Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death – AP News

Jim Salter:

It was nearly six years ago that a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old. Civil rights leaders and Brown’s mother had hoped that Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, the county’s first Black prosecutor, would reopen the case after he took office in January 2019.

This is a terrible decision. It’s horrifying in light of the current climate. Very interested to see what the reaction in Ferguson is going to be.

COVID-19, Day 138

The US is officially in a recession now. Here are a few headlines:

And amid all of this, Trump just suggested the November election be delayed.

Trump abruptly ends briefing after being pressed over retweeting misinformation – CNNPolitics

Kevin Liptak:

When Trump was pressed by CNN's Kaitlan Collins about his words of support for a doctor who downplayed masks and suggested alien DNA was used in medical treatments, he cut the briefing short and stormed out.

Haha! Kaitlan Collins is a boss. IIRC, this isn't the first time that a tough question from a female reporter led to Trump bailing out of a press conference like a big angry baby.

Donald Trump begins rolling back DACA in defiance of the Supreme Court. – Slate

Mark Joseph Stern:

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it will continue to defy a federal court order compelling the full restoration of DACA, the Obama-era program that allows 700,000 immigrants to live and work in the United States legally. By doing so, the administration has chosen to flout a decision by the Supreme Court, effectively rejecting the judiciary’s authority to say what the law is.

But will anyone do anything besides grouse and point out there's an election in a couple months? Both sides are letting him get away with things like this. It's a bad precedent that's going to cause even more problems in the future.

“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights — ProPublica

Dara Lind:

Legal experts describe the move as a blatant violation of the constitutional right to free assembly, but at least 12 protesters arrested in recent weeks have been specifically barred from attending protests or demonstrations as they await trials on federal misdemeanor charges.

There's no way in hell I'd agree to this because it's constitutionally invalid.

COVID-19, Day 136

I thought about listening to Bill Barr’s testimony today, but I figured it would do nothing but make me angry, so I opted to read through the summaries after the fact. That was a smart move, as Jim Jordan’s opening statement probably would have made my head explode.

Speaking of 🤯, check out this headline at the Daily Beeast: Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine

Oh, and here’s another 🤯: The US crossed 150,000 deaths today.

And I leave you with one 😂: Trump’s slack-jawed mouth-breather of a son got his Twitter account locked after spreading fake news.

COVID-19, Day 135

The DNC voted against adopting Medicare For All as part of the official platform today, and I cannot for the life of me understand why that party wants to lose so badly in November.

COVID-19, Day 133

Roughly 100 days until the election (if it happens). Now would be a great time to check your voter registration, update your address on your driver's license if you've moved, and just generally make sure that any small detail that could get you denied at the voting station is squared away.