The political battle over the postal service

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Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility

Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

After mounting public outcry over cutbacks and slowdowns to the United States Postal Service, the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced yesterday that he was suspending all reforms until after the presidential election.  DeJoy, a Trump appointee and megadonor, said he had implemented operational changes, including banning overtime, shortening retail hours, and removing letter-sorting machines, to cut-costs to the bankrupt agency but many people suspected that these disruptions so close to an election that will rely heavily on mail-in voting were overtly political. Today we look at the fallout from the embattled USPS, the impact on voting, and other threats to the election. Our guests are New York Times EMILY COCHRANE and Stanford law professor NATHANIEL PERSILY.

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