Sep 17: Europe reports a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. A federal judge in Washington state blocks operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service. The judge sides with 14 states that accused President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of trying to slow down deliveries to thwart mail-in voting. News comes out that a CDC recommendation on coronavirus testing was actually written by Health and Human Services Department officials, not CDC scientists. The guidance said it wasn’t necessary to test people exposed to the coronavirus who showed no COVID-19 symptoms. The administration said the recommendation came from the CDC, but the Times‘ sources said Trump administration officials rewrote it and posted it without the normal scientific review. The Louisville, Kentucky, city council passes a “no confidence” resolution against Mayor Greg Fischer over his handling of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, and protests that followed.
Sep 18: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87. The CDC affirms, after much confusion, that people who are asymptomatic but have been in contact with COVID-positive people, should get tested. President Trump claims there will be 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine ready before the end of the year, and that he knows better than the experts.
Americans have become more politically divided in recent decades. Tony Dokoupil showed the same video clips to several people and found that what they saw coincided with their political leanings. CBS This Morning. How Americans View Events through a Partisan Lens. CBS This Morning, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlAsZUPiwNE&feature=emb_title.
RIP RBG and god help us all— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) September 18, 2020
I can often be cynical, and I don’t like when we idolize regular folks. But the work she did on the court, and he work that came before it, had an incredible impact on marginalized people and vulnerable communities.Go read some of her opinions. Her voice was so strong. — ashley fairbanks (@ziibiing) September 18, 2020
No! No! No! Not RBG! If you want a true queen look no further. She fought more health battles, misogynist men and egos, the “you cants” than most of us ever will. A true trailblazer, wife, mother and advocate for those seeking equality. Your death breaks me tonight. F 2020 pic.twitter.com/qQCNH4LIO7— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 18, 2020
Mitch McConnell seems very worried that an outbreak of democracy might occur in America. https://t.co/Jy7aLmroeG— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 18, 2020
Losing RBG on Rosh Hashanah is the most 2020 thing ever. I am inconsolable.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 18, 2020
“My most fervent wish is that i I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” — Justice Ginsburg’s statement dictated to her granddaughter in her final days.Ginsburg was a champion of gender equality and justice for all. May she rest in peace. #rbg pic.twitter.com/QNd5b5LVcL — Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 18, 2020
No, not RBG. What a colossal loss. What a lioness. She taught us all how to fight, how to fight cancer, how to fight for justice, how to fight for our lives.— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) September 18, 2020
immediately just so fucking angry rbg didn’t retire as soon as obama was re-elected— sippin on that (@vivafalastin) September 18, 2020
FLASHBACK: In 2016, Mitch McConnell called it "tradition" to "not throw one of these [Supreme Court] nominees into the middle of a presidential election cauldron." pic.twitter.com/QttvnXpLr2— The Recount (@therecount) September 18, 2020
Considering Democrat plan to contest election regardless of the result, and potential for the legal cases to go to SCOTUS, Trump has to nominate, and McConnell has to confirm, an RBG replacement BEFORE the election Cannot leave possibility of 4-4 decisions on election result— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) September 18, 2020
I should say, Sen. Murkowski spoke this afternoon, before RBG’s death was announced. It was a hypothetical.— Liz Ruskin-AK public radio reporter (@lruskin) September 18, 2020
“Oh we’d fill it.” Mitch McConnell is on record saying he would confirm a new Supreme Court justice if one died in 2020, a total reversal from blocking Merrick Garland in Obama’s last year in office. https://t.co/YaRTFHlx3y— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) September 18, 2020
BREAKING: The Senate has now confirmed EIGHT of Trump’s district court nominees in the past three days. Lifetime appointments to the federal bench. Understand this: In ALL of 2016, McConnell only allowed votes on 8 of Obama’s district court picks. Trump just got 8 in three days.— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 17, 2020
This is a direct, word-for-word quote of McConnell’s tweet after Scalia’s death in 2016. https://t.co/2WGE4erZ1L— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) September 18, 2020