Tim Alberta/Politico:

3 Extra Humorous Emotions About 2020

With 21 days till the election, it’s time to inch a bit farther out on a limb.

There’s motive to be skeptical of a number of the Republicans who’ve enabled and justified Trump’s assault on establishments these previous 5 years. However remember: They’re on the poll, too. If Mitch McConnell agrees that Biden’s victory is illegitimate, he’s making the case that his personal victory in Kentucky is illegitimate. That’s not going to occur. Might you see a couple of of the president’s congressional sycophants go over the cliff with him? Certain. However the overwhelming majority of Republicans, confronted with the fact of a landslide defeat within the Electoral School, will notice that it’s time to see Trump out—and time to sit up for 2024.


Trump returns to marketing campaign path after bout with covid-19, amid criticism he’s nonetheless not taking pandemic significantly

President Trump returned to the marketing campaign path Monday, holding his first rally since being hospitalized earlier this month, as a part of an intense effort to display that his bout with covid-19 is behind him and that he’s the extra vigorous of the 2 septuagenarian candidates vying for the presidency.

But Trump’s rally in Sanford, Fla., got here amid issues that his plans to barnstorm the nation may put him and others in danger.


How Biden may finish 2020 on election night time — and why Trump’s path is unlikely

Biden leads in polls of a number of fast-counting states Trump received in 2016, however the states that put Trump excessive final time face delays.

President Donald Trump has demanded to know the outcomes of the 2020 election on election night time, though some states warn that it’s going to take days to rely their votes. But when there’s a winner declared on Nov. 3, it can virtually definitely be dangerous information for the president.

Whereas vote counting may very well be delayed in lots of states resulting from a glut of mail ballots, Biden is difficult Trump in a number of fast-counting, Republican-leaning swing states the president carried 4 years in the past. Election directors in these states, particularly Florida and North Carolina, are assured they need to have a lot of the vote counted on election night time.


Donald B. Ayer and Alan Charles Raul/USA at the moment:

Bare Republican hypocrisy is destroying belief in Supreme Court docket: Reagan, Bush attorneys

Republicans are utilizing a deeply unfair course of to substantiate Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Construct religion in democracy by letting the folks determine.

Certainly, if Senate Republicans pressure Decide Barrett by means of within the waning weeks earlier than a presidential election — after denying President Obama any alternative for Senate consideration of his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland practically a 12 months earlier than the 2016 election — the American folks will unavoidably see the Supreme Court docket as simply one other discussion board for energy politics and political gamers.  

IOW, they’ll see it for what it’s.


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Philip Bump with a to make certain piece/WaPo:

How to consider Trump’s possibilities of profitable reelection

It’s vitally vital to President Trump that you simply assume he’s all-but-certain to win this 12 months’s presidential contest. If you happen to don’t assume that, for those who settle for both that he would possibly lose or — as is at the moment extra possible — that he’s in all probability going to lose, you’re in all probability going to be extra more likely to settle for that there shall be thousands and thousands of legitimate votes left to be counted after Election Day.

If you happen to assume that Trump is certainly going to win until rampant fraud happens, although, you’re going to be much more open to Trump’s seemingly inevitable and inevitably false assertions that the mail-in votes being counted are riddled with fraud. These votes are going to skew heavily towards former vp Joe Biden, it appears, so blocking them from being counted could also be Trump’s solely path to victory. For it to work, although, he wants his supporters to assume that the inevitable end result of the election is a Trump victory that Democratic ne’er-do-wells try to steal.


Scott Lemieux//NBC:

Republicans aren’t being trustworthy about why Amy Coney Barrett has their assist. They can not be.

The rulings they hope — and totally anticipate — Trump’s Supreme Court docket nominee to make are so unpopular they should faux they do not know she’ll make them

So given the clear significance that McConnell and Trump have positioned on confirming Barrett earlier than the election over all different political priorities, one would possibly then anticipate Republicans to shout to the rooftops the conservative constitutional positions Barrett is being put onto the courtroom to advance. As an alternative, the GOP is basically denying that she holds or will advance Republican views on constitutional points in any respect.


Nicholas Bagley/Atlantic

A Warning From Michigan

The state previews how far Republican judges will go to hinder Democrats in workplace

That brazen ruling in Michigan previews the place the U.S. Supreme Court docket would possibly take the nation, particularly with the respiratory room {that a} 6–3 conservative supermajority would create. Though the information media have principally centered on what a Justice Amy Coney Barrett would imply for abortion and gun rights, her affirmation might pose a extra elementary menace to good governance. The US Supreme Court docket, just like the Michigan Supreme Court docket, might develop into an much more stridently partisan instrument than it already is, one which by design will frustrate Democratic efforts to manipulate.

Richard L Hasen/New York:

Trump’s New Supreme Court docket Is Coming for the Subsequent Dozen Elections

When Decide Amy Coney Barrett sits for questions earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee in mid-October, little doubt Democrats will pepper her with questions on whether she would recuse herself in any Trump v. Biden election lawsuit to come back earlier than the Supreme Court docket. Though that’s an vital query to ask, maybe the larger query is what it will imply in the long term for voting and election instances to have a sixth conservative justice on the Supreme Court docket.

Briefly, a Barrett affirmation would make it extra possible we are going to see a major undermining of the already weakened Voting Rights Act — the Court docket said on Friday it can hear a case involving the legislation. A 6-3 conservative Court docket would possibly enable limitless undisclosed cash in political campaigns; give extra latitude to states to suppress votes, particularly these of minorities; defend partisan gerrymandering from reform efforts; and strengthen the illustration of rural white areas, which might favor Republicans.





How Are We Feeling?

A survey reveals the hardships of overlaying a life-or-death story—and what challenges will linger

When information staff have been requested to rank what they’d discovered most professionally troublesome throughout the pandemic, psychological well being topped the record, above monetary issues:

  • The psychological and emotional impacts of coping with the covid-19 disaster (70%)
  • Considerations about unemployment or different monetary impacts (67%)
  • The extreme workload (64%)
  • Social isolation (59%)
  • The bodily threat of contracting the virus or passing it on to others (54%)
  • The technical challenges of reporting (51%)


This offensive tweet isn’t going to assist Trump win the election:

Seniors vote.