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6:20 PM ET, July 11, 2020

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Lawfare:
The Roger Stone Commutation Is Even More Corrupt Than It Seems  —  President Trump's commutation of the prison sentence of his long-time confidante Roger Stone is wholly unsurprising.  Indeed, given Trump's repeated teasing of the matter over the life of the case against Stone …
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USA Today:   Resolve after appalling Roger Stone commutation: Don't let Donald Trump break us, America.
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:   Reopened schools in Europe and Asia have largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks.  They have lessons for the U.S.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon
Discussion: Daily Kos
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Roger Stone commutation as ‘an act of staggering corruption’ as Trump defends move
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Bloomberg
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Mitt Romney Slams Donald Trump's Commutation For Roger Stone: ‘Historic Corruption’
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Quiz Category
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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 …
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.
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USA Today:
‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
David Smith / The Guardian:   Will Republicans ditch Trump to save the Senate as support nosedives?
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
New York Times: Internal CDC documents warn full reopening of schools is ‘highest risk’ for coronavirus spread  —  (CNN)Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the “highest risk” …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Top Experts: DOJ's Bureau of Prison Blocking Michael Cohen Book about Trump Violates First Amendment  —  On Thursday morning, Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, was returned to prison.  Many readers like myself may have passed over the headlines of this particular event thinking it was unsurprising.
Discussion: Refinery29
Associated Press:
Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.  —  The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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: WJXT-TV and Florida Politics
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
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
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials …
Discussion: Axios
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Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test. What Does That Tell Us?
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump  —  Their party's a lost cause.  America isn't.  —  Should you have any doubt about how passionately George Conway and the other Never Trumpers at the Lincoln Project want to defeat the president, check out their ads.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Indi Samarajiva:
American Passports Are Worthless Now (Map)  —  America is not united anymore and it's barely a state.  They have crashed right through failed state into a plague state, unwelcome across the world.  This has been predicted, including here.  Now it has come to pass.  Just look at the map.
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: Raw Story and Twitchy
WTTG-TV:
Army's ‘Captain America’ who served nearly 12 combat tours dies by suicide after moving to DC  —  Master Sgt. Andrew “Andy” Christian Marckesano  —  The enemy could never break him, but what this decorated Green Beret eventually found was that his enemy was within.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Cases Jump in Sun Belt Nursing Homes  —  Current surge that has mostly infected the young now shows signs of reaching more-vulnerable elderly  —  Covid-19 infections are accelerating in Sun Belt nursing homes, federal data show, a sign the coronavirus is reaching the most vulnerable people there.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book  —  Donald Trump Jr., in quarantine since girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus, says he's used the time to finish a book that he'll self-publish the week of the Republican convention, at the end of August.
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / Raw Story:
Hate group that took as much as $1 million in pandemic relief appears to have no income or employees
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus update: As death toll rises, pressure mounts on governors to pass mask requirements
Ben Brachfeld / BKLYNER:
Your Absentee Vote May Not Count
Emma Parry / The US Sun:
‘NYMPHOMANIAC’ Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘filmed powerful people having sex with underage girls’
Washington Post:
On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it
Associated Press:
Mail carrier in West Virginia pleads guilty to attempted election fraud
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
New Friday Night Justice Department Shake-Up Installs Barr Deputy in Brooklyn
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump
Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots
Discussion: Power Line and Redstate
New York Times:
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
Expert warns the US is approaching ‘one of the most unstable times in the history of our country’
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Georgia. Ohio. Texas. Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He's Being Cautious).
Discussion: Axios and The Week
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Had Coronavirus After Network Documented His Recovery