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12:40 PM ET, June 7, 2020


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Detroit Free Press:
Joe Biden has doubled his lead over Donald Trump in Michigan, poll says  —  LANSING — Former Vice President Joe Biden has increased his lead over President Donald Trump to 12 percentage points in Michigan, where voters are unhappy with Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.
Discussion: Axios
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: 80 percent of voters say things are out of control in the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Eight out of 10 voters believe that things are out of control in the United States, with majorities still concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, pessimistic about the economy returning to normal …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and The Hill
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Are More Troubled by Police Actions in Killing of George Floyd Than by Violence at Protests, Poll Finds  —  Eighty percent feel country is spiraling out of control, according to Wall Street Journal/NBC poll  —  WASHINGTON—Americans by a 2-to-1 margin are more troubled by the actions …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Vote for Trump?  These Republican Leaders Aren't on the Bandwagon  —  Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won't support Mr. Trump's re-election, and other G.O.P. officials are mulling a vote for Joe Biden.  —  WASHINGTON — It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Colin Powell says he will vote for Biden over Trump  —  Former Secretary of State and retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell said on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that he will be voting for Joe Biden in November, rebuking President Trump as a liar and claiming he has “drifted away” from the Constitution.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell: Trump has ‘drifted away’ from the Constitution  —  Washington (CNN)Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Donald Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution, adding to a growing list of former top military officials who have strongly criticized …
Discussion: New York Post
CBS News:
Transcript: Attorney General Bill Barr on “Face the Nation,” June 7, 2020  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with Attorney General Bill Barr that aired Sunday, June 7, 2020, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: A senior administration official told our CBS' David Martin …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY, The Hill and Mediaite
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice urges Trump to “put tweeting aside for a little bit”  —  Washington — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged President Trump to take a break from Twitter and focus instead on fostering dialogue with the American people amid the swelling movement in support of racial justice and ending police brutality.
CBS News:
Transcript: Condoleezza Rice discusses race on “Face the Nation,” June 7, 2020  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that aired Sunday, June 7, 2020, on “Face the Nation.”  —  RICE: People are a little bit sick and tired of being sick and tired …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bonfire of Trump's Vanity  —  George Floyd.  Say his name.  —  WASHINGTON — My mom always spelled out I Street as Eye Street when she addressed mail there, so it wouldn't be confusing.  —  Last Saturday night, the eyes of the world were on Eye Street, where The Times's office is located …
Washington Post:
‘Vicious dogs’ versus ‘a scared man’: Trump's feud with Bowser escalates amid police brutality protests
Discussion: DCist and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Protesters pack nation's capital
Discussion: Althouse and Deadline
David Martin / CBS News:
Trump demanded 10,000 active-duty troops deploy to streets in heated Oval Office meeting  —  In a heated and contentious debate in the Oval Office last Monday morning, President Trump demanded the military put 10,000 active duty troops into the streets immediately, a senior administration official told CBS News.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:   Analysis: White House, Pentagon tensions near breaking point
CNN:   White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Exclusive: DC National Guard Commander says additional forces could leave capital as early as Monday
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and New York Post
Associated Press:
Protesters topple Confederate statue in Virginia capital  —  The statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham lies on the ground after protesters pulled it down Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Monroe Park in Richmond, Va. The statue had stood in the park since 1891.  (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Discussion: Axios
Sabrina Moreno / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Protesters pull down Confederate statue in Richmond's Monroe Park
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Emily Bloch / Florida Times Union:
Jacksonville-area Naval Academy alumni board member resigns after accidentally broadcasting racial slurs  —  Scott Bethmann, a now-former Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees member, resigned from his position Saturday after an accidental Facebook Live video broadcast …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Joe Biden to Meet With George Floyd's Family Ahead of Funeral  —  Mr. Biden will travel to Houston on Monday to offer his condolences to the family of Mr. Floyd, whose killing touched off nationwide protests over police brutality against black Americans.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. will travel …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Acting DHS secretary claims no ‘systemic racism problem’ with law enforcement  —  In response to Wolf, Rep. Val Demings said, “We have a lot of work to do.”  —  As protests of police brutality continue across the country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and The Hill
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What's a journalist supposed to be now — an activist?  A stenographer?  You're asking the wrong question.  —  With the country in turmoil over racial injustice, a public health crisis and devastating job losses, it should be no surprise that journalists are caught up in the tumult.
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
A Daughter Is Beheaded, and Iran Asks if Women Have a Right to Safety  —  The killing of a 14-year-old girl in Iran has shaken the country and forced an examination of its failure to protect women and children.  —  Before he beheaded his 14-year-old daughter with a farming sickle, Reza Ashrafi called a lawyer.
Craig R. McCoy / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Stan Wischnowski resigns as The Philadelphia Inquirer's top editor  —  Stan Wischnowski, the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has announced his resignation, days after discontent among the newspaper's staff erupted over a headline on a column about the impact of the civil unrest following …
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
Pittsburgh paper accused of barring black reporters from covering protests, censoring stories  —  Photojournalist Michael Santiago was part of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette team that in 2019 won the paper a Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest accolade, for its breaking news coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden faces new hurdle: Winning as front-runner  —  Joe Biden is suddenly a clear favorite in the general election battle against President Trump given rising poll numbers nationally and in key swing states, meaning he must now figure out how to run as a front-runner.
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
New York Times:
How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts  —  Half a decade after a spate of officer-involved deaths inspired widespread protest, many police unions are digging in to defend members.  —  Over the past five years, as demands for reform have mounted in the aftermath …
Juan Vidal / NPR:
Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem  —  One of my favorite passages from Black Boy, Richard Wright's poetic and searing memoir, which turns 75 this year, goes like this: … Black Boy traces Wright's development from a troubled youth who encountered bigotry daily in the Jim Crow-era American South …
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
USA Today:
After Floyd killing, we need a truth and reconciliation commission on race and policing  —  The instinct for many Americans with deeply felt grievances is to rage.  Decades of protests — many peaceful, some violent — have yielded insufficient progress in the quest for better relations between the police and those who are policed.
NBC News:
In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up  —  About 200 protesters came to Sugarman's Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.  —  Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
California lawmakers need federal bailout to plug budget holes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Has ‘America First’ Become ‘Trump First’? Germans Wonder
David French / The Dispatch:
American Racism: We've Got So Very Far to Go
Phillip Morris / National Geographic:
To enact change in the world, we must protest
Discussion: ABC News
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How Kamala Harris seized the moment on race and police reform
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Trump Regime Is Beginning to Topple
Discussion: The Mahablog
Sam Walker / Wall Street Journal:
When Violence Erupted, One Mayor Found All the Right Words
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Minneapolis mayor booed out of protest after reportedly refusing to defund police
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Harry Enten / CNN:
Silent majorities are a misnomer
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
Book Deals: Week of June 8, 2020
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
De Blasio's Staff Taking to the Streets Over His Handling of George Floyd Protests
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Washington Post:
White House almost completely surrounded by more than a mile of fencing
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
As Trump blames antifa, protest records show scant evidence
Discussion: Fox News