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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution  —  James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump's Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump's performance as president.
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Politico:
Republicans urge Trump to keep Esper  —  Senate Republicans have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Do not fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  —  GOP senators reaffirmed their support for Esper on Wednesday, hours after he broke with the president on sending in active-duty troops …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave
James Stavridis / TIME:
I Spent My Career in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Military Must Stand up for Its Soul in This Moment
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:   The dystopian Lincoln Memorial photo raises a grim question: Will they protect us, or will they shoot us?
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Senator's ‘Send In the Troops’ Op-Ed in The Times Draws Online Ire  —  Staff members at the newspaper, including a Pulitzer winner, denounced an opinion essay by Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, calling for a military response to protests.  —  “Country Braces for a 9th Straight Night of Unrest …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Tom Cotton / New York Times:
Send In the Troops  —  The nation must restore order.  The military stands ready.  —  Mr. Cotton, a Republican, is a United States senator from Arkansas.  —  This week, rioters have plunged many American cities into anarchy, recalling the widespread violence of the 1960s.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
New York Times Staffers in Open Revolt Over Tom Cotton's ‘Send in the Troops’ Column  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.  —  Staffers at The New York Times are in open revolt Wednesday …
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Looks at Electoral Map and Doesn't Like What It Sees  —  As polls show President Trump significantly trailing his rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., his campaign is spending heavily in states, like Ohio, that it had hoped would not be competitive at all this year.
Discussion: Raw Story, KTVZ-TV and Washington Post
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race  —  Republicans are rightly concerned about Arizona.  —  A new Fox News Poll finds the state shading blue — especially in the race for the U.S. Senate, where Democrat Mark Kelly bests incumbent Republican …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
Discussion: Axios
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr seeks to subdue D.C. protests by ‘flooding the zone’ with federal firepower  —  From an FBI command center in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood, Attorney General William P. Barr has orchestrated a stunning show of force on the streets of the nation's capital — a battalion of federal agents …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A dangerous new factor in an uneasy moment: Unidentified law enforcement officers  —  After more than a week of unrest, tensions in a number of major U.S. cities has eased.  The vandalism and looting that had often used large, peaceful protests as cover has faded; the eruption of violence at protests appears to be less common.
Discussion: Daily Kos
HuffPost:
William Barr's Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters
The Hill:
Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House
Discussion: DCist and Daily Kos
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Protesters' breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker  —  President Trump was rushed to a secure bunker in the White House on Friday evening after a group of protesters hopped over temporary barricades set up near …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump lacks the consent of the governed
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and Washington Post
Jay Caruso / Washington Examiner:   Details don't change reality: Trump's walk to St. John's Church was a cheap stunt
Associated Press:
Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Hill
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Joint Terrorism Task Force Charges Three Men Who Allegedly Sought To Exploit Protests In Las Vegas And Incite Violence
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Fascist Performance  —  Donald Trump thinks power looks like masked men in combat uniforms lined up in front of the marble columns of the Lincoln Memorial.  He thinks it looks like Black Hawk helicopters hovering so low over protesters that they chop off the tops of trees.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week.  There's evidence they did.
John Allen / Foreign Policy:
A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope  —  We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.  —  The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on June 1, 2020.  Remember the date.
Discussion: Fox News
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
BunkerBoy's Photo-Op War  —  Is this an authoritarian crackdown by Donald Trump or just another politicized spectacle?  —  On Tuesday morning, a day after Donald Trump crossed Lafayette Square for an awkward photo op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, I met an outraged Lutheran pastor there …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mike Baker / New York Times:
Another Man Who Said 'I Can't Breathe' Died in Custody.  An Autopsy Calls It Homicide.  —  Manuel Ellis of Tacoma, Wash., died in part as a result of how he was restrained, according to the medical examiner, who concluded that his death was a homicide.  —  SEATTLE — A black man who called out …
CNN:
Gun-toting members of the Boogaloo movement are showing up at protests  —  (CNN)Benjamin Ryan Teeter was at his home in Hampstead, N.C., when the call to action came.  It was an alert from the heart of the raging protests in Minneapolis, posted on an online forum by a fellow member of the Boogaloo movement …
Politico:
How bad will the jobs number be?  —  20 PERCENT UNEMPLOYMENT?  — As protests continue throughout the country over police brutality toward black Americans, it's worth remembering that we're still in the middle of a severe recession.  The monthly jobs numbers for May, which will be released Friday …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by Trump, failed to prevent healthy people from getting covid-19 in trial  —  The University of Minnesota enrolled health-care workers and others exposed to the disease in the first randomized prevention study of the drug  —  Hydroxychloroquine …
Discussion: CNBC, MinnPost and National Review
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Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Intelligence Official Helps Secure Bail for Molotov Cocktail-Throwing NYC Lawyer10 minutes ago
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
ABC News:
Renewed skepticism of law enforcement dims Klobuchar, Harris, Demings VP nod
Discussion: Politico, Florida Phoenix and NBC News
New York Times:
The Virus Closed His Bronx Jewelry Store. Then Looters Broke In.
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The NFL Is Suddenly Worried About Black Lives
Discussion: The Nation, Spectator USA and INSIDER
ABC News:
State Department inspector general fired by Trump defends record to lawmakers
Discussion: The Hill
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Infamous Pizzagater Jack Posobiec Pushed Hoax About Pipe Bombs Being Planted at Korean War Memorial
Associated Press:
‘Eyes are on you:’ Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Patrick Skinner / Washington Post:
I'm a cop. I won't fight a ‘war’ on crime the way I fought the war on terror.
 Earlier Items: 
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
De Blasio staffers demand ‘radical change from mayor’ in open letter: read full text
Reuters:
Obama Addresses Young People of Color: ‘You Matter’
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Mexican senator accidentally goes topless on Zoom meeting
Chris Arnold / NPR:
Millions Of Americans Skip Payments As Tidal Wave Of Defaults And Evictions Looms
Washington Post:
Sen. Paul acknowledges holding up anti-lynching bill, says he fears it would be wrongly applied
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Attorney General Keith Ellison to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck …