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1:40 PM ET, June 7, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: TheStreet
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
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: 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
CBS News:   Transcript: Condoleezza Rice discusses race on “Face the Nation,” June 7, 2020
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Bush, Romney and Colin Powell Won't Support Trump Re-Election  —  Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won't support Mr. Trump's re-election.  Colin Powell will vote for Joe Biden, and other G.O.P. officials may do the same.  —  WASHINGTON — It was one thing in 2016 …
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
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Mayor Muriel Bowser says Trump's response to protests brought out more demonstrators  —  The Washington, D.C., mayor appeared on ABC's “This Week.”  —  President Donald Trump's comments and federal response to the recent George Floyd protests encouraged more people to demonstrate this weekend …
Sky News:
George Floyd death: Police investigation as home secretary condemns ‘disgraceful’ toppling of slave trader statue
Discussion: Truthout
Sabrina Moreno / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Protesters pull down Confederate statue in Richmond's Monroe Park  —  1 of 32  —  Update 10:45 p.m.: Protesters toppled a Confederate statue from its pedestal in Monroe Park on Saturday night.  —  After a day and evening of peaceful protests and marches in Richmond and its suburbs …
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Associated Press:
Protesters topple Confederate statue in Virginia capital
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Live updates: President Trump announces he has ordered National Guard to begin withdrawing …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Atlantic
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 …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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.
Associated Press:
A force trained to safeguard peaceful protests turns on them  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Few have watched how the U.S. Park Police deals with protesters for as long and as closely as Ellen Thomas, an anti-nuclear activist who anchored a continuous sit-in vigil day and night on the pavement in front of the White House over two decades.
Discussion: Breitbart and Digby's Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Protesters pack nation's capital  —  More than 10,000 people poured into the nation's capital on the ninth day of protests over police brutality, but what awaited this sprawling crowd — the largest yet in Washington — was a city that no longer felt as if it was being occupied by its own country's military.
Discussion: Althouse and Deadline
Washington Post:
‘Vicious dogs’ versus ‘a scared man’: Trump's feud with Bowser escalates amid police brutality protests
Discussion: DCist and Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: The Crime Report
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.
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, Curbed and Althouse
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 …
David French / The Dispatch:
American Racism: We've Got So Very Far to Go  —  And the journey must continue step-by-step.  —  2 hr  —  Today let's dive into one of the toughest questions of our religious, cultural, and political lives.  While we write and print millions of words about race in America …
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Christopher Hooks / Texas Monthly:
Black Lives Matter Comes to Vidor—Yes, Vidor
San Francisco Chronicle:
California lawmakers need federal bailout to plug budget holes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
USA Today:
After Floyd killing, we need a truth and reconciliation commission on race and policing
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Has ‘America First’ Become ‘Trump First’? Germans Wonder
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Walker / Wall Street Journal:
When Violence Erupted, One Mayor Found All the Right Words
Harry Enten / CNN:
Silent majorities are a misnomer
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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