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FiveThirtyEight, the popular politics and news blog launched by statistics guru Nate Silver in 2010, is moving from Disney-owned ESPN to Disney-owned ABC News, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Transitioning the property to its sister network that's more news and politics focused, is a better fit for website than ESPN. President of ABC News James Goldston tells the Wall Street Journal that FiveThirtyEight is part of ABC News’ plans to enhance its political reporting ahead of the midterm elections.

The details: ABC will take on all of FiveThirtyEight's staff, with the exception of a few layoffs, per WSJ. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Reports over the past few months have suggested that ESPN was exploring several potential new owners for the blog, as it undergoes major digital changes of its own.

What they're saying: FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver tweeted that he is excited to work with ABC and "combine our strengths with theirs as we tackle the 2018 and 2020 elections and other news stories."

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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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13 states this week surpassed records set just last week for their highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health department data. 16 states in total reported new highs.

The big picture: The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't just due to increased testing — particularly where the number of cases has grown fastest over the last month, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.

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