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Carl Reiner, the funnyman behind TV classics like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and movies like "The Jerk,” died on June 29, 2020 at the age of 98. In this story which originally aired on June 4, 2017, correspondent Tracy Smith sat down with Reiner, actor Dick Van Dyke, and producer Norman Lear, to talk about how they helped reshape the TV comedy landscape in the 1960s and ‘70s, and about the HBO documentary about their generation, "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."
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Column: Cancel culture is as American as apple pie
It is the view of these 151 signers that cancel culture, stemming from the angry young internet wokes who demand to dominate the direction of the public discourse, is new. That is false.
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President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence
President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime adviser Roger Stone, a senior administration official told Politico. The commutation comes just days before Stone was due to report to prison Tuesday to serve a 40-month sentence after he was found guilty on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone had...
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President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone
President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday.
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READ: White House announces Trump is granting clemency to Roger Stone
President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia, according to the White House.
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Once South Korea's second-most powerful official and a potential presidential contender, the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has left the country divided.
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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence
The GOP political operative was supposed to report to prison next week to serve a 40-month sentence.
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The most dishonest, biased new coverage of our lifetimes — and it’s about to get worse
‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen such dishonest and biased coverage of any event.” That was Brit Hume, who has been covering events for more than 50 years for Fox News, ABC News and investigative reporter Jack Anderson. The event was President Trump’s Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore. The speech was, according to The...
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DOJ: 10-year prison sentence for Maryland man who had enough fentanyl to kill over 1.5M people
A 26-year-old Maryland man received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after being convicted of possessing enough fentanyl to kill more than 1.5 million people, according to the Justice Department.
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California is confronting it's ugly, racist past. But how do we best to do it?
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Six U.S. states see record surges in COVID-19 cases, Florida becomes epicenter
Six U.S. states suffered record spikes in new COVID-19 cases on Friday and Florida, an epicenter of the pandemic, saw infections rise sharply for the second day in a row as the Walt Disney Co. stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando. The surges in Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah...
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Trump just commuted Roger Stone’s sentence
Roger Stone leaves federal court on November 15, 2019, after being found guilty for obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Stone was convicted for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Mueller probe. President Donald Trump has commuted Roger Stone’s prison sentence in a stunning exercise of presidential power that is not altogether unexpected. Stone, a longtime Republican operative, was convicted in November 2019 for obstructing a congressional investigation, lying to Congress, and witness tampering in a trial that stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On February 20, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Trump’s commutation landed just days before Stone was expected to report to prison July 14. Trump’s commutation stops short of a full pardon. The conviction will remain on Stone’s record — for now, at least. But the Trump ally won’t have to serve his approximately 3 year prison term. Trump has long disdained the Mueller investigation and claimed it has unfairly targeted him and his associates — not just Stone, but his former campaign chair Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump and his attorneys dangled pardons during the Russia investigation. With Stone, Trump himself has finally gone beyond complaining to explicitly intervening to erase his associates’ convictions. Trump repeatedly signaled that he would grant clemency to Stone, it’s the most definitive example yet of him using the power of the presidency to protect his friends or advance his interests, Jim Pfiffner, a professor at George Mason University, said. “A willingness to use the pardon power to protect his friends and supporters sends a signal to others who might be willing to break the law in support of the president,” Pfiffner wrote in an email. The controversy leading up to Stone’s commutation Prosecutors made the case that Stone obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by lying to the committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, and by intimidating and trying to get another witness to lie for him about those efforts. During the trial, witnesses such as Rick Gates (a Manafort associate who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe and cooperated with prosecutors) and Steve Bannon testified that Stone claimed to the campaign that he had inside information about WikiLeaks’s access to damaging information about Hillary Clinton, which Mueller’s investigation found was obtained through hacking by Russian military intelligence. Prosecutors did not actually prove that Stone had any inside information during the trial. But, as Vox’s Andrew Prokop has written, prosecutors during the trial argued that “Stone’s motivation for his lies and obstruction was that ‘the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.’” So maybe it’s not surprise that Trump has closely followed this case — and appeared to publicly pressure the Justice Department to lessen his sentence. In February, as Stone’s sentencing date approached, federal prosecutors recommended that Stone serve between 87 and 108 months (about seven to nine years) in prison — a range prosecutors said adhered to federal guidelines and “would accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law.” But not according to Trump. “This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” the president tweeted early Tuesday morning. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Later that same day, the Justice Department began signaling that it would intervene, with an anonymous official suggesting that was not the sentence recommendation that had been briefed to the department. Things escalated from there, as four prosecutors handling the case abruptly withdrew their involvement. Aaron Zelinsky, who worked on Mueller’s team, filed a memo withdrawing himself from the case. Next came prosecutor Jonathan Kravis, who said he was leaving the team because he had resigned as an assistant US attorney. Two more followed: Adam Jed and Michael Marando said they would also remove themselves from the case. The mass exodus came as the Justice Department submitted a February 11 memo in the Stone case that said its first sentencing memo did “not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter.” The document said the DOJ believes “incarceration is warranted” but that 87 to 108 months isn’t appropriate and doesn’t “serve the interests of justice in the case.” If this all gave the impression that the Justice Department had caved to pressure from Trump, and that prosecutors resigned in protest of this interference, well, Trump has done little to dispel that troubling notion. “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump tweeted. He went on to claim the “Mueller Scam” was improperly brought. That’s a wholesale mischaracterization of the inspector general’s report on the Russia investigation, which said the case was appropriately predicated. Mueller took over the Russia investigation almost a year after the FBI had opened it, and there’s no evidence the former FBI director lied to Congress. Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020 Many months later, Zelinsky also told the House Judiciary Committee in June that political interference played a role in Stone’s sentencing. “What I heard — repeatedly — was that Roger Stone was being treated differently from any other defendant because of his relationship to the president,” he testified. Ultimately, Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced him to 40 months (about three years) in prison for his conviction. It ended up falling below the sentencing guideline recommendations, but then again, that could have happened anyway — it was always up to the judge. Now that Trump has granted Stone a commutation, the sentence doesn’t matter so much. It also puts Barr’s apparent intervention on Stone’s behalf in an even more unforgiving light — a sign that all along, this was about trying to help the president’s cronies. A president’s use of clemency also can’t be thought of in isolation. “They have to be thought of alongside all of the other mechanisms for presidential enforcement or non-enforcement of different laws,” Bernadette Meyler, a law professor at Stanford University, told me that. The commutation is the last step in a troublesome list of interventions. Trump didn’t use a full pardon, so Stone isn’t absolved of his crimes. But he won’t face the consequences for them either. Trump’s commutation effectively rewards Stone for his deceptions, which prosecutors say were intended to protect the president. The message: Try to protect the president, and you’ll be rewarded. Will Trump face any fallout for this? Trump’s commutation of Stone’s sentence is, at the most basic level, constitutional. The president does have essentially unchecked power when it comes to granting clemency for federal crimes. That does not mean it’s wise. This could very well be a precarious moment in Trump’s presidency, especially as his administration faces pressure for his handling of the coronavirus and nationwide protests against police brutality. Trump isn’t the first president to use his clemency power controversially, of course. George H.W. Bush pardoned those caught up in the Iran-Contra scandal, which implicated Bush himself. Bill Clinton’s pardon of financier Marc Rich also raised questions of influence peddling, specifically whether Clinton had rewarded a prominent donor, leading to a congressional investigation. And in 2007, George W. Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide Scooter Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice. But both of those examples came in the final weeks and days of the presidents’ terms in office; they were leaving the presidency for good, which dulled the political fallout. Trump took this risky move months before he’s up for reelection for a second term. At the same time, Trump didn’t fully absolve Stone, and only erased his sentence, which might have been an attempt to dull the political impact. Either way, the only real check on Trump’s pardon power is political — whether voters reject his actions, or Congress investigates and denounces it. That includes Republicans, too. Experts told me the founders very much worried that the pardon power could be abused by presidents. They saw impeachment as a possible check on this. Trump already has one impeachment under his belt, and it proved that his defenders in Congress are simply unwilling to break with him. And Trump already has handful of controversial pardons on his list, too, including a string of recent ones for former politicians and businessman all doing corrupt things. Mark Osler, a law professor at University of St. Thomas and a former federal prosecutor, said past presidents have used their pardon powers in a principled way, even when it was unpopular, such as President Gerald Ford’s decision to grant clemency to Vietnam draft dodgers. They can also use it to signal what they value, like President Barack Obama’s use of clemency for nonviolent drug offenders. But Trump has largely used his pardon power to forgive others who felt unfairly accused, to benefit popular right-wing figures, and to reward and benefit his friends — and Stone, a longtime and faithful associate of the president, fits right in. “With President Trump, in the 2016 election, we all knew how much he valued loyalty,” Osler said. “And it was completely predictable how he would use clemency. The question with Stone’s commutation is whether Trump feels emboldened enough to lessen or wipe out the convictions of others implicated in the Mueller probe, separate and apart from his Justice Department. For his detractors, it will be an alarming breach of the rule of law and another norm shattered. But for Trump and his supporters, this will be yet another triumphant assault on the “Russia hoax.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Trump grants clemency to ally Roger Stone after railing against 'unfair' conviction, sentencing
Trump's decision to grant clemency to Roger Stone came days before the operative was expected to report to prison for lying to Congress.        
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Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill hospitalized in Rhode Island with COVID-19
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, who has been traveling on the East Coast the past few weeks, is hospitalized in Rhode Island with COVID-19.        
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Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque
The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.
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Who is DaBaby? Meet the chart-topping rapper behind 'Rockstar'
The rapper's "Rockstar" is the early contender for this year's song of summer after sitting atop Billboard's Hot 100 Songs chart for four straight weeks.       
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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Longtime Friend And Adviser Roger Stone
The president has used his clemency power to spare Stone a prison sentence following his conviction in a federal court. It's the latest official intercession in a case involving a friend of Trump.
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Angelina Jolie describes how much she's learned from daughter Zahara, calls her 'extraordinary'
Angelina Jolie praised her Ethiopian-born daughter Zahara, whom she adopted in 2005, in a discussion with Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate.       
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Pac-12 chooses to only play conference football games this fall because of coronavirus
The Pac-12 announced Friday that it will only play conference football games this fall, if there is a season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Greg Gutfeld lambastes Goya boycott proponents, says 'their hatred for Trump trumps their love for the poor
"The Five" co-host Greg Gutfeld took aim Friday at the nascent boycott of Goya Foods after CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump during a White House event a day earlier.
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Judge blocks federal execution after victims' family raises virus concerns
Daniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist who robbed and murdered a family of three, including their 8-year-old daughter, was scheduled to be executed on Monday.
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FBI offers $10K reward in search for missing Amish girl from Pennsylvania
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information on an Amish teen from Pennsylvania who has been missing for nearly three weeks. Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, of East Lampeter Township, was last seen on Sunday, June 21. Officials said she didn’t return home after attending a church service that Father’s Day, sparking an expansive search...
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After months of decline, America’s coronavirus death rate begins to rise
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Independent probe of Fort Hood coming after Vanessa Guillen death, Army says
AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Army officials announced Friday they will begin an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood following calls from members of Congress and community activists for a more thorough investigation into the killing of a soldier from the Texas base. Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy said he was...
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NHL and players union officially reach agreement to resume play
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Is it safe for Disney World to reopen Saturday as coronavirus cases soar in Florida?
As Walt Disney World prepares to reopen Saturday, Florida has recorded the largest weekly increase in coronavirus cases in the country.       
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President Trump to Commute Roger Stone's Prison Sentence
President Donald Trump will commute the 40-month prison sentence of seasoned Republican operative Roger Stone just days before his term was scheduled to commence, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
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MSNBC bashed Mt. Rushmore when Trump spoke there, but previously used it for backdrop in promo
MSNBC’s opinion of Mount Rushmore has changed over the years, as the liberal network trashed it during coverage of President Trump’s recent speech but filmed a promotional advertisement there back in 2012 and once considered it a "monument to American patriotism and exceptionalism.” 
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Brie Larson wows fans with cover of Ariana Grande's 'Be Alright': 'So amazing'
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HBO Cancels ‘Run’ After One Season
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Georgia Governor And The Mayor Of Atlanta In Turf War Over COVID-19 Restrictions
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered a return to Phase 1 restrictions. But Gov. Brian Kemp quickly pushed back, saying only he has that authority.
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Georgia governor and Atlanta mayor at odds over coronavirus guidelines
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp slammed Atlanta mayor's decision to roll back the city's reopening to Phase 1, calling it "confusing" and "legally unenforceable," his office said Friday.
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University of Houston researches create heated air filter that can kill coronavirus 'instantly'
Researchers at the University of Houston claimed to have designed a special air filter that can trap the novel coronavirus and blast it with heat to kill the disease on contact.
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'Like a pawn in a political game': Contradictory school reopening plans leave teachers, parents reeling
School districts around the country are scrambling to finish reopening plans even as the president and some states apply more pressure to open.        
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Letter dismissing 'cancel culture' concerns mocked for anonymous signers apparently 'fearful of retaliation'
The counter letter responding to those sounding the alarms on "cancel culture" is being mocked for the two dozen signers who chose to remain anonymous since they were "fearful of professional retaliation."
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On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it
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President Donald Trump postpones New Hampshire rally, citing tropical weather
The President's rally in Oklahoma sparked controversy in the era of COVID-19. Now, he's canceled the next one.        
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CDC: Covid-19 death toll is twice as high among people of color under age 65 as for white Americans
About 30 percent of people of color under 65 died, compared to 13 percent of their white counterparts, according to CDC's most in-depth analysis to date of covid-19 deaths in the U.S.
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Latinos now twice as likely as whites to get coronavirus in L.A. County
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Officials seek 'closure' for family in Rivera search
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Man saves cop from burning vehicle despite his history with police
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Green Card Lottery Winners Feel Cheated by Trump’s Visa Bans
President Trump has extended a ban on many green cards issued outside the U.S. to the end of the year
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Oscar winner Ronald Schwary, 'Ordinary People' and 'Tootsie' producer, dies at 76
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3 people test positive for Covid-19 after taking Delta flight from Atlanta to Albany, airline says
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With wave of major rulings, Roberts, Supreme Court emerge as powerful counterweight to Trump, Congress
With November's election looming, the court’s five Republican-appointed conservatives and four liberals picked by Democratic presidents may have looked for chances to cross lines and display their independence.
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