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3:20 PM ET, June 6, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Wall Street Journal:   Federal Agents Lacking Insignia in Protests Raise Accountability Concerns
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 …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester … All 57 officers on the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned from the tactical unit in support of two colleagues who were suspended for their involvement in shoving a 75-year-old protester on Thursday, The Buffalo News reports.
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Madison Carter / WKBW-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Two Buffalo Police ERT members say resignation was not in solidarity with suspended officers  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “It went bad.  It went bad.”  —  Two officers of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team spoke with 7 Eyewitness News under the condition their names not be used.
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR and Balloon Juice
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Buffalo Police Officers Plead Not Guilty Over Charges of Assaulting 75-Year-Old Protester  —  Aaron Torgalski, Robert McCabe were arraigned virtually Saturday; protester remains in serious condition in hospital  —  Two Buffalo, N.Y., police officers were charged with felony assault Saturday …
USA Today:
As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash  —  GUILFORD, Maine - President Donald Trump traveled to Maine Friday to tour a facility that makes medical swabs used for coronavirus testing, but the swabs manufactured …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Post
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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.
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: Raw Story, Daily Kos, The Daily Dot and WHYY
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Bob Brooks / 6abc:   Philadelphia staff inspector charged with assault, Delco. police leader under investigation after Facebook post
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: Raw Story and The Hill
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
Discussion: Fox News and Vox
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘Beautiful, peaceful and diverse’: Thousands of protesters flood streets near White House
Discussion: MSNBC, Common Dreams and New York Post
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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CNN:   Flash bangs and fury: Behind the fortress walls in a defining week for Trump and the country
The Guardian:
Ivanka Trump complains of ‘cancel culture’ after university cancels her speech  —  WSU Tech stops first daughter's commencement speech amid criticism of Donald Trump's response to George Floyd protests  —  Ivanka Trump has hit out at “cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination” …
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Josh Boak / Associated Press:
Anatomy of a political comeback: How Biden earned nomination  —  The former vice president came across as easily blindsided at debates.  The crowds at his presidential campaign speeches were far from stadium size.  Other Democratic candidates such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren …
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Washington Post:   Amid reopenings and street protests, coronavirus transmission remains high in much of the U.S.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Democrats discover a new team player: Bernie Sanders  —  Many Democratic leaders were irate in 2016 over what they saw as Bernie Sanders' failure to fully get behind Hillary Clinton and work hard to get her elected.  —  Four years later, they're heaping praise on the Vermont senator …
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Democratic Party of Guam:
For Immediate Release: June 6, 2020  —  Guam Democrats Choose …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Vox and Associated Press
New York Times:
How Trump's Demands for a Full House in Charlotte Derailed a Convention  —  After a high-stakes and public feud with Democratic officials in a state he won four years ago, Mr. Trump and the Republican officials are moving to largely shift convention proceedings to another state.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Drew Brees responds to Trump: ‘We must stop talking about the flag’ and focus on ‘real issues’  —  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Friday pushed back after President Trump said the football player should not have apologized for controversial statements against athletes who kneel during …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Wrap and Deadline
Brian Resnick / Vox:
What public health experts want critics to know about why they support the protests  —  Demonstrators take part in a protest in Chicago, Illinois, on June 1.  Chris Dilts/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images  —  “For black folks, their cost of not doing something is a lot greater than potentially getting a virus.”
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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Tom Roussey / WJLA-TV:
D.C. expects largest crowd yet for George Floyd protest on Saturday
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Matthew Haag / New York Times:
To Reach a Single A.T.M., a Line of Unemployed Stretches a Block
Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
US image takes a hit as world reacts to Floyd protests
Katie Rice / Orlando Sentinel:
Lawyer says ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin illegally voted in Florida, asks Aramis Ayala to pursue charges
Associated Press:
No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises
Jose Del Real / Washington Post:
Well-meaning white people are pouring out their hearts — and sending money — to their black friends
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump approves plan to withdraw one-third of U.S. troops from Germany
Discussion: The Hill
Ximena Bustillo / Politico:
Protests after Floyd's death reach rural America
Discussion: KTFT
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
Man who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.
Discussion: Instapundit
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's soulless nature has done the nation incalculable harm