Friday’s news links – Oct. 2, 2020

Minneapolis: Supporters join Matthew Rupert to fight arson charges stemming from uprising FightBack! News

After Trump and RNC Fail to Cite ‘Single Instance’ of Fraud, Federal Judge Rejects Effort to Block Mail-In Voting in Montana Common Dreams

New Report Raises Concerns That Facebook and the 2016 Trump Campaign Colluded on Political Ads to Suppress the Black Vote Common Dreams

Donald Trump’s Bailout of Fossil Fuel Companies May Cost States $280 Billion Jacobin

Trump’s call for poll-watching volunteers sparks fear of chaos and violence on Election Day Washington Post

Trump’s Praetorian Guard NYRB

President Trump is attempting to turn “law and order versus anarchy” into an election issue that will distract voters from the White House’s incompetence in dealing with Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the pandemic, and provide cover for its perpetuation of systemic racial injustice. He has sent armed federal agents into majority-Democratic cities on the pretext of quelling unrest stemming from Black Lives Matter protests. At the same time, he appears to be encouraging his supporters to sow chaos in Democratic cities in order to create an excuse for redeploying federal forces and to reinforce fears of disorder.

Trump readies thousands of attorneys for election fight Politico

Trump’s COVID-19

Trump Just Delivered the Ultimate October Surprise Bloomberg

With News That the President Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus (and He Was in Contact with Joe Biden at the Debate Earlier in the Week), What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies or is Incapacitated Before Election Day? A Mess Election Law Blog

Trump has coronavirus. Can he delay the election?

Post-COVID heart damage alarms researchers: ‘There was a hole’ in infected cells Yahoo News

LAX workers protest.

Labor

LAX Workers Protest Alleged Violation of Minimum Wage Law Labor411

Major US firms roll out parade of layoffs over virus crisis AFP

Amazon said nearly 20,000 workers got coronavirus CNN

Julian Assange

Extradition trial concludes, Assange to remain in prison until verdict in January Peoples Dispatch

Massive military spending is turning America into a ‘warfare state,’ warns ex U.S. Army Colonel CBC

‘We are the merchants of death for seven billion people,’ says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Court: Subway Bread Doesn’t Qualify as Bread Newser

Subway bread doesn’t qualify for a value-added tax exemption because it doesn’t meet the legal definition of “bread,” or indeed “food” under the relevant law, Ireland’s Supreme Court has decided.

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