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1:15 AM ET, July 11, 2020

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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and Politico
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New York Times:
Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced  —  The president's friend had been convicted of impeding a congressional inquiry that threatened Mr. Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday …
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr.  —  Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.  —  Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
The Filthy Air  —  Trump gives Roger Stone his Get Out of Jail Free card.  —  Of course Donald Trump would have preferred to wait until November 3 to commute Roger Stone's sentence.  But Stone had let it be known that he might talk if he had to set foot in prison for even a short time.
Politico:
Trump commutes prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone  —  President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone, who was found guilty of seeking to thwart congressional and FBI investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Fox News:
Trump expected to commute Roger Stone sentence, days before prison term set to begin  —  Roger Stone told Fox News he is ‘praying’ for Trump to intervene ahead of his prison sentence.  —  President Trump is expected to announce that he will commute Roger Stone's sentence …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:   CREW Statement on Roger Stone Commutation
Wall Street Journal:   President Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone
Washington Post:
Trump commutes sentence of confidant Roger Stone who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Concern over turnout was factor in postponing Trump rally, GOP advisers say  —  WASHINGTON — Well before the call was made to postpone President Donald Trump's Saturday re-election rally in New Hampshire, the warning lights were flashing red: There were no signs of the typical throngs …
Discussion: MSNBC and Mediaite
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Los Angeles Times:
Trump scrubs rally as campaign struggles to reboot
Discussion: Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Says He ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, but White House Won't Release Details  —  President Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s fitness to be president.  Mr. Biden's campaign has called it a smear that has backfired.  —  President Trump on Thursday volunteered to Sean Hannity …
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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 …
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott warns if spread of COVID-19 doesn't slow, “the next step would have to be a lockdown”  —  Abbott has repeated that warning multiple times in local television interviews this week.  —  Copy link … With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Eschaton, Raw Story and ABC13
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Houston Chronicle:   Gov. Abbott didn't listen to coronavirus warnings and Texans died
CNN:
‘You cannot fight the pandemic with lies’ — Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger  —  Analysis by Stephen Collinson with Caitlin Hu, CNN  —  This was excerpted from the July 10 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers.
The Texas Tribune:
Houston hospitals are increasingly turning away new patients as coronavirus overwhelms emergency rooms  —  The busiest hospitals in Houston are increasingly telling emergency responders they cannot safely accept new patients as hundreds of coronavirus patients crowd emergency rooms …
Discussion: ABC13 and The Intellectualist
Dan Diamond / Politico:
‘You get made fun of’: Trump campaign office shuns masks, social distancing  —  Inside the Trump campaign's headquarters this week, a team of cleaners scrubbed down surfaces and disinfected equipment — a recognition that coronavirus has found its way into the heart of the president's reelection bid …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Appointment of Richard P. Donoghue as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; Designation of Seth D. DuCharme as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York  —  Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the appointment …
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Voters Increasingly Place Biden Closer to the Ideological Extreme  —  But the presumptive Democratic nominee is still perceived as more moderate than President Trump  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has spent the past several months working to make inroads with progressives in the Democratic electorate …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Elissa Slotkin Is Sounding the Alarm.  Will Democrats Listen?  —  When one of Elissa Slotkin's staffers passed along a New York Times report alleging that Russia had put bounties on the heads of American troops in Afghanistan—and that President Donald Trump either did not consume …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Oops, Never Mind  —  Over the years, we have tracked a number of newspaper corrections (as often as not featuring the New York Times) where, if you match the belated correction against the original article, the conclusion is that the article was pointless and never should have been published.
Discussion: New York Times and The Federalist
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Goya Foods CEO won't apologize in face of boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks: ‘Suppression of speech’  —  Bob Unanue praised Trump during an event at the White House  —  Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue said on Friday that he is not backing down in the face of a boycott over his visit to the White House.
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New York Times:
Amazon Makes Employees Delete TikTok From Phones, Citing Security Risk  —  TikTok, owned by Chinese company Bytedance, has been under scrutiny as a potential national security threat.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones …
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?  —  It's a blue state, of course.  But the virus doesn't discriminate based on party affiliation.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  6:52  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email
Jonathan Greenberg / Washington Post:
Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term  —  He lies about voter fraud, admires authoritarians, tries to suppress free speech and uses the law against those who would hold him accountable.  —  People have debated whether Donald Trump is fascist since he announced he was running for president.
Discussion: Twitchy
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Trump says he'll sign order with ‘road to citizenship’ for DACA recipients  —  President Trump said Friday he intends to sign an executive order on immigration within the next month that he said will include a “road to citizenship” for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:
Trump calls mail-in ballots ‘dishonest’ but says absentee ballots are ‘fine.’ They're the same thing.  —  President Trump's campaign against mail-in voting relies on a fundamental misunderstanding of what the process even is.  —  Even amid a global pandemic that makes it dangerous to gather …
Discussion: CNN, CBS Boston and The Intellectualist
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
38 times Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News after skipping Senate hearings  —  The South Carolina Republican missed hearings on pandemics, sexual assault, education funding, and drug prices.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is currently seeking his fourth term and campaigning on his work experience.
The Objective:
A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate  —  On Tuesday, 153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks, published an open call for civility in Harper's Magazine.  They write, in the pages …
Washington Post:
Touting criticized study, White House presses FDA to authorize hydroxychloroquine — again  —  Trade adviser Peter Navarro leads the effort with support from Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, and Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News.  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is leading …
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Staff Members Push for Big Changes in News Coverage  —  A letter from a group of Journal reporters and editors calls for “more muscular reporting about race and social inequities,” as well as skepticism toward business and government leaders.
Anna Schecter / NBC News:
Twitter suspends more than 50 white nationalist accounts  —  Twitter has suspended more than 50 white nationalist accounts amid recent criticism over its handling of extremist content, a source familiar with the matter said Friday.  —  The move came days after NBC News published a story …
Jack Elbaum / The Forward:
Is anti-Semitism the only un-cancellable offense?  —  In early June, amidst the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, New Orleans Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees was asked about players kneeling for the national anthem.  Brees answered, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting …
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus.  But feds and makers won't act, scientists say  —  It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine.  —  Scientists have devised a way to use the antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors for an upper-arm injection …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus death toll in U.S. increases as hospitals in hot-spot states are overwhelmed
Danasimas / cdcr.ca.gov:
CDCR Announces Additional Actions to Reduce Population and Maximize Space Systemwide to Address COVID-19
Discussion: NPR, Mother Jones, The Hill and The Appeal
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Special Report: How the Trump administration secured a secret supply of execution drugs
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden campaign taps Aaron Keyak to lead Jewish outreach
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Department Officials Quarantine After Meeting With White House Staffer Who Tested Positive for Covid-19
CNN:
Black Lives Matter's surprising target: Los Angeles County's first Black district attorney
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Twitter Defends Giving David Duke a Platform: He's ‘Not Currently a Member of the KKK’
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst Back to Castrating Pigs
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong …
Discussion: The Lid and National Review
New York Times:
A Reporter's Lonely Mission When the Writing Is on the Wall
New York Times:
How ICE Helped Spread the Coronavirus
Discussion: The Crime Report
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Anthony Fauci: ‘We are living in the perfect storm’