This week, the United States Postal Service warned 46 states and Washington, D.C., that it cannot guarantee all ballots for the November election will be delivered and processed in time to be counted due to overwhelming demand.
Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the USPS, notified the states of this possibility last month, explaining that their established deadlines for requesting and returning ballots are ‘incongruous’ with the Postal Service's current bandwidth.
Some parts of the country are expecting up to 10x the normal volume of mail-in ballots due to the pandemic, putting extra strain on the cost-cutting org. A spokesperson said that the org is simply ‘asking election officials & voters to realistically consider how the mail works.’
TRUMP SUGGESTS DELAYING ELECTION: The Senate is convening after Pres. Trump floated the idea of delaying the November elections due to the coronavirus pandemic, though he does not have the legal or logistical power to do. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
The presidential election date is established by federal law and would require an act of Congress to change.
Trump also made baseless claims about voter fraud, tweeting, ‘With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history...
Robert O’Brien, Pres. Trump’s national security adviser, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Bloomberg report confirmed by the White House.
O’Brien, pictured above in a 2019 photo with Trump, is working off-site now and has ‘mild symptoms,’ the White House told news outlets in a statement, saying that there is ‘no risk of exposure to the president or the vice president.’
O’Brien, who joined the administration in September 2019, contracted the virus during ‘a few days off,’ Bloomberg reports, and ‘hasn’t seen Trump since before his vacation.’
STATE DEPT. ORDERS CHINA TO CLOSE U.S. CONSULATE: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks on the state of relations between the United States and China as tensions between the two nations continue to escalate. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
Some international analysts say relations between the countries are at the worst since diplomatic ties were first normalized in 1979.
Earlier this week, the U.S. ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, accusing the Chinese diplomats of economic and scientific espionage. The State Dept. has said it is looking towards closing down further consulates across the country.
U.S. SHATTERS RECORD—75K NEW COVID CASES IN ONE DAY: Officials from the World Health Organization hold a briefing on the latest developments of the global coronavirus outbreak. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
For the 11th time in a month, the U.S. saw a record-high number of new coronavirus cases, reporting over 75,600 cases on Thursday alone. Ten states also reported their highest single-day death tolls yesterday.
In June, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the country could see up to 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a day if the situation was not controlled. In a discussion with Mark Zuckerberg yesterday, Fauci again called for better control of the virus.
On July 13, California Governor Gavin Newsom changed course on his state’s reopening efforts after a surge of coronavirus cases. All restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and family entertainment centers must shut down their indoor operations.
Bars running indoor or outdoor service are required to close as well. Restaurants are still permitted to offer outdoor dining and takeout.
As of July 13, at least 29 counties are on the state’s County Monitoring List. Gov. Newsom said approx 80% of California’s population lives in these affected counties.
WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS USE OF CHEMICAL AGENTS ON PROTESTERS: Attorney General William Barr gives a press conference amid the ongoing protests against police brutality. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
The Washington Post has reported that AG Bill Barr ordered federal officers to clear protesters out of the way for Pres. Trump’s photo-op on Monday.
When asked about the decision to use chemical agents to clear a group of peaceful protesters, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Barr requested the perimeter around the church be expanded.
EMPTY TIMES SQUARE: Live views of Times Square show it empty and quiet as New York remains the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
NYC’s Poison Control Center handled at least 30 cases of possible exposure to disinfectants between Thursday at 9:00 pm and Friday at 3:00 pm, the New York Daily News reports.
This comes just after President Trump had suggested during his daily briefing that injecting people with disinfectant could eradicate the virus in a person's body. Last year in New York City, the Poison Control Center managed only 13 similar cases, the Daily News reports.
TRUDEAU CALLS FOR EMERGENCY PARLIAMENT SESSION: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press about the latest coronavirus updates in the country. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
Over the weekend, Trudeau announced that Parliament will reconvene tomorrow to pass emergency legislation aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus in Canada.
This comes after he said that the economic fallout from COVID-19 could impact the country for months, adding that there will be ‘many different measures brought together in the most efficient way that will help us through this.’
Today marks the 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. On the morning of December 7, 1941, 1,177 American servicemen were killed when the Japanese forces attacked the USS Arizona, among hundreds of others.
Of the 335 members of the Arizona who survived that day, only 3 are still alive: Lou Conter, 98, Ken Potts, 98, and Donald Stratton, 97. Two survivors passed away earlier this year: Lonnie Cook and Lauren Bruner.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor precipitated the United States' immediate entry into World War II. In history, it is second only to September 11, 2001, for the deadliest loss of life in a single attack on American soil.
‘This is a miscarriage of justice’ — Rodney Reed was convicted and sentenced to death for murder by an all-white jury despite having a solid alibi. With just weeks left until his execution date, experts and witnesses still believe he’s innocent
Rodney Reed has been on death row since 1998 for the murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. Reed has maintained his innocence since his arrest, yet the state of Texas plans to execute him on November 20, 2019.
The only evidence that connects Reed to the murder is DNA found in Stites’ body. However, people who knew Reed and Stites have confirmed the two had a consensual intimate relationship.
DE BLASIO: 'We can make change in this country... Yes it can be done. Tonight, we have to get to the heart and soul of who we are as Democrats... Kamala Harris said she’s not trying to fundamentally change society. Well, I am.’ #DemDebate
Rep. Nadler: '[Mueller] conducted his investigation with remarkable integrity...even when you were subjected to repeated and grossly unfair personal attacks. Your indictments spoke for you in astonishing detail.'
Rep. Nadler: 'In your report, you offer the country accountability as well.' #MuellerHearing
Rep. Nadler: 'Any other person who acted in this way would've been charged with crimes...we have a responsibility to address the evidence you've uncovered' #MuellerHearing