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12:45 PM 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.
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Stone Walks Free in One of the Greatest Scandals in American History  —  Roger Stone's best trick was always his upper-class-twit wardrobe.  He seemed such a farcical character, such a Klaxon-alarm-from-a-mile-away goofball—who could take him seriously?  —  Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen: They had tradecraft.
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.
Lawfare:
Trump's Aberrant Pardons and Commutations
Discussion: Washington Post
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr.
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: Quiz Category
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Redstate, Twitchy and Townhall
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:
'I Don't Want to Go Back': Many Teachers Are Fearful and Angry Over Pressure to Return  —  Teachers say crucial questions about how schools will stay clean, keep students physically distanced and prevent further spread of the virus have not been answered.  —  Many of the nation's 3.5 million …
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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: Florida Politics
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 and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Trump allies push for a new campaign opening act: Michael Flynn  —  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 …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Elusive Government Memo Shows FBI Did Not Think Michael Flynn Intentionally Lied
USA Today:
‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag  —  WASHINGTON - Weeks before President Donald Trump accepts his party's nomination, cracks are deepening within the party as a host of GOP lawmakers distance themselves from the Republican standard bearer …
Discussion: Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Interview: Pence declares only Trump can save America and its history from the mob  —  PHILADELPHIA — President Trump was the last line of defense between law-abiding people and a dangerous, left-wing mob intent on toppling statues and ripping the nation apart, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: The Hill
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Pence: Only Thing Standing Between America and Agenda of Far Left Is 4 More Years of President Donald Trump
Discussion: Redstate
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
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:   Voters Increasingly Place Biden Closer to the Ideological Extreme
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
Jonathan Wosen / San Diego Union-Tribune:
More viruses will jump from animals to people, San Diego Zoo says.  Can we catch them?  —  San Diego Zoo Global researchers say it's time to regularly test wildlife with small, portable tools that could be deployed worldwide  —  The novel coronavirus isn't the first virus to jump from animals to people and wreak havoc.
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.
Kimberly Wehle / Politico:
Actually, the Supreme Court Just Gave Congress a Big Win  —  In the immediate aftermath of Thursday's Supreme Court rulings on who has the right to access the president's financial records, numerous commentators cast the decisions as a “split” that gave prosecutors a clear win …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots  —  More than 1,500 buildings suffered damage in the unrest after George Floyd's death.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz's request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged …
New York Times:
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before  —  Over the past two decades, inequality in Latin America had fallen to the lowest point in its recorded history.  The pandemic threatens to reverse that.  We traveled 1,000 miles across Colombia to document this critical moment.
 
 
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Leave DACA Alone After Court Ruling
Discussion: Axios
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Fed's Kaplan says wearing face masks is key to US economic growth
Discussion: New York Post
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
The Students Are Victims of Fraud, but the Government Won't Help
Washington Post:
Failing to renew VOA foreign staffers' visas would devastate one of its core functions
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Man at the Heart of Surveillance Abuses Is a Professor of Spying Ethics
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Allison Gordon / CNN:
Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks
Discussion: Mediaite and HillReporter.com
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Despite hopes that it would, summer weather has not stopped virus's spread in the U.S.
 Earlier Items: 
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump confirms, in an interview, a U.S. cyberattack on Russia
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Police sergeant arrested, accused of kidnapping contractor and extorted him for a refund …
Discussion: Law & Crime
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Oops, Never Mind
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
‘You cannot fight the pandemic with lies’ — Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
38 times Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News after skipping Senate hearings
NBC News:
Concern over turnout was factor in postponing Trump rally, GOP advisers say
Discussion: MSNBC and Mediaite