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The US Postal Service protests were the perfect example of a new type of political activism. But the organizing tactic is about to face its biggest test yet.
  • Hundreds of protests across the country in support of the US Postal Service were quickly organized online after changes and attacks by the Trump administration.
  • The protests are a perfect example of a growing type of political movement building called distributed organizing, which focuses on digital connections rather than preexisting connections.
  • The shift to bring political movements online and use this type of distributed organizing was accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But these movements born online will soon face their biggest test yet: Election Day.

Judge’s Order on Florida Schools Threatens Trump’s Reopening Strategy
A judge has ruled that a Florida law requiring schools to reopen for in-person instruction this month or risk forfeiting funding is unconstitutional, casting a doubt on the ability of President Donald Trump, who's threatened to withhold additional federal assistance from school districts that do not allow students back in brick-and-mortar schools, to do the same.

'Enemies of the state': Pelosi rips Trump and Republicans for undermining faith in 2020 election results and mail-in voting
Speaker Nancy Pelosi branded Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress "enemies of the state" for antagonising — and, in the Democrats' view, actively sabotaging — the US Postal Service ahead of sweeping mail-in voting initiatives for the 2020 elections.

“We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and honouring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” Ms Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC, when asked to explain why just 45 per cent of respondents to a recent poll said they are confident in the integrity of the upcoming election results.

"They're doing everything they can [to] suppress the vote with [their] actions: scare people, intimidate by saying law enforcement will be there, diminish the role of the postal system in all of this. It's really, actually shameful. Enemies of the state," Ms Pelosi said.

Trump supporter Tomi Lahren inadvertently calls president a 'jackass' in Hindi while thanking Indians for support
Conservative activist Tomi Lahren inadvertently called Donald Trump a “jackass” in a message thanking members of the Indian community for supporting the president.

In a video shared on Twitter, Ms Lahren, a political commentator and Fox News "Nation" contributor, can be heard praising the Indian diaspora for apparently getting behind the “Make America Great Again” campaign.

“Because President Trump is wise like an owl, or as you guys would say in Hindi – I hope I’m pronouncing this right – President Trump is wise like an ullu. I hope I said that right,” Ms Lahren told her followers.

Social Security could be depleted by 2023 if Trump eliminates the payroll tax, chief actuary says
  • The Social Security trust fund would be exhausted by 2023 if payroll taxes were eliminated, the Social Security Administration's chief actuary said in a letter to four Democrats.
  • Trump has said he would move to eliminate the payroll taxes that help fund Social Security if he were re-elected.
  • The analysis is based on the assumption that no federal money would be redirected to replace the revenue, a step that's been taken in the past by Congress.
  • Democrats ripped into Trump's proposal on Monday.

Trump says he's nominating Chad Wolf to be DHS chief after a government watchdog said he was serving illegally
  • President Donald Trump announced he's nominating Chad Wolf to be Homeland Security chief.
  • Wolf has been leading the agency in an acting capacity for nearly a year.
  • The announcement came less than two weeks after a government watchdog said Wolf was appointed invalidly and is not legally eligible to serve in his current role.
  • Wolf has faced backlash this summer over the deployment of federal agents to US cities, and calls from congressional Democrats to resign.

Guess who's NOT speaking at the RNC
Who's not at the RNC? Just about every Republican who mattered for the last 25 years.

In 2020, the Republican Party has no platform except Trumpism. The best way to appreciate just how completely Trump has remade the GOP is to make a list of recent Republican Party leaders — the people who defined the party for the last generation — and see what they're doing this week
  • Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee before Trump, won't speak at the RNC and isn't welcome. In fact, he's loathed.
  • John McCain, the nominee before that, is dead, but his widow Cindy spoke at the DNC, and it's clear John McCain would not have been welcome at Trump's convention.
  • George W. Bush, the last Republican president, won't speak at the RNC, doesn't want to be there, and probably isn't welcome.
  • Dick Cheney, the last GOP vice president, won't speak either. (Cheney's daughter Liz, the third-ranking House Republican, won't speak and doesn't seem welcome.)
  • Paul Ryan, the last Republican Speaker of the House, won't speak and has vanished from politics.
  • John Boehner, the Republican speaker before that, won't speak and is revolted by what's happened to his party.
  • Rex Tillerson, the Trump's first secretary of state, won't speak and isn't welcome.
  • Condoleeza Rice, the last GOP secretary of state before that, won't speak and isn't welcome.
  • Colin Powell, the GOP secretary of state before that, won't speak and isn't welcome, and just addressed the DNC.
  • Michael Steele, the last RNC chair before Trump, won't speak and isn't welcome, and just joined the Lincoln Project to defeat Trump.
Trump leads an ostensibly conservative party, yet it conserves so little.

New York and New Jersey sue Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy over postal service changes
New York and New Jersey's attorney generals have sued the Trump administration and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The suits, announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Tuesday, both sought to block any operation changes made to the USPS that could disrupt service ahead of the November election.

This move comes one day after Mr DeJoy appeared in front of the House Oversight Committee on Monday to testify about changes made to the USPS amid falling revenue. Mr DeJoy announced before his testimony with the House that any changes to the postal service would be suspended until after Election Day to avoid any interference with mail-in ballots.

GOP insiders dish on the moment they decided to vote against Trump
  • Republicans are increasingly going public to say they are done with President Donald Trump, including some of the people who worked for his White House and his administration.
  • Some have declared their split from Trump publicly, but others are keeping their plans to vote for Biden closer to the vest.
  • Even some Republicans who would prefer a conservative agenda to Biden's liberal plans say they're willing to stomach Democratic policies because they dislike Trump's divisive approach to governing.
  • 'I want someone who strives to be a good person in the White House. Our current occupant does not,' a former senior Trump administration official told Insider.

'He treated the Bible with callousness': Billy Graham's granddaughter attacks Trump for church photo in remarkable break from family
In a break from her family's support of Donald Trump, the granddaughter of evangelical leader Billy Graham has penned an emphatic rebuke of the president and the church that supports him.

Jerushah Duford wrote in USA Today calling on evangelical Christian women to step up where church leaders would not as her uncle Franklin Graham continues to support Mr Trump.

"Jesus said repeatedly to defend the poor and show kindness and compassion to those in need. Our president continues to perpetuate an us-versus-them narrative, yet almost all of our church leaders say nothing," Ms Duford wrote.

Republicans are rewriting Trump's record on the economy, ignoring the devastation inflicted by a pandemic that's left millions of Americans unemployed
  • Trump says he can put an economy wrecked by the pandemic back on the right track.
  • Republicans are echoing him, and they appear to be rewriting his economic record to cast it in a more favorable light and ignoring the devastation that's taken place under his watch.
  • Their version of events also sharply diverges from the increasing hardship many Americans face with federal stimulus efforts now ending.

Trump's campaign paid $2.3 million in donor money to his private business, filings show
  • President Donald Trump's campaign has paid $2.3 million in donor funds to his private businesses so far, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
  • Forbes, which first reported on the filings, noted that in one instance, one of Trump's companies received nearly $38,000 in campaign funds for rent.
  • In another, the campaign shelled out $8,000 to the Trump corporation last month for "legal & IT consulting," according to the filings.
  • This isn't the first time the president's campaign has become entangled with his personal finances.
  • In July, The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold reported that Trump's campaign sent nearly $400,000 to the Trump Organization in just two days.

Trump suggests deploying the National Guard in Wisconsin, seemingly unaware that it's already been done
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday did not appear to be aware of Wisconsin's official response to the state's ongoing Jacob Blake protests.
  • Trump suggested the governor ought to activate the National Guard, which was already done on Monday.
  • Gov. Tony Evers activated the state's National Guard assets following the protests in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting.

Eric Trump falsely claims his father achieved Middle East peace and ended America's wars in RNC speech
Donald Trump’s family took the stage at Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention, including Eric Trump, who attacked Democrats and falsely claimed his father ended America’s long-lasting wars.

“My father rebuilt the mighty American military – added new jets, aircraft carriers. He increased wages for our incredible men and women in uniform, and expanded the military defense budget to $721 billion per year,” he said, adding: “America was no longer weak in the eye of the enemy.”

“Peace in the Middle East. Never-ending wars were finally ended,” the first son continued, “Promises made, and promises, for the first time, were kept.”

RNC night 2 was a surreal event featuring fringe right-wing figures, a naturalization ceremony, and a presidential pardon
  • The second night of the 2020 Republican National Convention was a made-for-TV affair featuring a naturalization and pardoning ceremony.
  • President Donald Trump used the power of the presidency to promote his reelection campaign, in a blatant attempt to make himself look good on issues he's often criticized over: immigration and criminal justice.
  • Meanwhile, the night featured several fringe right-wing figures who pushed conspiracy theories and previously disproven talking points on a wide array of issues.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.