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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:
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 …
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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 …
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.
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Statement on Roger Stone Commutation  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington- Following the commutation of the prison sentence of convicted felon Roger Stone by President Donald Trump, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence is an unforgivable betrayal of his office
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
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
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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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Rally Postponed, Campaign Says, Citing Weather  —  The event was set to be held in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday.  The campaign delayed it amid ongoing concerns about President Trump attracting only small crowds at his events.  —  WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing concerns …
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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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
What's on the Cognitive Test That Trump Brags He ‘Aced?’  Drawing a Cube, Correctly Identifying a Camel, and More!  —  President Donald Trump bragged that he recently “aced” a cognitive test, but if you're wondering what hurdles of the mind did he overcome in the process …
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 …
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Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong …
Discussion: The Lid and National Review
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Anthony Fauci: ‘We are living in the perfect storm’  —  The straight-talking scientist on keeping the peace with Trump and the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine  —  I hear Anthony Fauci before I see him.  Out of view of our video call, he asks his tech assistant: “Have you wiped down the table?”
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
What Women Want  —  Here's what women who voted for Trump in 2016 are saying about him now.  —  One of the great mysteries of 2016 was why so many women voted for Donald Trump.  —  Despite being caught on a hot mic talking about grabbing women “by the pu**y,” nearly 20 sexual assault allegations …
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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.
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 …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan Signs Decree Allowing Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again  —  The decree came after a Turkish court revoked the site's 80-year-old status as a museum and is likely to provoke an international furor.  —  ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree Friday ordering Hagia Sophia …
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Ayla Jean Yackley / Politico:
Turkey reconverts Hagia Sophia from museum to mosque
Discussion: EEAS and The Hill
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 …
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
How ICE Helped Spread the Coronavirus  —  These four immigrants have something in common.  They were recently deported from the United States, and they all had the coronavirus.  Even as extreme measures were taken around the world to stop the spread of Covid-19, Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Discussion: The Crime Report
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden campaign taps Aaron Keyak to lead Jewish outreach  —  YOU'RE HIRED  —  The Biden presidential campaign has hired Aaron Keyak, former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), as its Jewish outreach director, Jewish Insider has learned.  —  In an online job listing published …
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
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook Mulls Political-Ad Blackout Ahead of U.S. Election  — Limiting political ads may help curb spread of misinformation  — Decision on ban has not yet been made, people familiar say  —  Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Voters Increasingly Place Biden Closer to the Ideological Extreme
Danasimas / cdcr.ca.gov:
CDCR Announces Additional Actions to Reduce Population and Maximize Space Systemwide to Address COVID-19
Discussion: Mother Jones, NPR, The Hill and The Appeal
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Special Report: How the Trump administration secured a secret supply of execution drugs
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Department Officials Quarantine After Meeting With White House Staffer Who Tested Positive for Covid-19
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Cases Set a World Record, Led By the U.S.
Doug Palmer / Politico:
USTR announces duties on $1.3B in French goods in tax dispute
CNN:
Black Lives Matter's surprising target: Los Angeles County's first Black district attorney
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New York to send coronavirus treatment Remdesivir to Florida amid surge in cases, Cuomo says
Discussion: The Hill
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst Back to Castrating Pigs
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus. But feds and makers won't act, scientists say
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
A top terrorism fighter's dire warning
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Broad disapproval for Trump's handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL