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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Analysis: White House, Pentagon tensions near breaking point  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between the White House and Pentagon have stretched to near a breaking point over President Donald Trump's threat to use military force against street protests triggered by George Floyd's death.
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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.
CNN:
White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters  —  (CNN)The White House wanted to have 10,000 active duty troops on the streets of Washington and other cities earlier this week to quell protesters, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint of Chiefs …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
‘Vicious dogs’ versus ‘a scared man’: Trump's feud with Bowser escalates amid police brutality protests  —  The first night of major unrest in Washington had exploded in chaos on May 29, with protesters and Secret Service officers battling outside the White House.
Discussion: DCist and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Protesters pack nation's capital
Discussion: Althouse
WJLA-TV:   WATCH LIVE: Racial justice protest draws thousands to D.C.
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 …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:   Poll: 80 percent of voters say things are out of control in the U.S.
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 …
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 …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Chainsaw-wielding racist gets boosted by a top Trump aide as race protests sweep the nation  —  President Donald Trump and his allies for years have amplified racist messages on Twitter while simultaneously reaching out to black and Hispanic voters, a dissonant balancing act that's now rocking …
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)
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.
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 …
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.
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: Althouse and Breitbart
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Silent majorities are a misnomer  —  (CNN)A few days ago, President Donald Trump tweeted, “SILENT MAJORITY!” amid the recent protests.  The President may be hoping that there is a group of people who support him and his positions, yet aren't being captured by the popular zeitgeist.
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.
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How Kamala Harris seized the moment on race and police reform  —  Days before Kamala Harris launched her presidential campaign, a prominent law professor tore apart her record in a New York Times op-ed arguing that the California senator was not, as she defined herself, a “progressive prosecutor.”
USA Today:
Americans' perceptions of police drop significantly in one week as protests continue, survey finds  —  WASHINGTON - The perception of police by white Americans has dropped by double digits in just one week, as police continue to target peaceful protestors, bystanders and even journalists amid …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Trump Regime Is Beginning to Topple  —  Over the course of his presidency, Donald Trump has indulged his authoritarian instincts—and now he's meeting the common fate of autocrats whose people turn against them.  What the United States is witnessing is less like the chaos of 1968 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Washington Post:
White House almost completely surrounded by more than a mile of fencing  —  Protesters arriving in the nation's capital for the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations found the White House encircled by more than a mile of tall metal fencing.  —  The previous day, work crews had erected enough fencing …
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
Book Deals: Week of June 8, 2020  —  DEAL OF THE WEEK  —  Ballantine Won't ‘Forget’ Alcindor  —  Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, sold a memoir titled Don't Forget to Ballantine.  Sara Weiss won North American rights to the book, at auction, from the Gernert Company's Alia Hanna Habib.
CNN:
Ivanka Trump's commencement speech canceled over backlash to President's response to George Floyd's death  —  (CNN)Wichita State University Tech, an affiliate of Wichita State University in Kansas, canceled Ivanka Trump's virtual graduation speech amid backlash over President Donald Trump's response …
Sam Walker / Wall Street Journal:
When Violence Erupted, One Mayor Found All the Right Words  —  In a four-minute speech, Atlanta's Keisha Lance Bottoms implored rioters to go home.  It was a master class in constructive scolding.  —  On the evening of May 29, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms received word …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos  —  Police officers around the country have been responding with violence as demonstrators gather to protest the killing of George Floyd.  Much of this violence has been caught on video and has been instrumental in pushing authorities to hold officers accountable.
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Joe Biden / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Joe Biden: No one can stay silent.  No one can ignore injustice  —  In every corner of this country this weekend, George Floyd's words, which were the words of Eric Garner before him, are echoing from millions of voices in our streets and in our hearts.  —  “I can't breathe.”
 
 
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
The movement to defund police is based on nothing but lies
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Biden is facing a real enthusiasm problem in home state of Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jack Montgomery / Breitbart:
Abraham Lincoln Statue Vandalised and Scaled in London BLM Protests
Discussion: Sky News and Redstate
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Minneapolis mayor booed out of protest after reportedly refusing to defund police
Discussion: New York Times
Reuters:
'It's complicated', German minister says of ties with U.S.
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
De Blasio's Staff Taking to the Streets Over His Handling of George Floyd Protests
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Associated Press:
As Trump blames antifa, protest records show scant evidence
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Our National Catastrophe
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Mallika Kallingal / CNN:
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Madison Carter / WKBW-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Two Buffalo Police ERT members say resignation was not in solidarity with suspended officers
Discussion: Raw Story, Balloon Juice and NPR