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4:55 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: Digby's Hullabaloo, The Hill and 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 …
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
The New York Times Company:
James Bennet Resigns As Editorial Page Editor of The New York Times; Katie Kingsbury Named Acting Editorial Page Editor  —  The New York Times announced today that James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor since May, 2016, is resigning effective immediately.  The Times also announced …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor  —  “Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we've experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher.  —  James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Park Police spokesperson said it was a mistake to deny tear gas was used to clear Lafayette Square.  The acting chief then again denied using tear gas.  —  (CNN)A spokesperson for the US Park Police said Friday afternoon that the department had made a mistake by denying use of tear gas …
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
Jay Willis / The Appeal:
Minneapolis City Council Members Announce Intent To Disband The Police Department, Invest In Proven Community-Led Public Safety  —  The move follows the police killing of George Floyd and more than a week of uprisings, where hundreds of thousands of people around the world have protested …
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
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: Daily Kos and Florida Politics
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Bush, Romney and Colin Powell Won't Support Trump Re-Election
Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell: Trump has ‘drifted away’ from the Constitution
Discussion: Slate and The Guardian
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:
Protesters pack nation's capital
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse and Deadline
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Republican loyalty to Trump won't survive a November loss  —  History shows politicians put their self-interest above all else.  If the president is defeated, Republicans will be forced to reinvent themselves while leaving Trump behind.  —  The latest wave of polls continues to paint …
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: Axios
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Joe Biden will meet with George Floyd's family in Houston Monday
Discussion: 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.
Sky News:
George Floyd death: Police investigation as home secretary condemns ‘disgraceful’ toppling of slave trader statue  —  Thousands of protesters are again gathering in cities across the UK to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  —  Key points:  —  Labour MPs tweet support of slaver statue being toppled
Discussion: Truthout
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.
Mark Klekas / KUTV-TV:
Photos: Utah Marine veteran stands alone at Capitol with 'I can't breathe' covering mouth  —  SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) - In a one-man demonstration, a Utah Marine veteran stood outside the Utah State Capitol for more than three hours on Friday to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement …
George Floyd: London anti-racism protests leave 27 officers hurt  —  A total of 27 police officers were hurt during anti-racism protests in London, the Met Police has revealed.  —  Dame Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner, said the attacks were “shocking and completely unacceptable”.
Discussion: BBC, Breitbart, Instapundit and INSIDER
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: Vox, IJR, The Hill, Politico and Breitbart
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David Gelles / New York Times:
‘Corporate America Has Failed Black America’
Christopher Hooks / Texas Monthly:
Black Lives Matter Comes to Vidor—Yes, Vidor
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How Kamala Harris seized the moment on race and police reform
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden faces new hurdle: Winning as front-runner
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
David Martin / CBS News:
Trump demanded 10,000 active-duty troops deploy to streets in heated Oval Office meeting
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
Harry Enten / CNN:
Silent majorities are a misnomer
Juan Vidal / NPR:
Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem
Discussion: Curbed, Breitbart and Althouse