California shuts down indoor operations of many recently reopened businesses
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Roger Stone’s clemency order by Trump released
The attorney at the Office of the Pardon, that well known corner of the Washington labyrinth, has released the clemency order that Donald Trump signed for Roger Stone last Friday.
Stone was due to report to federal prison tomorrow. But the order voids all elements of his sentence, including the time behind bars, the $20,000 fine and the two years of probation. Earlier today, Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked for a copy of the order to clarify whether it applied to Stone’s probation.
Stone has not been pardoned, however. The president has reportedly encouraged him to appeal his conviction for lying and witness tampering in the Russia investigation. And a pardon implies that someone was guilty.
Also, Stone released from home confinement.
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Donald Trump has once again baited China over the coronavirus, which originated in the country last year.
At the press Q & A moments ago in Washington, the president said: “I think what China has done to the world with the China plague…the China virus…what they did to the world should not be forgotten.”
Early on in the pandemic, Trump came under heavy criticism for calling Covid-19 the “China virus” and then defending his choice of language, while also questioning whether the virus occurred naturally, as all his top experts believe, or was made in a lab.
After a while he was persuaded to stop using that phrase but in recent weeks he’s thrown away caution and diplomacy and begun using many derogatory and racially-biased terms for coronavirus, as well as continuing with repeated misinformation about the illness and the way the pandemic is being handled in the US.
Trump falsely claims he’s getting ‘rave reviews’ for Stone commutation
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Trump: ‘I have a very good relationship with Dr Fauci’
LA and San Diego schools will be entirely online when classes resume
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Trump holds roundtable on families positively affected by police
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