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Postal crisis has states looking for alternatives to mail-in ballots
Postal slowdowns and warnings of delayed mail-in ballots are causing election officials to rethink vote-by-mail strategies, with some states seeking to bypass the post office with ballot drop boxes, drive-through drop-offs or expanded in-person voting options, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 election was supposed to be the largest-ever experiment in voting by mail, but the Trump administration’s late cost-cutting push at the Postal Service has shaken the confidence of voters and Democratic officials alike. The images of sorting machines being removed from postal facilities, mailboxes uprooted or bolted shut on city streets, and packages piling up at mail facilities have sparked anger and deep worry.

Even if, as the Postal Service says, it has plenty of capacity to process mail-in ballots, the fear is that the psychological damage is already done. So as Democrats in Washington fight to restore Postal Service funding, election officials around the country are looking for a Plan B.

Trump responds to Michelle Obama's convention speech
  • It did not take long for President Donald Trump to hit back at Michelle Obama following her convention speech Monday night.
  • Tuesday morning, Trump fired off a pair of tweets, starting off by referring to himself in the third person.
  • "Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren't for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama," Trump tweeted.

Trump pardons women's voting rights icon Susan B. Anthony posthumously amid his unprecedented effort to suppress the vote
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he's pardoning the late women's suffrage icon Susan B. Anthony.
  • The announcement came on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing American women the right to vote.
  • It also came as Trump engages in a blatant effort to suppress the vote with his baseless attacks on mail-in voting.

Federal court blocks Trump administration rule erasing health care protections for transgender people
With just one day left before it went into effect, a federal judge has blocked a new rule created by the Trump administration that would have erased health care protections for transgender people.

US District Court Judge Frederic Block cited the Supreme Court’s ruling in June on job discrimination for the preliminary injunction on Monday.

“When the Supreme Court announces a major decision, it seems a sensible thing to pause and reflect on the decision’s impact,” the judge wrote. “Since [Health and Human Services] has been unwilling to take that path voluntarily, the court now imposes it.”

Trump's unemployment extension may give jobless Americans only 3 weeks of extra benefits
  • Trump's unemployment extension may only guarantee an extra three weeks of additional $300 benefits for jobless Americans, according to FEMA guidance released Monday.
  • The agency also estimated it could take an "average" of three weeks from Trump issuing the memo for the first federal payments to start flowing — meaning they could start arriving for people on Aug. 29.
  • Seven states were approved to move ahead with the "Lost Wages Assistance" program, including Arizona, Colorado, and Missouri.

'Trump has no idea how to run a business': Billionaire Meg Whitman leads Republicans speaking out against president at DNC
Billionaire Meg Whitman was among four Republicans to endorse Joe Biden for president on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

The DNC is taking place online this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and in a pre-recorded segment on Monday Ms Whitman shared her support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The 64-year-old businesswoman said: “I’m a longtime Republican and a longtime CEO. And let me tell you, Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy.

A Republican-led Senate panel's report on Russian election meddling threw a wrench into Trump's conspiracies. Here are its biggest findings.
  • The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the final installment in its years-long investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
  • Broadly, the bipartisan report confirmed much of what the former special counsel Robert Mueller found in the FBI's Russia probe. In some cases, it went further than Mueller did.
  • Overall, the report threw a wrench into President Donald Trump's efforts to portray the Russia probe as a partisan "witch hunt" and a "hoax."

Trump's postmaster general says he will postpone controversial changes to USPS after intense backlash
Donald Trump’s postmaster general has announced he will postpone policy changes to the US Postal Service "to avoid even the appearance of any impact” on the November election after critics said they would cause a delay in mail services.

Postmaster Louis DeJoy, who the president appointed to lead the USPS despite not having any post office experience, confirmed the surprise postponement in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, writing: “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded."

Democrats in Congress and several Democratic state attorneys general had sought to block the cuts, which critics said the Trump administration were backing to limit mail-in voting.

Group which bought MAGA2020 domain name trolls Trump with giant mocking ad in Las Vegas
A pro-Biden campaign group has set up a billboard in Las Vegas that is listing president Donald Trump‘s “failures” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Campaign group, MeidasTouch, who owns the domain name, announced the purchase via its Twitter profile on Monday evening, that included a short video of the ad.

On Monday, MeidasTouch tweeted: “Thanks to your support we were able to purchase one of the largest Billboards in Vegas this week to remind everyone of Trump’s failures and the virtual library of those failures on”

President of the NAACP describes Kanye West's campaign as 'a voter-suppression method because it is put in place to mislead voters'
  • Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, spoke to Business Insider about his fears regarding the upcoming 2020 election.
  • "I think stealing the election is a possibility; suppressing the vote is an absolute, and misleading voters is part of their strategy," Johnson said.
  • Johnson argued that the campaign by Kanye West "is a voter-suppression method because it is put in place to mislead voters."
  • The selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate has excited voters, African-American women, in particular, Johnson said.
  • "I am feeling the sense of energy and urgency for this election cycle, particularly with the announcement of Kamala Harris as the running mate — a level of excitement that I did not see in 2016," he said.

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