The official formerly known as Trump’s DHS Secretary

This piece was originally published in the August 14, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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Source: The Daily Beast

“More concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

Barack Obama on Trump’s gutting of the U.S. Postal Service

In the middle of a pandemic, Trump is trying to permanently defund Social Security.

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IN THE NEWS

  • The crisis within the United States Postal Service just keeps getting worse. And worse. And worse. As Trump and his Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continue their sabotage of America’s most popular government agency, Americans are starting to see the impact. People across America are sharing images of mail drop boxes being picked up and hauled away on trucks for no apparent reason other than possibly to inconvenience millions of Americans. The Washington Post is reporting that mail sorting machines in every state except Alaska are being removed from Post Offices in what officials call a “cost-cutting” measure but which logically will not cut costs in any way.

Next week is the Democratic Convention. Keep an eye out for our special editions of the Progress Report, where we’ll recap the previous night’s speeches and bring you what’s happening on the virtual convention floor.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • New Data for Progress polling shows that Americans support ending the Senate filibuster. Calls to end the Jim Crow-era procedural relic have been growing since Barack Obama called for ending the filibuster in his eulogy of John Lewis last month. The poll shows that 43% of voters support ending the filibuster, compared to 29% who oppose it. When passing voting rights legislation is brought into the equation, support for ending the filibuster grows even further, to 53%. More and more Americans are allowing themselves to imagine the progressive potential of a productive and responsible government — and this poll is a hopeful sign that there might be some light at the end of this dystopian tunnel.

WHAT WE’RE READING (AND LISTENING TO)

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This piece was originally published in the August 14, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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