This piece was originally published in the October 30, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.
“We’re still rounding the corner.”
— Trump today in Michigan, where COVID-19 cases are surging
4.2 MILLION more Americans are uninsured now than when Trump took office.
IN THE NEWS
- Trump has continued holding crowded rallies against the advice of public health experts — and he’s leaving a path of destruction in his wake. CNN looked at 17 counties in which Trump recently held rallies and found that 14 of them experienced an increased rate of new COVID-19 cases a month after the event. Just look at the front pages of newspapers in areas he’s visited recently, and you’ll understand the seriousness of this situation.
- At one of his rallies in Michigan this afternoon, Trump said that we are “rounding the corner” on COVID, despite the U.S. experiencing its single highest new daily case count of the entire pandemic yesterday. Sure, we’re rounding a corner — that is, if by “corner” you mean the disturbing upward trend in cases across the country.
- Election Day may be four days away, but that hasn’t stopped millions of Americans from casting their ballots already. With an unprecedented shift this year to alternative methods of voting amid the pandemic, voters across the country are turning out in record numbers. In Texas, 9 million ballots have already been cast through early voting, surpassing the total number of ballots cast in the state in 2016.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Our friends at CAP are out with a new report on how Congress can help combat white supremacist terrorism. In it, they explain what efforts are in the works, what still needs to be done, and what Congress can do in the immediate term to counter violent white supremacy.
- This couldn’t be more timely. Earlier this week, The Daily Beast reported that the FBI is stalling the release of a report on domestic terrorism. The report, which is legally mandated to be published this year and is now four months overdue, would detail the scope of white supremacist violence in the U.S. as well as other domestic terrorism and provide critical (but currently unavailable) data on the subject. The delay is especially concerning as we head into an election week that’s expected to spark right-wing violence regardless of the outcome.
WHAT WE’RE READING (AND LISTENING TO)
- White men are doing mostly fine without more economic relief from Washington, but just about everyone else is suffering by Olugbenga Ajilore (MarketWatch)
- This week on The Tent podcast, Daniella and Jesse connect with political scientist and editor of The Cycle Dr. Rachel Bitecofer to discuss what to make of the shifts in electoral coalitions that have taken place over the last few decades.
- I’ve had public mental health outbursts like Walter Wallace Jr. I’m alive because I’m white. by Liz Spikol (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- The Affordable Care Act Saves Families. Please Protect It. by Brady Minter (Up North News)
- Ernst has never shown Iowans who or what she stands for, beyond her own ambitions by Rekha Basu (Des Moines Register)
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