Felicia Sonmez

Felicia Sonmez

Washington Post national political reporter. Previously @wsj and @afp in Beijing. Email me at felicia.sonmez@washpost.com.

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The inside story of Trump confidant Stone’s pardon. Stone leaped over thousands of inmates seeking clemency. @bethreinhard  @PostRoz  @hsu_spencer  @jdawsey1 

Giroir also urged Americans to wear masks in public, although he stopped short of calling for a national mandate. “For this to work, we have to have like 90% of people wearing a mask in public, in the hot spot areas. If we don’t have that, we will not get control of the virus.”

Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic via & @yabutaleb7  @jdawsey1  @lauriemcginley2 

Coronavirus update: Florida shatters single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases with @D_Hawk  & @costareports 

Sen. Graham says Mueller may be invited to testify in wake of op-ed on Trump’s commutation of Stone sentence

Coronavirus update: California, Oregon roll back reopenings as new coronavirus cases surge

Trump cites game show host on pandemic while undercutting health officials and questioning their expertise @ToluseO 


In a somewhat odd moment at tonight's AFT town hall, Biden tells a 10-year-old girl, “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking." He takes her over to the assembled reporters, then stands behind her and puts his hands on her shoulders while he's talking.

Wow. CNN says it reached out to 50 GOP lawmakers this morning; 49 declined to appear on air to discuss the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Only Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), who’s on now, said yes. Yesterday, Jake Tapper similarly highlighted GOPers who declined to appear on @CNNSotu 

Trump says he tested "very positively" for covid-19 this morning, meaning negative.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) crosses party lines to vote in favor of authorizing subpoena for Kellyanne Conway

I believe that Washington Post readers and employees, including myself, deserve to hear directly from @PostBaron  on the newspaper’s handling of this matter. My statement on The Post’s decision tonight:

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Interestingly, in China people have expressed similar pride in the self-sacrifice they’ve undertaken during the coronavirus pandemic — but that sacrifice was to self-quarantine for weeks, not to return to business as usual.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on "Face the Nation" this a.m. from Hong Kong, dressed in black. "I think it is very much in the United States' interest to support the people of Hong Kong," he said. "I'm here, I'm dressed in all black standing in solidarity with the protesters."

Giuliani, who accused Twitter of letting someone "invade" his tweet when he made a typo, casts himself as a tech expert on Fox today. In discussing deleted Strzok-Page texts, Giuliani says texts are "not like emails. I do this work, cybersecurity work, and texts are hard to get."