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9:25 PM ET, July 11, 2020


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Robert S. Mueller III / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller: Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so  —  Robert S. Mueller III served as special counsel for the Justice Department from 2017 to 2019.  —  The work of the special counsel's office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump's defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington
Discussion: Fox News
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon
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 …
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 …
Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test. What Does That Tell Us?
Washington Post:
The once-mocked ‘Never Trump’ movement becomes a sudden campaign force  —  The grainy first-person testimonial arrived at 2 a.m. in late June.  A 40-year-old man with a thick southern accent — shirtless, the red ember of his cigarette glowing in the green twilight between drags — looked into his smartphone and began talking.
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
Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says  —  MADISON - The U.S. Postal Service has identified hundreds of absentee ballots for the April election that never made it to voters or couldn't be counted because of postmark problems, a new report says.
Ben Brachfeld / BKLYNER:   Your Absentee Vote May Not Count
Associated Press:   Mail carrier in West Virginia pleads guilty to attempted election fraud
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.
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” …
Discussion: Gothamist, Reason and Chalkbeat
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
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Horrendous’: Fox News Condemns Racist, Sexist Comments Made By Tucker Carlson's Top Writer in Internal Memo  —  Fox News brass condemned the “horrendous and deeply offensive racist, sexist and homophobic comments” secretly made by Tucker Carlson's lead writer in an internal memo sent to employees Saturday.
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
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.
Washington Post:
Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic  —  Trump hasn't talked to the scientist since early June, saying 'he's made a lot of mistakes.'  —  For months, Anthony S. Fauci has played a lead role in America's coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive …
Discussion: IJR, ABC News, The Sun, The Hill and Sun-Sentinel
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
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's family racks up arrests for drugs, drunk driving — but no jail time  —  In August 2019, Caroline Biden, 33, a niece of former Vice President Biden, was busted in Lower Merion Township, Penn., for driving under the influence and without a license, public records show.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Why do law professors do what they do?  —  Law professors have almost complete autonomy over how they spend their time.  There are a few exceptions.  Administrations set class schedules.  Faculties dole out committee work.  Etc.  But for the most part, professors can unilaterally set the direction of their careers.
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Discussion: Power Line
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Reza Aslan Reveals How CNN's Jeff Zucker and Trump ‘Canceled’ Him Over a Tweet
New York Times:
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In a Term Full of Major Cases, the Supreme Court Tacked to the Center
Discussion: Human Rights Campaign
Martyn Mclaughlin / Scotsman:
Revealed: Trump plans to build new ‘world class coastal retreat’ in Scotland
Roger Sollenberger / Raw Story:
Hate group that took as much as $1 million in pandemic relief appears to have no income or employees
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
Democrats, it's too soon to cheer Trump's defeat
Discussion: Sputnik News and Instapundit
New York Times:
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before
New York Times:
'I Couldn't Do Anything': The Virus and an E.R. Doctor's Suicide
Discussion: New York Post