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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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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 …
CNN:   Flash bangs and fury: Behind the fortress walls in a defining week for Trump and the country
New York Times:   Milley, America's Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle
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 …
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.
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Reuters:
Washington prepares for major protest as U.S. officials move to rein in police
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Live updates: Nation braces for another day of protests; N.C. flags at half-staff for George Floyd
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and UPI
Tom Roussey / WJLA-TV:
D.C. expects largest crowd yet for George Floyd protest on Saturday
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
This movement is not anarchy. It could push America to be a better nation.
Discussion: CityLab
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?  —  It's a question as obvious as it is critical: How will the trio of crises—the pandemic, the economy, the demands for racial justice—affect the 2020 race for the White House.  But in Washington, there are other implications …
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  —  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, Fox News and NPR
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 …
Discussion: ABC News
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Vox and Associated Press
Democratic Party of Guam:
For Immediate Release: June 6, 2020  —  Guam Democrats Choose …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Associated Press:
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
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 …
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Bob Brooks / 6abc:   Philadelphia staff inspector charged with assault, Delco. police leader under investigation after Facebook post
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.
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USA Today:   As Trump touts increased production, coronavirus swabs made during his Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's soulless nature has done the nation incalculable harm  —  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.
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 …
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
Jose Del Real / Washington Post:
Well-meaning white people are pouring out their hearts — and sending money — to their black friends  —  Parker Gillian laughed the first time a white co-worker sent her money unprompted.  It was all she could do.  —  Since protests erupted last week over the death of George Floyd …
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 …
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.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
As Trump Rekindles N.F.L. Fight, Goodell Sides With Players  —  The president tweeted to say it was disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other players began doing in 2016 to protest racial injustice.  N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell then said the league supported players peacefully protesting.
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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 …
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Federal immigration agents detain Floyd protester in NYC  —  A video posted on social media Friday shows a group of federal immigration officials detaining a protester at a George Floyd rally in New York City.  One of the officials is seen wearing a vest labeled “HSI police,” a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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 …
Brian Resnick / Vox:
Protesting during a pandemic is a risk.  Many have decided it's worth it.  —  “For black folks, their cost of not doing something is a lot greater than potentially getting a virus.”  —  As someone with asthma, Meredith Blake was very worried about getting sick in the pandemic.
Discussion: WTOP and The Dispatch
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump approves plan to withdraw one-third of U.S. troops from Germany  —  President Trump has signed off on a plan to permanently withdraw up to one-third of about 34,500 U.S. troops currently based in Germany, bringing the total down to no more than 25,000, according to U.S. officials.
 
 
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Associated Press:
No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises
Washington Post:
Amid reopenings and street protests, coronavirus transmission remains high in much of the U.S.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Bail Revoked for Attorneys Charged with Molotov Cocktail Attack on NYPD
Discussion: HotAir, The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Flannery / The American Mind:
The 1619 Riots  —  Our elites seek a new nation conceived in violence.
Donald Trump / Reuters:
Donald Trump orders 9,500 US troops to leave Germany
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.
Discussion: Instapundit
Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr:
Democrat John Hickenlooper Held in Contempt After Failing to Comply with Subpoena over Ethics Complaint
Discussion: Denver Post and Breitbart
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Security Concerns Give the White House a Fortified New Look
Discussion: Mashable
Jesse Pound / CNBC:
The recovery from the coronavirus sure looks V-shaped, going by these charts