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4:15 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.  —  This is truly the cul-de-sac presidency.  Every avenue of potential accountability is a dead end.  Donald Trump and his many enablers have made sure of it.  —  Now comes the Roger Stone protection racket …
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.
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.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:   The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Roger Stone commutation as ‘an act of staggering corruption’ as Trump defends move
Discussion: Axios, Twitchy and HillReporter.com
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Mitt Romney Slams Donald Trump's Commutation For Roger Stone: ‘Historic Corruption’
Discussion: Bloomberg, Breitbart and Redstate
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The worst president ever keeps getting worse
Discussion: Raw Story
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: 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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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 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
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
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
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
Ben Brachfeld / BKLYNER:
Your Absentee Vote May Not Count  —  Thousands of absentee ballots in Brooklyn and across the city are likely to be invalidated by the city's Board of Elections, after many were not marked with a cancellation notice, or postmark, at post offices in the city.
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 …
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 …
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
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
HATE CRIME HOAX: Student Claims He Found Racist Notes On His Car.  Police Say He Wrote Them.  —  In late June, Texas A&M University student Isaih Martin made headlines after he said he found racist notes on the windshield of his car.  —  Martin posted a picture of the notes to his Twitter page …
Discussion: The College Fix
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Maria Copeland / Campus Reform:
Police say Texas A&M student who found racist notes on his car put them there
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Reopened schools in Europe and Asia have largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks.  They have lessons for the U.S.  —  BRUSSELS — Many countries around the world are pushing ahead with plans for full-time, full-capacity, in-person classes, after having largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks linked …
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.
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
Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test.  What Does That Tell Us?  —  If the president wants to impress us with his intellect, he should take the SAT.  —  President Trump said on Thursday that he “aced” a cognitive test administered at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Associated Press:
Mail carrier in West Virginia pleads guilty to attempted election fraud  —  ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia postal carrier has pleaded guilty to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.  —  Thomas Cooper entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Elkins.
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
 
 
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Washington Post:
On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it
Jack Healy / New York Times:
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Discussion: Vox
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Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
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Kimberly Wehle / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Allison Gordon / CNN:
Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks
Discussion: Mediaite and HillReporter.com
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
Expert warns the US is approaching ‘one of the most unstable times in the history of our country’
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum