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12:55 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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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.
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 …
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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
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and ABC News
CNN:
GOP senator says she's ‘struggling’ on whether to back Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Witness Who Was in Floyd's Car Says His Friend Did Not Resist Arrest  —  Maurice Lester Hall, who fled Minneapolis after witnessing George Floyd's death, was arrested Monday in Houston and interviewed by a Minnesota investigator.  —  WASHINGTON — A longtime friend of George Floyd's …
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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.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Associated Press:
Attorneys: 2 Ex-Cops Charged in Floyd's Death Were Rookies  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Two of three Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd were rookies barely off probation when a more senior white officer ignored the black man's cries for help and pressed …
Alex Altman / TIME:
Why The Killing of George Floyd Sparked an American Uprising
Discussion: The Wrap
Washington Post:
Live updates: George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis set to begin
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
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Has 7,600 Personnel Tapped
Discussion: The Hill
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: Washington Post
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Biden: “10 to 15 Percent” Of Americans Are “Not Very Good People”
Discussion: Fox News
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: KTVZ-TV
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PRRI:
Trump Favorability Slips Among White Catholic and Non-College Americans During National Unrest  —  New data from PRRI shows that 41% of Americans hold favorable views of President Donald Trump, while a 55% majority hold unfavorable views of him.  These numbers are similar to Trump's favorability in April …
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
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Nick Boykin / wusa9.com:
U.S. Park Police said they didn't fire tear gas Monday, but tear gas cannisters were found at the scene
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 and Washington Post
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
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
White man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery allegedly used racial slur after shooting, investigator says  —  The white Georgia man accused of killing an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, used a racial slur after the fatal shooting, according to another suspect's account to an investigator.
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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.
Terry Carter / BuzzFeed:
Meghan McCain Responded After Her Neighbor Called Her Out For Making False Claims About The Black Lives Matter Protests In New York  —  Yesterday, Meghan McCain tweeted about the protests happening in New York City following the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis.
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Jeff Coltin / CSNY:
Did Bill de Blasio's political career just end?
David Reddish / Queerty:
Trump wants the Supreme Court to allow adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples  —  The Trump Administration has filed a new law brief with the Supreme Court.  In it, the administration argues that adoption agencies should have a right to refuse to home children with same-sex couples based on religious beliefs.
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Michael Moline / Florida Phoenix:   FL Supreme Court kills proposed constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons
Reuters:
Ukrainian prosecutors find no evidence against Hunter Biden  —  Audit probed energy company Burisma, of which Biden was a board member from 2014-2019  —  An audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden …
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
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
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.
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine commandant on nationwide protests: ‘The time for being silent has passed’  —  Former Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has written an open letter urging all Americans to “stand up for what is right” in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Discussion: LinkedIn and Digby's Hullabaloo
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Suddenly, Public Health Officials Say Social Justice Matters More Than Social Distance  —  For months, public health experts have urged Americans to take every precaution to stop the spread of Covid-19—stay at home, steer clear of friends and extended family, and absolutely avoid large gatherings.
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Jacob Wohl and the women: The tale of a right-wing scam artist's downward trajectory
Washington Post:
Trump said 'we can't do social distancing' at convention as he made personal appeal to North Carolina governor
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Action Against Simon Cowell & Fremantle Over 'America's …
Discussion: Variety and The Daily Caller
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
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Brooklyn Man Was Arrested for Curfew Violation.  The FBI Interrogated Him About His Political Beliefs.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
NYC hits hopeful milestone: Zero confirmed coronavirus deaths for first day since March
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
A Progressive Challenger Was Attacked for Calling to Defund the Police. She Won Anyway.
Discussion: The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul battles Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on anti-lynching bill
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Yahoo News:
Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests
Discussion: Raw Story