Postmaster general suspends USPS changes until after election

Jennifer Haberkorn 2020-08-18 21:02:26 Postmaster Gen. Louis DeJoy said Tuesday he would postpone controversial changes to the U.S. postal system that have been blamed for delays in mail services, but his promise did little to assuage Democrats’ worries that the Trump administration is trying to undermine the mail system for an advantage at the ballot box this fall.The U.S. Postal...

Biden’s and Trump’s education policy stances diverge

Brian Contreras 2020-08-18 19:00:34 With the “will they, won’t they” of school reopenings as one of the most divisive debates of pandemic America, education policy is enjoying a rare moment at center stage. But as the presidential election draws nearer, remote learning is just one of many education policy concerns on the ballot. College affordability, sexual assault policies and charter...

Difficult cleanup, investigation of Beirut blast press on

Nabih Bulos 2020-08-18 14:14:09 To understand the catastrophic destruction wrought by the Aug. 4 detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port, don’t look at the 45-foot-deep crater at the explosion’s epicenter. Instead, go a third of a mile to the east.There, near the skeletal husk of Warehouse 21, clumps of impossibly twisted metal and mangled concrete show...

Workers heckle Belarus leader as support collapses around him

Laura King 2020-08-18 03:04:20 The social media images were pitiless: the look of utter incomprehension that flashed across the face of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko when workers at a state-owned factory — a core constituency during his decades of authoritarian rule — jeered and heckled him.“Ukhodi!” workers at the vehicle factory on the outskirts of the capital, Minsk, shouted at...

Even without the DNC, Wisconsin remains key to the 2020 race

Mark Z. Barabak 2020-08-17 17:30:49 In 2016, a fed-up Patrick Murray cast his presidential ballot for Donald Trump, seeing the brash New Yorker as “somebody new, somebody different, somebody that wasn’t part of the Washington crowd.”Now, though, Murray’s contempt for the president is abundantly clear, even cloaked behind the mask that swaddled his nose and mouth as he ran errands...

Former Bush representative Nicolle Wallace widens MSNBC role

Stephen Battaglio 2020-08-17 17:30:00 Many of the hours on cable news channel MSNBC are a campfire meeting for progressive politics. But Nicolle Wallace — the network’s rising star whose daily program, “Deadline: White House,” expands to two hours (from1 to 3 p.m. Pacific) on Monday — made her bones across the political tracks. She was communications director for former President...

South Korea pastor tests positive amid church COVID-19 spike

Victoria Kim 2020-08-17 14:55:16 A controversial South Korean pastor who defied public health authorities to hold services and massive anti-government rallies despite the COVID-19 pandemic has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Monday.The church led by the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon has been at the center of a growing cluster of cases in the capital, Seoul, which until recently had...

COVID-19 hit Black Minneapolis. Then George Floyd was killed

Kurtis Lee 2020-08-16 16:30:52 A squad car slowed as it drove past the charred remains of the 3rd Precinct police headquarters.Outside, neighborhood activist Alicia Smith’s eyes traced the SUV’s route along the busy thoroughfare, keeping tabs as it disappeared from view.It was here, in South Minneapolis, that George Floyd took his final breath nearly three months ago. It was here...

Hong Kong journalists harassed, arrested and losing press freedoms under new China law

Rachel Cheung, David Pierson 2020-08-15 17:30:07 Once known for fierce independence and exposing the misdeeds of the political elite, iCable has had the sting taken out of its reporting as the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip on this city by arresting journalists and raiding newsrooms. The broadcaster’s new director of news, Oscar Lee, is best known for being a...

Thousands of miles from home, coronavirus took their lives

Patrick J. McDonnell 2020-08-15 05:37:40 The glazed urn rests in a makeshift altar in the family home, flanked by flowers, candles, Roman Catholic images and a faded snapshot of a middle-age man.“We always thought that my father would return home one day,” said Mayra Tlatelpa Baez. “But not in ashes.”Her father, Benito Medardo Tlatelpa Calixto, was 55. He died April...