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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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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.
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Trump expected to commute Roger Stone sentence, days before prison term set to begin
CNN:
Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Wall Street Journal:   President Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone
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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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 and Eschaton
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Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Abbott didn't listen to coronavirus warnings and Texans died
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Politico:
Trump allies want Michael Flynn to stage a campaign trail comeback  —  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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
Reopening Schools Will Be a Huge Undertaking.  It Must Be Done.  —  Officials need to think outside the school building.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
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 …
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
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.
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!
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Police sergeant arrested, accused of kidnapping contractor and extorted him for a refund while on duty, county police say  —  A Baltimore Police Department homicide unit sergeant was ordered held without bail Friday after allegedly extorting, kidnapping and threatening to arrest …
Discussion: Law & Crime
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 …
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 …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump confirms, in an interview, a U.S. cyberattack on Russia  —  This column is the second of two I'm writing based on my interview with President Trump on Wednesday.  Read the first part here.  —  During an Oval Office interview with me this week, President Trump acknowledged for the first time that …
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.
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Josh Israel / The American Independent:
38 times Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News after skipping Senate hearings
Danasimas / cdcr.ca.gov:
CDCR Announces Additional Actions to Reduce Population and Maximize Space Systemwide to Address COVID-19
Discussion: NPR, The Hill, The Appeal and Mother Jones
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
New York Times:
Much is still unknown about how the virus affects pregnant women.
Discussion: The Hill and Al Jazeera
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Staff Members Push for Big Changes in News Coverage
 Earlier Items: 
Anna Schecter / NBC News:
Twitter suspends more than 50 white nationalist accounts
Discussion: Politico
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst Back to Castrating Pigs
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Goya Foods CEO won't apologize in face of boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks: ‘Suppression of speech’
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?