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  • Vox writes about the combination of factors that have made these protests against racist police violence different: "Many are fed up. They need to direct their rage. They cannot live and suffer any longer as they once felt they had to."
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing mounting criticism over his handling of the looting and protests against police brutality that have rocked New York City.
  • Today's television content no one asked for: Piers Morgan and Rudy Giuliani yelling at each other.
  • The Daily Beast reports that Attorney General Bill Barr and a team of senior Justice Department officials "have quietly taken the lead" on disrupting the protests by trying to "make being anti-Trump look like terrorism."
  • We're in the middle of a pandemic and a historic series of police brutality marches, so Donald Trump thought this was the perfect time to seriously roll back environmental regulations.
  • Bandcamp has been waiving its fees on special days during the pandemic, and musicians are making way more money from that than from Spotify and the other streaming services.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowksi applauded former defense secretary Jim Mattis for speaking out about Trump's dangerous incompetence: “When I saw General Mattis’s comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up."
  • Reuters reports that an audit of thousands of old case files by Ukrainian prosecutors found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden.
  • The NYPD is reportedly using undercover cars, disguised as NYC yellow cabs, to monitor the protests.
  • Thousands of workers who have refused to return to the office because of fears about contracting coronavirus are being reported to the state by employers to have their unemployment benefits potentially revoked.
  • Vulture asks: what is the value of an anti-racism reading list, and who is it really for?
  • Westerman's fantastic debut album is out tomorrow—in the meantime, he taught Stereogum how to play his single "Blue Comanche."
  • And finally, one dog riding a pony, sure, that's no biggie—but TWO dogs riding a pony? Now I've seen everything.
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