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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 …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:   The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon
Washington Post:
Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence is an unforgivable betrayal of his office
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Roger Stone commutation as ‘an act of staggering corruption’ as Trump defends move
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Mitt Romney Slams Donald Trump's Commutation For Roger Stone: ‘Historic Corruption’
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The worst president ever keeps getting worse
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
House Democrats promise investigations, legislation after Trump commutes Roger Stone
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces ‘Hate-Filled’ Talk  —  Elaine Duke, a lifelong Republican, was acting secretary of homeland security for four months in 2017.  —  WASHINGTON — Elaine C. Duke, then President Trump's acting secretary of homeland security …
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.
Emma Parry / The US Sun:
‘NYMPHOMANIAC’ Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘filmed powerful people having sex with underage girls’  —  PAEDOPHILE Jeffrey Epstein and his ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell recorded videos of powerful people having sex with under-age girls, according to a former friend of the pair.
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
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
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HATE CRIME HOAX: Student Claims He Found Racist Notes On His Car. Police Say He Wrote Them.
Ryan Faircloth / Star Tribune:
Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots
Discussion: Power Line and Redstate
New York Times:
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Kimberly Wehle / Politico:
Actually, the Supreme Court Just Gave Congress a Big Win
Discussion: Raw Story
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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Discussion: Axios and The Week