The first female recession: Women in Richmond and beyond are leaving the workforce in record numbers during COVID | richmond.com

Colleen Curran:

Women account for 52.6% of job losses between February and August, or 5.6 million jobs, according to data released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since February, there are 2.6 million fewer women in the labor force. In September, 617,000 women dropped out of the workforce, in comparison to only 78,000 men.

This is depressing and made even worse by Mark Meadows saying yesterday “we are not going to control the pandemic.” As I’ve said before, this is the future Republicans want: women beholden to men. The pandemic provides a path.

A shocking number of women dropped out of the workforce last month – CNN

Anneken Tappe:

About 617,000 women left the workforce in September alone, compared with only 78,000 men, according to government data released Friday. Half of the women who dropped out were in the prime working age of 35-44.

Saw this coming. This, combined with the backward-thinking SCOTUS nominee the GOP put forward, is going to set women back by decades, which is exactly what Republicans want. Barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen taking orders from men–that’s the ideal Republican woman. How depressing.

What If Trump Refuses to Concede? – The Atlantic

Barton Gellman:

According to sources in the Republican Party at the state and national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority. With a justification based on claims of rampant fraud, Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly. The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe-harbor deadline expires.

They have a plan. It’s not hypothetical.

Coronavirus pandemic sets women back amid unemployment, child care crisis – USA Today

Chabeli Carrazana:

In December 2019, when coronavirus was still but a distant headline in China, women surpassed men at 50.04% of the labor force.

It was a fleeting breakthrough.

Nearly 11 million jobs held by women disappeared from February to May, erasing a decade of job gains by women in the labor force.

In June, women regained 2.9 million positions, but those jobs, which are largely in the hospitality field, remain insecure as the spread of coronavirus forces new closures.

I wrote about this about a month ago. The pandemic is going to be absolutely crippling to American women.

The Deaths of 150,000 Americans Are on Trump’s Hands | The Nation

Elie Mystal:

That president, Donald Trump, will never pay for what he’s done. Oh, he might lose an election. He might even be compelled to leave office once he loses (though that is still kind of up in the air). But Trump will never be held criminally accountable for the deaths he has caused. We cannot calculate how many Americans would have died even if we did everything right versus how many Americans have died and will die because Trump has done everything wrong, but that number is large. The delta is monstrous.

I've been beating the criminal negligence drum for a while now. It's unconscionable that Trump and the GOP should be able to walk away from this disaster without being held to account.

Some Missouri health agencies received no COVID-19 money | The Kansas City Star

Katie Moore and Matthew Kelly:

In the past two weeks, Missouri has had the second highest rate of new cases in the country, second only to Connecticut, according to the COVID Exit Strategy.

Against this, local public health agencies across the state are trying to ramp up testing and contact tracing but say their hands are tied because the state delivered the federal aid not to them, but to their local county commissions. And the county commissioners in many places have held up the money.

Some counties have paid outside advisers to manage the funds, have put private businesses first or have considered just giving the money back to the federal government.

Red states gonna red state.

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.

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.