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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Clemency for Roger Stone is Deeply Corrupt

One compulsive liar protects another, as Roger Stone’s commutation shows the depths of Trump’s corruption from Mr. Law and Order….–while the Russiagate scandal has crumbled, Stone was clearly guilty of lying and threatening a witness, but Trump shows rare loyalty to another con man

—-in op-ed, St. Bob Mueller resurfaces to defend his limited hangout investigation

–in fresh in-depth interview, author Larry Tye compares Trump to Joe McCarthy, and their common ally, Roy Cohn

–as Trump’s minions attack Dr. Fauci, he retweet another game show host, Chuck Woolery, who says everything about Covid is a lie

–Trump mused about selling Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s destruction

–Trump’s demagoguery, coupled with the systemic failures of our reactive politics, leaves us rudderless in a worldwide storm

–NY DA is heading back to court to get Trump’s tax returns

–in strong analysis, SF Chronicle legal writer Bob Egelko notes how the Roberts Court downplays clear racism from Trump

–former Planned Parenthood employee Jessa Crispin has strong criticism of PP

–in Seattle, our correspondent Jonah Lehto reports that Mayor Durkan faces recall Seattle Protest Report.7.13.20

–about 150 Minneapolis cops are claiming disability for PTSD from working George Floyd protests

–Berkeley is debating a plan to remove cops from traffic enforcement

–in Arkansas, big-mouth cop kills fellow officer after threat to shoot protesters at his door

–video from Allentown, PA shows cop kneeling on suspect’s head and neck

–also in PA, a 13-year-old boy will be tried as adult after shooting his little brother in cops & robbers game

–first federal execution in 17 years is on hold over method of murder

–our Covid-19 daily update, compiled by Linda Lewis

–in California, governor issues statewide limits on restaurants, as he orders 8,000 prisoners released early after San Quentin outbreak

–service workers face violence in efforts to require face masks

–Trump wore a mask; on a flight, Ted Cruz didn’t

–China announces sanctions of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for criticizing treatment of Uighurs

–China and Iran announce trade and military alliance

–prosecutors ask court to keep Ghislaine Maxell in jail

–bankrupt McClatchy newspaper chain is auctioned to hedge fund

–Washington’s NFL team will change its name