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Monday's Mini-Report, 7.13.20

Today's edition of quick hits.


Today's edition of quick hits:

* Clarifying the commutation: "President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s 40-month prison sentence also includes clearing Stone of his two years of supervised release and his $20,000 fine, according to a clemency grant document released by the Justice Department Monday."

* Trump intervened on Duda's behalf: "Polish President Andrzej Duda, a conservative who ran a campaign with homophobic and anti-Semitic overtones, narrowly won a second five-year term in a bitterly fought weekend election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near-complete count of votes."

* California: "The two largest school districts in California announced Monday that classes will be online-only at the start of the school year, citing 'skyrocketing infection rates' of the coronavirus in their areas."

* Georgia's six-week abortion ban: "A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 'heartbeat' abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state in a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and an advocacy group. Jones had temporarily blocked the law in October, and it never went into effect."

* Tennessee's six-week abortion ban: "Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure.

* This is an increasingly odd story: "President Trump has been granted a second 45-day extension to file his personal financial disclosure forms, which will give the American public its only detailed look at the president’s private business interests, according to a letter released by the White House. The forms are supposed to detail Trump’s income, debt, stock holdings and outstanding loans for 2019. They were originally due May 15, but Trump got an extension until the end of June."

* This was previously classified: "President Trump took credit late last week for a cyberattack on Russia’s Internet Research Agency two years ago, citing it as evidence that he has responded strongly to Russian provocations, despite considerable evidence that he has often excused Moscow’s aggressions in cyberspace and on European territory."

* A Texan recently attended a so-called "COVID party." His dying words last week were, "I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it's not."

* That's quite a deficit: "The U.S. budget deficit widened to a record-high $864 billion last month due to the federal government’s extraordinary response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Treasury Department said on Monday. In June 2019, the budget deficit was just $8 billion."

* Noted without comment: "A top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has resigned after reports surfaced that he had posted racist and sexist comments in an online forum known to be a hotbed for offensive and bigoted remarks, Fox News executives confirmed in a memo Saturday."

See you tomorrow.