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5:50 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 …
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: The Mahablog and Fox News
Alex Ward / Vox:
US Park Police said using “tear gas” in a statement was a “mistake.”  It just used the term again.  —  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.
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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.
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
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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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 …
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
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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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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Harry Enten / CNN:
The Electoral College won't save Trump if this keeps up  —  (CNN)We've learned the lesson multiple times in the last few decades: There is no national presidential election.  Candidates can get fewer votes and win, if they win enough states containing a majority of electoral votes.
Discussion: East Bay Times and Slate
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Two-Thirds Think Trump Made Racial Tensions Worse After Floyd Was Killed
Discussion: ABC News and PBS NewsHour
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.
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.
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Jumaane Williams to de Blasio: ‘You can no longer hide behind your black wife and children’  —  Public Advocate Jumaane Williams just made his criticism of Bill de Blasio's handling of Big Apple protests personal — accusing the mayor of using his biracial family as a political shield.
Discussion: Gothamist and Breitbart
Steve Fletcher / TIME:
I'm a Minneapolis City Council Member.  We Must Disband the Police—Here's What Could Come Next  —  Fletcher is a City Council Member for Ward 3 in Minneapolis, Minn.  —  On Tuesday, May 26, we woke up to find a video circulating of a Minneapolis Police officer named Derek Chauvin kneeling …
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.
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
 
 
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Backing for Military Presence at Floyd Protests Declines as Support for Demonstrations Grows
Discussion: New York Times and New York Post
CTVNews:
Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism demonstration
CNN:
Susan Collins to stay in DC as Trump visits Maine
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
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Postpones Return to Office Again Amid Pandemic (Exclusive)
 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
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Pelosi Suffers 10-Second Mental Lapse On-Camera During Press Conference
Discussion: Redstate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and UPI
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What Happens When It Is the Police Who Riot in the Streets?
Discussion: alicublog
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire”