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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
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Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Park Police contradict the White House's claims that it didn't use tear gas on protesters, admit they were ‘incorrect’ in saying pepper balls aren't tear gas  — The US Park Police and the president repeatedly insisted this week that federal forces did not use tear gas while clearing a crowd …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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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The Daily Beast:
New York Times Executives Take Turns Apologizing to Quell Staff Revolt  —  In a tense staff meeting, the paper admitted to inviting Sen. Cotton to write the “Send in the Troops” column, and that it will overhaul the frequently controversial opinion page.  —  The New York Times apologized …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tom Cotton's Fascist Op-Ed
New York Times:
New York Times Says Senator's Op-Ed Did Not Meet Standards
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
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Discussion: GovExec.com, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Trump shares letter that calls peaceful protesters ‘terrorists’
Wall Street Journal:   The Revenge of Jim Mattis
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
Bloomberg:
Black Unemployment Rate Rises While White Joblessness Falls
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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
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
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.
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 …
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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
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Dr. Anthony Fauci says large protests taking place across the country are ‘a perfect set-up’ for spreading COVID-19  —  Foto: Carlos Barria/Reuters National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a coronavirus response meeting in the Oval Office …
 
 
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Paul Krugman Caught in Hilarious Self-Own After Furiously Spinning Conspiracy Theories About Good Jobs Report
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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
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Trump, the Floyd Protests, and the End of Confident Conservatism
 Earlier Items: 
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Craig Bannister / CNSNews:
Pelosi Suffers 10-Second Mental Lapse On-Camera During Press Conference
Discussion: Redstate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and UPI
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now.
Discussion: National Review
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”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Twitter removes Trump campaign tribute to George Floyd claiming copyright complaint
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Four Texas GOP county leaders share racist Facebook posts, including one juxtaposing an MLK quote with a banana