1. I watched the launch of the Mars mission this AM. Flawless, simply flawless. The big Atlas 5/Centaur blasted into the sky exactly on time from Canaveral. First Stage burnout and jettison was flawless, Centaur performed its two burns perfectly. The first to take the bird into an earth orbit and the second to take the payload out of Earth's gravity well and send it on its way to Mars. As one engineer said on TeeVee, "we have left the building." Having done its thing, Centaur disconnected from the Perseverance payload and went into a parking orbit out beyond the moon where it will stay until someone may retrieve it, someday. The Mars bound spacecraft will make a few course corrections during the transit to Mars in order to land (or crash) it in Jezro Crater. A word about the nuclear battery on the rover. During the trip it will be supplying power to the spacecraft and its functioning life will be at least 15 years.
2. The GDP of the US contracted (shrank) by a third in the 2nd Quarter. This hit the markets like a ton of bricks. Ugly.
3. Just to make things worse Trumpy tweeted that the November election should be postponed because there is a serious chance that the mail in voting proposed in a number of states will be riddled with fraud. firstly, the US Constitution makes federal elections the responsibility of the states. Trump has no authority that I know of with which to postpone an election. His desire to do so demonstrates the wisdom of the Framers. This may be the final fatal misstep for him.
4. Pompous the Great claims that DoJ can postpone an election? Well, he was "first in his class" at WhooPoo. pl