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Surgeon general says masks are ‘instruments of freedom’ that can bring back football

"If you want the return of college football this year, wear a face covering. If you want a chance at prom next spring, wear a face covering," Surgeon General Jerome Adams said.
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1 in 3 young adults is vulnerable to severe Covid-19, and smoking plays a big part, research finds
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Woman who lost dad to Covid-19: My father was robbed of life
CNN's Brianna Keilar speaks to Kristin Urquiza, a woman who lost her father to Covid-19 and called politicians for their handling of the pandemic in his obituary.
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Trump blasts Democrat-run cities for disrespecting police
President Trump on Monday blasted “Radical Left politicians” in American cities for allowing crime to run rampant and for failing to stand up for their police officers. “Never in history have Police been treated so badly as they are in Democrat run cities – and these cities are a mess,” the president said in a...
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Washington Redskins to change name following years of backlash
The team has not released what the new name will be.
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NFL Legend Bruce Smith Stuns Steve Harvey with Bizarre “Penis” Answer on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’
Steve Harvey is out here dropping F-bombs.
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Helen Raleigh: Trump admin on China’s human rights abuses — tough stance deserves credit
Many Americans are not aware of what the Trump administration has done to address human rights issues in China.
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The Traditional Interpretation of the Pardon Power Is Wrong
When Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering, Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded, “He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.” Stone was scheduled to be incarcerated on July 14, 2020. On July 10, Donald Trump commuted his sentence. Is this particular use of the president’s power constitutional and lawful? Many in the legal establishment maintain that it is, but we disagree.The power to grant “pardons and reprieves” includes the power to commute, or reduce, sentences after convictions. But this power is constrained by a limit: “except in cases of impeachment.” Traditionally, this exception has been read to mean only that a president cannot use the pardon and reprieve power to prevent or undo an impeachment by the House or an impeachment conviction by the Senate. By this interpretation, only impeachment charges themselves are precluded from presidential pardons. (According to the Constitution, the vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States” are subject to impeachment, which means, for example, that a president cannot pardon a federal judge’s impeachment.)But there is a strong argument, rooted in the Constitution’s text, history, values, and structure, that in addition to banning the prevention or undoing of an impeachment, this phrase also bans a president from using the pardon and reprieve power to commute the sentences of people directly associated with any impeachment charges against him. This argument is not a partisan one. Whatever rule is applied today would necessarily apply to future presidents, Democrats as well as Republicans.[David Frum: Stone walks free in one of the greatest scandals in American history]The impeachment charges against President Trump focused mainly on his alleged withholding of foreign aid from Ukraine to pressure the Ukrainian president into digging up dirt on Hunter Biden that could support Trump’s reelection campaign, and on his refusal to cooperate with the congressional investigation of this matter. But the articles of impeachment also explicitly invoke his “previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections” and “previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections.” According to our interpretation of the pardon clause, that would mean he can’t use the pardon and reprieve power to commute the sentences of those charged with crimes related to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign—including Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation into Russian election interference. This obstruction impeded the ability of Congress to gather information that could have been vital to the impeachment inquiry, benefitting Trump.Our interpretation stems, in part, from the fact that the Constitution’s Framers were deeply concerned about presidents abusing power to protect co-conspirators. As just one example, regarding treason, the Virginia delegate Edmund Randolph voiced a concern at the Constitutional Convention that “the prerogative of pardon in these cases was too great a trust. The President may himself be guilty. The Traytors may be his own instruments.”The votes of Randolph’s fellow delegates on the wording of the pardon clause at the convention reflect the overarching concern to curb this power, though their specific intentions are unclear. On August 25, 1787, delegates voted on this matter. As it stood, the president had “the power to grant reprieves & pardon.” Unanimously, the delegates voted to insert “except in cases of impeachment” after the word pardon—the language we are familiar with today. Directly afterward, they rejected the addition of the phrase “but his pardon shall not be pleadable in bar” in a six-to-four vote.These votes reflect more than merely semantic differences. The language “his pardon shall not be pleadable in bar” was pulled directly from the British; it banned the king from pardoning officials who were being impeached, but did not prevent him from pardoning officials after their impeachment. The traditional interpretation of the meaning of “except in cases of impeachment” is that it simply removed this loophole, preventing presidential pardons both during and after impeachment and conviction. However, the Framers’ rejection of the British phrase after having inserted “except in cases of impeachment” strongly suggests that the American delegates saw the new phrase as having a meaning distinct from the traditional interpretation. If “except in cases of impeachment” already covered both of those limits on presidential pardons, why would the Framers then need to vote on whether to include the British language—language that would have merely imposed the first limit they’d already unanimously approved? Given the unclear record of what the Framers meant to do that day, any interpretation of its meaning based only on the evidence we have about the day the phrase was adopted is speculative at best.[Russell Berman: Trump’s most brazen reprieve yet]So what exactly does “except in cases of impeachment” mean?James Madison, regarded by many as the father of the Constitution, seemed to agree that the pardon power as adopted was limited—and not merely in the very narrow way that traditionalists believe. At the Virginia Ratifying Convention, the delegate George Mason argued against ratification partly on the grounds that “the President ought not to have the power of pardoning, because he may frequently pardon crimes which were advised by himself.” Here was another example of the ever-present worry of a criminal president abusing power by exonerating his accomplices. But notes taken at the convention show that Madison had a response ready; he believed that the pardon power as written already prevented this abuse: “If the president be connected in any suspicious manner with any persons, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter himself; the house of representatives can impeach him … They can suspend him when suspected, and the power [of pardoning] will devolve on the vice-president … This is a great security.” Although this quote is sometimes read merely to reference the remedy of impeachment and removal, it is clear that the stripping of a president’s power to pardon those “connected in any suspicious manner” to him does not depend on a Senate conviction, after which any restrictions on presidential power would be redundant because he would be removed from office.Of course, one Madison quote alone does not resolve the question of original meaning. And we are not suggesting, as one might read Madison to be saying, that presidents must be suspended from all duties after being impeached. However, Madison’s quote shows he believed that an impeached president would lose the power to pardon, at least in the midst of his trial in the Senate. Madison is silent about whether the pardon power is reinstated after a Senate acquittal, but the fact that he emphasizes the danger of “suspected” presidents—not convicted ones—is a strong indication that one of our most important Framers would favor a reading of the pardon power that resembles our account of limits on impeached presidents.Still, traditionalists insist that Madison is wrong. They maintain that “except in cases of impeachment” means only that a president cannot use the pardon to stop an impeachment or undo its effects. This view relies on inconclusive historical evidence. The interpretation comes largely from an 1833 treatise by the Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, but Story did not have Madison’s notes from the convention—the authoritative source recounting the Framers’ debates—because they were first published in 1840. He even admitted that his interpretation of “except in cases of impeachment” as linked to the British limit on the pardon power was not conclusively supported by the evidence, saying only that it was “probably” accurate.[Jeffrey Crouch: Our founders didn’t intend for pardons to work like this]Some traditionalists have sought to bolster their position by turning to dicta—reasoning not central to the core matter being decided—in the Supreme Court case Ex Parte Wells (1855). But there the Court largely repeated Story’s view and offered no other good evidence that could undermine our favored interpretation. Traditionalists have also pointed to Alexander Hamilton's position in “Federalist No. 69,” in which he wrote, “A President of the Union … though he may even pardon treason, when prosecuted in the ordinary course of law, could shelter no offender, in any degree, from the effects of impeachment and conviction.” Certainly Hamilton may have differed from Madison in his interpretation of the Constitution’s limits on the pardon power, but even this quotation does not offer definitive proof that he felt that “the effects of impeachment and conviction” were limited to an “offender” who is actually the subject of the impeachment proceedings. Finally, traditionalists have pointed out that the Framers voted down a motion to exclude “except in cases of treason” from the pardon power. However, this vote is a separate issue: A blanket ban on pardoning any instance of treason is entirely distinct from restricting the pardon power of a president who has been impeached. None of these oft-cited sources provides a knock-down argument for the traditional view.Linguistically, the Constitution’s text is capable of supporting either reading. Given this ambiguity and the lack of historical certainty about the Framers’ intent, we should then embrace the meaning that is most consonant with the deepest purposes of the Constitution as a whole and most likely to advance the design and values it reflects. For all who read the Constitution as concerned with restraints on executive power—a worry central to the American Revolution and to many of the Framers—the interpretation advanced here is by far the most sensible. After all, the Constitution requires the president to “faithfully execute the law.” Its thrust is to insist that no one, not even the president, is above the law. It granted the president the power to pardon for acts of mercy, not self-preservation.As even President Richard Nixon’s Office of Legal Counsel recognized, the Constitution does not allow a president to issue a self-pardon. These values point toward our reading of the pardon power, which limits the supposed prerogative of impeached presidents to pardon co-conspirators connected to their impeachment.[Jeffrey Rosen: Hamilton would not have stood for Trump’s new constitutional theory]Our reading is the one most consistent with the structure of Article II of the Constitution—the article that establishes the presidency. Article II begins with a vesting of executive power that is capacious. The pardon power is the clearest example of discretionary and broad executive power. But because power so necessary in crisis could also be the most dangerous power in the Constitution if misused, the article also emphasizes the limits on the president. It concludes with the duty of the president to “take Care” that the laws be faithfully executed and the caveat that he be subject to impeachment and removal for not doing so. And the oath of office, specified word for word in Article II, emphasizes the duties and limits on the office because it requires the president to pledge to “faithfully execute the office” and “to preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution.Executive power as great as that vested in a president can be justified as consistent with the republican character of the Constitution only if presidents themselves are accountable to the law. They can be accountable only if they are precluded from thwarting legislative and judicial inquiries into their own potential abuse of power or their failure to take care that the laws and duties of the office be faithfully executed. The Framers granted such powers as the pardon only because they believed that impeachment would be a check on the office if the power was abused. That’s why the pardon and reprieve power itself has to be limited in the rare case in which its abuse subverts the impeachment check.We realize some will think we are tailoring the evidence to stop this particular president’s abuse of power. But the reading of the pardon power we advocate would limit every future president. And the limits it would impose on President Trump today illustrate how real and not merely theoretical the stakes of this debate are. This president has not been shy about his desire to use his power to shelter loyal soldiers from what he has called a “witch hunt.”Stone himself also revealed some of the strongest evidence for why this use of the pardon and reprieve power is not constitutionally valid. Shortly before his sentence was commuted, Stone said that Trump “knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him,” and added, “It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.” Stone is the co-conspirator the Framers feared. His commutation is not a self-pardon, but it has all the hallmarks of the kind of self-regarding act feared by the Framers and prohibited by the Constitution’s text, values, and structure. Even more concerning, it involves an attempt to subvert a congressional investigation that, unimpeded, may have unearthed even clearer evidence of the president’s impeachable offenses. In the Stone case and others like it, the pardon and reprieve power must be limited because its misuse cuts at the very heart of self-governance in a republic.
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This is the best-selling pony car in America so far for 2020
The race isn't even close.
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Kelly Preston's daughter, Ella, pays tribute to 'courageous' mother following her death
Kelly Preston’s daughter, Ella, paid tribute to her late mother on social media shortly after news of her death was announced by her dad, John Travolta. 
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Andre Aciman, Tayari Jones releasing audio-only stories
New fiction from Andre Aciman, Tayari Jones and Rufi Thorpe will be available this summer as audiobooks only
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Washington NFL team officially drops "Redskins" name
A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League.
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Harmeet Dhillon: Where was the outrage when Obama commuted sentence of convicted terrorist?
Center for American Liberty lawyer Harmeet Dhillon said on Monday that President Trump did not pardon Roger Stone, there was a commutation of the sentence.
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Trump’s attacks on Fauci and other experts reinforce that he’d rather Americans be confused than concerned
With the alternative being accountability, Trump's coronavirus response devolves into an attempt to muddy the waters.
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Washington Redskins officially retire name, logo
The Washington Redskins are officially no more. The NFL franchise announced Monday it is retiring the team nickname it has used since 1933 and is considered by many to be a racist slur for Native Americans. The team’s logo will also be retired. The club did not announce what its new name will be. In...
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Washington’s NFL team will no longer be called the Redskins; new name to come later
The team announced that it is retiring the Redskins name, which is considered by many to be a slur against Native Americans.
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Alaska Airlines flight turns around after passenger threatens to 'kill everybody on this plane'
The man was swiftly subdued by flight crew and two passengers, including a law enforcement officer.
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Washington Redskins retire team name, logo; no replacement announced
It's been the organization's moniker since 1933
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NASA captures remarkable image of NEOWISE comet
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has captured a remarkable image of the NEOWISE comet that was discovered in March.
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Mets mailbag: Brodie Van Wagenen’s future under new ownership
You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Mets. What are the odds Brodie Van Wagenen will be replaced as GM with the ownership change? —...
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Slowed by COVID-19, California group tries to track down families separated at the border
In the past five months, Seneca Family of Agencies has reached several hundred families across the United States who are potentially eligible for mental health services.
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Capital One Venture and Savor credit cards now earn bonus points on Uber Eats
For a limited time, select Capital One credit cards earn 5% cash back or 5 miles for every dollar spent on Uber Eats food delivery orders.
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Where are the consequences for DeSean Jackson’s rant against Jews?
An NFL star's horrific lies about Jews are how anti-Semitism starts. It grows entrenched when no one takes a firm stand against it.
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‘DC’s Stargirl’: Meet Pat’s Original Team In This Exclusive Clip From “Brainwave”
Why are there eight members in the Seven Soldiers of Victory?
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Former USA Gymnastics coach arrested on 14 counts of lewdness with a child
Former USA Gymnastics coach Terry Gray was arrested by Las Vegas police Friday on more than a dozen charges of lewdness with a minor under 14.      
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Column: With 'Arrowsmith' (1925), a Nobel novelist foretold our mishandling of the coronavirus
A century ago, Sinclair Lewis predicted how America would botch the coronavirus crisis.
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The 1918 flu hammered this Arizona mining town. Now a new scourge looms
This southern Arizona town, once a tourist haven, is struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Going up: New York's Empire State Building observatory to reopen on July 20
The Empire State Building's observatory is reopening on July 20, but at a sharply reduced capacity to protect visitors from the coronavirus.       
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What to look for in an estate-sale company
You want a company that will widely advertise your sale to attract lots of buyers. The best outfits employ staffers with appraisal skills who can tell whether Uncle Bob’s wingback chair is a valuable antique and determine if those family diamonds are really cubic zirconias.
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A comedian’s tour was canceled. So she started the Auntie Sewing Squad, cranking out 60,000 masks for vulnerable people.
“We’re the least likely kind of soldiers," said comedian Kristina Wong. "But we can sew. We have a gift that can help save lives.”
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Why Older People Really Eschew Technology. (It’s Not Because They Don’t Understand It.)
Older adults adopt tech they find useful and resist tech they don’t.
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CBS News Battleground Tracker finds Biden ahead of or close to Trump in 3 key states
A new CBS News Battleground Tracker finds presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of or close to President Donald Trump in Arizona, Texas and Florida. Ed O'Keefe explains what's behind Biden's rise and how the Trump campaign will seek to shake up the 2020 race.
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Kelly Preston’s daughter Ella Travolta honors ‘courageous’ mom in tribute
"I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you," Ella Travolta wrote.
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Poland reelects President Andrzej Duda in narrow victory over liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski
Polish President Andrzej Duda won a second five-year term, narrowly defeating his liberal opponent Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday's presidential election, according to reports.
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A New York grad died after rushing into rough ocean water to save the lives of two friends
Mark Alston, 23, said his brother was always "really caring." Jalan Alston rushed to save two friends struggling in the water at the New Jersey shore.        
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Disappearing day care slots are hitting parents trying to get back to work
Many parents still have no options for care for their young children, even months into the pandemic, and that is hampering them from returning to the workplace and getting the economy fully back open.
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Cindy Adams: Trump’s niece is ‘drawing blood to make money’ with new book
Mary Trump's "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" is due out Tuesday.
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The Daily 202: Trump’s move to weaken key environmental law could sideline communities of color
The decision to scale back NEPA will speed the development of pipelines and other infrastructure projects.
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Max Holloway staying positive, despite split-decision UFC 251 loss: 'Blessed era continues'
Max Holloway may not have gotten his hand raised on Saturday, but thinks he's done enough to reclaim his title.       Related Stories5 biggest takeaways from UFC 251: Usman's approach, Holloway's heartbreak, Yan's potentialUFC 251 rookie report: Grading the newcomers at 'UFC Fight Island'Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kamaru Usman and UFC 251's key winning fighters? 
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Titans' Taylor Lewan comes up with idea for NFL to play 2020 season amid pandemic
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan tweeted Saturday that the NFL should take some pointers from UFC on how to continue playing the sport during a pandemic.
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Kelly Preston: Rita Wilson, Russell Crowe, more stars pay tribute to late actress
Rita Wilson, Russell Crowe and more celebrities are paying tribute to actress Kelly Preston, who died at 57 after a battle with breast cancer.        
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Arkansas cop charged with manslaughter in shooting fellow officer
An Arkansas police officer who allegedly threatened to shoot protesters if they came to his home has been charged with fatally shooting a fellow cop who knocked on his door.
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Trump tweets message attacking CDC, doctors as 'lying'
President Donald Trump faces broad disapproval for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent poll.
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Atlanta police announce 2nd person of interest in shooting death of 8-year-old girl near Wendy’s
Atlanta police are searching for a second person of interest in the killing of Secoriea Turner, an eight-year-old girl who was fatally shot near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month after an encounter with police officers.
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Arizona lake 'electrocution incident' leaves 1 dead, 2 critically hurt, fire official says
One person was killed and two others critically injured at a lake in Arizona on Sunday night after a possible electrocution incident, according to officials.
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Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban overturned
Court of Arbitration for Sport finds that UEFA failed to establish that the Premier League club violated its Financial Fair Play rules.
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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2020: See Olivia Culpo share the cover
The babe bible is back!
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Man fatally shot, three others hurt in shootings across NYC
A 20-year-old man was fatally shot inside a Brooklyn building — and at least three others were hurt as gunfire broke out across the city early Monday, according to police. The Brooklyn man was shot multiple times in the head and torso in the lobby of a building on Williams Avenue near Stanley Avenue in...
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Naya Rivera's 'Glee' co-stars are ‘not without hope’ for the missing actress
As the search continues for missing “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, two of her former co-stars spoke out on social media after seemingly being criticized over their silence. 
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