As the election draws nearer, COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout the heartland, and new figures suggest the death total is now over 200,000.

Seniors have been especially hard-hit — which would be one reason, Mitchell Zimmerman writes this week, the usually Republican-leaning group appears to be deserting the president.

Also this week, Joshua Cho argues that media coverage on fracking should focus on whether it’s good or bad for the climate, not for politics. Sam Pizzigati parses Joe Biden’s surprisingly progressive tax plan. And Jim Hightower takes CVS’s CEO to task for short-changing overworked pharmacists while hiking his own pay.

New This Week…

Trump to Seniors: Drop Dead | Mitchell Zimmerman
In lieu of a plan for the virus, the president keeps assuring audiences that “only” older people will die.

Banning Fracking Isn’t Bad Politics — It’s Good Science | Joshua Cho
Even in Pennsylvania, a majority of voters say they’re open to banning the dangerous practice.

Biden’s Tax Plan Would Make America More Equal | Sam Pizzigati
High-end financial firms are warning their top 1 percent clients that their extraordinary tax privileges could soon end.

Why Your CVS Prescription Is Taking So Long | Jim Hightower
The drug store giant’s CEO has been cutting corners while rewarding himself handsomely.

Feinstein Lets the Fox Into the Henhouse | Khalil Bendib
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is getting heat for soft-balling her questioning of Amy Coney Barrett.

In Case You Missed It…

Ten Things to Know About Stopping a Coup | Daniel Hunter
Don’t wait until “someone else” figures it out. No matter who you are, you can be a part of choosing democracy.

Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up | Sarah Anderson
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.

Remember the Truly Vulnerable | Rosaline John Baptiste
I’m an immigrant domestic worker and I’ve lost my home. We need relief, regardless of our immigration status.

Amy Coney Barrett Has No Business Ruling on This Election | Rev. Susan K. Smith
The president has openly said he expects her to back him in a contested election. She should recuse herself — and we should resist her.

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