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June 15, 2020
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“Trump, unmasked.”

In This Episode

Police kill Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta as Republicans in Congress balk at reform proposals, Trump moves the date of his Juneteenth MAGA rally even as some advisors suggest he attack the Black Lives Matter movement, and Covid cases rise in 22 states as the President pretends the pandemic is over. Then ACLU attorney Chase Strangio talks to Jon L. about the landmark Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowrey discusses his reporting on the nationwide protests.

Show notes

Police Reform

  • NYT: Floyd Protests Live Updates: Details of Atlanta Shooting Fuel Debate on Use of Force
  • CNN: Atlanta Police killing of Rayshard Brooks leads to officer’s firing and chief’s resignation
  • AJC: Atlanta police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks roils
  • CNBC: Republican senator on police reform: ‘We’re going to get to a bill that actually becomes law’
  • The Hill: Booker says GOP senator has told him qualified immunity is ‘on the table’ in Senate police reform bill
  • CBS News: Tim Scott says ending qualified immunity is “poison pill” in police reform bill
  • Reuters: Congressional Republican U.S. police reform plans delayed
  • CNN: Sen. Tim Scott says he’s not sure there will ever be a law establishing a use of force standard
  • USA Today: Sen. Tim Scott rejects key criminal justice proposals by Democrats, setting up Capitol Hill showdown on police conduct
  • Politico: McCarthy edges toward Democrats on police reform
  • Reuters: Exclusive: Most Americans, including Republicans, support sweeping Democratic police reform proposals – Reuters/Ipsos poll
  • PBS News: What’s in the Justice in Policing Act?
  • NPR: READ: Democrats Release Legislation To Overhaul Policing
  • Vox: Trump’s new recovery plan resists sweeping police reforms
  • Politico: Trump says he’s finalizing executive order on police reform
  • NYT: A discussion about how to reform policing.
  • NYT: N.Y. Bans Chokeholds and Approves Other Measures to Restrict Police
  • ABC News: Cities across US announce police reform following mass protests against brutality
  • New Yorker: How the Federal Government Can Reform the Police
  • The Guardian: US cities and states take moderate steps to reform police departments
  • AP: US Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force


  • NPR: Trump Reschedules Tulsa Campaign Rally ‘Out Of Respect’ For Juneteenth
  • WaPo: Trump reschedules Tulsa rally amid criticism over Juneteenth
  • Vox: Trump: “The concept of chokehold sounds so innocent, so perfect”
  • Daily Beast: Trump Goes After George Floyd Protesters and Lincoln’s ‘Questionable’ Legacy in Bizarre Fox News Interview
  • Politico: Oklahoma senator explains change in date of Trump rally 
  • JSTOR Daily: The Devastation of Black Wall Street
  • NBC News: White House divide on Floyd response, as some push Trump for tougher tactics
  • NYT: Health Care Advocates Push Back Against Trump’s Erasure of Transgender Rights
  • WaPo: Trump administration removes non-discrimination protections for transgender people in health care
  • NYT: Trump Administration Erases Transgender Civil Rights Protections in Health Care
  • HRC: The Real List of Trump’s “Unprecedented Steps” for the LGBTQ
  • NYT: Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions
  • WaPo: Trump tries to explain his slow and unsteady walk down a ramp at West Point
  • The Guardian: Trump lashes out after critics highlight unsteady walk down West Point ramp
  • Donald Trump Twitter
  • CNN: Trump addresses a socially-distanced West Point graduation
  • NYT: Trump Speaks at West Point Graduation Amid Tensions With Military Leaders
  • NBC News: Trump campaign declines to say if it will enforce CDC coronavirus guidelines at Tulsa rally
  • CNN: Trump campaign says it can’t be held liable if rally attendees contract coronavirus
  • Salon: Trump to accept GOP nomination in Jacksonville on anniversary of KKK’s “Ax Handle Saturday” attack
  • WaPo: The Daily 202: Trump poised to accept GOP nod in Jacksonville, Fla., on 60th anniversary of ‘Ax Handle Saturday’
  • NYT: Trump Will Give Convention Speech in Jacksonville, Capping a Dispute Over Safety
  • NYT: Coronavirus Cases Spike Across Sun Belt as Economy Lurches into Motion
  • AP: Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns
  • Vox: The new coronavirus spikes, explained
  • AP: Trump rally called ‘dangerous move’ in age of coronavirus 
  • The Detroit News: British study: Whitmer stay-home orders saved lives, perhaps tens of thousands
  • Mother Jones: COVID Spikes Aren’t About Demonstrations or Pool Parties, They’re About Trump’s Incompetence
  • NBC News: Fact check: Trump blames testing for spike in COVID-19 cases. Experts fault reopening of states.
  • CNN: Fauci says states should rethink reopenings if hospitalizations increase and urges Trump rally attendees to wear masks
  • ABC News: Coronavirus task force fades from view as Trump White House moves on
  • Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Still Has A Serious Shortage Of Personal Protective Equipment
  • NPR: Nursing Homes Run Short Of COVID-19 Protective Gear As Federal Response Falters