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What's Going On with the USPS?

#SaveTheUSPS? Budget cuts and reforms have made it difficult for the Post Office, a beloved American institution to do its job.

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The United States Post Office is under attack.

Direct attacks from the president, COVID-19, government failure to provide aid, and a radical new postmaster general have all contributed to what's shaping up to be a veritable disaster for American mail—one that might have consequences for the upcoming November election.

The Postal Service's Opponents: COVID-19, Trump, DeJoy, and Money

2020 has been extremely difficult for most people and businesses, and the USPS, which reported a $3 billion loss in the last three months, is no difference. Democrats proposed giving the postal service $25 billion in aid as part of their latest coronavirus stimulus package, which stalled to a standstill in Congress due to partisan divides. Without significant aid, the USPS has suffered intensely during the COVID-19 pandemic—and so have its customers.

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Don't Let Kanye West on the Ballot in Wisconsin—14 Seconds Late Is Still Late

Thanks to the arcane nonsense of the Electoral College, Kanye West could swing the whole election in states like Wisconsin.

Kanye West isn't running for president, he's "walking for president."

Those are his own words in response to a question about whether he was trying to hurt the Biden Harris campaign's chances and thus help Donald Trump secure reelection. Some have taken that phrasing as a confirmation that Kanye is running as an intentional "spoiler" candidate.

Another possibility is that Kanye is being encouraged to campaign by various people who don't care about his mental health—who want to use him for Donald Trump's benefit. He could be going with the flow and "walking for president" while Republican political operatives lead him where they want him to go. Maybe Kanye never took off his MAGA hat after all...

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E. Jean Carroll Says She Was Fired from ELLE Because of Donald Trump

Women need to support women, but we have to keep our eyes on the prize.

In 2019, E. Jean Carroll published an op-ed in New York Magazine accusing Donald Trump of raping her in a dressing room in New York.

This week, Carroll said that ELLE Magazine—where she worked as an advice columnist for over 30 years—fired her because of the insults she had received from Donald Trump.

"Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me," she Tweeted. "I don't blame Elle. It was the great honor of my life writing 'Ask E. Jean.'"

Carroll is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Trump. In the 2019 op-ed, she said that Trump assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. The essay was an excerpt from her book, What Do We Need Men For?

Trump denied the allegations, stating, "She's not my type."

Carroll sued the president for defamation after he accused her of lying last year. Since then, the trial has stalled as Trump's lawyers have insisted that before it can proceed, New York's Court of Appeals must decide if a sitting president can be sued. Carroll's lawyer is attempting to counter the delay, which could extend the case past the presidential election in November.

If Trump's lawyers fail to win their client further exemptions due to his position as president, Trump may be forced to submit a DNA sample. Samples from the black dress which Carroll was wearing during the alleged assault have been linked to an unidentified male.

"Our client filed this lawsuit to prove that Donald Trump lied about sexually assaulting her and to restore her credibility and reputation. From the very beginning, Trump has tried every tactic lawyers can think of to halt this case in its tracks and keep the truth from coming out," said Carroll's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan. "His latest effort—a motion to stay our client's case until the New York Court of Appeals decides the Summer Zervos case likely after November 2020—is yet another obvious delay tactic that is not grounded in the law and, like his previous attempts to stall this case, will be rejected by the court."

Regardless of the truth about any of this, what's happening is clear. E. Jean Carroll accused a man of rape, and she lost her job, at a women's magazine, no less, while he not only kept his position—he also maintained credibility with over half of the country, and he may well be re-elected. This indicates a much deeper problem with the way that the nation views rape, assault, and women's voices, even in this supposedly post-#MeToo time period.

While much has been written about the damaging effects that sexual abuse allegations can have on men, it turns out that an abuse allegation often fails to significantly damage men's careers, while it can destroy women's lives. What can be done about this? Women need to support other women, yes—but we have to keep our eyes on the prize: electing a non-blatant misogynist in November.

ELLE Magazine has not yet commented on the events.