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Heather Long / Washington Post:
A ‘misclassification error’ made the May unemployment rate look better than it is.  Here's what happened.  —  When the U.S. government's official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major “error” indicating that the unemployment rate likely …
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr says he didn't give tactical order to clear protesters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give …
Discussion: IJR, New York Post and The Hill
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to dissociate himself from move on demonstrators outside Lafayette Square  —  Attorney General William P. Barr sought to dissociate himself Friday from police's move earlier this week to push back a crowd of largely peaceful demonstrators using horses and gas, claiming that he did not give the …
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and NPR
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:   A history lesson for Trump: Lafayette Square was once bordered by ‘slave pens’
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Trump's Public-Relations Army  —  Will the military allow the President to use it for political advantage?  —  The image of Donald Trump leading his advisers to St. John's Church may prove to be a defining one of his Presidency: Trump, passing through streets that had been cleared of protesters by tear gas …
Discussion: New York Times
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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Esper, Milley won't testify before House panel on military response to protests
Reuters:
Washington prepares for major protest as U.S. officials move to rein in police  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters are expected to gather in Washington for a huge demonstration on Saturday, its police chief said, as U.S. street marches over the killing of a black man in custody enter a 12th …
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Jason Owens / Yahoo Sports:   Roger Goodell: NFL admits ‘we were wrong’ on player protests, says ‘black lives matter’
George Conway / Washington Post:
The president's inhumanity is deeper than we knew  —  Just as crises can provide a test of anyone's character, they do so especially with presidents.  We stand burdened with watching a president fail his test, in cataclysmic fashion, and with the nation suffering the consequences.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has clinched a majority of delegates to the Democratic convention, locking up the party's presidential nomination, according to The Associated Press.  —  The AP now projects that Biden has won 1,993 delegates …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Associated Press:
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
Joe Biden:
On Winning a Majority of Delegates in the Democratic Presidential Primary
Discussion: Politico, IJR, Deadline and 444
Alan Ryland / POLITICUSUSA:   Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden
ABC News:
Biden wins delegates needed to clinch Democratic nomination
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans fear Trump may cost them Senate  —  Senate Republicans are feeling high anxiety over President Trump's aggressive response to nationwide civil unrest, which they fear is alienating middle-of-the-road voters who are crucial to keeping their majority after Nov. 3.
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Is the Crisis Putting the Republican Senate in Jeopardy?
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plans a ‘recovery summer’ message against a bleak backdrop
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and ABC News
Washington Post:
57 Buffalo officers resign from special squad over suspension of two who shoved 75-year-old  —  Fifty-seven members of the Buffalo Police Department resigned from a special squad Friday to protest the suspension of two officers shown on video shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground …
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Ali Ingersoll / Investigative Post:
Police crowd-control unit resigns in protest
Wall Street Journal:   Viral Videos From Protests Fuel Broader Debate Over Policing
Gabrielle Mannino / WCSH:
All swabs will be thrown out following Trump visit, Puritan says  —  As Trump touted increased manufacturing of the coronavirus testing swabs, all in-house during his visit will be thrown out.  —  GUILFORD, Maine — President Donald Trump visited Maine on Friday and toured the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford.
Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr:
Democrat John Hickenlooper Held in Contempt After Failing to Comply with Subpoena over Ethics Complaint  —  ShareTweetSubscribe to David Harris Jr!  —  John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado and current Democratic Senate candidate has been held in contempt by the Independent Ethics Commission …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Hickenlooper appears before ethics board after being held in contempt
Discussion: Breitbart
John Frank / The Colorado Sun:
John Hickenlooper violated Colorado's gift ban, state ethics commission rules
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 …
Cockburn / Spectator USA:
Why isn't Andrew Sullivan allowed to write his column? … What has happened to New York media?  Just as the New York Times was experiencing its own Inner Mongolia Moment over the now notorious Sen. Tom Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ op-ed, the Maoists at New York magazine were going after their best columnist, Andrew Sullivan.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia Police Inspector Joseph Bologna will face assault charges in the beating of a Temple student at a protest  —  A high-ranking Philadelphia police official will be charged with assault after video surfaced of him beating a Temple University student with a baton during a protest Monday along …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Daily Dot and WHYY
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
Man who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A community activist, who has worked for years to promote understanding between San Jose police and the public, was seriously injured by a riot gun in the George Floyd protest one week ago.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.  Either covid-19 cases will abruptly reverse their decline in some of America's largest cities, and we will know that they were seeded by the days of rage we are living through . . . or they won't.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 ― …
Discussion: Daily Kos, GovExec.com and Raw Story
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A ‘Glorious Poetic Rage’
Discussion: The Guardian and Mother Jones
Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Michigan Supreme Court Unanimously Sides with 77-Year-Old Barber over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer  —  In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court sided with 77-year-old barber Karl Manke over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday.  —  Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel …
Donald Trump / Reuters:
Donald Trump orders 9,500 US troops to leave Germany  —  White House says move due to more Nato defence spending, not tensions with Merkel  —  Donald Trump has ordered the US military to remove nearly 9,500 troops from Germany in a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the region.
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Ivanka Trump's commencement speech was canceled because social justice is a disease  —  Academia is where the absolute horror called “social justice” multiplies, so it was only predictable that White House adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president, would be the latest casualty of that sick ideology.
 
 
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Ximena Bustillo / Politico:
Protests after Floyd's death reach rural America
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Neil Irwin / New York Times:
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Glenn C. Loury / City Journal:
I Must Object  —  A rebuttal to Brown University's letter on racism in the United States
New York Times:
Urging Iran to ‘Make the Big Deal,’ Trump Ties Nuclear Negotiations to Election
Christopher Flannery / The American Mind:
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Politico:
Public health experts' shift from social distancing to social justice
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Pentagon War Game Includes Scenario for Military Response to Domestic Gen Z Rebellion
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Dear white people, please read ‘White Fragility’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Security Concerns Give the White House a Fortified New Look
Discussion: Mashable
Chad Sanders / New York Times:
I Don't Need ‘Love’ Texts From My White Friends
Jesse Pound / CNBC:
The recovery from the coronavirus sure looks V-shaped, going by these charts
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police
Discussion: The National Interest