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Roger Stone commuted, EO on DACA, Texas cops ambushed, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 13, 2020

Above the Fold


  • “President Trump commuted the prison sentence of longtime friend Roger Stone on Friday night, days before Stone was to report to federal prison to serve a sentence for lying to Congress and obstruction of justice,” The Washington Times reports. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Mr. Stone is no martyr. He is by his own description a political performance artist, and he finally ran into prosecutors who weren’t amused. There are legitimate questions about the anti-Trump bias of the jury forewoman, but the full jury found Mr. Stone lied to investigators and tried to bully witnesses.” At the same time, National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy reminds us, “One-time defenders of unsavory Clinton and Obama pardons are outraged by the president’s commutation of his old associate’s 40-month sentence.” McCarthy has many examples to prove his point about Democrat hypocrisy. Our advice to Mr. Trump? Pardon Michael Flynn — a man who genuinely deserves it.

  • According to The Hill: “President Trump said Friday he intends to sign an executive order on immigration within the next month that he said will include a ‘road to citizenship’ for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In an interview with Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, Trump blamed Democrats from walking away from a deal on DACA and said the Supreme Court’s decision last month blocking his administration’s plan to end the Obama-era program gave him ‘tremendous power.’” Trump’s incoming EO is likely timed to counter Joe Biden’s radical plan for universal citizenship released last week.


Government & Politics


  • Lindsey Graham says he’ll grant request from Democrats for Mueller to testify (Washington Examiner)

  • Republicans hang on and hope to surprise in House races (Washington Examiner)

  • USA Today dragged for fact-check comparing Trump campaign eagle to Nazi imagery (The Daily Caller)

  • George Soros groups’ vote-by-mail drive aims to expand government control (The Daily Signal)

  • Problems with absentee ballots in Wisconsin hint at election nightmare (PJ Media)

  • Supposed COVID victim promoted by NBC didn’t even have the virus (Washington Examiner)

  • Trump administration rightly turns down request to pay for Minneapolis riots (PJ Media)

  • Ignoramus AOC defends rise in NYC crime, saying people are “stealing bread to feed their children during record unemployment” despite weeks of bloodshed and 130% surge in shootings (UK Daily Mail)


Education


  • Betsy DeVos vows to have schools open in fall: “Kids have got to get back to school” (Fox News)

  • “Give it to the families”: DeVos recommends shifting funds from schools that stay closed to parents (Washington Examiner)

  • “Counter to science”: Dr. Scott Atlas makes the case for reopening schools in the fall (The Daily Caller)

  • Prep schools adopt pro-Black Lives Matter curriculum (Washington Examiner)


The Latest on COVID-19


  • Trump wears mask for the first time publicly (The Daily Caller)

  • New York City records no coronavirus deaths for first time since start of pandemic (Washington Examiner)

  • Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new cases (Reuters)

  • “Fauci is not 100% right”: Top HHS official pushes back on infectious disease expert’s recommendations (Washington Examiner)

  • Nearly every Major League Baseball team has had a test come back positive (NPR)

  • University of Houston researchers create heated air filter that can kill virus “instantly” (Fox News)

  • Immunity may be lost in just a few months and it could be caught again like a common cold, new research suggests (UK Daily Mail)

  • Scientists hoped summer temperatures would mitigate cases. What happened? (The Wall Street Journal)

  • The rise in cases explained (The Daily Signal)


National Security


  • Trump confirms he approved U.S. cyberattack against Russia in 2018 (Fox News)

  • Defying the U.S., allies China and Iran near trade and military partnership (The New York Times)

  • Twenty-one injured after explosion and fire break out on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego (Fox News)

  • China announces sanctions against Senators Rubio and Cruz over Uighur Muslims (Fox News)


Culture & Heartland


  • Police seize gun from St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were threatened by mob (The Federalist)

  • Missouri attorney general slams St. Louis prosecutor in McCloskey case for “politically motivated decisions” (Washington Examiner)

  • “They’re not concerned about the general public”: New York, Los Angeles police unions blast massive budget cuts (The Daily Caller)

  • Two Texas police officers ambushed, shot dead investigating routine call (The Daily Caller)

  • Daughter of slain Texas cop attacked online for writing #BlueLivesMatter in tribute to fallen father (The Blaze)

  • Bronx man puts NYPD cop in headlock as crowd cheers, outraging police unions (New York Daily News)

  • New York City suffers another bloody weekend with 15 shot in 15-hour time period (Washington Examiner)

  • Washington NFL team says it will retire Redskins name and logo (ESPN)

  • Atlanta Braves to keep name, look into famed “tomahawk chop” celebration (Fox News)


Other Notables


  • Good for him: Goya Foods CEO won’t apologize in face of boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks (Fox News)

  • ESPN suspends NBA reporter after profane email to GOP Senator Josh Hawley (The Hill)

  • “I know how they treat whistleblowers”: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong (Fox News)


Closing Arguments


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