Postal Service Takes ‘Operation Santa’ Letter Campaign National

The program encourages postal customers to adopt letters and buy gifts for the children who send them. This year, because of the pandemic, customers will review the letters exclusively online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #letters, #postal-service-us, #santa-claus, #united-states, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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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.

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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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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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Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

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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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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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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.

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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.

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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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How a Voter-Fraud Disinformation Campaign Became an Election Threat

A New York Times Magazine investigation finds that misleading and false claims about widespread voter fraud are part of a long disinformation effort that the president has taken to new extremes.

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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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Battles Over Voting Rules Fuel Concern About Postelection Fights

Even as early voting has gotten underway, some pivotal states are still litigating how ballots should be cast and counted, creating uncertainty that is being fanned by President Trump.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #elias-marc-e, #michigan, #north-carolina, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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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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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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When the Audience Is Stuck at Home, the Play Is in the Mail

That package in your hallway may be an exciting new theatrical experience. Or maybe not.

#david-israel-reynoso, #la-jolla-playhouse, #lola-b-pierson, #portaleza-play, #postal-service-us, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-acme-corporation, #the-institute-for-counterfeit-memory-play, #theater

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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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DeJoy Pressured Workers to Donate to G.O.P. Candidates, Former Employees Say

Former employees at New Breed Logistics say they were expected to donate to candidates whom their executive, Louis DeJoy, was supporting, and would be rewarded through yearly bonuses.

#campaign-finance, #dejoy-louis, #new-breed-logistics, #philanthropy, #postal-service-us, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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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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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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DeJoy Defends Postal Changes as Trump Continues to Attack Voting by Mail

Facing tough questioning from a House panel, the postmaster general denounced suggestions that he was working to help President Trump politically and defended the cost-cutting changes he has overseen.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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DeJoy Will Be Questioned Again Amid Mail-In Voting Concerns

Louis DeJoy will return to Capitol Hill on Monday to defend his tenure as postmaster general. He is expected to receive a chilly reception from Democratic lawmakers on a key House panel.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #politics-and-government, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #robert-m-duncan, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mnuchin Paved Way for Postal Service Shake-Up

At President Trump’s behest, the Treasury Secretary sought out appointees who would restructure the United States Postal Service.

#absentee-voting, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #mnuchin-steven-t, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Congress Moves Toward Vote to Block U.S.P.S. Changes

The Democratic bill up for debate would send $25 billion to the Postal Service and reverse changes that have slowed service until after November’s election.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic

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DeJoy Tells Senators Election Mail Will Be Delivered ‘Fully and on Time’

The postmaster general, under fire for recent changes that have slowed mail delivery, defended his approach and asked Congress to help free the Postal Service from costly retirement obligations.

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

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Postal Crisis Hits Rural America Hard

The Postal Service is crucial to farmers and rural areas that President Trump won in 2016. Now, residents worry it is being dismantled.

#agriculture-and-farming, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #rural-areas

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Here’s What to Watch as the Postmaster General Testifies Before Congress

Louis DeJoy’s appearance before the Senate Homeland Security Committee will be his first congressional testimony since he suspended cost-cutting measures at the Postal Service.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #elections-senate, #johnson-ron-1955, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #senate-committee-on-homeland-security-and-governmental-affairs, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Former Postal Governor Tells Congress Mnuchin Politicized Postal Service

David C. Williams also told Congress he raised concerns about Louis DeJoy ahead of his hiring as Postmaster General.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #house-of-representatives, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #porter-katie-1974, #postal-service-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williams-david-c

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Former Postal Governor Says He Raised Concerns About Louis DeJoy

David C. Williams, who will testify before lawmakers on Thursday, told Congress he had suggested his fellow governors investigate the new postmaster general’s background ahead of his hiring.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #house-of-representatives, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #porter-katie-1974, #postal-service-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williams-david-c

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U.S. Mail Delays Slow Delivery of Medicines

In addition to concerns over mail-in voting, the cost-cutting at the Postal Service affects the millions of people who get their prescriptions by mail.

#dejoy-louis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mail-order-companies, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare

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New York Will Allow Voters to Cast Mail-In Ballots

The state’s uneven handling of its primary has raised doubts about the ability to deal with the more than five million mail-in ballots expected in November.

#absentee-voting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elections, #new-york-state, #postal-service-us, #presidential-elections-us, #voting-and-voters

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Decision to Halt Postal Changes Does Little to Quell Election Concerns

Democrats are calling on Louis DeJoy to step down amid concerns that changes already made could disenfranchise voters in November.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #shapiro-josh-1973, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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The President, the Postal Service and the Election

Recent cuts have raised a question: Is President Trump deliberately slowing the mail to help his chances in the election?

#dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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USPS Suspends Changes After Outcry Over Delivery Slowdown

Policy changes by the postmaster general prompted allegations that the Trump administration was trying to disenfranchise voters before the 2020 election.

#absentee-voting, #attorneys-general, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #delivery-services, #democratic-party, #government-employees, #house-of-representatives, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will 2020’s Election Be the End of Our Democracy?

A free and fair vote and the prospect of a peaceful transfer of power are both in question.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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The Post Office Is Perfectly Capable of Handling Election Mail

I was a regulator of the Postal Service for nearly 18 years under three presidents. Everyone should stay calm.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump’s Post Office Mess Is Meant to Exhaust You

Trump is “flooding the zone.” It’s a form of modern censorship.

#bannon-stephen-k, #harris-kamala-d, #news-and-news-media, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #sullivan-margaret-m, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Postal Crisis Has States Looking for Alternatives to Mail-In Ballots

A crisis of confidence in the Postal Service is pushing Democratic Party and state officials to look for a Plan B: ballot drop-boxes, curbside voting, and even expanded in-person polling sites.

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

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DeJoy Earned Millions From Company With Financial Ties to Postal Service

The postmaster general, under fire for his business ties and his cost-cutting measures, will testify before the House next week.

#absentee-voting, #conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #house-of-representatives, #office-of-government-ethics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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Trump, the Mail and the Unbinding of America

The Postal Service facilitates citizen inclusion. That’s why Trump hates it.

#absentee-voting, #constitution-us, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j

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Pelosi to Recall House for Postal Service Vote as Democrats Press for DeJoy to Testify

The House will cut short its summer recess to consider legislation that would counter changes at the Postal Service that critics say undermine casting ballots by mail.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #pelosi-nancy, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who is Louis DeJoy?

The official at the center of the controversy over the Postal Service is a major Trump donor with a career in logistics.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #greensboro-nc, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Postal Crisis Ripples Across Nation as Election Looms

President Trump’s furious objection to mail-in balloting and a new Trump-allied postmaster general are raising fears about the election and the Postal Service.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #darby-pa, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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