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1. D.C. plans for massive protest

Washington, D.C., is preparing for a massive demonstration on Saturday, as protests continue across the United States and around the world in response to the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May. The city's police will prohibit vehicle traffic in much of Washington's downtown area, as thousands of protesters are expected to attend. Tensions remain high between police and protesters, though many of Friday night's demonstrations remained peaceful. Meanwhile, the Pentagon this week reportedly told the small group of National Guardsmen deployed to the capital who had been carrying guns to disarm, and the department also announced that all active-duty military forces on standby would be sent to their home bases. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made the decision to disarm the Guard without consulting the White House, The Washington Post reports. [The Washington Post, Reuters]

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2. Unemployment rate surprisingly declines to 13.3 percent

The Labor Department on Friday unexpectedly said the U.S. unemployment rate declined to 13.3 percent in May after rising to 14.7 percent in April. The report surprised economists who had been forecasting that the rate would increase to around 20 percent. The report showed 2.5 million jobs were added in May after 20.7 million were lost in April. All 50 states have started reopening their economies after shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Labor Department said "these improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April." The report pointed to "leisure and hospitality, construction, education and health services, and retail trade" as areas where employment "rose sharply." However, the report also included a note that a "misclassification error" occurred in April and May, indicating real unemployment would have been higher for both months. [The Washington Post, The New York Times]

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3. Minneapolis agrees to outlaw police chokeholds

Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban police chokeholds after negotiations with Minnesota's Department of Human Rights. The decision comes after a police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes last week; two autopsies found Floyd died from asphyxia "due to neck and back compression" by the officer. In the new agreement, chokeholds will be illegal and any police officer who witnesses an illegal use of force must intervene verbally or physically and immediately report the incident, or face disciplinary action. Three ex-police officers witnessed Floyd's death and have since been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The agreement to update chokehold policies in Minneapolis will require court approval. [The Associated Press]

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4. Biden locks up Democratic nomination

After several states, Washington, D.C., and Guam finished tallying Democratic primary votes this week, former Vice President Joe Biden has accrued enough delegates to clinch the party's presidential nomination, The Associated Press and CNN report. Biden has been the presumptive nominee since April, when his last remaining competitor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped out of the race, but he's now officially set to face President Trump in November's general election. Biden struggled in the primary's early stages, but a dominant performance in South Carolina — buoyed by the state's black voters — helped him rebound. “It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded, and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party,” Biden said in a statement Friday. [The Associated Press, CNN]

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5. Report: Trump to withdraw 9,500 troops stationed in Germany

President Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to permanently remove 9,500 of the 34,500 American troops stationed in Germany, The Wall Street Journal reports. A senior U.S. official said the move had been in the works since last September and was not related to recent disagreements between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But the official did say the decision is consistent with Trump's frustration over the fact that Germany, a key member of NATO, doesn't meet the alliance's goal of spending 2 percent of its GDP on defense. A senior German defense official said Berlin hasn't been formally notified of the decision. [The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times]

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6. Buffalo police team resigns to support officers who pushed over older man

Buffalo, New York's entire police emergency response team resigned on Friday in a show of support for two officers who were suspended after pushing over a 75-year-old man on Thursday. Video of the Buffalo Police Emergency Response team members pushing over the man showed blood running from his head; police walked past him but the man, a local peace activist, was later hospitalized. Two officers involved were suspended without pay, so "57 resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members," said Buffalo PBA president John Evans. The officers who stepped down are still on the Buffalo police force, but have left the special emergency response team. Evans said the officers were "simply following orders ... to clear the square" and the man "slipped." [The Buffalo News, Investigative Post]

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7. John Kelly agrees with Mattis' rebuke of Trump

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday said he agrees with former Defense Secretary James Mattis' recent denunciation of President Trump. Speaking with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in an interview, Kelly said "the partisanship has gotten out of hand." Mattis said earlier this week Trump "tries to divide us" and criticized Trump's call to involve the military in shutting down nationwide protests against police brutality. "I agree with [Mattis]," said Kelly, saying it's time to "look harder at who we elect" to examine their "character" and "ethics." Kelly also expressed disapproval of protesters this week being cleared out of Lafayette Square with pepper spray so Trump could walk to St. John's Church for a photo-op, saying he would have "recommended against it." [The Wall Street Journal, ABC News]

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8. Dow climbs more than 800 points after May's better-than-expected jobs report

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed more than 829 points on Friday following a jobs report that showed the unemployment rate surprisingly decline. The S&P 500 also jumped 2.6 percent. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate declined to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. While the unemployment rate remains high, it wasn't expected to decline at all in May, and economists were predicting around 20 percent unemployment. Friday marked the first time the Dow closed above 27,000 in three months, and Wall Street is close to January numbers recorded before the coronavirus pandemic affected the economy. The S&P 500 is reportedly close to recouping all of its 2020 losses. [CNBC, The Washington Post]

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9. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board and calls for a black candidate to replace him

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigned from the company's board Friday. Ohanian, the husband of Serena Williams who co-founded Reddit in 2005, announced his decision amid the nationwide protests and outrage over the killing of George Floyd. "It is long overdue to do the right thing," he said. "I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country." Ohanian said he has "urged" the company's board to pick a black candidate to fill his seat, and he's additionally pledged to use future gains on his Reddit stock "to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate," explaining that he's a father who "needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'" To start, he said he's donating $1 million to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. [Axios, The Week]

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10. Goodell says NFL was 'wrong,' encourages players to 'peacefully protest'

In response to demands from players this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league now encourages players to "speak out and peacefully protest." The statement comes several years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched a movement to kneel during the national anthem before games. The protest against police brutality deeply divided the league at the time, and Kaepernick has remained unsigned since the 2016 season. But Goodell said the league was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier." The reversal comes amid a wave of protests across the country, sparked by George Floyd's death while in police custody. Goodell said he is also personally protesting and wants "to be part of the change much needed change in this country." It's unclear if Goodell was specifically encouraging players to kneel. [The Wall Street Journal, ESPN]

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When Trump arrived to the Oval Monday, aides were already aware of his indignation over what was known by then as the "bunker story." He demanded to know from senior staff, including Meadows, Hicks & McEnany, who had leaked it. W/@Kevinliptakcnn
 
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Cities and states are beginning to offer free coronavirus testing as mass protests across the U.S. continue in the wake of George Floyd's death.
 
9:25 AM · Jun 6, 2020·TweetDeck

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Trump wanted to send in tanks.
 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley had 'shouting match with Donald Trump to force him to back down over sending in troops to clear Washington DC protesters

  • The president and the military’s most senior official General Mark Milley are said to have gotten into a fight in the Oval Office over Trump's demand for troops
  • Trump said he wanted to control protests by sending active military onto streets
  • Milley stood firm and said that the task was one for law enforcement, not soldiers
  • Soon after the argument, Trump managed to get Gen. Milley, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper to participate in a photo shoot across from White House
  • Moments before the shoot, peaceful protesters were moved from LaFayette park after being shot at with pepper bullets, smoke canisters and tear gas 
  • Trump secured photos of himself with Gen. Milley in uniform on street 
  • Both Milley and Esper claim they did not realize where they were being taken and claim they thought they were going to inspect National Guard Troops in the area
  • Milley and Esper have both released statements distancing themselves from the presidents show of force and Monday's walkabout 

By JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 

PUBLISHED: 02:06 EDT, 6 June 2020 | UPDATED: 04:34 EDT, 6 June 2020 

 

The nation's top military officer, General Mark Milley, got into a 'shouting match' with President Donald Trump earlier this week after the president spoke of his wish to end the country's riots and protests by sending in active military forces into American cities. 

A senior military official alleges the pair argued loudly before Trump finally backed down. 

Responding to Trump's request to have troops on the ground in major U.S. cities where riots and protests were taking place, Gen. Milley is said to have stayed firm, responding: 'I'm not doing that. That's for law enforcement.'

The protests in Washington were among those nationwide following the death of Floyd, a black man who died when a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. 

The President and the military’s most senior official General Mark Milley, pictured right, are said to have gotten into a fight in the Oval Office over Trump's demand for troops

The President and the military’s most senior official General Mark Milley, pictured right, are said to have gotten into a fight in the Oval Office over Trump's demand for troops

Trump said he wanted to control protests by sending active military onto streets but Milley stood firm and said that the task was one for law enforcement, not soldiers

Trump said he wanted to control protests by sending active military onto streets but Milley stood firm and said that the task was one for law enforcement, not soldiers

The official who is said to have overheard the argument told the New Yorker, ''We have a bully in the White House, and a bully needs a bully.'  

Milley is said to have stood up to his boss in the Oval Office on the subject of ordering troops out onto the street and suggested that the states should handle their own affairs alongside local law enforcement and the National Guard. 

But it seems Trump had a last laugh of sorts. Shortly afterwards, authorities ended up clearing protesters gathered outside the White House using tear gas so that Trump could hold a photo opportunity at a nearby church. 

Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper were sharply criticized for accompanying Trump on the walkabout but both have since attempted to suggest that they were unaware what the president had been planning and had been caught off-guard.

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The US' credibility has taken a dent over the past two weeks. Diplomats said the events at home were "scary" and "heartbreaking" to watch -- and undermined their mission. A State Department official said America's "moral standing is challenged."
 
11:28 AM · Jun 6, 2020·SocialFlow
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"Dent" doesn't begin to get it. America's standing and moral authority has completely collapsed under Trump. Recognizing that is the starting point for doing something about it.
 
11:39 AM · Jun 6, 2020·Twitter Web App
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Trump Claims That Wall Around White House Is to Prevent Staff from Quitting En Masse

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June 5, 2020
 

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Lashing out at critics who have charged him with building a wall around the White House to protect himself from peaceful protesters, Donald Trump claimed on Friday that the purpose of the wall is to prevent staffers from quitting en masse.

“The wall is not to keep people out. It’s to keep people in,” Trump angrily told reporters. “If anyone thinks he’s going to quit this White House, he’s going to have to climb over a ten-foot wall first.”

Trump added that he was considering invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 to put down further rebellions by the Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.

“Between the wall and the Insurrection Act, no one is getting out,” he said. “No one.”

Trump also dismissed reports that he had spent much of the week hiding under his desk.

“I have been inspecting the area under my desk,” he said. “There are no problems.”

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Two suspended Buffalo police officers were charged with second-degree assault Saturday amid outcry over video showing officers shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground.
 
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