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7:10 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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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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 …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:   Resolve after appalling Roger Stone commutation: Don't let Donald Trump break us, America.
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Pelosi blasts Roger Stone commutation as ‘an act of staggering corruption’ as Trump defends move
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Breitbart
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Mitt Romney Slams Donald Trump's Commutation For Roger Stone: ‘Historic Corruption’
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: The Hill, 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 …
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.
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jsonline:   Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says
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.
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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?
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 …
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Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test. What Does That Tell Us?
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” …
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
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Washington Post:   The once-mocked ‘Never Trump’ movement becomes a sudden campaign force
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership  —  The investment and security pact would vastly extend China's influence in the Middle East, throwing Iran an economic lifeline and creating new flash points with the United States.  —  Iran and China have quietly drafted …
 
 
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Josh Blackman / Reason:
Why do law professors do what they do?
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
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's family racks up arrests for drugs, drunk driving — but no jail time
Roger Sollenberger / Raw Story:
Hate group that took as much as $1 million in pandemic relief appears to have no income or employees
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Reopened schools in Europe and Asia have largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks.  They have lessons for the U.S.
Discussion: The Week
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Emma Parry / The US Sun:
‘NYMPHOMANIAC’ Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘filmed powerful people having sex with underage girls’
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
New York Times:
'I Couldn't Do Anything': The Virus and an E.R. Doctor's Suicide
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Georgia. Ohio. Texas. Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He's Being Cautious).
Discussion: Axios
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
NBC Contributor Reveals He Never Had Coronavirus After Network Documented His Recovery