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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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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 …
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
David Frum / The Atlantic:
There Are No Mysteries in the Roger Stone Saga
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:
Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Fox News:
Trump expected to commute Roger Stone sentence, days before prison term set to begin
Wall Street Journal:   President Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone
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 …
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 …
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.
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, Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Despite hopes that it would, summer weather has not stopped virus's spread in the U.S.  —  At a briefing in late April, President Trump and Vice President Pence promoted a laboratory study with promising results.  It suggested that heat and humidity could be a factor in reducing transmission rates of the novel coronavirus.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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
Washington Post:
Failing to renew VOA foreign staffers' visas would devastate one of its core functions  —  MICHAEL PACK, the alt-right filmmaker installed by President Trump to run U.S. foreign broadcasting operations, remains on course to dismantle the independent journalism that has been their calling card.
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.
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Man at the Heart of Surveillance Abuses Is a Professor of Spying Ethics  —  Above, Brian J. Auten, the FBI analyst who vetted applications to spy on Carter Page, has taught a course on spying ethics at Patrick Henry College since 2010.  —  The unnamed FBI “Supervisory Intelligence Analyst” …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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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, 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
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
Los Angeles Times:
Trump scrubs rally as campaign struggles to reboot
Discussion: Raw Story
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’
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Says He ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, but White House Won't Release Details
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?