A ProPublica/Maine Monitor investigation describes the sad state of Maine's public defender program, upon which poor folks depend to get justice. Long story short: the state's program had always been private, which as you know usually makes it more expensive, and then never funded it properly, resulting in (among other evils) the worst lawyers, some with criminal convictions, representing the state's poorest residents. I bet this happens in every state once QAnon candidates start winning -- which they will, if Democrats retake power in Washington and then come up with excuses not to use it, as is their habit.
Contra our President's hysteria, Goldman Sachs analysts tell investors a Democratic victory at the polls this November "would likely prompts us to upgrade our forecasts." Well, they did quite well during the Obama years, so I guess they would know. Seriously, our President is clever enough to hang this around Joe Biden's neck, banksters still being extremely unpopular in America, but, ah, we have reason to doubt that he's vigorous enough to do that at present.
Walker Bragman and David Sirota at Jacobin evaluate Judge Barrett's record at the Seventh Circuit, and find it as wanting as Nathan Robinson did. (She opined correctly in Kanter v. Barr, actually, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut.) Given a slavish devotion to non-interpretation of even obviously unjust laws that would make Neil Gorsuch blush, you have to wonder what Judge Barrett thinks judges are even for.
Dean Baker suggests that our President is "throwing away" our shot at a vaccine by refusing to cooperate with other nations on that task. And, you know, also by valuing a corporation's potential "intellectual property" over sick people getting better. You should suspect the good heart of anyone who consistently puts things over people. No, they're not "smart" if they do that; they're evil if they do that.
Facebook kicks all QAnon and Q-related accounts off its platform, which means, in the short term, that Q-believers will slink off to other platforms, nursing their unearned sense of martyrdom, and await the shit-ton of right-wing money coming their way if Democrats annihilate Republicans this November. Still, Facebook did a good work here, particularly if other platforms take the suggestion and conclude that our First Amendment protects people from our government, not from social media platforms.
Finally, our President breaks off all negotiations with Congress over a COVID-19 relief bill, saying there won't be another one until "after I win." He contradicted himself on Twitter shortly thereafter, but we know folks by their deeds, not their words. And when he says Speaker Pelosi (who shepherded the HEROES Act through the House almost five months ago) isn't "negotiating in good faith," he really means she's not capitulating to all his demands. Just like the rest of them.