Top Takeaways: Day 1 of Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings

The first four days of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings have begun.

Mere weeks from Election Day, it’s clear Republicans’ main goal is speed, as they continue to push through the confirmation—despite the fact that over 7 million voters have already cast their ballots and despite the blatant hypocrisy after their yearlong blockade in 2016 against President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

Can President Trump Suspend the Elections?

Does the president have the power to suspend the elections? The short answer: No. But while the law is clear, President Trump’s efforts to delay the elections, sow distrust in our democratic processes, and wreak havoc on the U.S. electoral process are already well underway.

Will access to mail-in ballots (or lack thereof) impact voter turnout? Can Trump invoke martial law if he loses the election? What are the possible threats to our democracy come November?

COVID-19 Relief Negotiations Start Back Up: “People’s Lives Depend on It”

On Monday, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats unveiled a revised coronavirus stimulus package proposal—an updated version of the $3.4 trillion version they passed in May.

“We urge Congressional leaders and the administration to get back to negotiations and pass a robust relief bill without delay,” writes Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project.

“Haven’t Seen Anything This Bad”: Trump Administration Starves the U.S. Postal Service

President Trump is using new schemes to prevent a November election—this time against a beloved public institution: the post office. The politicized effort to destroy the Post Office in an election year has confused and worried many—considering 91 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the USPS.

Luckily, lawmakers in the House and the Senate, as well as two coalitions of at least 21 state attorneys general, are fighting back. And the pressure seems to be working.

“We Have Her Back” Cautions Media Against Sexist VP Coverage

In preparation for the inevitable media frenzy surrounding Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, a group of powerful women activists and leaders has a warning for media covering this “historic moment”: Avoid sexist and racist stereotypes.

When Biden announces his VP pick—likely this week—will the media heed this warning and “have her back”? Only time will tell.

Rest in Power: 100,000 Lost

Yesterday marked 100,000 dead from the coronavirus. As the country hits this grim milestone, we wanted to thank the women and men on the front lines and answer:

Who were they? And what can we do with our grief and rage?