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11:05 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:   Tucker Carlson's chief writer resigns over racist and sexist posts, the latest trouble for Fox's most controversial star
Fred Barnes / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants to win, he has to be more disciplined  —  President Trump is a gift that keeps on giving, but not always in a way that improves his prospects for winning a second term.  On the contrary, he often insists on helping his political opponents and the press cling to the anti-Trump narrative they cherish.
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: Redstate, 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.
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention  —  CHICAGO — Tammy Duckworth is no longer an afterthought in the Democratic veepstakes.  —  The Illinois senator and Purple Heart recipient has landed squarely in the conversation after a high-profile clash with Tucker Carlson last week and her advocacy …
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.”
Discussion: National Review
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 …
CBS News:
Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  The coronavirus outbreak is reshaping the presidential race in three key Sun Belt states.  Joe Biden is now leading President Trump by six points in Florida, and the two are tied in Arizona …
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon.  He's retweeting its followers.  —  On July Fourth, before President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House lawn, he spoke indirectly to another community on Twitter: QAnon.  —  That afternoon, he retweeted 14 tweets from accounts supporting …
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 …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign  —  Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia's usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.  —  MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people protested in Russia's Far East on Saturday in a rare display …
Discussion: Fox News
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why New York Times praises ‘cancel culture’ but skips over its own racist history  —  In a recent article about Mount Rushmore, The New York Times said of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt that “each of these titans of American history has a complicated legacy.”
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.
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil.  Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate flag.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — To Marina Lee Colbachini, it was a family tradition.  Each spring, she would join the throngs who descended on a nondescript city in southern Brazil …
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.
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
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us  —  The pressure to bring American students back to classrooms is intense, but the calculus is tricky with infections still out of control in many communities.  —  As school districts across the United States consider whether …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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 …
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Christianna Silva / NPR:
Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In 'Harper's Magazine'
Sarah R. Champagne / The Texas Tribune:
As Texas morgues fill up, refrigerator trucks are on the way in several counties
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
The Threat to American Democracy That Has Nothing to Do With Trump
Remembering the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosniaks
Victoria Taft /
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
Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says
New York Times:
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Discussion: The Sun
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
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