Louis DeJoy Investigated Over Possible Campaign Finance Violations

The Justice Department is examining Louis DeJoy’s role in political donations made by employees of a company that he ran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #dejoy-louis, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Postmaster DeJoy Under Investigation by Justice Dept.

Investigators are examining whether donations from employees at his former company violated campaign finance laws.

#dejoy-louis, #justice-department, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party

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Postal Service, Facing Steep Losses, Seeks to Increase Prices

Under the proposal, the price of a first-class stamp would increase for the first time since January 2019, to 58 cents from 55 cents.

#dejoy-louis, #letters, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stamps-postal

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Democrat or Republican, You Probably Love the Post Office

A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.

#american-postal-workers-union, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul Postal Service

With enough Republican support to pass the Senate, the announcement of the Postal Service Reform Act is an unexpected indication of bipartisan compromise in a divided Congress.

#dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Postal Service Plans Price Increases and Service Cuts to Shore Up Finances

The 10-year plan, which would lengthen promised delivery times and reduce post office hours, among other provisions, drew immediate condemnation from Democrats in Congress.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Postal Service Struggles to Speed Up Delivery, Compounding Its Troubles

Months after the election highlighted the agency’s problems, delivery times are still falling short of its standards, and a plan to try to shore up its finances could further slow some mail.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #delivery-services, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Seeks More Control Over USPS With New Appointments

The president nominated three people to the beleaguered agency’s board on a day when the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor, faced questioning on Capitol Hill.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

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‘Box’ or Gem? A Scramble to Save Asia’s Modernist Buildings

Groups across the region are rallying to save buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly or too unimportant to protect from demolition.

#architecture, #cambodia, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hong-kong, #hotel-okura-tokyo-japan, #japan, #la-scala-theater-paris-france, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #real-estate-commercial, #singapore, #thailand

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The Life of Humberto Trujillo, the Postmaster of Phoenix

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hispanic-americans, #phoenix-ariz, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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How to Pack and Mail Holiday Cookies

The best holiday cookies are the ones you’ve made yourself. Here are tips for assembling gift boxes and getting them to loved ones.

#containers-and-packaging, #content-type-service, #cookies, #postal-service-and-post-offices

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After Warnings It Could Go Off the Rails, the Election Actually Ran Smoothly

Amid the logistical challenges of voting in a pandemic, and despite threats of foreign interference, violence and disinformation, the machinery of democracy held up quite well.

#absentee-voting, #benson-jocelyn, #brooks-rosa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #elections, #griswold-jena, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Let the Votes Be Counted

Please, don’t listen to the president.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Counting Begins, a Flood of Mail Ballots Complicates Vote Tallies

Battleground states will use quite different methods to count the record number of mail-in ballots. But they may be the way of the future.

#absentee-voting, #atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Some Regions Still Experience Slow Delivery of Mail Ballots

In the final days of voting, the Postal Service is struggling to ensure timely delivery of ballots in parts of key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

#absentee-voting, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

#brooklyn-nyc, #letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Lingering Mail Problems Worry Voters in Final Week of Election

The Postal Service’s performance has not been as bad as initially feared, but handling of mail ballots has been inconsistent enough that some people are choosing to vote in person.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Vote by Mail Deadline: Time to Vote is Running Out as Election Nears

Persistent delays and limited data have increased concerns that the Postal Service may be unable to reliably get ballots still outstanding delivered by Election Day.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Should You FedEx Your Mail-In Ballot? No.

Experts say that people should use the United States Postal Service or a secure ballot drop box instead to make sure they are complying with vote-by-mail rules that vary by state.

#absentee-voting, #fedex-corporation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-parcel-service-inc

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How to Steal an Election

In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.

#black-people, #campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reconstruction-era, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting

Post offices are few and far between on the reservation, and mail can take a week and a half to reach the county seat. In this year’s election, that has more profound implications than ever before.

#arizona, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #voting-and-voters

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The Fight Over Absentee Ballots Intensifies Around Drop Boxes

Democrats are pushing to expand their use, while Republicans insist, without evidence, that they make fraud easier — even as they deploy their own in California.

#absentee-voting, #california, #colorado, #content-type-service, #ohio, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Huge Absentee Vote in Key States Favors Democrats So Far

In Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #madison-wis, #milwaukee-wis, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wisconsin

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Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

#barr-william-p, #elections-attorneys-general, #justice-department, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-integrity-section-justice-dept, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.

#absentee-voting, #amazon-com-inc, #american-postal-workers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dejoy-louis, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #masks, #organized-labor, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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As Trump Sows Doubts on Mail, Democrats Push More In-Person Voting

In Philadelphia, officials are encouraging voting in person. In Wisconsin, there are ballot-return events in city parks. They reflect an unease over President Trump’s war on mail-in voting.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bright-ben, #democratic-party, #morial-marc-h, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

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How to Fix the Postal Service

Even as it becomes a focus of debate in a sharply partisan election year, the agency is crippled by economic forces outside its control. But a number of proposals, new and old, could chart a path forward.

#gillibrand-kirsten-e, #kosar-kevin-r, #mnuchin-steven-t, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #speier-jackie, #warren-elizabeth

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Both Parties Fret as More Democrats Request Mail Ballots in Key States

Republicans fear that President Trump’s rhetoric on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could be damaging to their side too.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Attack on Voting in the 2020 Elections

The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.

#absentee-voting, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barr-william-p, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-secretary-of-state, #elections-senate, #elections-state-legislature, #midterm-elections-2018, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Trump Again Sows Doubt About Election as G.O.P. Scrambles to Assure Voters

President Trump declined for a second day to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, while Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, implicitly rebuffed him, promising an “orderly transition.”

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Woman Suspected of Sending Ricin to Trump Is Arrested

Envelopes with ricin were intercepted last week on their way to the White House, a sheriff’s office and a detention facility in Texas.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #ricin-poison, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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With Six Weeks to the Election, Six Ways to Protect It

Step 1: Know how and when you’re going to vote.

#absentee-voting, #election-assistance-commission, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

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Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms

The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Anthony M. Hopkins, Who Fought in Vietnam and the Gulf, Dies at 70

A tank commander, he earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam. Later a postal worker, he died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hopkins-anthony-m-1949-2020, #persian-gulf-war, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Colorado Official Sues Postal Service Over Election Mailer She Says Misleads Voters

The suit comes as the Postal Service has drawn scrutiny for a mail delivery slowdown that Democrats have charged are part of an effort by President Trump to hobble mail-in voting to bolster his re-election.

#colorado, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dated 1920, a Postcard Finally Gets Delivered

Brittany Keech does not know how a message from 100 years ago landed in her mailbox. Now she’s trying to find relatives of the intended recipient.

#brittany-keech, #michigan, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards

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Texas Man Sentenced to Five Years for Planting Bombs in Beaumont

Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.

#austin-tex, #beaumont-tex, #bombs-and-explosives, #churches-buildings, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #texas, #torres-jonathan-matthew, #united-states

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Postal Service to Tap Republican Lobbyist to Quell Mounting Scrutiny

Facing multiple investigations and calls for his ouster, the postmaster general turned to a G.O.P. lobbyist viewed as adept at reaching out to Democrats.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #pastre-peter, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Democrats Fear Partisan Slant at Postal Service as Trump Allies Dominate Most of Board

The five Republicans on the seven-member board have taken a hands-on role in trying to defend the agency against accusations that it is trying to help the president win a second term by sabotaging voting by mail.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Year of Voting by Mail, a Scramble to Beef Up In-Person Voting, Too

Communities are running short on time to hire poll workers and reconfigure in-person voting to make it safe during a pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-lebron, #maricopa-county-ariz, #more-than-a-vote, #philadelphia-pa, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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A Big 2020 Campaign Question: Wait, What Day Is It?

Time is marching on, toward Election Day. Somehow.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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One Family Has Delivered the Mail by Boat for 115 Years. Is This the Last?

Since 1905, four generations of Quinns have delivered letters, packages and passengers to the islands of Penobscot Bay. A lost summer could sink the tradition.

#boats-and-boating, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fuller-buckminster, #maine, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #summer-season

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Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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How a Smooth Election in Massachusetts Could Be a Cautionary Tale

Election experts said that Tuesday’s primary offered a mix of smart policies and harsh deadlines, and that the state benefited from not having a highly charged political atmosphere.

#absentee-voting, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #galvin-william-f, #law-and-legislation, #massachusetts, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #primaries-and-caucuses, #voting-and-voters

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This Is Democrats’ Doomsday Scenario for Election Night

What if early results in swing states on Nov. 3 show President Trump ahead, and he declares victory before heavily Democratic mail-in votes, which he has falsely linked with fraud, are fully counted?

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #wisconsin

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1 Million Primary Ballots Were Mailed Late, Postal Service Watchdog Says

The findings underscore deep concerns about whether the agency will be able to process what is expected to be a significant increase in mail-in votes for the presidential election.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #inspectors-general, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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House Panel to Subpoena DeJoy Over Mail Delays and Trump Communications

The chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee said the postmaster general had withheld requested documents, telling her panel his verbal testimony should suffice.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #maloney-carolyn-b, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #subpoenas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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