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18 AUGUST 2020

Michelle Obama rebukes Donald Trump, the Postmaster General is hauled before both Houses of Congress, and women fight & win the right to vote 100 years ago today.

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Democrats opened their presidential nominating convention last night with a virtual program that spanned the ideological gamut.

Testimonials against Trump’s stewardship ranged from democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders to Ohio’s Republican former governor John Kasich, both of whom pleaded with the country to set aside ideological differences to defeat Trump. The daughter of a covid-19 patient angrily blamed her father’s death on Trump during the broadcast, which repeatedly showed victims of the coronavirus. “My father’s only pre-existing condition,” she said, “was trusting Donald Trump.”

The unprecedented virtual convention program reflected the extraordinary limits of current public health guidelines, as the country continues to keep socially distant in the face of a pandemic that has killed more than 170,000 Americans this year.

In the centerpiece speech of the night, a searing indictment of her husband Barack Obama’s successor, Obama declared that Trump has mishandled the pandemic and failed to respond to outcries over the deaths of Black Americans. She warned that the nation would suffer more if he is elected to a second term.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us."

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Postal Service chief to testify amid fears about U.S. election

President Donald Trump’s postmaster general on Monday agreed to testify before Congress next week on cuts in service that lawmakers fear could hamper the Postal Service’s ability to handle a flood of mail-in ballots in November’s election.

Louis DeJoy, a large donor and Trump ally, became the new postmaster general in June, and agreed to testify next Monday before the Democratic-led House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating whether service changes adopted in recent weeks have slowed mail deliveries.

Democrats have raised concerns that, amid a coronavirus pandemic that is expected to result in about twice as many Americans voting by mail as did so in 2016, cost cuts at the Postal Service could lead to missed or delayed ballots.

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence claimed that mail balloting is vulnerable to fraud and has warned of a “rigged election.”


WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Postal Service will suspend several changes—including removing mailboxes, closing processing facilities, and changing retail hours—until after the election “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a Tuesday statement.

In addition, a leadership task force will be expanded and standby resources activated to ensure USPS can handle the predicted surge of mail ahead of the election, he said. “The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall,” said DeJoy, who has been under fire for his links to President Trump and his willingness to cut back USPS’ operations amid an election that is likely to be reliant on mail balloting. DeJoy said reform efforts predated his arrival and would resume after the election.

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Susan B. Anthony Pardoned on Centennial of 19th Amendment

Finally, President Donald Trump paid tribute Tuesday to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by announcing he would grant a pardon to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony, one of the leading figures in the movement to secure voting rights for women, was arrested for voting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1872, violating the laws then that said only men could vote. She was convicted the following year.

"She was never pardoned," Trump said during a ceremony at the White House. "She got a pardon for a lot of other women, but she didn't put her name on the list,” Trump said, acknowledging that the social reformer, woman’s rights activist, and mother of the suffragist movement in the United States chose to wear her conviction as a badge of honor.

Trump signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the amendment — which was ratified on August 18, 1920 at 5:00 in the evening — giving women the right to vote.

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