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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 …
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Lawfare:
Trump's Aberrant Pardons and Commutations  —  Donald Trump's commutation yesterday of Roger Stone's sentence was his most controversial exercise of the pardon power to date.  The Stone commutation fit a pattern: Almost all of the beneficiaries of Trump's pardons and commutations have had a personal …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and Townhall
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
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 …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Elusive Government Memo Shows FBI Did Not Think Michael Flynn Intentionally Lied
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 …
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 …
Allison Gordon / CNN:
Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks  —  (CNN)If you've been in contact with your state lawmaker in Mississippi, you may want to get a coronavirus test.  —  About one in six state lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus …
Discussion: Mediaite and HillReporter.com
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
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
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: The Hill, 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:
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.
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.
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
The Students Are Victims of Fraud, but the Government Won't Help  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is denying huge batches of relief requests from students whose schools defrauded them.  Even those who aren't denied are getting very little — or sometimes nothing.
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
 
 
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USA Today:
‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag
Discussion: Raw Story
Kimberly Wehle / Politico:
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Washington Post:
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Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Oops, Never Mind
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New York Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Appointment of Richard P. Donoghue as Principal …
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?