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Chicago’s ‘Census Cowboy’ charged with animal cruelty after 7-mile ‘Kids Lives Matter’ stunt on freeway leaves horse badly hurt

A Chicago man known as the “Census Cowboy” faces a felony charge after riding his horse more than 7 miles down a freeway without the proper footwear, severely injuring the animal, which prosecutors say may have to be euthanized. Read Full Article at RT.co
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Chicago’s ‘Census Cowboy’ charged with animal cruelty after 7-mile ‘Kids Lives Matter’ stunt on freeway leaves horse badly hurt

A Chicago man known as the “Census Cowboy” faces a felony charge after riding his horse more than 7 miles down a freeway without the proper footwear, severely injuring the animal, which prosecutors say may have to be euthanized. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘They were trying to do a coup!’: Trump says after FBI docs reveal agents bought liability insurance during Flynn probe

US President Donald Trump said the FBI targeted him for a “coup” after newly released documents showed that federal agents bought liability insurance over fears their handling of the Trump-Russia probe could lead to legal trouble. Read Full Article at RT.
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‘They were trying to do a coup!’: Trump says after FBI docs reveal agents bought liability insurance during Flynn probe

US President Donald Trump said the FBI targeted him for a “coup” after newly released documents showed that federal agents bought liability insurance over fears their handling of the Trump-Russia probe could lead to legal trouble. Read Full Article at RT.com

Breonna Taylor protesters in Louisville smash windows & throw flare into LIBRARY, defying curfew day after cops are shot (VIDEOS)

Scores of protesters took to the streets of Louisville, ignoring the nighttime curfew a day after two police officers were shot amid unrest sparked by the charges in the Breonna Taylor case. A library was damaged in the mayhem. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Breonna Taylor protesters in Louisville smash windows & throw flare into LIBRARY, defying curfew day after cops are shot (VIDEOS)

Scores of protesters took to the streets of Louisville, ignoring the nighttime curfew a day after two police officers were shot amid unrest sparked by the charges in the Breonna Taylor case. A library was damaged in the mayhem. Read Full Article at RT.com

Thursday Night Owls: FinCEN files show how ineffective our supposed financial watchdogs are

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At The Guardian, Tom Burgis writes—What $2 trillion in possible corrupt activity reveals about Kleptopia: [...] This week we’ve caught a fresh glimpse of Kleptopia. The Internati
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Thursday Night Owls: FinCEN files show how ineffective our supposed financial watchdogs are

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At The Guardian, Tom Burgis writes—What $2 trillion in possible corrupt activity reveals about Kleptopia: [...] This week we’ve caught a fresh glimpse of Kleptopia. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the FinCEN files, details of more than 2,000 leaked suspicious activity reports that banks had filed to the US Treasury. They show that, even when bankers have doubts about the provenance of their clients’ money, the financial secrecy system goes on serving its primary purpose. That purpose is not simply to accentuate the concentration of wealth, to abet corruption, or to shift the proceeds of crime, important though all those functions are. No, it is to accelerate a project that had been gathering momentum since the end of the cold war: the privatisation of power itself. Back when it became clear that the Soviet Union was unravelling, its rulers hastily squirreled as much of the empire’s wealth abroad as they could. Their counterparts in other places where power is easily converted into money—chiefly those cursed with large quantities of oil or minerals—did likewise. Globalisation was moving forward apace and, like Starbucks, migration and viruses, dirty money went global. An international kleptocracy began to take shape, financial secrecy its catalyst.

Summer melt season shrinks Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level in satellite record

In the spring of 2004, freelance adventurer Ben Saunders, then just 26 years old, had to give up his attempt to make a solo trip across the North Pole from Cape Artichevsky in Siberia to Canada. He set out on skis March 5 and reached the pole on May 11. 
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Summer melt season shrinks Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level in satellite record

In the spring of 2004, freelance adventurer Ben Saunders, then just 26 years old, had to give up his attempt to make a solo trip across the North Pole from Cape Artichevsky in Siberia to Canada. He set out on skis March 5 and reached the pole on May 11. But 72 days after starting out, he had to be rescued about 30 miles from Canada because open water blocked his way. He had trekked 599 miles, often without mittens or hat, with temperatures as high as 60 degrees Fahrenheit compared with 2001 when it had averaged 33 degrees F. “The weather this year was the warmest since they began keeping records,” he told a reporter at the Ottawa Citizen before flying back to his U.K. home. At the time, and for many years afterward, a number of climate science deniers asserted that ice in the Arctic Ocean was not melting more than in the past, but actually expanding. Last week, scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center based at my alma mater at the University of Colorado in Boulder announced that the extent of ice in the Arctic at the end of the summer melt season in 2020 is the second lowest in the satellite record, 2012 still being lowest. The 40-year trend, though not a straight line, is continuing its downward path and will someday soon result in ice-free summers in the Arctic Ocean, though predictions for that range from a few years to mid-century. The impacts for species dependent on the ice, for shipping, for weather around the planet, and for the people who live in the circumpolar world will be immense.

The latest vaccine to go to phase 3 testing may still emerge among the first to reach public use

On Tuesday, consumer pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that their vaccine for COVID-19 was entering phase 3 trials. It seems hard to get excited about yet another vaccine at this point, especially when others began their phase 3 trials week
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The latest vaccine to go to phase 3 testing may still emerge among the first to reach public use

On Tuesday, consumer pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that their vaccine for COVID-19 was entering phase 3 trials. It seems hard to get excited about yet another vaccine at this point, especially when others began their phase 3 trials weeks, or even months, ago. The focus on vaccines, including at Daily Kos, has been primarily on the “fast three”—Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Astrazeneca/Oxford—all of which involve innovative technology, and all of which are likely just weeks away from leaking out some results from the first wave of phase 3 volunteers. Just about every article, and every politician, discussing the idea of getting a vaccine by year’s end or in early 2021 has concentrated on one of these three. But there are reasons to think that when it finally comes time for most Americans to visit their local clinic for a COVID-19 vaccine, the answer may be: None of the above. Because there is a second wave of vaccines on the way that have genuine advantages, even if they don’t boast world-changing technology. In the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, while it may seem like their vaccine is late to the ball, they could actually exit phase 3 ahead of their speedier competitors because their vaccine has a secret weapon: Unlike others, it’s just a single shot.

Germany sacks military counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into soldiers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi groups

The head of Germany’s military counter-intelligence service has been dismissed amid a sweeping probe into hundreds of soldiers for suspected links to far-right extremism, the military’s latest effort to overhaul the agency. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Germany sacks military counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into soldiers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi groups

The head of Germany’s military counter-intelligence service has been dismissed amid a sweeping probe into hundreds of soldiers for suspected links to far-right extremism, the military’s latest effort to overhaul the agency. Read Full Article at RT.com

This Week in Statehouse Action: All Falls Down edition

Happy autumn! … except nothing is happy and it feels like it never will be again. But wallowing in our anguish is a luxury we can’t afford, and besides, as one of my favorite philosophers is known for saying, “Pain don’t hurt.” What does hur
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This Week in Statehouse Action: All Falls Down edition

Happy autumn! … except nothing is happy and it feels like it never will be again. But wallowing in our anguish is a luxury we can’t afford, and besides, as one of my favorite philosophers is known for saying, “Pain don’t hurt.” What does hurt, though, is knowing that nearly a decade of Democratic down-ballot neglect could assist Donald Trump’s schemes to remain in the White House at any cost.

Millions of COVID-19 survivors will have a preexisting condition, Trump doesn't care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost certainly doomed with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Unless John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch are ready to buck conservatives this time around and find a way to split the baby—strike down the indi
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Millions of COVID-19 survivors will have a preexisting condition, Trump doesn't care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost certainly doomed with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Unless John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch are ready to buck conservatives this time around and find a way to split the baby—strike down the individual mandate but preserve the rest of the law—it's probably over. Which would mean millions of people would lose their coverage entirely, and millions more could find it priced out of their reach. Those are the people with preexisting conditions, well over 100 million of them. It's likely there will be millions more of them on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 6 million Americans have had the virus, and it's already proven to have had lasting and severe lung damage. It also attacks the brain and even recovered patients are showing serious heart damage months later. We don't yet know all the ways in which this illness can damage the body, but we can be pretty sure if insurance companies aren't forced to cover it, they won't. It's about saving the country. Simple as that. Donate now to help bring it back to the White House and Senate.

FBI used Steele Dossier to spy on Trump, KNOWING its primary sub-source was a suspected ‘Russian agent,’ DOJ reveals

The FBI was aware of a counterintelligence investigation into the man Christopher Steele relied on for his Trump-Russia dossier, but kept renewing the FISA warrant to spy on the president anyway, according to a damning new letter. Read Full Article at RT.com
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FBI used Steele Dossier to spy on Trump, KNOWING its primary sub-source was a suspected ‘Russian agent,’ DOJ reveals

The FBI was aware of a counterintelligence investigation into the man Christopher Steele relied on for his Trump-Russia dossier, but kept renewing the FISA warrant to spy on the president anyway, according to a damning new letter. Read Full Article at RT.com

Tilda Swinton mesmerizes as a woman possessed in Pedro Almodóvar striking take on «The Human Voice»

The latest interpretation of Jean Cocteau's one-woman play is a visual and emotional feast
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Tilda Swinton mesmerizes as a woman possessed in Pedro Almodóvar striking take on «The Human Voice»

The latest interpretation of Jean Cocteau's one-woman play is a visual and emotional feast

As nation braces against pandemic, GOP senators quietly introduce yet another anti-trans bill

As the nation continues to face a global pandemic, some right-wingers are still finding time to push rampant transphobia. This time, a number of Republican senators introduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020. Does this bill r
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As nation braces against pandemic, GOP senators quietly introduce yet another anti-trans bill

As the nation continues to face a global pandemic, some right-wingers are still finding time to push rampant transphobia. This time, a number of Republican senators introduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020. Does this bill really have anything to do with “protecting” women in sports? No, because it’s inherently exclusive to transgender women and girls. The bill seeks to essentially punish schools that receive federal education funding if they allow transgender women and girls to participate in sports that match their gender identity. So, according to this bill, if a transgender girl was allowed to play on the girls' team, that school would be at risk of violating U.S. law (in this case, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)—and losing that federal funding. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who led the pack when introducing the bill on Tuesday, wrote a press release wherein she doubles down on supporting women—but as we know, she’s only talking about cisgender women. “’I’m proud to lead this legislation to ensure girls of all ages can enjoy those same opportunities,” the release reads. “This commonsense bill protects women and girls by safeguarding fairness and leveling the athletic field that Title IX guarantees.” Ready to hand Trump—and every Republican—a HUMILIATING defeat? Sign up with Vote Forward to write personalized letters to infrequent, but Democratic-leaning, voters in swing states. Help us wash Trump out of office with a big blue wave of record-breaking turnout.

Trump supporters claim arsonists tagged home with 'BLM,' 'Biden 2020,' and ... an anarchy symbol?

You can’t make this stuff up. A Trump-supporting Minnesota family has reported that their garage and three vehicles were destroyed in a fire and explosion at their residence. “BLM,” an “A” in a circle, and “Biden 2020” were allegedly spray-pain
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Trump supporters claim arsonists tagged home with 'BLM,' 'Biden 2020,' and ... an anarchy symbol?

You can’t make this stuff up. A Trump-supporting Minnesota family has reported that their garage and three vehicles were destroyed in a fire and explosion at their residence. “BLM,” an “A” in a circle, and “Biden 2020” were allegedly spray-painted on the garage door. According to the local CBS affiliate, the Brooklyn Center homeowners, Denis and Deana Molla, say they had “Trump 2020” flags on their trucks. Police and ATF are investigating, but folks on social media aren’t buying it.

Fauci: COVID-19 is a 'double whammy' on nonwhite Americans. Vaccine trials should represent that

Speaking at the Bloomberg Equality Summit on Wednesday, top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci again highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impacts on minority populations in the United States. That's not genetic. That's our
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Fauci: COVID-19 is a 'double whammy' on nonwhite Americans. Vaccine trials should represent that

Speaking at the Bloomberg Equality Summit on Wednesday, top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci again highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impacts on minority populations in the United States. That's not genetic. That's our society. As Fauci told his audience, American minority groups both are more likely to hold «essential» jobs than white Americans and have higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and other diet-related, poverty-related health issues. «There's almost a double whammy on the minority populations,» said Fauci. With that in mind, Fauci again urged companies to gain representative samples of Black Americans and other nonwhite groups in late-stage vaccine tests. «We have to do much, much better with the relative percentage of African Americans that are in the trial.»

Detained women report they were inexplicably sent to doctor accused of sterilization

Attorneys, advocates, journalists, federal agencies, and members of congress are working to learn more about what happened to the women at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) who allege they were sterilized and operated on without their full and informe
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Detained women report they were inexplicably sent to doctor accused of sterilization

Attorneys, advocates, journalists, federal agencies, and members of congress are working to learn more about what happened to the women at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) who allege they were sterilized and operated on without their full and informed consent by a Douglas, Georgia, doctor named Mahendra Amin. The women’s stories about how they ended up in his operating room are remarkably similar, and their experiences were buried until last week. Based on information from attorneys and interviews Prism conducted with formerly detained immigrants, the process seemed to go something like this: As part of regular detention center operations, detained people who have any kind of ailment or sickness have to fill out a “sick request” in hopes of accessing medical care. These requests usually aren’t taken seriously at detention centers. ICDC was no exception, as whistleblower Dawn Wooten alleged in a complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. Across many detention centers, this is true both in urgent situations and when a detained person simply needs basic care. But for some women at ICDC, a sick request would inexplicably lead a detention center nurse to refer them for outside medical care with Amin.

Text messages are the new door-knocking — but voters are paranoid about political outreach via text

In a socially distanced election, organizers say fear of being scammed is hampering text message–based outreach
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Text messages are the new door-knocking — but voters are paranoid about political outreach via text

In a socially distanced election, organizers say fear of being scammed is hampering text message–based outreach

Church sues pro-BLM DC mayor Bowser over ‘celebrating mass protests’ while keeping ban on 100+ OUTDOOR worships

A Baptist church in Washington, DC, has sued Mayor Muriel Bowser, alleging she has discriminated against churchgoes by endorsing and attending mass protests while refusing to lift restrictions on outdoor religious services. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Church sues pro-BLM DC mayor Bowser over ‘celebrating mass protests’ while keeping ban on 100+ OUTDOOR worships

A Baptist church in Washington, DC, has sued Mayor Muriel Bowser, alleging she has discriminated against churchgoes by endorsing and attending mass protests while refusing to lift restrictions on outdoor religious services. Read Full Article at RT.com

Conservative news outlet threatening to sue Louisville police after two reporters arrested & charged covering BLM protests

Two reporters for The Daily Caller were arrested in Louisville while covering the Black Lives Matter protests spurred by the court ruling in the Breonna Taylor case. Now the conservative outlet has threatened to sue police. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Conservative news outlet threatening to sue Louisville police after two reporters arrested & charged covering BLM protests

Two reporters for The Daily Caller were arrested in Louisville while covering the Black Lives Matter protests spurred by the court ruling in the Breonna Taylor case. Now the conservative outlet has threatened to sue police. Read Full Article at RT.com

Joe Arpaio's ex-deputy, now running for sheriff, really wants you to quit bringing up his old boss

Arizona Republican Jerry Sheridan, the former Maricopa County sheriff's office chief deputy challenging incumbent sheriff Paul Penzone this November, would really, really appreciate it if folks would just quit bringing up his ex-boss of si
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Joe Arpaio's ex-deputy, now running for sheriff, really wants you to quit bringing up his old boss

Arizona Republican Jerry Sheridan, the former Maricopa County sheriff's office chief deputy challenging incumbent sheriff Paul Penzone this November, would really, really appreciate it if folks would just quit bringing up his ex-boss of six years, lawless racist Joe Arpaio. “Since Sheridan, 62, announced his candidacy for sheriff in 2019, distancing himself from his former boss has been a constant campaign theme,” Arizona Republic reports. How about “nah,” Jerry? Does that work for you? That the former chief deputy wants to separate himself from Arpaio when it’s politically convenient is as ridiculous as Arpaio crying about people (rightfully) calling him a racist. Whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, Sheridan was Arpaio’s right-hand man through some of the worst moments of his reign of terror in Maricopa County. In fact, as Arizona Republic reports, he got in a big heap of trouble for it too.

Surprise! The ‘real people’ in Trump ad campaign are actually Republican operatives

The Trump administration has a base. That base is very white. That base seems to be willing to buy anything Trump-related. The base is all in on whatever madness Trump concocts. There’s a second tier of conservatives who are voting for Trump that, whil
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Surprise! The ‘real people’ in Trump ad campaign are actually Republican operatives

The Trump administration has a base. That base is very white. That base seems to be willing to buy anything Trump-related. The base is all in on whatever madness Trump concocts. There’s a second tier of conservatives who are voting for Trump that, while not wearing the silly Trump-branded trinkets of jingoism, want to believe that there is something essentially ideologically conservative represented in Trump that will allow them to sleep at night while kids are sleeping in cages. There is something ideologically conservative about Trump, but it’s mostly the fascistic, xenophobic, anti-Democracy aspects of the Republican Party.  Of course, the trick to massaging the minds of this section of the Republican base is by putting up less … hectic faces of Trump support. If you can have someone who sounds reasonable and not someone shrieking about Obama being a secret Muslim while carrying an AR-15 wrapped in an American flag skin, your ad will come across better. Unfortunately for the Trump campaign, most of those conservative types either don’t want to admit they support Trump—at least not on camera—or they’ve gone and begun making ads in support of Joe Biden because Trump is such a monster. Gizmodo reports that the Trump campaign has a solution to this issue: Just hire Republican operatives and call them “real people” in advertisements promoting the idea that your regular middle-class multiethnic and multigendered Americans feel like they want to breathe more of that COVID-19 fresh air the Trump administration has brought about.

Unpacking Trump's beef with canned tuna, which he claims protesters are using as weapons

The day after the president's Pennsylvania rally, I called a dozen grocery stores to ask about their tuna sales
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Unpacking Trump's beef with canned tuna, which he claims protesters are using as weapons

The day after the president's Pennsylvania rally, I called a dozen grocery stores to ask about their tuna sales

17 states will instantly ban abortion if Trump's Supreme Court shreds Roe. Here's how we fight back

If Donald Trump gets his way and rams an arch-conservative Federalist Society minion on to the Supreme Court, we all know that Roe v. Wade will immediately be in the crosshairs. But if these Republicans in robes do eviscerate the reproductive rights that hav
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17 states will instantly ban abortion if Trump's Supreme Court shreds Roe. Here's how we fight back

If Donald Trump gets his way and rams an arch-conservative Federalist Society minion on to the Supreme Court, we all know that Roe v. Wade will immediately be in the crosshairs. But if these Republicans in robes do eviscerate the reproductive rights that have been enshrined into American law for nearly half a century, it’s what happens the very next day that’s truly scary. Ten different states, it turns out, have so-called “trigger laws” on the books: statutes that say that if Roe is overturned, abortion will instantly become illegal. Nine states, meanwhile, still have outright bans on abortion that predate Roe, and two of those also have trigger laws, just for good measure. That’s 17 states, home to more than 70 million people—20% of the country—where, overnight, safe and legal access to abortion would disappear. That’s not even counting states without these sorts of laws where Republicans will be motivated to enact new restraints the second they can.

Hail Satan? Liberal mom tells of how RBG’s death drove her to SATANISM in viral HuffPost piece

It may sound like satire, but everyone from HuffPost to Twitter seems to be taking very seriously a liberal mom’s essay about how she turned to Satanism in response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Hail Satan? Liberal mom tells of how RBG’s death drove her to SATANISM in viral HuffPost piece

It may sound like satire, but everyone from HuffPost to Twitter seems to be taking very seriously a liberal mom’s essay about how she turned to Satanism in response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read Full Article at RT.com

Several discarded absentee military ballots marked for Trump discovered as FBI insists voter fraud is localized & minor

At least seven mail-in military ballots marked for President Donald Trump were found discarded in Pennsylvania, the Justice Department has confirmed. Trump also called attention to thrown-out absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Several discarded absentee military ballots marked for Trump discovered as FBI insists voter fraud is localized & minor

At least seven mail-in military ballots marked for President Donald Trump were found discarded in Pennsylvania, the Justice Department has confirmed. Trump also called attention to thrown-out absentee ballots in Wisconsin. Read Full Article at RT.com

Postal Service executives directed mail delivery changes, newly released documents show

The top executives at the United States Postal Service were instrumental in pushing strategies that delayed mail delivery—strategies they claimed originated from lower-level managers, documents released in one of the court challenges to the USPS change
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Postal Service executives directed mail delivery changes, newly released documents show

The top executives at the United States Postal Service were instrumental in pushing strategies that delayed mail delivery—strategies they claimed originated from lower-level managers, documents released in one of the court challenges to the USPS changes prove. The operational changes, including stopping extra and late trips by carriers to get all the mail out, were included in a PowerPoint presentation David E. Williams, the agency’s chief of logistics and processing operations, gave to officials across the country in July. Other senior executives, The Washington Post reports, sat in on the meeting including «Robert Cintron, vice president of logistics; Angela Curtis, vice president of retail and post office operations; and vice presidents from the agency’s seven geographic areas.» Agency chiefs, including Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, have insisted that those changes were demanded by lower-tier managers on a regional level. DeJoy told a House committee last month that he encouraged all post offices and carriers to meet schedules, but didn't issue a ban on extra or late deliveries. He might not have been lying—that could have come not from his mouth, but Williams’. Williams told the Post that the directive in his presentation was mean to be «motivational.»

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