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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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters' Aggressive Response in D.C.  —  The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military's response to unrest in the city.  —  WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials ordered National Guard helicopters …
New York Times:   Milley, America's Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle
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 and NPR
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:   A history lesson for Trump: Lafayette Square was once bordered by ‘slave pens’
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?  —  If you look at history, Trump isn't the only politician who the crisis could take down.  —  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  It's a question as obvious as it is critical: How will the trio of crises—the pandemic, the economy …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump plans a ‘recovery summer’ message against a bleak backdrop
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Democrats discover a new team player: Bernie Sanders  —  After criticizing his role in 2016, top Democrats are heaping praise on Sanders and his top brass for working overtime to get Joe Biden elected.  —  Then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters in Michigan during a March rally.
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Vox and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
Alan Ryland / POLITICUSUSA:   Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden
ABC News:   Biden wins delegates needed to clinch Democratic nomination
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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Washington Post:
In protests against police brutality, videos capture more alleged police brutality  —  Police in riot gear were marching across a mostly empty plaza in Buffalo when two officers shoved a lone 75-year-old man who stood in their way.  He fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and WGRZ-TV
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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
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.
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
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
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.
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Don't Lose the Thread.  The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand.  —  A rip in the fabric of the economy won't be healed easily, and denial of the severity of the crisis won't solve it.  —  Despite it all — a nation on edge, with an untamed pandemic and convulsive protests …
Glenn C. Loury / City Journal:
I Must Object  —  A rebuttal to Brown University's letter on racism in the United States  —  Last week, in the aftermath of the national fury that has erupted, and continues, over the apparent killing by a Minneapolis police officer of a black man, George Floyd, while he was being taken into custody …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ximena Bustillo / Politico:
Protests after Floyd's death reach rural America
Discussion: KTFT
New York Times:
Urging Iran to ‘Make the Big Deal,’ Trump Ties Nuclear Negotiations to Election
Christopher Flannery / The American Mind:
The 1619 Riots  —  Our elites seek a new nation conceived in violence.
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
Donald Trump / Reuters:
Donald Trump orders 9,500 US troops to leave Germany
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Dear white people, please read ‘White Fragility’
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Federal Agents Release Coronavirus Masks Seized From Black Lives Matter Protesters
Discussion: Daily Kos, GovExec.com and Raw Story