THE FEED
what-ifs
what-ifs
Times’ Trump Tax Scoop Doesn’t Prove Criminality. But Does It Point the Way?
“What you have,” says a former IRS criminal investigator, “is a pattern of constantly pushing the envelope, exploiting every tax advantage.”
bill de blasio
bill de blasio
Bill de Blasio Has No Idea What He’s Doing Here
He reportedly proposed “a contest” to come up with a plan to reopen schools. The chaos is so bad that one education union wants him stripped of power.
trump campaign
trump campaign
Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale in Hospital After Suicide Threat: Report
Parscale was reportedly hospitalized after police came to his home, where he had guns and was threatening self-harm.
poll position
poll position
Trump Needs Debates to Move the Polls
The president is still in range in battleground states if he can get a decent national swing, but he’s running out of time and Biden’s lead is steady.
trump tax returns
trump tax returns
The Key Takeaways From the Times’ Trump Tax-Return Investigation
The president paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he was elected and is facing a growing personal-debt crisis.
the top line
the top line
Donald Trump Isn’t Broke. He’s a Very Rich Guy Who Doesn’t Pay Enough Taxes.
Some people are reading Trump’s taxes — or the New York Times’ account of what was in his taxes over the last 20 years — much too literally.

A major lifeline for renters

NEWS: @NYGovCuomo says he will extend the moratorium on residential evictions in New York through Jan 1, 2021.

“I want people to have fundamental stability in their lives.”
@JimmyVielkind
what-ifs
what-ifs
Report: Trump Considered Ivanka As Running Mate in 2016
The president entertained the idea of a Trump–Trump ticket for weeks.
silicon valley
silicon valley
Is Palantir’s Crystal Ball Just Smoke and Mirrors?
An inside look at how Big Data’s scariest, most secretive unicorn got its start.
politics
politics
QAnon Goes to Washington
Twenty-four followers of the grotesque conspiracy theory are running for Congress in November. Where does this end?

“This is what Americans don’t understand. They’re waiting to get personally punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That’s not how it happens.”

If you’re waiting for a moment where you’re like ‘this is it’, I’m telling you, it never comes. Nobody comes on TV and says ‘things are officially bad’. There’s no launch party for decay. It’s just a pileup of outrages and atrocities in between friendships and weddings and perhaps an unusual amount of alcohol.


Perhaps you’re waiting for some moment when the adrenaline kicks in and you’re fighting the virus or fascism all the time, but it’s not like that. Life is not a movie, and if it was, you’re certainly not the star. You’re just an extra. If something good or bad happens to you it’ll be random and no one will care. If you’re unlucky you’re a statistic. If you’re lucky, no one notices you at all.


Collapse is just a series of ordinary days in between extraordinary bullshit, most of it happening to someone else. That’s all it is.

Indi Samarajiva
Describing what it was like to live through a civil war in Sri Lanka, and noting the similarities with what is now happening in America.
vision 2020
vision 2020
2020 Presidential Debates: What to Expect and How to Watch
All eyes are on the final hurdles in the 2020 campaign — though not at the White House, as Trump reportedly hasn’t been doing his prep work.
supreme court
supreme court
Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court: Updates
Barrett celebrated Justices Scalia and Ginsburg in her speech accepting the nomination, but made it clear she would follow Scalia’s example.
vision 2020
vision 2020
‘Classic Authoritarian’: How Historians Rate Trump’s Danger to Democracy
You’re not paranoid to think the U.S. is headed for disaster, according to the people who study how democracies die.

Amtrak Joe’s plan to pick up steam after the debate

“After the debate, Biden is looking to match some of Trump’s frequency of campaign appearances, embarking on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania …”

The man loves his trains https://t.co/PVbtrAIGm0
@ChrisMegerian
republican theory
republican theory
Dennis Quaid Swears His White House Coronavirus Ad Campaign Isn’t Political
“It is being used by the cancel-culture media.”
the system
the system
The Law Is Not Made for Breonna Taylor
And its capacity to deliver justice is functionally null.
the law
the law
Trump Didn’t Choose Barrett — She Was Chosen for Him
Trump is only a vessel, an instrument through which conservative legal activists and a pliant Senate have made the judiciary a bit more Trumpian.
supreme court
supreme court
Amy Coney Barrett Is Even More Extreme Than Antonin Scalia
Even if her confirmation is a done deal, Barrett’s record should be laid bare in the Senate hearings so Americans understand what’s at stake.
supreme court
supreme court
Amy Coney Barrett and the Triumph of Phyllis Schlafly
Conservatives have long understood the power of weaponizing womanhood.
supreme court
supreme court
Are Amy Coney Barrett’s Religious Views Fair Game for Tough Questions?
Charismatic Catholicism may seem alien to many Americans. But Barrett’s critics really need to educate themselves before diving down rabbit holes.
supreme court
supreme court
Dems Should Turn Barrett Hearings Into an Anti-GOP Infomercial
The party has no chance of blocking Trump’s nominee. But they do have an opportunity to spotlight the GOP’s unpopular judicial agenda.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Democrats Are All But Resigned to the Supreme Court’s Hard-Right Turn
“The ACA could be overturned by Trump’s Supreme Court the week after the election, in the middle of a pandemic. There’s no good answer.”
supreme court
supreme court
Senate Democrats Want Barrett to Step Aside If Supreme Court Gets Election Case
It would make Bush v. Gore look like child’s play to rush through a Supreme Court nominee who then rules on Trump’s political fate.

The party of the fewer people

The RNC is getting involved in an appeal over absentee ballot deadlines in Georgia, making it the 20th state where the Republican Party is fighting election lawsuits to limit the rights of voters.https://t.co/LXpkyXxmUe
@kylegriffin1
the national interest
the national interest
Trump’s Threats of Bloodshed Are Off Message, Republicans Worry
Every time Trump says he’s an authoritarian, it just feeds into the baseless liberal paranoia that he’s some kind of “authoritarian.”
vision 2020
vision 2020
Democrats Are Moving Fast on the Filibuster. Joe Biden Isn’t Yet.
Nearly everything the party wants to achieve probably hinges on a procedural step their candidate may refuse to take.
the national circus
the national circus
How Far Will Trump Go to Keep the White House?
Trump won’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. The real question is how his most ardent, militant supporters will respond.
vision 2020
vision 2020
How Biden Can Challenge Trump on Trying to Rig the Election
Biden should try to split Trump from his enablers by disclaiming an attack on the legitimacy of the Electoral College if all votes are counted.