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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, the United States record over 1,000 coronavirus deaths for the first time since early June. We're expected to hit 145,000 deaths tonight or tomorrow and cross 4 million total infections.

Meanwhile, British media is reporting that officials are preparing to abandon trade talks with the European Union as they don't expect to reach a deal by the end of the month. A hard Brexit is still coming.

Finally, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is reportedly concerned about federal agents dressing up like soldiers because many Americans can't tell the difference.

After nationwide protests over racial injustice and police violence erupted in June, Esper expressed concern that in some cases, federal law enforcement officers were being confused with troops because of their similar uniforms, said Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesperson. Esper urged efforts to more clearly distinguish between the two, Hoffman said.

Esper may be looking to have a conversation with Attorney General William Barr, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and their teams about the issue in the near future, Hoffman said, but did not specify a timeline.

Hoffman's comments come amid rising alarm over federal agents dressed as troops sweeping into Portland, Ore., this week on President Donald Trump's orders. Trump threatened to send additional agents into other major cities, including New York City and Philadelphia, if the "liberal Democrats" in charge don't tamp down on civil unrest.

I feel like this cat is already out of the bag. The horse is out of the barn.

The Trump regime already crossed a line when they positioned active duty troops outside D.C. and threatened to deploy them against Americans. Esper should have been willing to resign if necessary to prevent that from happening in the first place. The Pentagon has also gone along with Trump's politically-motivated deployments to the southern border. They abide by his order to ban transgender recruits. Trump has thoroughly politicized the military.

  • Aynwrong

    We’re going to hit a quarter million deaths by the end of the year. This was so avoidable.

    I’m hardly thrilled with Joe Biden as a candidate. Ideologically or performance wise. But electing him will bring about the end of what appears to be the slow march to Augusto Pinochet’s Chile as a governing and policing model for the United States.

    • muselet

      Biden wasn’t my first choice to lead the country out of the blasted hellscape of the Trump years, either. I’d have preferred someone younger and less reflexively cautious, but—and I’ve said this before—I will vote for Biden with a light heart.

      Having a decent person in the White House again will make a nice change from the past 3+ years.

      –alopecia