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9:00 AM ET, July 12, 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.
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Washington Post:
Trump confidant Roger Stone leaped over thousands of inmates seeking clemency  —  President Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence — over the objections of some aides and without the involvement of his administration's pardon office — allowed an old friend to jump to the front …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why this Roger Stone commutation is not as controversial as some think
Discussion: Twitchy and Bloomberg
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump's defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington
Discussion: Redstate
USA Today:   Resolve after appalling Roger Stone commutation: Don't let Donald Trump break us, America.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The worst president ever keeps getting worse
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
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.
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Washington Post:
Trump's drop in polls has confident Democrats sensing ‘a tsunami coming’ in November  —  President Trump's management of this summer's crises has triggered what Democrats detect as a tectonic shift in the political landscape, with party leaders suddenly bullish about not only taking …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News condemns former Tucker Carlson writer for ‘horrific’ racist, sexist comments  —  Blake Neff, a writer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has resigned from the top-rated Fox News show amid reports he posted racist, sexist and homophobic comments to an online forum under a pseudonym.
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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.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:   Tucker Carlson's chief writer resigns over racist and sexist posts, the latest trouble for Fox's most controversial star
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
‘Blood on his hands’: In scathing obituary, woman blames governor for her father's covid-19 death  —  When her father died of covid-19 last month, Kristin Urquiza minced no words assigning blame.  —  Mark Urquiza, 65, should still be alive, his daughter wrote in a scathing obituary, published Wednesday in the Arizona Republic.
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Associated Press:
Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Wears a Mask Publicly for the First Time
Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test. What Does That Tell Us?
Ella Torres / ABC News:
30-year-old dies after attending ‘COVID party’ thinking virus was a ‘hoax’  —  The man told nurses, “I think I made a mistake.”  —  “I think I made a mistake.  I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.”  —  Those were the final words of a 30-year-old patient who died at Methodist Hospital …
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Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‘defected’ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon - as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak  —  Experts from the Chinese laboratory at the centre of global suspicion over the coronavirus pandemic …
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Mitch Albom: Anti-Semitic posts — and tepid reactions — should enrage us  —  These days, you can lose your job for a tweet.  You can lose it for a retweet, or a spouse's tweet.  If your message is considered racist or hateful, it can bring an onslaught of condemnation …
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: Mediaite and Gothamist
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Don't Fall For The ‘Cancel Culture’ Scam  —  Anecdotes are not data, free speech is not under attack — and elite journalists should find something else to write about.  —  On Monday, 153 prominent writers, academics and public figures signed their names to a statement entitled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.”
David Lynch / Washington Post:
After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling  —  United Airlines announced plans to lay off more than one-third of its 95,000 workers.  Brooks Brothers, which first opened for business in 1818, filed for bankruptcy.  And Bed Bath and Beyond said it will close 200 stores.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
jsonline:
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.
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Ben Brachfeld / BKLYNER:   Your Absentee Vote May Not Count
 
 
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon. He's retweeting its followers.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
The Threat to American Democracy That Has Nothing to Do With Trump
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us
DW.COM:
Remembering the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosniaks
Victoria Taft / pjmedia.com:
Portland Rioters Surround Car and Driver Shoots His Way Out
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
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Why do law professors do what they do?
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In a Term Full of Major Cases, the Supreme Court Tacked to the Center
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
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Cases Jump in Sun Belt Nursing Homes
Roger Sollenberger / Raw Story:
Hate group that took as much as $1 million in pandemic relief appears to have no income or employees
WTTG-TV:
Army's ‘Captain America’ who served nearly 12 combat tours dies by suicide after moving to DC
Washington Post:
On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill