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3:55 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
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
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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.
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 …
ABC News:
Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester  —  The push was caught on camera.  —  Two Buffalo, New York, police officers are now facing criminal charges in connection with the graphic caught-on-video shove of a 75-year-old man during a protest, prosecutors said.
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 …
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 …
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Gabrielle Mannino / WCSH:   All swabs will be thrown out following Trump visit, Puritan says
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
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
CNN:
Flash bangs and fury: Behind the fortress walls in a defining week for Trump and the country  —  Washington (CNN)On Monday, the percussive bang of flash grenades echoed in the Rose Garden and an acrid odor from chemical dispersant wafted over a presidential photo opportunity.
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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Trump's Public-Relations Army
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:   Trump's bad break ups: Mattis is the latest official to go from hero to zero in the president's telling
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” …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
‘Beautiful, peaceful and diverse’: Thousands of protesters flood streets near White House  —  WASHINGTON — Thousands of people gathered outside Washington D.C. monuments and the White House on Saturday protesting the killing of George Floyd, years of unanswered calls for police reform …
Discussion: MSNBC, Common Dreams and New York Post
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Reuters:
Washington prepares for major protest as U.S. officials move to rein in police
Discussion: CNN
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: Fox News and Vox
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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
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Scientists funded by Zuckerberg sent him a letter calling Facebook's practices ‘antithetical’ to his philanthropic mission  —  More than 140 scientists funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urged Mark Zuckerberg to enforce stricter policies around the spread of misinformation and incitements to violence.
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 …
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.”
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.
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
US image takes a hit as world reacts to Floyd protests  —  American diplomats are facing a tough challenge defending U.S. values as violent clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters dominate headlines around the world.  —  Meanwhile, President Trump's calls to “dominate” …
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
The Texas Tribune:
Conspiracy theories and racist memes: How a dozen Texas GOP county chairs caused turmoil within the party  —  On Friday morning, five GOP county chairs were facing backlash for sharing racist social media posts.  The Texas Tribune identified seven other GOP county chairs across the state who shared similar posts.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful  —  The author of Between the World and Me on why this isn't 1968, the Colin Kaepernick test, police abolition, nonviolence and the state, and more.  —  The first question I asked Ta-Nehisi Coates during our recent conversation on The Ezra Klein Show was broad …
Associated Press:
No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At the end of one of his most turbulent weeks in office, President Donald Trump was eager on Friday to boast of a better than expected jobs report to argue the country is poised for a booming recovery.
 
 
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
AOC supports Defund the Police demands in wake of George Floyd's death
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
John Lewis's ‘good trouble’ of the 1960s resonates for today's protests for racial justice
Jeff McCausland / NBC News:
General Mattis' statement on Trump reveals America's constitutional crisis
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
Katie Rice / Orlando Sentinel:
Lawyer says ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin illegally voted in Florida, asks Aramis Ayala to pursue charges
Washington Post:
Amid reopenings and street protests, coronavirus transmission remains high in much of the U.S.
 Earlier Items: 
Jose Del Real / Washington Post:
Well-meaning white people are pouring out their hearts — and sending money — to their black friends
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Trump approves plan to withdraw one-third of U.S. troops from Germany
Discussion: The Hill
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Federal immigration agents detain Floyd protester in NYC
Ximena Bustillo / Politico:
Protests after Floyd's death reach rural America
Discussion: KTFT
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's soulless nature has done the nation incalculable harm