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- It was not clear why the invitation has yet to be accepted, but those familiar with the exchange said the delay is unusual, considering that absentee ballots will go in the mail as soon as September.
- A former bureau attorney is alleged to have doctored evidence to enable the surveillance of an ex-junior foreign policy aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
- The UAE establishes more open diplomatic ties with Israel. A New NPR/Marist poll explores American attitudes towards the presidential candidates. And, Trump's position on funding the USPS evolves.
- In an interview with Fox Business News, Trump said that he was in favor of withholding funding to the postal service to hamper state efforts to expand mail voting. He later walked back on his stance.
- California may be on the cusp of creating a watchdog agency. Proponents say federal regulators aren't doing their job, leaving leaving millions of Americans vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.
Featured Political Stories
- Financial disclosures reveal postmaster general’s business entanglements and likely conflicts of interest, experts say – CNNPolitics(CNN) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to hold a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company XPO Logistics, a United States Postal Service contractor, likely creating a major conflict of interest, according to newly obtained financial disclosures and ethics experts. Outside experts who spoke to CNN were shocked that ethics officials at the postal service approved […]
- Could Kanye West Be Charged With Electoral Fraud? | Vanity FairTwo states have determined the majority of signatures on the rapper’s presidential petitions are invalid. Source: Could Kanye West Be Charged With Electoral Fraud? | Vanity Fair
- Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as vice president – The Washington PostPresumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, a historic decision that elevates the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future.Biden’s […]
- Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as vice president – The Washington PostPresumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, a historic decision that elevates the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to run for vice president at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future. Biden’s announcement, made in […]
- Willie Brown: Kamala Harris should ‘politely decline’ any offer to be Biden’s running mate | TheHillFormer San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (D) advised Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to “politely decline” any offer to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. Brown wrote that the vice presidency would likely hinder any further political ambitions for Harris. “Historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every […]
- The president's younger brother is "very ill," sources told ABC News.
- Approximately $150 million will be redistributed to social service agencies.
- The president all but admitted he is blocking funding to the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service in order to hamper voting by mail.
- “This is just a warmup for the fall,” warns the narrator in the latest ad from progressive PAC VoteVets.
- "You have slapped science in the face every step of the way," one critic hit back on Twitter.
- Former President Barack Obama took on President Donald Trump's attempts to stall funding for the United States Postal Service in a podcast published Friday, slamming his predecessor's opposition to the much-needed funds as a craven attempt to boost his chances of winning in November.
- Here's an interesting news nugget courtesy of CNN's Abby Phillip:
- An FBI lawyer who worked on the surveillance warrant of former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page plans to plead guilty Friday to making a false statement in an email as part of an investigation into the Russia investigation.
- The appointments of Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli to the top two leadership roles at the Department of Homeland Security are invalid, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report, delivering a major rebuke to the Trump administration, which has repeatedly tried to skirt the confirmation process.
- French move comes after UK added country to quarantine list as well as Netherlands, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba Britons scramble to get home from France before quarantine rule beginsLeicester and parts of northern England will remain in tighter lockdownGrant Shapps gives wrong day for start of France quarantine rulesWhat should I do if […]
- Travellers rebook tickets too late to avoid Covid self-isolation after minister’s ‘slip’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers nervously hanging on his every word, it is fair to expect the transport secretary to have a firm grasp of the details when announcing France would be removed from the UK’s […]
- The education secretary’s handling of the A-levels results has all the hallmarks of Johnsonian government. He’ll probably get promotedWhen Gavin Williamson was sacked as Theresa May’s defence secretary for leaking information from the National Security Council, he swore his innocence “on his children’s lives”. This seems to have been the gateway drug to the lives […]
- £6.85m programme places emphasis on benefit to businesses rather than protecting workers in the developing world, say criticsA newly announced aid programme that promises to help workers in the developing world supplying goods to British high street chains like Marks & Spencer, Primark and Morrisons has been condemned for using taxpayers’ money to “pick up […]
- It remains to be seen whether our ‘alfresco revolution’ is sustainable or just another of No 10’s overoptimistic, short-term fixesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain is a wet, cold country that often wishes it wasn’t. So our relationship with the outdoors is complicated. We don’t trust it, but we long for it. In […]
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- President Trump on Friday preemptively attacked a forthcoming book from journalist Bob Woodward, despite previously praising him as a "very good writer" and agreeing to be interviewed for the Watergate reporter's latest b…
- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy acknowledged in an internal memo this week that his restructuring plans for the United States Postal Service, which have garnered severe criticism from Democrats, have had "unintended conseq…
- Former President Obama said Friday that President Trump could benefit electorally from positive progress in the pandemic because he "takes responsibility for nothing but takes credit for everything."In …
- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) this week sent a letter to Postmaster Louis DeJoy demanding answers about the removal of more than a dozen blue Post Office drop boxes across the state, as Democrats fear the Trump administration…
- Former President Barack Obama said Friday that President Trump is actively kneecapping the Postal Service, a move that is "unheard of."In …
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- Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week Before Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, criticism of his VP search was heating up. For some, the announcement back in March that he would pick a woman started to ring hollow the longer the search dragged on. […]
- Election Day isn’t one day anymore. The 2020 election is shaping up to be a whole “election month” — or even election months, depending how things go. Instead of Americans going to the polls en masse on Nov. 3, many voters will probably make their decisions and cast their ballots over the course of October. […]
- ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID HUANG PUBLISHED AUG. 13, 2020, AT 6:10 PM How To Vote In The 2020 ElectionA state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19 By Nathaniel Rakich and Julia Wolfe How easy — or difficult — absentee voting is in each stateEveryone can vote absentee, and ballots are automatically mailed to votersEveryone […]
- An election year in the FiveThirtyEight newsroom is unlike any other year. We started off by launching our Democratic primary forecast in January, and once Joe Biden had effectively clinched the nomination in April, we were ready to hit the gas on our general election forecast. But 2020 has its own agenda: a global pandemic, […]
- The fact that California Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s vice presidential nominee is undeniably historic. She is only the third woman to run as vice president on a major-party ticket, and of the two main parties, she is the first Asian American and the first Black woman to run in the general election as […]
- When asked if the American people will have a free, fair and credible election in November, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC News: “Not if the president has anything to do […]
- New York Times: “The lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, 38, who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the CIA that investigators relied on […]
- Jonathan Bernstein: “The thing is that Trump, by opposing money for the U.S. Postal Service and supporting “reforms” that have slowed it down, is just handing former Vice President Joe […]
- Barack Obama: “Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for […]
- FiveThirtyEight has a state-by-state guide to voting during the pandemic.