• Show Notes

In this episode of CAFE Insider, “Please Mr. Postman,” Preet and Anne make sense of the flurry of news surrounding the US Postal Service: President Trump’s recent admission that he opposes funding the agency because of “universal mail-in voting,” the sweeping cost-cutting measures attempted by the new Postmaster General, and the USPS alerting states that some absentee ballots may not arrive in time to be counted. 

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REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

INTRO 

VIDEO: Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech, 8/17/20

USPS 

President Trump’s interview with Fox Business Live in which he admits that he opposes funding the postal service because of mail-in voting, 8/13/20

Mark Meadows’ interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on mail-in voting, 8/16/20

Letter sent from USPS to Secretaries of State warning of the potential for disenfranchisement, 7/29/20

Postal Act of 2006

“DeJoy Earned Millions from Company with Ties to Postal Service,” New York Times, 8/17/20

“Post Office loses another $5.1 billion; Bernie continues to prevent help,” The Hill, 12/20/16

“Postal Service Inspector General reviewing DeJoy’s policy changes and potential ethics conflicts,” CNN, 8/14/20

“DeJoy agrees to testify amid Democratic fury over Postal Service Changes,” Politico, 8/17/20

“USPS to Suspend Changes Until After Election,” Wall Street Journal, 8/18/20

Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s statement announcing suspension of cost-cutting measures, 8/18/20

Rep. Katie Porter’s tweet about DeJoy’s upcoming testimony, 8/17/20

Joyce Vance’s tweet, 8/14/20

18 U.S. Code § 208, Acts affecting a personal financial interest

18 U.S. Code § 595, Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments

18 U.S. Code § 1701, Obstruction of mails generally

WRAP

“Ex-FBI lawyer expected to plead guilty in review of Russia inquiry,” New York Times, 8/14/20