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Roger Stone’s lawyers ridiculed for blowing up their own conspiracy theory about Mueller: ‘How far the nutbags have fallen’

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Special counsel Robert Mueller (left) and Trump confidante Roger Stone (right). Images via Obama White House archives and screengrab.

After special counsel Robert Mueller hit back against Roger Stone’s claim that his office leaked his FBI arrest to CNN, the Trump confidante responded — but his legal ground appears to be shaky.

Earlier in the day, Mueller’s team released a statement noting that they did not violate a court order when releasing a press release about his indictment. They also pushed back against Stone’s conspiracy theory alleging they tipped CNN off in advance.

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Stone’s lawyers, BuzzFeed News legal correspondent Chris Geidner wrote, are “insisting the special counsel’s office read the order wrong.”

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Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer, noted that not only did Stone’s lawyers admit “that there was no leak to CNN,” but also that “they don’t think DOJ had the authority to send out the press release and Complaint when it did based on the language of the sealing order.”

“Oh how far the conspiracy nutbags have fallen,” Moss added.

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Trump’s decision to block coronavirus aid to hard-hit states will cost 4 million jobs: analysis

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President Donald Trump's refusal to provide federal aid to states hit hard by the economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic would cost the country 4 million jobs, according to an analysis by Moody's Analytics.

Negotiations over the next phase of coronavirus relief have stalled as Trump attempts to circumvent Congress with unworkable and legally dubious executive orders that fall far short of the aid that would be included in any Congressional proposal. Though House Democrats already approved a $3 trillion relief bill including an extension on federal unemployment benefits and $1 trillion in aid to states and cities whose tax revenues evaporated amid coronavirus lockdowns, Trump and Senate Republicans have balked at both provisions.

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Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return

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Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.

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Trump’s campaign has plans to disrupt coverage of the Democratic convention: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump will be hitting the road next week where he will visit battleground states in an effort to steal headlines while the Democrats hold their national convention to select former Vice President Joe Biden as their presidential nominee.

With the physical convention set aside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats will hold a virtual convention that will feature a host of high-profile Democrats including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama among others, and Trump's campaign wants to get the president out front of them and grab the limelight.

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