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.

“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.

The doctor behind a cognitive test Trump took says ‘it’s supposed to be easy’ – MarketWatch

Nicole Lyn Pesce:

“This is not an IQ test or the level of how a person is extremely skilled or not,” Nasreddine agreed in a call with MarketWatch. “The test is supposed to help physicians detect early signs of Alzheimer’s, and it became very popular because it was a short test, and very sensitive for early impairment.”

That Trump referred to some of these questions as "very difficult" is extremely troubling.

Can essential child care during Covid-19 offer a model to schools this fall? – CNN

Laura Jarrett:

Classrooms are limited to only nine children and sprayed down with an industrial-strength cleaning solution at least once a day.

If a child falls ill during the day — which Ramage says has happened only twice — there are "isolation rooms" and parents are called to come pick the child up. But so far, not a single case of Covid-19 has been reported.

Zero cases while caring for kids of essential workers, like folks who work in hospitals treating coronavirus patients. This is super interesting. But before we get too excited:

But safety comes with a steep cost, making all of these enhanced measures and protocols unrealistic for some school districts to put into practice on a large scale.

Our public schools in America are already severely underfunded, so it’s hard to see how this model could be rolled out nationwide without massive federal assistance. Republicans have already demanded that kids go back to school without offering any assistance with the effort, so it’s hard to imagine them suddenly getting on board with a massive funding initiative. Hell, they can’t even be arsed to pass a new stimulus package for the 30 million people who are still unemployed.

Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Jeremy Kohler:

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Cox. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

Parson has followed Trump’s lead on the coronavirus, and his state is starting to pay for it now. Missouri reported 846 new cases yesterday. A week prior, the state reported only 300 new cases. Parson has provided zero leadership, just like Trump, and is shrugging off any options for handling the virus that don’t directly relate to reopening the state’s economy as soon as possible.

And if that weren’t bad enough:

Parson also raised eyebrows by saying he would probably pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at protesters who marched by their mansion on One Portland Place, if they were to be convicted of crimes.

Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, New Study Finds – The New York Times

Apoorva Mandavilli:

The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned.

I'm beating a dead horse here, but it is imperative that we separate the politics from the science. It will be hard on every single parent to keep kids home this fall, but opening schools will get a lot of people killed.