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Washington Post:
Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence is an unforgivable betrayal of his office  —  THERE ARE no doubt thousands of people in federal prison who deserved a presidential commutation more than Roger Stone.  But after President Trump's intervention on Friday, Mr. Stone will serve none of his prison sentence.
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Stone Walks Free in One of the Greatest Scandals in American History  —  Roger Stone's best trick was always his upper-class-twit wardrobe.  He seemed such a farcical character, such a Klaxon-alarm-from-a-mile-away goofball—who could take him seriously?  —  Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen: They had tradecraft.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Mitt Romney Slams Donald Trump's Commutation For Roger Stone: ‘Historic Corruption’25 minutes ago
Discussion: Bloomberg, Redstate and Axios
Lawfare:
Trump's Aberrant Pardons and Commutations
Discussion: Bloomberg, Reason and Washington Post
New York Times:
Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced
William Kristol / The Bulwark:   The Filthy Air  —  Trump gives Roger Stone his Get Out of Jail Free card.
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr.
Jeremy Kohler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Portland Place couple who confronted protesters have a long history of not backing down  —  ST. LOUIS — When Black Lives Matter protesters marched up Kingshighway on June 28 and turned through an iron gate into the magnificent private street of Portland Place, they encountered a couple who have for years …
Discussion: Quiz Category
Gerald Tracy / WOAI:
‘I thought this was a hoax’: Patient in their 30s dies after attending ‘COVID party’  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI/KABB) - A patient in their 30s died from the coronavirus after attending what is known as a “COVID party,” according to health care officials.  Chief Medical Officer …
Christine Byers / KSDK-TV:
McCloskeys served with search warrant, police take rifle shown in viral pictures  —  Sources told 5 On Your Side police seized one of the weapons, the rifle, from the couple and they told police their attorney has the pistol seen in photos.  —  ST. LOUIS — 5 On Your Side …
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Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Missouri couple who defended home have rifle seized during police search: report  —  There was no immediate indication the McCloskeys were arrested or charged with a crime  —  Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey …
Discussion: Redstate, Breitbart, Twitchy and Townhall
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum  —  New York (CNN Business)Editor's note: This article quotes racist, homophobic and sexist language, much of which has not been censored.  —  The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson …
New York Times:
'I Don't Want to Go Back': Many Teachers Are Fearful and Angry Over Pressure to Return  —  Teachers say crucial questions about how schools will stay clean, keep students physically distanced and prevent further spread of the virus have not been answered.  —  Many of the nation's 3.5 million …
Discussion: NPR, The Daily Caller, Deadline and KTLA
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CNN:
Democrats, it's too soon to cheer Trump's defeat  —  Opinion by Arick Wierson and Bradley Honan  —  Arick Wierson, who writes frequently for CNN Opinion, is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and a former senior media adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Discussion: Sputnik News and Instapundit
USA Today:
‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag  —  WASHINGTON - Weeks before President Donald Trump accepts his party's nomination, cracks are deepening within the party as a host of GOP lawmakers distance themselves from the Republican standard bearer …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
White House insiders are worried that ‘unhinged conspiracy theorists’ are being given more and more powerful roles at the Pentagon  —  'It's like these individuals are living in a complete alternate reality,' one source told me, adding that the idea of such people still serving in government was ‘terrifying’
Discussion: IJR and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
'I Couldn't Do Anything': The Virus and an E.R. Doctor's Suicide  —  Dr. Lorna Breen was unflappable — until she faced a new enemy.  —  On an afternoon in early April, while New York City was in the throes of what would be the deadliest days of the coronavirus pandemic …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Had Coronavirus After Network Documented His Recovery  —  An NBC medical expert who was brought on air nearly a dozen times to detail his struggle with COVID-19 never had the virus, he revealed this week.  —  After believing he had the coronavirus in spite …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Rating changes: Democratic control of Senate more likely because of Trump  —  Alaska, South Carolina seats in play; McSally an underdog  —  ANALYSIS — After Donald Trump's unexpected victory in 2016, there's a temptation to avoid making political projections.  But one election result shouldn't cause us to ignore the data.
Discussion: The Guardian
Sonny Soleil / WTF Florida?:
Commissioner who Voted Against Masks in Critical Condition with COVID-19  —  St. Augustine (WTFF) - St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron caught the coronavirus and went into septic shock after voting against a motion to mandate masks for county employees last week.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Georgia.  Ohio.  Texas.  Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He's Being Cautious).  —  This election, some Democrats argue, offers the party the provocative possibility of a new path to the presidency, even as others warn against overconfidence.  —  WASHINGTON — With President Trump's poll numbers sliding …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Jonathan Karl / Washington Post:
It's the duty of the White House press secretary to hold briefings.  But not like this.  —  Jonathan Karl, the author of “Front Row at the Trump Show,” covers the White House for ABC News and is president of the White House Correspondents' Association.  —  On the Monday following President …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
New York City's Transit System Faces Unprecedented Financial Reckoning  —  Chairman Patrick Foye says the only way the MTA can avoid drastic measures is to secure $3.9 billion in federal coronavirus bailout funds  —  The nation's largest transit system teeters on the edge …
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
HATE CRIME HOAX: Student Claims He Found Racist Notes On His Car.  Police Say He Wrote Them.  —  In late June, Texas A&M University student Isaih Martin made headlines after he said he found racist notes on the windshield of his car.  —  Martin posted a picture of the notes to his Twitter page …
Discussion: TheBlaze and The College Fix
Politico:
Trump allies push for a new campaign opening act: Michael Flynn  —  Four years ago, Michael Flynn, an intelligence officer with a three-decade military career, became a MAGA star introducing Donald Trump at raucous campaign rallies.  —  Now, after a prolonged battle against what Trump's biggest supporters …
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Pit D.C. Against Congress  —  Ballot initiative to decriminalize some hallucinogenic substances is likely to go to voters this fall, but federal lawmakers might intervene if it passes  —  WASHINGTON—District of Columbia residents are likely to vote this fall …
Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots  —  More than 1,500 buildings suffered damage in the unrest after George Floyd's death.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz's request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged …
Discussion: Redstate
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
Expert warns the US is approaching ‘one of the most unstable times in the history of our country’  —  (CNN)With rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations sending many states backward in their reopening plans, one health expert warns that if the US continues on its current path it will reach …
Associated Press:
Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression …
Politico:
When Val Demings Stood by Police Officers Accused of Excessive Force  —  An 84-year-old World War II veteran named Daniel Daley broke his neck outside a Florida bar after being slammed to the ground by an Orlando police officer young enough to be his grandson.  It happened in 2010, after Daley left his car in the wrong parking lot.
Associated Press:NEW!
Mail carrier in West Virginia pleads guilty to attempted election fraud  —  ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia postal carrier has pleaded guilty to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.  —  Thomas Cooper entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Elkins.
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Commuting Stone's Sentence, Trump Goes Where Nixon Would Not   Find
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Pit D.C. Against Congress   Find
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Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
New York City's Transit System Faces Unprecedented Financial Reckoning   Find
 
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Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
New Friday Night Justice Department Shake-Up Installs Barr Deputy in Brooklyn15 minutes ago
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Sessions vies for Senate comeback in race shadowed by Trump
U.S. Mission China / U.S. Embassy & Consulates …:
Security Alert - Heightened Risk of Arbitrary Detention
Discussion: Bloomberg
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Interview: Pence declares only Trump can save America and its history from the mob
Discussion: Redstate, The Hill and Breitbart
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Wosen / San Diego Union-Tribune:
More viruses will jump from animals to people, San Diego Zoo says. Can we catch them?
New York Times:
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
The Students Are Victims of Fraud, but the Government Won't Help
 Earlier Items: 
Kimberly Wehle / Politico:
Actually, the Supreme Court Just Gave Congress a Big Win
Discussion: Raw Story
Allison Gordon / CNN:
Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks
Discussion: Mediaite and HillReporter.com
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Despite hopes that it would, summer weather has not stopped virus's spread in the U.S.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump confirms, in an interview, a U.S. cyberattack on Russia
Discussion: New York Post, Fox News and Lawfare
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Police sergeant arrested, accused of kidnapping contractor and extorted him for a refund …
Discussion: Law & Crime
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Oops, Never Mind
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
‘You cannot fight the pandemic with lies’ — Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger
NBC News:
Concern over turnout was factor in postponing Trump rally, GOP advisers say
Discussion: MSNBC and Mediaite