NPR News: 07-11-2020 10PM ET
Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Windsor Johnston President. Trump continues to defend his decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime friend and advisor Roger Stone, speaking outside of the White House today, trump said stone was treated unfairly during the former counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the twenty sixteen election. Extremely happy because in this country they want. Justice and Rogers don't was not treated properly so a very happy with what I did. Former special counsel Robert. Muller is pushing back against claims. That Roger Stone was a victim of the investigation in a Washington Post op. Ed, Muller said the probe was of paramount importance and stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. Starting Monday nearly all residents in Louisiana will be required to wear facial coverings in public. Paul Braun of member station. W. R. K. F. reports the announcement from governor. John Bel Edwards comes a day after the state recorded its highest single-day total of new corona virus cases since the outbreak became. Until now, the Democratic Edwards had local leaders make their own decisions about masks, and he supported mask mandates in New Orleans Baton Rouge and Shreveport but Republican officials in some of the state's new hot spots, including Lafayette and Lake Charles have openly opposed the policy so Edwards stepped in, and if you don't like the mandate. Then don't like it, but were you mask anyway? It's the right thing to do. It's essential thing to do. Edwards is also shutting down. The state's bars have been the site of dozens of outbreaks and accounted for hundreds of cases since they reopened in the middle of June for NPR news I'm Paul Baran in Baton Rouge? Atop writer at Fox, news channel has resigned after it was revealed that he had written a series of racist and sexist posts under a pseudonym. NPR's David Folkenflik reports Blake neff road for a primetime show hosted by Tucker Carlson. The writer, Blake neff posted about blacks Asian Americans and women for years, suggesting whites needed to defend themselves against a society increasingly defined by people of color among the ways CNN identified him a self enough posted online showed him in the reflection of a window, taking the picture Fox confirmed nef's resignation, but would not comment. Crossing has repeatedly been condemned for flirting with racism and sexism or according to critics. Critics even embodying them most recently Carlson questioned the patriotism of Senator Tammy Duckworth a double amputee from her US army days when Iraqi insurgents blasted the helicopter, she was flying out of the sky. She's Thai descent. Carlson did not come in about NEFF, but in a segment Friday night. He complained of an online mob especially, he said CNN David Folkenflik NPR news. You're listening to NPR news in Washington. In California, the nearly two hundred fifty year old San Gabriel mission is nearly destroyed. After a fire broke out this morning, the church was being renovated. Firefighters had to escape the inside of it when the roof began to fall. The Interior is hard. President! Trump says he's ordered federal law enforcement officers to Portland Oregon to quell the protests that have at times turned violent. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad, Wilson reports, demonstrators have gathered to protest police violence on a nightly basis for the past six weeks at a military briefing Friday trump turned to department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf in asked for an update on the protests in Portland we should do there. Recently. It was out of control. The locals couldn't handle it and you. People are handling it very nicely. Wolf told the President D.. H. S. on the Department of Justice. are quote surging resources in Portland that led to several arrests? What we see in Portland is really a smaller example what we see around the country regarding some of the civil unrest in in the attacks, law enforcement Portland police and city officials declined. Declined comment in addition to Portland. The agency deployed officers to Seattle. Washington DC and Gettysburg Pennsylvania for NPR news I'm Conrad Wilson in Portland Record. Heat is expected to continue across many parts of the south excessive heat warnings are in effect in California Arizona and parts of Nevada heat advisories have been issued from New Mexico East to Florida. Some areas are expected to hit one hundred twenty degrees. I'm Windsor. Johnston and you're listening to NPR news in Washington.