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After TPM’s reporting this week, the Trump administration has reversed course and will not bail on five COVID testing sites in Texas as the pandemic surges there.

Guardians Not Warriors

Five years ago, former cop Seth Stoughton wrote one of the best things we’ve ever published at TPM. It was on point, expert yet accessible, and very timely. Now he’s back, with co-author Karen Collins Rice, with a new piece on the need to dramatically change police culture to embrace the guardian ethos.

Important Read

A former FEMA administrator tells us that the Trump administration’s approach on closing testing sites as hotspots flare is, to use the technical term, “dumb.”

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A TPM reader whose name I will withhold checks in with a reminder on the chaos COVID-19 has unleashed within the criminal justice system. Trump ousting Berman and appointing someone with no prosecutorial experience is bad. Doing it in the middle of the pandemic? Give this a read:

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Berman Out … For Real This Time

Nearly 24 tumultuous hours after this latest DOJ saga began, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman has now stepped down.

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Just a quick note on the statement the attorney general put out this afternoon announcing that President Trump has indeed now fired the U.S. attorney in Manhattan:

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First Amendment Showdown

The Justice Department’s extraordinary effort to block the publication of John Bolton’s book goes before a judge for the first time at the top of the hour. Full coverage of the hearing right here.

Justice In The Balance

Incredibly important oral arguments before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals going on right now in the Mike Flynn case.

Schlock And Awe

The Washington Post has produced a new in-depth video analysis of the violent effort to clear the way for President Trump’s infamous photo op at St. John’s church one week ago this evening:

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TPM Reader EC ponders the real meaning of Trump’s retaliatory executive order against Twitter:

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