the Buffalo Police Department — the Emergency Response Team — has resigned from their posts, according to the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.  —  The announcement comes one day after two members were suspended without pay …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and Mother Jones
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:
Pentagon disarms guardsmen in Washington, D.C., in signal of de-escalation
Discussion: Fox News
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Alex Ward / Vox:
US Park Police uses “tear gas” in new statement.  Earlier, said using term was a “mistake.”  —  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
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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. …
Discussion: New York Times
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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.
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: USA Today, GovExec.com and The Root
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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 ― …
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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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Esper, Milley won't testify before House panel on military response to protests
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
George Floyd protests created a surge in voter registrations, groups say
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sarah Westwood / CNN:
Former White House chief of Staff John Kelly: ‘I agree’ with Jim Mattis on Trump  —  (CNN)Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday he agrees with former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis' stark warning this week that President Donald Trump is “the first president in my lifetime …
Discussion: The Guardian and fox8.com
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Two-Thirds Think Trump Made Racial Tensions Worse After Floyd Was Killed
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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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 …
Washington Post:
Facebook employees said they were ‘caught in an abusive relationship’ with Trump as internal debates raged  —  A week of internal debates shows widespread anxiety over how the company will handle abuse going into 2020, according to a trove of internal documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump launches massive ad buy seizing on Friday's jobs report  —  Donald Trump's reelection campaign is moving swiftly to capitalize on Friday's unexpectedly favorable jobs numbers with a massive $10 million ad buy presenting the president as the protagonist in an economic comeback story.
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: Breitbart, Fronteras and Eschaton
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
CNN:
Susan Collins to stay in DC as Trump visits Maine  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has a full Friday in Maine, but the senior Republican senator who has yet to publicly say if she'll back his reelection bid won't be there.  —  Sen. Susan Collins will not join Trump at a trip in her state Friday …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Postpones Return to Office Again Amid Pandemic (Exclusive)  —  The network, which had targeted June 15 for a return, will now be working from home “through at least the end of July.”  —  Fox News Channel is not coming back to the office on June 15, as parent company Fox Corp had originally targeted.
 
 
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
De Blasio claims spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations not linked to massive protests
Discussion: The Hill, Redstate and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Deputies investigate cross burning on bridge in Alabama
Discussion: TMZ.com and KRQE-TV
Jon Cohen / Science:
Top U.S. scientists left out of White House selection of COVID-19 vaccine short list
Discussion: FactCheck.org
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Over 1,000 coronavirus deaths reported in the past 24 hours.  Officials fear protests will drive up numbers
MPR News:
U.S. unemployment drops unexpectedly to a still-high 13.3%
 Earlier Items: 
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Paul Krugman Caught in Hilarious Self-Own After Furiously Spinning Conspiracy Theories About Good Jobs Report
Discussion: Breitbart
USA Today:
Congress must impeach Trump's enabler in corruption, oppression, Attorney General Bill Barr
NBC News:
Republicans look at multi-city convention for Trump's renomination
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Pelosi Suffers 10-Second Mental Lapse On-Camera During Press Conference
Discussion: Redstate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and UPI
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
American Civilization and Its Discontents
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”