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Federal Drive with Tom Temin
Postal unions demand USPS ramp up hiring to address understaffing

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 8:15


The Postal Service's two largest unions are weighing in, more than a year into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10-year agency reform plan.The National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union are calling for USPS to increase hiring, adding that long-term understaffing is taking a toll on employee morale.

American Democracy Minute
Episode 83: USPS Creates Division for Overseeing Election Mail - But Will it Restore Confidence?

American Democracy Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 1:29


Today's LinksArticles:Associated Press - New USPS election division will oversee mail-in ballotsWashington Post -  DeJoy is poised to remake a resurgent USPS. Now comes the hard part.Washington Post  - Senate passes $107 billion overhaul of USPS, lauding mail agency's role in pandemic responseU.S. Postal Service Inspector General Report  - Vote by Mail and the Postal Service: A PrimerGroups Taking Action:League of Women Voters US, ACLU, Common Cause, Voting Rights AllianceYou're listening to the American Democracy Minute, keeping YOUR government by and for the people.In 2020, a highly-suspect U.S. Postal Service slowdown directed by newly-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy created doubt in the postal system's ability to deliver mail-in ballots.  The USPS just announced a permanent division to deal with election mail volume, but will it be enough to restore confidence?Last week, the USPS announced the Election and Government Mail Services division, tasked with training “election mail strike teams” in communities and postal districts in all states and U.S. territories.  The USPS says that in 2020, it delivered 135 million pieces of outbound and inbound election mail, with 97.9% of ballots delivered from voters to election officials within three days. And 99.89% of ballots were delivered within seven days.   Unofficially, there were stories of heroic postal workers who prioritized election mail at the local level, even defying management directives, to deliver on time.   A July 14th release from USPS trumpets an on-time delivery of 94% for first class mail for its fiscal year fourth quarter.   Louis DeJoy, the businessman and Trump donor appointed as Postmaster General is still in place despite widespread calls for his removal.   He points out in an interview with the Washington Post that his fiscal remake of the USPS has just begun.  In March, Congress passed a $107 billion dollar restructuring plan, which may include the shuttering of 18 sorting facilities and shortening local post office hours. Articles and a report by the Postal Service Inspector General's office are at AmericanDemocracyMinute.org.   For the American Democracy Minute, I'm Brian Beihl.

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 12:06


Happy Monday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022. Before we get into what you may have missed over the weekend, this is just a reminder that our conference is just 4 months away! FLF Conference Plug: This year it’s happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. So, here’s what you may have missed over the weekend: https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/twitter-lawyers-sue-elon-musk-broken-deal-report Twitter lawyers up to sue Elon Musk over broken buyout deal: Twitter has retained the services of a heavyweight merger law firm to sue Tesla CEO Elon Musk for moving to drop his $44 billion takeover of the company, according to a report. The company has hired Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to represent it in a forthcoming suit, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Bloomberg cited sources who declined to be identified due to the private nature of the matter. A law firm representing the Tesla CEO sent a letter to Twitter on Friday, alleging that it appears "to have made false and misleading representations" when Musk agreed to buy the company on April 25 and has "breached" multiple provisions of the initial agreement. Musk's team has raised concerns with "spam bots" on the platform, and the Tesla CEO has threatened to walk away from the deal if the company fails to show that less than 5% of its daily active users are automated spam accounts. Musk has argued that Twitter significantly underestimated the number of these "spam bots" on its service. Last month, Twitter offered Musk access to its "firehose" of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets, according to multiple reports at the time, though neither the company nor Musk confirmed this. Twitter said it removes 1 million spam accounts each day in a call with executives Thursday during a briefing that aimed to shed more light on the company's fake and bot accounts. Twitter said on the call that the spam accounts represent well below 5% of its active user base each quarter. Private data, which isn't available publicly and thus not in the data "firehose" that was given to Musk, includes IP addresses, phone numbers and location. Twitter said such private data helps avoid misidentifying real accounts as spam. Neither SpaceX nor Tesla nor Twitter immediately responded to FOX Business' request for comment Sunday. A receptionist for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz declined to confirm or deny the report. More from our booming economy: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/us-postal-service-rate-increases-takes-effect-sunday US Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday The next time you mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS), it's going to cost you extra. The USPS' rate hike, upping First-Class Mail prices by 6.5%, took effect Sunday, according to the agency. When the USPS made its announcement in April it noted that the 6.5% increase would still be below inflation, which is sitting at a rate of 8.6%. However, this likely won't be the last increase from the USPS. In May, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Americans should get used to "uncomfortable" postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient. The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he’ll advocate for raising prices until "we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining." That objective is laid out in the USPS' 10-year plan, Delivering for America. As part of this plan, the USPS is working to break even by the fiscal year 2023 and avoid $160 billion in projected losses over the next 10 years. The price adjustments taking effect Sunday "will help with the implementation of the Delivering for America plan, including a $40 billion investment in core Postal Service infrastructure over the next ten years," according to the USPS. https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/07/11/world-economic-forum-says-democracy-is-dying-ditch-fossil-fuels-and-save-it/ World Economic Forum: Gas Prices Must Go Even Higher — to Save Democracy The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a position paper Monday that inexorably links two claimed global crises as one – “climate change” and the “decline of democracy.” The WEF paper argues for the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, “leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.” It goes on to say ignoring progress toward a “low-carbon economy could put democracies in greater economic peril, not less” while repeating the broader demand of environmental activists for companies to stop investing fossil fuels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought renewed focus on this economic weakness, the WEF says. What is the answer for the U.S. and Europe? Pricing the alternatives to green energy out of the market. It says: First, leading democracies should agree to end the underpricing of fossil fuels, which is the principal factor preventing a clean energy transition. The underpricing associated with producing and burning coal, oil and gas amounted to $5.9 trillion in economic costs in 2020. Nearly a quarter of these losses – $1.45 trillion – occurred in 48 major and smaller democracies. The leading democracies of the G20 should collectively commit to phasing out cost and tax breaks for the production and consumption of fossil fuels. They should also phase in more efficient pricing of fossil fuels through taxes or tradable permits to cover the costs of local air pollution, global warming, and other economic damages. The paper goes on to argue that compliance can and must be enforced. Taxes can be imposed on carbon-intensive imports to reduce the risk of unfair competition for their domestic industries “and to deter companies from relocating overseas to avoid compliance at home.” Doesn’t that just scream democracy? Forcing other economies to reform their under-pricing of fossil fuels to avoid the penalties imposed by the policy should also be actively pursued, according to the WEF, with U.S. President Joe Biden already committed to punishing the fossil fuel industry out of existence. The paper concludes that by delaying a clean energy transition, “leading democracies are making their economies more vulnerable through continued reliance on fossil fuels.” Collectively acting to foster a green transition “is not only good for the climate but also critical for protecting democracy,” ……… that’s the conclusion of the paper… Gold River Trading Co. Are you tired of buying sugary drinks and coffee from large woke corporations? Throw a tea party! Gold River Trading Co. is an American company that offers premium alternatives for Americans who enjoy a delicious cup of tea. Start your day with Gold River’s invigorating American Breakfast Blend, cool down with a pitcher of crisp & refreshing Iced Tea, or unwind with Chamomile Herbal tea. Explore a variety of high-quality blends and enjoy a healthy, flavorful alternative from an American company that shares your values. Go to goldriverco.com and save 10% off all orders using discount code CROSSPOLITIC at checkout. Now, it’s time for the topic that I love, trade regulations! No… not really, sports! https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2022/07/08/report-nfl-teams-to-start-training-camp-with-no-covid-protocols/ NFL Teams to Start Training Camp with No Covid Protocols For the first time since the pandemic began, NFL teams will start training camp without any Covid protocols or restrictions, according to a report in the Washington Post. That means the league will not mandate that players wear masks, participate in contact tracing, wear bracelets, or otherwise partake in any of the standard Covid protocols the league has had in place since 2020. The NFL did, however, leave open the possibility of reinstating Covid protocols should the need arise. “Should there be a reason to reimpose aspects of the protocols or to take other measures, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community,” the memo to all teams stated. While the league will not place players or coaches under any restrictions, all employees of the 32 league franchises are expected to conform to whatever coronavirus safeguards local authorities have put in place. The NFL and NFLPA agreed to end the league’s coronavirus testing regimen in March. And finally, Novak Djokovic, won at Wimbledon for the seventh time: Djokovic beats Kyrgios to win 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 12:06


Happy Monday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022. Before we get into what you may have missed over the weekend, this is just a reminder that our conference is just 4 months away! FLF Conference Plug: This year it’s happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. So, here’s what you may have missed over the weekend: https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/twitter-lawyers-sue-elon-musk-broken-deal-report Twitter lawyers up to sue Elon Musk over broken buyout deal: Twitter has retained the services of a heavyweight merger law firm to sue Tesla CEO Elon Musk for moving to drop his $44 billion takeover of the company, according to a report. The company has hired Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to represent it in a forthcoming suit, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Bloomberg cited sources who declined to be identified due to the private nature of the matter. A law firm representing the Tesla CEO sent a letter to Twitter on Friday, alleging that it appears "to have made false and misleading representations" when Musk agreed to buy the company on April 25 and has "breached" multiple provisions of the initial agreement. Musk's team has raised concerns with "spam bots" on the platform, and the Tesla CEO has threatened to walk away from the deal if the company fails to show that less than 5% of its daily active users are automated spam accounts. Musk has argued that Twitter significantly underestimated the number of these "spam bots" on its service. Last month, Twitter offered Musk access to its "firehose" of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets, according to multiple reports at the time, though neither the company nor Musk confirmed this. Twitter said it removes 1 million spam accounts each day in a call with executives Thursday during a briefing that aimed to shed more light on the company's fake and bot accounts. Twitter said on the call that the spam accounts represent well below 5% of its active user base each quarter. Private data, which isn't available publicly and thus not in the data "firehose" that was given to Musk, includes IP addresses, phone numbers and location. Twitter said such private data helps avoid misidentifying real accounts as spam. Neither SpaceX nor Tesla nor Twitter immediately responded to FOX Business' request for comment Sunday. A receptionist for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz declined to confirm or deny the report. More from our booming economy: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/us-postal-service-rate-increases-takes-effect-sunday US Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday The next time you mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS), it's going to cost you extra. The USPS' rate hike, upping First-Class Mail prices by 6.5%, took effect Sunday, according to the agency. When the USPS made its announcement in April it noted that the 6.5% increase would still be below inflation, which is sitting at a rate of 8.6%. However, this likely won't be the last increase from the USPS. In May, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Americans should get used to "uncomfortable" postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient. The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he’ll advocate for raising prices until "we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining." That objective is laid out in the USPS' 10-year plan, Delivering for America. As part of this plan, the USPS is working to break even by the fiscal year 2023 and avoid $160 billion in projected losses over the next 10 years. The price adjustments taking effect Sunday "will help with the implementation of the Delivering for America plan, including a $40 billion investment in core Postal Service infrastructure over the next ten years," according to the USPS. https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/07/11/world-economic-forum-says-democracy-is-dying-ditch-fossil-fuels-and-save-it/ World Economic Forum: Gas Prices Must Go Even Higher — to Save Democracy The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a position paper Monday that inexorably links two claimed global crises as one – “climate change” and the “decline of democracy.” The WEF paper argues for the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, “leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.” It goes on to say ignoring progress toward a “low-carbon economy could put democracies in greater economic peril, not less” while repeating the broader demand of environmental activists for companies to stop investing fossil fuels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought renewed focus on this economic weakness, the WEF says. What is the answer for the U.S. and Europe? Pricing the alternatives to green energy out of the market. It says: First, leading democracies should agree to end the underpricing of fossil fuels, which is the principal factor preventing a clean energy transition. The underpricing associated with producing and burning coal, oil and gas amounted to $5.9 trillion in economic costs in 2020. Nearly a quarter of these losses – $1.45 trillion – occurred in 48 major and smaller democracies. The leading democracies of the G20 should collectively commit to phasing out cost and tax breaks for the production and consumption of fossil fuels. They should also phase in more efficient pricing of fossil fuels through taxes or tradable permits to cover the costs of local air pollution, global warming, and other economic damages. The paper goes on to argue that compliance can and must be enforced. Taxes can be imposed on carbon-intensive imports to reduce the risk of unfair competition for their domestic industries “and to deter companies from relocating overseas to avoid compliance at home.” Doesn’t that just scream democracy? Forcing other economies to reform their under-pricing of fossil fuels to avoid the penalties imposed by the policy should also be actively pursued, according to the WEF, with U.S. President Joe Biden already committed to punishing the fossil fuel industry out of existence. The paper concludes that by delaying a clean energy transition, “leading democracies are making their economies more vulnerable through continued reliance on fossil fuels.” Collectively acting to foster a green transition “is not only good for the climate but also critical for protecting democracy,” ……… that’s the conclusion of the paper… Gold River Trading Co. Are you tired of buying sugary drinks and coffee from large woke corporations? Throw a tea party! Gold River Trading Co. is an American company that offers premium alternatives for Americans who enjoy a delicious cup of tea. Start your day with Gold River’s invigorating American Breakfast Blend, cool down with a pitcher of crisp & refreshing Iced Tea, or unwind with Chamomile Herbal tea. Explore a variety of high-quality blends and enjoy a healthy, flavorful alternative from an American company that shares your values. Go to goldriverco.com and save 10% off all orders using discount code CROSSPOLITIC at checkout. Now, it’s time for the topic that I love, trade regulations! No… not really, sports! https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2022/07/08/report-nfl-teams-to-start-training-camp-with-no-covid-protocols/ NFL Teams to Start Training Camp with No Covid Protocols For the first time since the pandemic began, NFL teams will start training camp without any Covid protocols or restrictions, according to a report in the Washington Post. That means the league will not mandate that players wear masks, participate in contact tracing, wear bracelets, or otherwise partake in any of the standard Covid protocols the league has had in place since 2020. The NFL did, however, leave open the possibility of reinstating Covid protocols should the need arise. “Should there be a reason to reimpose aspects of the protocols or to take other measures, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community,” the memo to all teams stated. While the league will not place players or coaches under any restrictions, all employees of the 32 league franchises are expected to conform to whatever coronavirus safeguards local authorities have put in place. The NFL and NFLPA agreed to end the league’s coronavirus testing regimen in March. And finally, Novak Djokovic, won at Wimbledon for the seventh time: Djokovic beats Kyrgios to win 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

America's Work Force Union Podcast
Billy Dycus (Tennessee AFL-CIO) / John Flattery (APWU Local 4553)

America's Work Force Union Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 54:40


Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast and discussed efforts in Tennessee to pass Amendment 1, which would enshrine a So-Called “Right to Work” law in the state constitution. He also talked about 24 percent growth in the state's union density and the planned $5.6 billion Ford Batty plant project.   American Postal Workers Union Local 4553 President John Flattery appeared on the AWF Union Podcast and spoke about the degradation of services offered by the post office under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. He also explained how the USPS's two-tier wage system has impacted retention, turnover rates and employee morale.

レアジョブ英会話 Daily News Article Podcast
Postmaster general: Get used to ‘uncomfortable’ rate hikes

レアジョブ英会話 Daily News Article Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 1:26


Americans should get used to “uncomfortable” postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Thursday. The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he'll advocate for raising prices until “we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining.” “I believe we have been severely damaged by at least 10 years of a defective pricing model which cannot be satisfied by one or two annual price increases, especially in this inflationary environment,” he added. DeJoy made the remarks at a Board of Governors meeting in which the Postal Service reported a loss of about $1.7 billion for the latest quarter. A sweeping overhaul meant to shore up the Postal Service's financial future will be reflected in the next quarter's results. The long-delayed law also ensures six-day-a-week mail delivery. The bill was signed by President Joe Biden on the same day the Postal Service announced plans for the latest rate increase. If the increase wins final approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission, then the cost of a first-class “forever" stamp will grow by 2 cents to 60 cents, effective July 10. This article was provided by The Associated Press.

GovExec Daily
The Louis DeJoy Ethos and USPS

GovExec Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 19:52


  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been a controversial public figure since his elevation to the post in June 2020. His operational changes slowed mail delivery in conjunction with staff time lost during the pandemic, coinciding with a historic increase in voting by mail during a controversial election involving Donald Trump, a close ally of Dejoy.   GovExec Senior Correspondent Eric Katz covers the Postal Service and sat down with DeJoy earlier this month. He joined the podcast to discuss the Postmaster General. *** Join GovExec Daily on Clubhouse! https://www.clubhouse.com/club/govexec-daily-group?utm_medium=ch_club&utm_campaign=vlrzJwsaX-VcmRCrWGPctA-103059  

America's Work Force Union Podcast
Treston Shull ( Liuna Local 324) / Keith Combs President (APWU Detroit)

America's Work Force Union Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 54:40


Laborer's International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 324 Vice President and Business Representative Treston Shull joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast and discussed how renewable energy projects and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has created an exciting time for construction unions in California.    Keith Combs, President of the American Postal Workers Union Detroit District Area Local, was today's second guest. He talked about the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and its effect on the U.S. Postal Service. He also discussed USPS employee morale under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Clearing the FOG with co-hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
Lessons On Fighting Privatization From The Recent Postal Service Victory

Clearing the FOG with co-hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 60:01


Congress recently passed the Postal Service Reform Act - the result of 15 years of organizing to end the mandate to prefund 75 years worth of retirement benefits and other changes that were hurting the people's post office. The new act opens the door to building on the current postal infrastructure to provide more services to people, especially in poor and rural communities. Clearing the FOG speaks with Chuck Zlatkin, the legislative and political director of the largest local postal worker union, about what the new law will do and how it was won. Zlatkin also discusses the fight over making the new postal fleet electric and Biden's new nominees to the Board of Governors. Zlatkin warns us not to underestimate the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is playing a long game to privatize the postal service. For more information, visit PopularResistance.org.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
The head of the biggest postal union reacts to just-passed reform legislation

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 16:48


A long-awaited reform bill backers hope will save the Postal Service more than $100 billion is headed to President Joe Biden's desk. This after the Senate passed the Postal Service Reform Act. It ends a 2006 mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy supports the bill. So do postal associations and unions. For one reaction, Federal News Network's Jory Heckman spoke with the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein.

West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy
West Coast Cookbook and Speakeasy - Metro Shrimp and Grits Thursdays 24 Feb 22

West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 63:01


West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials, Metro Shrimp & Grits Thursdays!Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, something “strange and mysterious” is happening as the lead Manhattan prosecutors in the Trump criminal investigation resign in protest.Then, on the rest of the menu, despite push back from the EPA, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy signed off on the next generation of mail vehicles, most of them gas guzzlers; an Amazon union organizer was arrested at a NYC facility on charges of trespassing; and, the Missouri Republican Party said it would not accept a filing fee from a state representative who is facing federal fraud charges.After the break, we move to the Chef's Table where Haitian police opened fire on demonstrators, killing a journalist; and, as Ukraine came under Russian attack, the Ukraine UN ambassador told the Russian UN ambassador, “there is no purgatory for war criminals, they go straight to hell.”All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam.Bon Appétit!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“Everyone in this good city enjoys the full right to pursue his own inclinations in all reasonable and, unreasonable ways.” -- The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, March 5, 1851~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The WCC&S Deep Archive: https://archive.org/details/west_coast_cookbook_and_speakeasy_with_justice_putnam_21_nov_17The Netroots Radio Live Player: https://www.netrootsradio.com/

Marketplace Morning Report
Postmaster General DeJoy on what awaits for the US Postal Service

Marketplace Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 8:45


The U.S. Postal Service had a rough holiday season in 2020. To help avoid a repeat, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is enacting a series of cost-cutting measures that are part of his 10-year plan to help bring the USPS out of its financial funk. We spoke to DeJoy at length about his plan and how the Postal Service will handle the holiday rush. A recent Bankrate survey notes how some Americans aren’t confident about their ability to save up for retirement.

Marketplace Morning Report
Earnings reports from Walmart, Target and friends show some holiday cheer

Marketplace Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 9:51


Upbeat numbers from some of the nation’s big retailers seems to counter some of the panic that’s been fueled by supply chain woes and inflation. Julia Coronado discusses the role of demand in all this during our markets overview. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy breaks down his plan for the embattled U.S. Postal Service as the holidays arrive. We ask for the thoughts of small businesses about paid family leave.

Marketplace All-in-One
Postmaster General DeJoy on what awaits for the US Postal Service

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 8:45


The U.S. Postal Service had a rough holiday season in 2020. To help avoid a repeat, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is enacting a series of cost-cutting measures that are part of his 10-year plan to help bring the USPS out of its financial funk. We spoke to DeJoy at length about his plan and how the Postal Service will handle the holiday rush. A recent Bankrate survey notes how some Americans aren’t confident about their ability to save up for retirement.

Marketplace All-in-One
Earnings reports from Walmart, Target and friends show some holiday cheer

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 9:51


Upbeat numbers from some of the nation’s big retailers seems to counter some of the panic that’s been fueled by supply chain woes and inflation. Julia Coronado discusses the role of demand in all this during our markets overview. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy breaks down his plan for the embattled U.S. Postal Service as the holidays arrive. We ask for the thoughts of small businesses about paid family leave.

Mailin’ It! - The Official USPS Podcast
An interview with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Mailin’ It! - The Official USPS Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 32:52


On this episode of Mailin' It, we're sitting down with the 75th Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy. Join us as we learn about his career as an entrepreneur, his transition into his role at the Postal Service, and what he loves most about his role as PMG.We'll also be talking to Louis about the Delivering for America plan, including the 10-year transformation that USPS is undergoing and where the organization is headed in the future.Read more about the Postal Service's 10-year plan here: https://about.usps.com/what/strategic-plans/delivering-for-america/ 

America's Work Force Union Podcast
Justin Williams (IUOE Local 132) / Kelly Dickey (NPMHU Local 322)

America's Work Force Union Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 54:40


International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 attorney Justin Williams joined the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed the transition to clean energy and why it should benefit working people, especially union members. Williams also discussed the federal infrastructure bill and how it can benefit West Virginia. National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 322 President Kelly Dickey also joined today's episode. She explained why the mail may be even slower this holiday season compared to last year. She also discussed potential conflicts of interest for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

WSJ What’s News
Is the U.S. Postal Service Ready for the Holiday Season?

WSJ What’s News

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 13:55


P.M. Edition for Oct. 29. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy wants to avoid a repeat of last year's holiday season, when some USPS customers saw gifts arrive months after decorations were taken down. WSJ reporter Paul Ziobro spoke to DeJoy about his plans, and joins host Annmarie Fertoli with more details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

#Millennial: Pretend Adulting, Real Talk
39: Pre-Emptive Defenses and Wrongful Assumptions, Rising Insomnia, Higher Shipping Rates and New Surcharges?!

#Millennial: Pretend Adulting, Real Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 77:57


On today's episode, we discuss a viral TikTok that addresses a unique observation about how quick people are to attack others on social media, then we'll talk about the increase in those experiencing insomnia, and the outrageous shipping rate increases here in the U.S., and how they will affect the holiday season.  Some feedback about our spanking conversation from a couple of weeks ago inspires us to examine our blind spots, and we're thankful! A viral Tiktok is calling out the internet behavior of attacking others online for not specifying every possible caveat to every statement made. We share our own experiences with trolls doing this to us, and question if we've ever done this to others. As our culture evolves, is this a somewhat natural side-effect? Or can we do better? Some experts have noted increased rates of insomnia during the pandemic, and are terming the phenomenon "covidsomnia." Have we experienced a decrease in the amount or quality of our sleep? What do we want to try to improve it? Listeners over at the #Millennial Facebook group sound off on their own experiences with insomnia, and share some tips for combatting it. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 10 year plan to cut costs and raise revenue isn't landing well with some, especially in light of increased shipping costs and delayed delivery times this holiday season.  Will your area be impacted? Check here! This week's recommendations will help you be prepared, entertained, AND relaxed! Buy Forever Stamps (Andrew), Nickelodeon All Star Brawl (Laura), and the 'Sleep With Me' podcast (Pam). This week's episode is sponsored by Thirdlove (https://www.thirdlove.com/MILLENNIAL for 20% off your first purchase), Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter promo code MILL for $100 off your first month), and OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use code MILL for 15% off your first purchase). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors! And in this week's installment of After Dark, available on Patreon: It's almost Halloween, and we're feeling nostalgic for our childhood memories of trick-or-treating. Join us and the Chicago Tribune for a walk down memory lane. How old were we when we stopped trick-or-treating? Is there an "appropriate" age to stop? Did our parents ever have fears about our candy being tampered with? How do we celebrate Halloween as adults?

The John Rothmann Show Podcast
October 8, 2021:  John Rothmann & the US Postal Service

The John Rothmann Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 18:56


What do you think about the slow up in the service? The U.S. Postal Service's controversial slowdown of mail delivery that began October 1 is sparking a pushback from 20 attorneys general. On Thursday, the state officials — ranging from California to New York — sued the Postal Regulatory Commission, alleging that the federal oversight agency didn't fully vet the broad-ranging plan before the USPS moved forward with it. The Postal Regulatory Commission, or PRC, is the independent federal agency with oversight over the Postal Service's operations. The lawsuit claims the PRC only examined a small part of a 10-year plan created by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, which the complaint alleges will "transform virtually every aspect of the Postal Service." The PRC said it has received the lawsuit, and will establish a docket for the matter "and take it under advisement." It said its regulations prohibit it from discussing the issue further. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Daily Zeitgeist
Don't Want No Short Trend Show 9/8: iPhone 14, Louis DeJoy, 'Don't Look Up', Derek Jeter, John Mulaney, Britney Spears, Mu Variant

The Daily Zeitgeist

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 21:36


In this edition of Don't Want No Short Trend Show, Jack and Miles discuss the iPhone 14(?), calls for removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the new trailer for 'Don't Look Up', Derek Jeter being inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, John Mulaney and Olivia Munn expecting a child, Britney Spears' conservatorship coming to an end, and the Mu variant of COVID Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Power Station
Power Station with Leigh Chapman

Power Station

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 32:20


The current assault on voting rights in America is both predictable and shocking. We saw it in full force during the 2020 presidential election when then President Trump's appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy stripped mailboxes and “lost” ballots in targeted areas. Right now, state legislatures are devising new maneuvers to subvert the ability to vote by people of color. They include almost insurmountable barriers to the ballot box, from requiring copies of ID with requests for a mail-in ballot to banning the distribution of food and water for weary voters at voting sites. National nonprofits are rising to this historic occasion, challenging these punitive measures in courts and advocating for passage in the US Senate of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And new strategies are evolving and operationalizing. In this episode, Leigh Chapman, a lawyer who has been on the frontlines of these legal challenges and national campaigns, now goes deeper as the executive director of Deliver My Vote. Leigh breaks down this hyper local strategy for educating and mobilizing voters who are most at risk. And she shares what we can do to make democracy possible.            

Friends Talking Nerdy
195. Fly Like An Eagle

Friends Talking Nerdy

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 68:59


On this episode of Friends Talking Nerdy, join The Reverend Tracy and Tim Jousma as they discuss "The Suicide Squad" and it's disappointment at the box office, the lack of compensation comic book creators get for their work, the recent news that the makers of "Pokemon Go" have rescinded social distancing measures put into the game during the pandemic, the news that LeVar Burton was out of contention for host of "Jeopardy", the continuing controversies surrounding Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at the United States Postal Service, and finally, they talk about upcoming Friends Talking Nerdy anniversaries. As always, we wish to thank Christopher Lazarek for his wonderful theme song. Head to his website for information on how to purchase his EP, Here's To You, which is available on all digital platforms. Follow us on Twitter at @FTNerdy, @TheRevTracy, and @timjousma Announcing the Friends Talking Nerdy Podcast Network. We are a collective group of podcasters that are banding together to help support each other's shows. The first member of the Friends Talking Nerdy Podcast Network is Their Voices Podcast. Each episode, they share their ancestors stories and history topics related to the times and places they lived. Follow Their Voices on Twitter @TheirVoices_Pod Check out their podcast at this link. Head to our website. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ftnerdy/message

The John Rothmann Show Podcast
August 7, 2021 John examines the ethics/scandal of Louis DeJoy

The John Rothmann Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 20:27


The U.S. Postal Service will pay $120 million over the next five years to a major logistics contractor that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy previously helped lead and with which his family maintains financial ties, according to DeJoy's financial disclosure statements and a federal contracting database. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

GovExec Daily
Is USPS Service Back to Normal?

GovExec Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 18:35


Last week, the United States Postal Service boasted its third quarter service was the strongest in a year. The news comes after the pandemic hit USPS particularly hard, with thousands having to take COVID-related time off and on-time delivery numbers dropping during the pandemic period. This all coincided with then-new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's massive operational changes.  Senior Correspondent Eric Katz covers USPS. He joined the podcast to discuss the on-time delivery announcement, the fate of DeJoy and other postal stories he has been covering.

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
1144: Confirmed: EU Effectively Bans Petrol By 2035 | 15 July 2021

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 24:09


Show #1144.   If you get any value from this podcast please consider supporting my work on Patreon. Plus all Patreon supporters get their own unique ad-free podcast feed.   Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 15th July. It's  Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to.   Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they've built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It's a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.   EU PROPOSES EFFECTIVE BAN ON NEW FOSSIL-FUEL CAR SALES FROM 2035   - The European Union on Wednesday proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars as of 2035 which, as part of a broad climate package, will accelerate a switch to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs).   - The EU executive, the European Commission, proposed a 55% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2030 versus 2021 levels, much higher than the existing target of a 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions by that time.   The Commission also proposed a 100% cut in CO2 emissions by 2035, which would make it impossible to sell new fossil-fuel-powered vehicles in the 27-country bloc.   - In order to boost sales EV sales, Brussels also proposed legislation that would require countries to install public charging points along major roads with a maximum distance of 60 kilometres (37.3 miles) between them by 2025.   Original Source : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/eu-proposes-effective-ban-on-new-fossil-fuel-car-sales-from-2035/ar-AAM9g1P   EU ENTERS BATTLE OVER ITS GREEN REVOLUTION   - The myriad proposals include an effective ban on the sale of new petrol-driven cars from 2035, one of the boldest moves against gas-guzzlers ever, and one that has already raised concerns in Paris and Berlin.   - The laws will now snake their way through the EU's legislative system amid high-stakes horse-trading in the European Parliament and among the bloc's 27 member states, egged on by industry lobbyists and green activists.   - Environmentalists swiftly denounced the laws as not going far enough -- with the European Environmental Bureau decrying a plan that was "unfit and unfair" to fight climate change effectively. One major fear is resistance from the motoring public in a continent-wide replay of the "yellow vests" protests that erupted in France when the government imposed a new fuel tax in the name of defending the environment.   Original Source : https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/eu-enters-battle-over-its-green-revolution/ar-AAM9lgu   EU SETS 40% RENEWABLES GOAL FOR 2030   - All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry.   - President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) said: "The fossil fuel economy has reached its limits. We want to leave the next generation a healthy planet as well as good jobs and growth that does not hurt our nature. The European Green Deal is our growth strategy that is moving towards a decarbonised economy. Europe was the first continent to declare to be climate neutral in 2050, and now we are the very first ones to put a concrete roadmap on the table.”   Original Source : https://renews.biz/70981/eu-sets-40-renewables-goal-for-2030   AUDI Q6 E-TRON SPOTTED TRYING OUT PORSCHE'S LATEST PLATFORM   - Audi will be launching the all-electric SUV dubbed the Q6 e-tron next year, which will slot in in between the Q4 e-tron and the large e-tron model, based on the PPE architecture of the latest Porsche Macan.   - the camouflage is as thick as ever, the lower front grille is missing altogether, and the rear end sports obviously fake taillights. Even so, it should be obvious that the Q6 takes strongly after the original e-tron. The switch to the PPE platform will enable the new SUV to have a rather long wheelbase and support charging terminals rated above 270 kW. Such features as torque vectoring, 4WS and air suspension will also be supported.   Original Source : https://www.formacar.com/en/news/view/36925.html   LG CHEM TO INVEST 10 TLN WON BY 2025 IN BATTERY MATERIALS, RENEWABLES   - LG Chem Ltd., South Korea's leading chemical firm, said Wednesday it will invest 10 trillion won (US$8.7 billion) by 2025 to expand its battery material, renewable and bio businesses.   The chemical unit under LG Group said it will speed up its transition to an eco-friendly business portfolio by expanding partnership with major industry players through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments, saying over 30 projects are currently under review.   - LG Energy Solution Ltd. said it will pour 6 trillion won into the e-mobility sector to ramp up the production capacity for major lithium-ion battery materials, including cathodes, anodes and separators, to establish a stable battery supply chain.   - LG Energy, the world's No. 2 battery supplier, is a major supplier of batteries for nearly all major global carmakers, including Tesla, General Motors, Ford, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen, as well as South Korea's two largest automakers -- Hyundai Motor and Kia Corp.   Original Source : https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210714002951320   USPS SUED OVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTRACT FOR DELIVERY TRUCKS   - An electric vehicle manufacturer is suing the U.S. Postal Service for what it alleges was bias in picking a company to make its latest fleet of delivery trucks.     Congressional Democrats are skeptical of the contract, too. Though USPS has cast the new vehicles as a "major step forward" toward a greener future, some Democrats are saying the plan doesn't go far enough.   - Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced plans to finally replace the U.S. Postal Service's fleet of gas guzzling, unairconditioned and fire-prone delivery trucks in February with great fanfare.   - According to a lawsuit filed by electric vehicle maker Workhorse, which lost the contract — worth as much as $3.1 billion — Oshkosh has never made a electric delivery vehicle.   Original Source : https://www.npr.org/2021/07/12/1015371368/company-that-wasnt-picked-to-make-mail-trucks-is-suing-the-u-s-postal-service&t=1626262829134   GM CONFIRMS HIRING SUPPLIER TO BUILD FIRST ELECTRIC VANS FOR BRIGHTDROP   - General Motors will use a German parts supplier to initially build its new electric commercial van for its BrightDrop startup. The move will keep GM's BrightDrop, a commercial van and software business, on schedule to deliver the EV600 vans to its initial customer, Fedex.   - GM plans to make the EV600s at its CAMI Assembly in Ontario, Canada, starting around November 2022. At that time, the plant will have been converted to a dedicated EV plant for "long-term large-scale BrightDrop EV600 production," Katz said.   Original Source : https://eu.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2021/07/13/gm-confirms-hiring-supplier-build-first-electric-vans-brightdrop/7951140002/   SECOND-HAND TESLAS CATCH ON AMONG CHINA'S YOUNG MOTORISTS   Original Source : https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3140970/second-hand-teslas-hot-commodity-among-chinas-young-motorists   WHY DOES THE TESLA MODEL Y EUROPEAN RELEASE EXCITE SO MANY PEOPLE? Original Source : https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/13/why-does-the-tesla-model-y-europe-release-excite-so-many-people/   RISING OIL PRICE MAY SPEED SHIFT TO EVS   Original Source : https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/13/rising-oil-price-may-speed-shift-to-electric-vehicles-says-energy-watchdog     TESLA USES LFP BATTERIES FOR CHINA-MADE MODEL Y SR   Original Source : https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-y-standard-range-lfp-battery-approved-for-sales-in-china/   TESLA 4680 BATTERY CELL: LG & SAMSUNG PRODUCE SAMPLES   Original Source : https://electrek.co/2021/07/13/tesla-4680-battery-cell-lg-samsung-sample-cells-eye-big-contract/   ELON MUSK SAYS TESLA POWERWALL PRODUCTION LAGGING DUE TO CHIP SHORTAGE   Original Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/13/elon-musk-says-tesla-powerwall-production-lagging-due-to-chip-shortage.html   UNITED AIRLINES TO BUY 100, 19-SEAT ELECTRIC PLANES FROM HEART AEROSPACE   Original Source : https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/united-airlines-buy-100-19-seat-electric-planes-heart-aerospace-2021-07-13/   QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM   What's your ideal stop time on a long distance road trip? Whether you're driving an EV or not, how long would you usually be stationary? Let's find out how far away we are from EVs being a non-issue for extended driving.   Email me your thoughts and I'll read them out on Sunday – hello@evnewsdaily.com   It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast.   And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing.   Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I'll catch you tomorrow and remember…there's no such thing as a self-charging hybrid.   PREMIUM PARTNERS PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE BRAD CROSBY PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI AUDI CINCINNATI EAST VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST NATIONALCARCHARGING.COM and ALOHACHARGE.COM DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM/

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
USPS ‘put its thumb on the scale' awarding delivery vehicle contract, vendor tells court

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 9:07


A vendor on the short list to build the Postal Service's next-generation delivery vehicle says it was unfairly disqualified from the $3 billion contract. The electric vehicle company Workhorse says USPS took its prototype out of consideration over a crash into a ditch that was due to a driver's error. The bid protest adds to pressure USPS is facing from Congress over the contract award. For more on these and others postal issues, Federal News Network's Jory Heckman talked with the Federal Drives Tom Temin.

The Joe Padula Show
Headlines with Denny the Bull • Episode 6

The Joe Padula Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 53:23


Dennis Potvin, Red Pill Jenn and Adam Glexy cover and breakdown the top headlines from the week of May 30th 2021 – June 6th 2021 such as: Mt. Rushmore Answered: 4 Biggest Disgraced TV Actor/Actress Mt. Rushmore Question: 4 Favorite Dog Breeds 1 • FDA approves diabetes drug to help people keep the pounds off Would you take the injection? 2 • Facebook bans Trump for at least two years Has Big Tech Gone Too Far? 3 • Barbra Streisand: Republicans 'want an authoritarian state' Do politics hurt or help celebs? 4 • Tennessee inmate escapes custody en route to receive COVID-19 test How did this happen? 5 • Gov. Bill Lee signs constitutional carry bill into law Yay or Nay on the Gun Law? 6 • Apple Employees Will Return To The Office Three Days A Week Starting In September Go back to work or stay home? 7 • Historic Collinsville opens for season June 5 with blacksmithing demonstration Will you tour the settlement? 8 • FBI investigating campaign contributions tied to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's former business Did DeJoy do it or not? 9 • Chick-fil-a's Owner Is Newly Connected to Anti-Equality Act Donations Will this hurt or help Chick-fil-a? 10 • Bride dies of heart attack at her wedding in India, so groom reportedly marries sister Could you marry spouse's sibling? 11 • Mayim Bialik's 'Jeopardy!' guest hosting debut gets rave reviews from viewers, herself Celeb Jeopardy Host Ideas? 12 • Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak's Son Graduated from Medical School: He Insists That I Call Him Dr. Sajak' Favorite Game Show Ever? 13 • Ricky Martin Is 'Disappointed' by His Lack of Acting Offers: 'If It's Because I'm Gay, That's Sad' Ricky Martin: Victim or Bad Actor? 14 • 'Democracy itself is in peril:' Biden delivers warning while honoring fallen service members on Memorial Day What does Biden Mean? 15 • Biden goes viral for 'creepy' moment complimenting young girl during speech: Looks 19 'with her legs crossed' Again, what does Biden Mean? Watch it Live at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxbsrZa5Iu_s9Nje9rzkFQ https://www.facebook.com/theJoePadulashow The Axe Throwing Place https://www.axethrowingplace.com/ Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Bob: The Last Resort Escort Service by Eldon Parker https://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Mark-Luke-Bob-Service/dp/1480940941 #NationalNews #LocalNews #ClarksvilleTn #HeadlinesWithDennyTheBull #HwDtB #TheJoePadulaShow #Nashville #Tennessee --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/joe-padula/support

Out d'Coup Podcast
Out d'Coup | Election Audit Sham; Voter Suppression; Against Civility; Mastriano in AZ; Metcalfe Gun Party; Ryan Costello Meltdown; NASA to Venus; Nichelle Nichols Doc; Book Recs; Sean's Vacation

Out d'Coup Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 109:32


The Arizona Republican election audit sham led by the QAnon owner of “Cyber Ninjas,” is quickly becoming the launching pad for a national, right-wing organizing strategy to delegitimize democracy and fan the flames of extremism.  CNN reports that QAnon inspired right-wing radicals are taking to Telegram - a social messaging platform that is far more welcoming of extremists - to deepen their conspiracies and plan. Congressional sources told CNN that they are especially concerned about plans to support Trump's re-installation as president in August.  This past weekend, former national security adviser Michael Flynn seemed to endorse a coup at the “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” a QAnon conference in Dallas, TX. When Flynn was asked why can't a military coup like the one happening in Myanmar happen in the United States, Flynn replied: “No Reason. I mean, it should happen here. No reason.” You'll recall that it was also Flynn who called on Trump to invoke martial law to force new elections in key states.  Meanwhile, the anti-democracy movement has been hard at work on their inside game as Republican lawmakers have continued to pass voting restrictions around the country. The Washington Post reports that this year has seen the introduction of 253 bills designed to restrict voting across 43 states, according to a new report from the Brennan Center. As of mid-May, 22 voting restrictions laws have been passed in 14 states.   Media Matters for America released a list of all the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2022.  Miami is considering a proposal to build a 20 foot sea wall to save the city from the impacts of climate change. As reported in New York Times, “Six miles of it, in fact, mostly inland, running parallel to the coast through neighborhoods — except for a one-mile stretch right on Biscayne Bay, past the gleaming sky-rises of Brickell, the city's financial district.” The FBI is investigating Trump appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for illegal political fundraising for Trump.  Trump's blog is shut down for good only a month after its launch. Daryl Metcalfe's annual Right to Bear Arms Rally is this Monday.  The Arizona election audit sham attracted PA State Senator Doug Mastriano, State Senator Chris Dush, and State Representative Rob Kauffman to travel to the state like moths to the flame.  Mastriano finally makes it to prime time. On Wednesday night, on Chris Hayes's All In, Mastriano features prominently in the opening segment about the rise of dangerous, anti-democracy movement. The report points to Mastriano's visit to Arizona as case in point in how it all works.  State Senator Scott Perry ran into the woods to avoid taking questions from local media, according to Raw Story.  Former State Rep. Ryan Costello is not OK. At least that's how things seemed last night on Twitter. Apparently, PA Spotlight is squatting in his head after they published info showing that Costello donates to a school board PAC that recruits QAnon conspiracy nuts to run for office.  State Sen. Lindsey Williams is preparing to introduce a bill in the PA Senate requiring lawmakers to publicly post how they are spending millions of dollars in tax-payer funded expenses.  The New Jersey GOP primary for this year's race for Governor has turned into a Trump bootlicker competition.  Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala found himself in a scandal this week.  He sent an email to prosecutors telling them to stop accepting plea deals from a black lawyer who called his office “systemically racist.”  Way to pull a racism, DA Zappala. On Wednesday, NASA administrator Bill Nelson announced that the space agency is planning two missions to Venus in the late 2020s. The two missions, DAVINCI+ and VERITAS will gather evidence about possible microbial live in Venus's atmosphere and more thoroughly map the planet's surface. It's been over three decades since NASA launched missions to Venus.  A new documentary, Woman in Motion, tells the story of how Nichelle Nichols, famous for her ground-breaking role as Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek, pioneered the NASA recruiting program to higher people of color and the first women astronauts in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary is streaming on Paramount+. Grist releases a list of new environmental films that you should add to your watch list.   Books to read:  How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, Cory Doctorow. Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy, by Talia Lavin. Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility, by Alex Zamalin Will Sean be live-blogging his vacation?

AM Quickie
June 4, 2021: DeJoy Under FBI Investigation; UN Report: AI Drone Attacked Humans; Biden Boosts Overseas Vaccine Shipments

AM Quickie

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 7:32


Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: There's a new scandal nipping at the heels of Donald Trump's favorite Postal Service bureaucrat, Louis DeJoy. And – bad news for him – it involves the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, a United Nations report from Libya reveals that, possibly for the first time, a drone powered by artificial intelligence selected, pursued and attacked human targets – all on its own. That'll be enough about the wonders of technology, thanks. And lastly, the Biden administration is stepping up US shipments of coronavirus vaccines to foreign countries in a big way. It's an overdue but welcome measure to fight the virus in places where it's still spreading out of control. THESE ARE THE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW: He's one of Trump's last holdovers, but maybe not for long. The Washington Post reports that the FBI is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in connection with campaign fundraising activity involving his former business. FBI agents in recent weeks interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and the business, asking questions about political contributions and company activities. Prosecutors also issued a subpoena to DeJoy himself. A DeJoy spokesman confirmed the investigation but insisted DeJoy had not knowingly violated any laws. The inquiries could signal legal peril for the controversial head of the nation's mail service – though DeJoy has not been charged with any crimes. Asked yesterday whether President Joe Biden believed DeJoy should step down, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would leave the process to the Department of Justice. The Post says DeJoy – who was appointed to run the Postal Service by its board of governors last May – has been dogged by controversy for almost his entire time in office. Soon after starting in the job, he imposed cost-cutting moves that mail carriers blamed for creating backlogs across the country. Democrats accused the prominent GOP fundraiser, who personally gave more than $1.1 million to Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican Party, of trying to undermine his own organization because of Trump's distrust of mail-in voting. And they were totally right about that. But it seems it'll be other, previously hidden misdeeds that bring down this dastardly saboteur. Hey, whatever does the trick. UN Report: AI Drone Attacked Humans This preview of the next Terminator movie comes from the New York Times. A military drone that attacked soldiers during a battle in Libya's civil war last year may have done so without human control, according to a recent report commissioned by the United Nations. The drone, which the report described as a lethal autonomous weapons systems, was powered by artificial intelligence. It was used by forces backed by the government based in Tripoli, the capital, against enemy militia fighters as they ran away from rocket attacks. The fighters were hunted down and remotely engaged by the drone, according to the report. It did not say whether there were any casualties or injuries. The weapons systems, it said, were "programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect a true fire, forget and find capability.: The Kargu-2 was built by STM, a defense company based in Turkey. The Times says the report has been sent to a UN sanctions committee for review. The drone, a Kargu-2, was used as soldiers tried to flee. Once in retreat, they were subject to continual harassment from the drone, according to the report, which was written by the UN Panel of Experts on Libya. Zachary Kallenborn, a researcher who studies drone warfare at the University of Maryland, said the report suggested that for the first time, a weapons systems with artificial intelligence capability operated autonomously to find and attack humans. What a landmark. Oh boy. Biden Boosts Overseas Vaccine Shipments This global pandemic update comes from the Associated Press. President Biden announced yesterday that the US will donate a first tranche of twenty five million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the UN-backed Covax program. The donation promises infusions for South and Central America, Asia, Africa and others at a time of glaring shortages abroad and more than ample supplies at home. The doses mark a substantial – and immediate – boost to the lagging Covax effort, which to date has shared just seventy six million doses with needy countries. The announcement came just hours after World Health Organization officials in Africa made a new plea for vaccine sharing because of an alarming situation on the continent, where shipments have ground to a near halt while virus cases have spiked. The AP says that overall, the White House has announced plans to share eighty million doses globally by the end of June. Of the first nineteen million donated through Covax, approximately six million doses will go to South and Central America, seven million to Asia and five million to Africa. The remaining six million in the initial distribution will be directed to US allies and partners. In a statement, Biden said, "As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.". Remember, this isn't over until it's over everywhere. AND NOW FOR SOME QUICKER QUICKIES: The Guardian reports that the Ethiopian government has brushed aside international calls for a ceasefire in the province of Tigray, saying its forces will soon eliminate all armed opposition. The UN said earlier this week that more than ninety percent of people in Tigray need emergency food aid. Between the starvation and the atrocities, it's a true horrorshow. ABC News reports that workers at a South Dakota meatpacking plant that became a coronavirus hotspot last year are considering a strike after contract negotiations between Smithfield Foods and the union have stalled. The Sioux Falls chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union said workers have risked their health and lives throughout the pandemic, arguing the company should do more for its employees. Who can argue? According to Politico, federal prosecutors are examining whether Representative Matt Gaetz obstructed justice during a phone call he had with a witness in the sex-crimes investigation of the Florida congressman. The obstruction inquiry stems from a phone call the witness had with Gaetz's ex-girlfriend. At some point during the conversation, the ex-girlfriend patched Gaetz into the call. Awkward! The AP reports that George P. Bush this week launched his next political move: a run for Texas attorney general in 2022. Bush, who has served as Texas' land commissioner since 2015, is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He is the last of the Bush family still in public office. Now that's worth a good clap. AM QUICKIE - JUNE 4, 2021 HOSTS - Sam Seder & Lucie Steiner WRITER - Corey Pein PRODUCER - Dorsey Shaw EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Brendan Finn

The Daily Beans
Investi-Gaetz (feat. Shelly Tygielski) fixed

The Daily Beans

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 73:50


Today, in the Hot Notes: Matt Gaetz is being investigated now for obstruction of justice as a judge officially accepts Joel Greenberg’s plea agreement; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is officially under investigation by the FBI for campaign finance violations; the Trump Administration secretly seized phone records of New York Times reporters; Texas is seeking to evict migrant children from state shelters; Rep. Mo Brooks is hiding from Eric Swalwell; a veteran speaking about Memorial Day’s roots in Black history had his mic cut; plus AG and Aimee deliver your good news. Visit our guest’s website: https://www.shellytygielski.com/ Shelly Tygielski https://www.shellytygielski.com/sit-down-to-rise-up/ Follow AG and Dana on Twitter: Dr. Allison Gill (@allisongill) Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) Follow Aimee on Instagram: Aimee Carrero (@aimeecarrero) Have some good news, a confession, a correction, or a case for Beans Court? https://www.dailybeanspod.com/confessional/ Want to support the show and get it ad-free and early? https://dailybeans.supercast.tech/ Or https://patreon.com/thedailybeans Promo Codes Munk Pack: Good food you can count on. Get 20% off your first product at munkpack.com when you enter promo code DAILYBEANS at checkout.  If you love travel and learning as much as I do, you’re going to love this: For a limited time, when you buy one virtual tour, you’ll get a second tour free when you use promo code DAILYBEANS at https://www.contextlearning.com/ To get from fifty to eighty percent off top of the line clothing and home goods, PLUS free shipping. Text DAILY to 64000. Terms apply, available at onequince.com/Terms. Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/DAILYBEANS. Magic Spoon - a cereal that tastes so delicious you won’t believe it’s made without all the sugar, carbs, or guilt. magicspoon.com/dailybeans use the code DAILYBEANS for $5 off shipping.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Up First
Friday, June 4, 2021

Up First

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 13:24


Kamala Harris will make her first foreign trip as Vice President, with stops in Mexico and Central America. Her focus: vaccine diplomacy and immigration. Millions of Americans are still out of work but businesses have been struggling to hire. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under federal investigation for alleged campaign finance violations.

POLITICO Dispatch
Will the GOP lose this Texas stronghold?

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 12:32


Fort Worth is one of the few major cities run by the GOP. But that could change this weekend. POLITICO’s Maya King reports on the mayoral race that has Republicans on the edge of their seats. Plus, the Biden administration announces where it's donating vaccines. And the DOJ is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over campaign contributions from his former employees. Maya King covers race and politics for POLITICO. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

PBS NewsHour - World
News Wrap: Biden scraps corporate tax hike in push for infrastructure deal

PBS NewsHour - World

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 5:42


In our news wrap Thursday, President Biden has scrapped his call for a corporate tax hike with the hope of sealing an infrastructure deal, the Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fights back against coalition trying to oust him, and Minneapolis crews began reopening an intersection known as a memorial site to George Floyd. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

PBS NewsHour - Segments
News Wrap: Biden scraps corporate tax hike in push for infrastructure deal

PBS NewsHour - Segments

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 5:42


In our news wrap Thursday, President Biden has scrapped his call for a corporate tax hike with the hope of sealing an infrastructure deal, the Justice Department is investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fights back against coalition trying to oust him, and Minneapolis crews began reopening an intersection known as a memorial site to George Floyd. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
USPS opts for reduction in force for non-union employees in agency restructuring’s final phase

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 17:12


The Postal Service is opting for a non-voluntary reduction in force, of its non-bargaining unit employees. It’s part of an agency restructuring that started once Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took office. USPS is also lifting a hiring freeze on management jobs, and sending out a second round of voluntary early retirement offers ahead of the RIF. For more on the state of the USPS and its workforce, we’re joined by Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman.

The Daily Sun-Up
Colorado Sun Daily Sun-Up: Record lumber prices adding thousands to price of homes; Elitch Gardens

The Daily Sun-Up

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 10:14


Good Morning, Colorado, and welcome to the Daily Sun-Up from the Colorado Sun. It’s Friday April 30th, and we’re feeling lucky to start the day with you.   Today - Lumber prices through the roof, and are adding tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a new home. What’s causing this and what’s in store for the future?   But before we begin, let’s go back in time with some Colorado history adapted from historian Derek R Everett’s book “Colorado Day by Day”:   Today, we’re going back to 1890 when Denver’s first zoo, Elitch Gardens, opened its gates. Animals were donated by PT Barnum. In addition to lions, camels and wolves, there were bears in a pit who would beg for treats from crowds. Eventually the zoo evolved into an amusement park with a ferris wheel, carousel, roller coasters, and a haunted house.    Now our feature story.   Record lumber prices are adding an average of $35,000 to the sale price of a new home and raising the cost of renovating existing dwellings. Reporter Tamara Chuang talks with Lucy Haggard about what’s causing the high prices, and when they might taper off once more.   To read more about politics in Colorado, go to coloradosun.com.   Finally, here are a few stories that you should know about today:   The coronavirus pandemic, low pay and overwhelming workloads are leading to a so-called leaky pipe of an education industry. In response, state lawmakers are seeking $13 million through Senate Bill 185 to improve in teacher recruitment and retention efforts. The bipartisan bill also hopes to diversify teacher demographics while compensating for an expected flood of retirement in the next few years. Almost 40% of educators recently surveyed by the Colorado Education Association indicated they are considering leaving the profession.    At least 11 skiers were killed at Colorado’s winter resorts this past season, a Colorado Sun analysis found. Colorado doesn’t require ski areas to report deaths, accidents or injuries, so the data came from a survey of sixteen county coroners. Ten counties reported no fatalities at their ski area. Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment showed as many as 10 skiers and snowboarders are treated in emergency rooms every day of the season.   A former head of Denver’s elections division may soon join the governing board for the U.S. Postal Service. Amber McReynolds helped Denver transition to a fully vote-by-mail system during her time at the city from 2011 to 2018. She now leads the nonprofit National Vote At Home Institute. McReynolds and two other nominees were confirmed by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday and will soon face a confirmation hearing before the full Senate. If approved, the governing board would lean to Democrats, who have been calling for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resignation.   For more information on all of these stories, visit our website, www.coloradosun.com. Now, a quick message from our editor. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner
Senate Hearing on USPS Board Members Brings Us One Step Closer To Dislodging Postmaster Louis DeJoy

Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 5:18


A Senate Committee takes up President Biden's nominees to join the US Postal Service Board of Governors. Only the Board of Governors can fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - you remember him, the guy who slowed mail delivery in advance of the 2020 elections. If confirmed, the democrats will be in control of the Board for the first time since 2016. Could justice finally be coming for Louie DeJoy?    For our newly launched Team Justice and Justice Matters merchandise shop, please visit: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/glennkirschner/Please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at:  https://www.patreon.com/glennkirschnerMy podcast, "Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner" can be downloaded where you get your podcasts.Follow me on:Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/glennkirschner2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glennkirschner2Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glennkirschner2Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/glennkirschner)

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
DeJoy says USPS to run out of cash in late 2022 without 10-year reform plan

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 8:50


The Postal Service, after 14 consecutive years of net losses, can’t maintain the status quo and expect different results. That’s why Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the agency needs to move ahead with a 10-year reform plan of which he drove the development. As part of that plan, USPS is in the middle of shrinking its management workforce. Federal News Network's Jory Heckman spoke with DeJoy and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights.

Beyond Reproach
31: DJ Postmaster Flex: Episode 31 (The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act & The Business Plot Coup Attempt Against FDR)

Beyond Reproach

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 97:18


This episode we drink our most intellectual cocktail to date, the Penicillin. This trendy New York City concoction features the flavors most associated with comfort during times of sickness. It is a drink that is sure to lift your spirits and it ties to the era of Tux’s scandal. 

AM Quickie
Mar 29, 2021: US COVID Cases Rise Again

AM Quickie

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 7:14


Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: U.S. virus cases are once again on the rise, despite the growing vaccine rollout, as the Biden administration works to issue Americans a so-called vaccine passport. Meanwhile, Florida’s state legislature passes a draconian anti-protest bill, alarming civil liberties advocates. And lastly, Myanmar’s military repeatedly opens fire on demonstrators in one of the bloodiest days of the country’s recent protests, killing close to 100 civilians. THESE ARE THE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW: Coronavirus cases are once again on the rise in the United States, despite our continued vaccine rollout. The good news is that deaths are still decreasing. But for the first time in weeks, the line of recorded cases started to creep up again, with an average of about 62,000 per week. Scientists did predict we’d see a rise in the latter part of this month due to the spread of new variants of the disease. Many of these new strains are more infectious than the original versions we’ve been dealing with for a year, although vaccines are still effective at limiting their harm. The bigger risk that we’re seeing is states reopening way too soon. Dr. Anthony Fauci pointed specifically to the ludicrous spring break gatherings in Florida as examples of states that aren’t doing it right. The lesson here is clear: everyone wants to have a hot vax summer, but if we jump the gun too early it’s just going to cause more death. The Biden Administration, meanwhile, is working with various private companies to consolidate credentials that prove someone has received a coronavirus vaccine. A number of organizations have said they’ll be restricting access to everything from cruise ships to sports stadiums to people who have been vaccinated, and there are more than 17 fledgling so-called passport programs underway worldwide. So far, the Administration is being tight-lipped on exactly what these plans will look like, so we’ll have to keep a close eye on it as it develops, because there’s obviously a pretty big risk that such a system will further discriminate against groups who aren’t getting the doses they need. Florida Passes Anti-Protest Law Florida’s Republican-controlled State Legislature passed an aggressive, undemocratic anti-protest bill on Friday. The bill, known as HB1 in the Florida house, also has a concurrent bill in the Florida Senate, and has been promoted by current Governor Ron DeSantis. If it passes, it would further criminalize even mundane participation in protests, making it a felony to even be present at a protest that became violent and offering up prison sentences of up to 15 years for pulling down a Confederate statue or monument. In a statement, Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said: “This bill is not intended to increase public safety. It is not intended to address any public need. Over 95% of protests across the state of Florida have been peaceful. HB1 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 484, represent a blatant attempt to silence and criminalize speech that runs counter to the political agendas of those currently in power in Florida." The Intercept reported back in January that the right wing has been using bills like this to crack down on lawful protest by hypocritcally playing on fears of the January 6 insurrection. But the bills they pass, of course, will crack down on civil rights protests, not the white nationalist violence we saw early this year. And even Florida’s swing-state voters aren’t convinced: a recent poll showed that 63 percent of the state’s voters don’t like the new bills. HB1 is through the house, so now it’s over to the State Senate. Unfortunately, the GOP there has an eight-seat majority, so things aren’t looking good. Myanmar Military Shoots Dozens in Day of Shame A brutal campaign of repression is unfolding in Myanmar, where the military siezed power from democratically-elected leaders in February. On Saturday, protesters weathered the most deadly day of violence yet, as the military celebrated Armed Forces Day by killing over 100 civilians, according to local news sources. The Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, a rights group based in Myanmar and Thailand, said that the actual number of deaths is probably much higher than that. Dr. Sasa, a spokesperson for a group of the elected officials who were ousted by the military called Saturday quote “a day of shame for the armed forces.” endquote. The United Nations has called for a quote “unified international response” to the abuses going on in Myanmar, but is once again hamstrung by the five-member national security council. Two of those members, Russia and China, have lent their tacit support to the coup, and will veto any action the U.N. tries to take. Russia, for its part, is also a major supplier of weapons to the country’s military. But while international organizations flounder, the people of Myanmar aren’t backing down. On Saturday, protestors defied an explicit order that said they could be shot in the head or back by military forces if they took to the streets. Some paid with their lives, but the protests continue. AND NOW FOR SOME QUICKER QUICKIES: House Democrats introduced a new bill aiming to block Trump holdout Postmaster General Louis Dejoy from further sabotaging his own agency, while other leaders like Bernie Sanders resume calls for Biden to give Dejoy the boot. The House bill is literally called the DEJOY act, so there’s no question what it’s meant to do. A quick update on the big boat stuck in the Suez Canal situation: the big boat is, yep, still stuck! Late on Saturday, however, it did move approximately 100 feet. So that’s progress, I guess! The murder trial for Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd last spring and sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, is expected to begin on Monday, as lawyers finished seating the jury on Sunday. The jury is comprised of two white men, four white women, three Black men, one Black woman and two women who identify as mixed race, according to the New York Times. And finally, Ron Weiser, the chairman of the Michigan Republican party called Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General Dana Nessel a trio of quote “witches,” and implied that they should be assassinated. Just in case you forgot the level the Republian Party is playing on here! That’s it for the Majority Report’s AM Quickie today. Sam’s off this week, so Emma and the rest of the gang will be with you this afternoon. MAR 29, 2021 - AM QUICKIE HOSTS - Sam Seder & Lucie Steiner WRITER - Jack Crosbie PRODUCER - Dorsey Shaw EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Brendan Finn

GovExec Daily
The USPS Strategic Plan and DeJoy's Future

GovExec Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 34:59


This week, the United States Postal Service released its long-awaited 10-year business plan. In it, the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Board of Governors Chair Ron Bloom write that the “new operating model will dramatically improve service through strategies aligned to the changing needs of our customers.” But, considering the ways the Postal Service has performed after previous operational changes during the past year, critics of DeJoy remain unconvinced.   Eric Katz covers the postal service for us here at GovExec and he spoke to DeJoy earlier this week. He joined the show to talk about the plan and the future of the embattled Postmaster General. 

AM Quickie
Mar 24, 2021: Gun Control Push Follows CO Shooting

AM Quickie

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 8:45


Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop TODAY'S HEADLINES: Democrats are once again pushing for stricter gun control after yet another mass shooting. President Joe Biden lowered the White House flags to half-staff in honor of the ten people killed in Boulder, Colorado. Meanwhile, an oversight panel is accusing AstraZenica of cherry-picking data to make its coronavirus vaccine seem more effective. Experts worry the news will decrease public confidence in the vaccination effort – in which case the company must bear the blame. And lastly, the Biden administration wants to fund its plans for infrastructure and social programs with new taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. Trust us, they can afford it. THESE ARE THE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW: President Biden yesterday called for tightening gun control laws in the wake of a mass shooting Monday at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, less than a week after eight people were killed during a shooting spree in Atlanta, NBC News reports. Speaking at the White House, Biden suggested that he may take executive action on gun violence. He called for a ban of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. And he called on the Senate to immediately pass two bills the House recently approved that change background check laws. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to hold votes on the House-passed measures, but does not appear to have the support of at least ten Republicans to avoid the filibuster, according to NBC. Without sixty votes in the Senate, gun control measures are likely to fuel calls by some Democrats to nix the filibuster. Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy noted the popularity of extending background checks, and said, "Democracy dies when things that have the majority of support in Congress, the support of the president and ninety percent public support can't become a law." Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that police identified Monday’s twenty one-year-old rifle-wielding suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. He was shot in the leg during the attack and remained in the hospital yesterday morning. He was charged with ten counts of murder in the first degree, though officials offered no details on a suspected motive. What’s worse, according to the New York Times: the city of Boulder enacted bans on assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines in 2018, but a state district court judge ruled this month that Boulder could not enforce the bans. Police said the killer used an AR-15-type rifle, a kind of weapon that the city ordinances were intended to restrict. AstraZenica Fudged Vaccine Data Well this isn’t good. Federal health officials and an independent oversight board accused AstraZeneca of presenting the world with potentially misleading information about the effectiveness of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine, the New York Times reports. It is an extraordinary blow to the credibility of a company whose product has been seen as critical to the global fight against the pandemic. In a two-page letter to AstraZeneca and federal authorities on Monday, an independent panel of medical experts that was helping oversee the vaccine’s clinical trial in the United States said the company had essentially cherry-picked data that was, "most favorable for the study as opposed to the most recent and most complete." Only hours earlier, the Times reports, AstraZeneca had issued a news release trumpeting the effectiveness and safety of its vaccine, whose low price has made it the leading vehicle to inoculate people worldwide. The company said that based on its US trial, the vaccine appeared to be seventy nine percent effective at preventing Covid-19. But the independent oversight board said in its letter that the vaccine’s efficacy may have been between sixty nine percent and seventy four percent. The letter reprimanded AstraZeneca for an overly rosy description of the trial data. The board wrote, "Decisions like this are what erode public trust in the scientific process." The public airing of a conflict between a pharmaceutical company and a board overseeing a clinical trial is highly unusual, as the Times put it. It is almost certain to trigger extra scrutiny of the vaccine by regulators. Doctor Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said the news could, "unfortunately contribute to a lack of confidence in the process." At least there’s more than one brand of vaccine. Biden Plans to Tax the Rich It’s about time. White House officials are exploring tax increases on businesses, investors and rich Americans to fund the president’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs package, according to the Washington Post. The centerpiece of the tax increases would probably be a higher corporate tax rate – reversing part of President Donald Trump’s steep corporate tax cut in 2017 – as well as higher levies on investment income and a higher top marginal tax rate. President Biden’s tax increases may prove among the most controversial elements of the administration’s coming Build Back Better agenda, setting up a major confrontation with business groups and congressional Republicans. The president has said that his tax increases will not affect people earning less than $400,000 per year, according to the Post. He and his advisers have called for funding the next major domestic priority with higher levies on wealthy Americans, citing the relative success enjoyed by the affluent during a pandemic that has pummeled the economic fortunes of the working class. The White House’s legislative effort is expected to be broken up into two main components – one focused primarily on infrastructure and clean energy investments, and a second focused on domestic priorities including child care and prekindergarten that the administration has labeled part of the, "caring economy." The tax increases in the plan are similarly divided between those two parts. The infrastructure section of the legislation is expected to be funded primarily by taxes on businesses. The part of the legislation focused on other domestic priorities, by contrast, is expected to be funded by taxes on rich people and investors. Both sets of tax increases mirror what Biden proposed in 2020 as a presidential candidate. It’s not the radical redistribution progressives want, but it’s not a bad place to start. AND NOW FOR SOME QUICKER QUICKIES: Rescuers recovered at least fifteen charred bodies from a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh after a devastating fire, officials told the Associated Press yesterday. At least four hundred people were still missing and around five hundred and sixty were injured by the fire, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. Around forty five thousand people were displaced. As if they weren’t suffering enough! National Guardsmen transporting Covid-19 vaccines through Texas on Monday were held at gunpoint, NBC News reports. Larry Harris, sixty six, of Willcox, Arizona, turned his truck into oncoming traffic, stopping three National Guard vans. He then pointed a gun at a soldier, identified himself as a detective, ordered the guardsmen out of their vehicles and demanded to search their vans, according to police. Luckily nobody got hurt, and the vaccines reached their destination. The New York Times reports that the jury for the murder trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has been seated, clearing the way for the opening arguments in the trial, set to begin on Monday. The twelve-member jury includes two white men, four white women, three Black men, one Black women and two women who identify as mixed race. Two white women and a white man are the alternates. We’ll be watching. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy yesterday announced plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post offices, the AP reports. Details of the plan come at a time of intense scrutiny on DeJoy, a major GOP donor who took over the agency last summer. The plan also includes a proposal to consolidate underused post offices, and hinted at a potential postage rate increase. Paying more for less – sounds like DeJoy is really running the place like a business. MAR 24, 2021 - AM QUICKIE HOSTS - Sam Seder & Lucie Steiner WRITER - Corey Pein PRODUCER - Dorsey Shaw EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Brendan Finn

GovExec Daily
What the Postal Board Changes Mean for DeJoy

GovExec Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 21:15


Postmaster General Louis DeJoy visited capitol hill last week to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee to defend his time at USPS and field questions about his upcoming strategic plan. His appearance came on the same day President Joe Biden put forward nominations to fill out the Postal Board, giving a sliver of hope for those who desire an end to DeJoy’s time in the Postmaster General job. Eric Katz covers the Postal Service and covered the DeJoy hearing last week. He joined the podcast to talk about the Postal Board’s future, DeJoy’s future and the future of the Postal Service.

Fault Lines
Biden Blindly Drops Bombs.

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 168:23


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan discuss Trump's speech at the recent CPAC conference, politics surrounding the United States Post Office, Saudi Arabia-US relations and the Biden Administration's recent actions involving Bombings and stimulus bills. Guests: Lee Stranahan – News Analyst and Host of The Back Story | Recap: Live from CPACChuck Zlatkin – Legislative and Political Director | DeJoy testifies Before House Oversight and Government Ref Committee Laith Marouf – Multimedia Producer and Broadcasting Law Consultant | MBS On Blast John Kiriakou – Former CIA Officer, Co-host of ‘The Backstory' | Biden Bombs Joel Segal – Former Congressional Staffer and Author | Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Steve Grumbine – Political, Economic and Social Justice Activist and Founder of Real Progressives and Real Progress in action | Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill In his first public appearance since he left the White House, former President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. Lee Stranahan dissects Trump's speech which included denials, proposals and jargon. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee after being accused of turning the Post Office into a “tool” for political agenda. Chuck Zlatkin talks with the Fault Line team about how politics are being used to manipulate the United States Post Office. Many have called on the Biden Administration to hold Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman responsible for the killing of journalist Khashoggi. Laith Marouf talks more about Saudi Arabia's relations with the United States. With less than three months in office, the Biden Administration has already called for an airstrike in Syria against alleged ‘Iranian-backed' militia. The team is joined again by former CIA agent John Kiriakou who questions the legality behind these attacks. Democrats have approved Biden's $1.9 Trillion coronavirus relief package which would provide Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks. Joel Segal and Steven Grumbine talk in detail about the behind the scene politics surrounding this stimulus package.

Up First
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Up First

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 13:39


The Centers for Disease Control has launched a website to help Americans find locations of COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to increase the pace of vaccinations. Also, the Biden administration is set to release a U.S. intelligence assessment on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives. And, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced heavy criticism in a House committee hearing about ongoing mail delays at the U.S. Postal Service.

Public News Service
PNS Daily Newscast - February 25, 2021

Public News Service

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 6:00


We take you to a state where paid family leave is up for debate; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defiant as Biden makes key appointments that could decide his fate.

Florida Sucks
Florida Sucks Ep. 10, "Debbie's Pride and DeJoy"

Florida Sucks

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2020 51:20


Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) makes a pointless stand as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pointlessly blocks her from entering post office facilities. We also talk about the killing of the suspected Portland shooter Michael Reinoehl by federal and local authorities, as well as Kim Jung Un's crush on Sarah Huckabee Sanders. RIP David Graeber.

IMPACT
IMPACT with Jacky Rosen and the Postal Service

IMPACT

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2020 17:44


Sat down with Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen a couple of hours after the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, in which she grilled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Mississippi Edition
8/19/20 - Local Postal Delays | Flag Commission Final Five | Let Mississippi Vote Initiative

Mississippi Edition

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 24:56


With the Postmaster General set to appear before Congress, a local postal leader responds to federal decisions that have slowed mail processing in the capital city.Plus, the Flag Commission moves one step closer to selecting a new design for the November vote.Then, after a Southern Remedy Health Minute, a Mississippi lawmaker supports a citizen group's effort to bring the 1894 flag to the ballot.Segment 1:U.S. Postal Workers in Mississippi are expressing concern as changes made to mail processing has caused significant delays. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a former CEO of a logistics company, has drawn wide criticism in recent weeks over executive decisions to cut costs within the postal service. These changes include removing mail processing machines, reducing the workforce and eliminating overtime. Sunny Thigpin is president of the Jackson Area Local of American Postal Workers Union. The retired expediter tells our Desare Frazier sorting machines are being removed in local mail-rooms, causing deliveries to slow down.Segment 2:Only five flags remain in the running to become Mississippi's new state flag. The nine member Flag Commission met yesterday to discuss submissions, make minor adjustments to designs, and rank their top five out of eight flag options. All five submissions selected for the final round feature a design element called the Choctaw Star - a move ensuring the state's tribal heritage will be included on the flag presented to voters in November.Segment 3:Some Mississippians are upset over the process of changing the state flag. The group Let Mississippi Vote has created a ballot initiative that puts the retired flag and three other flag designs on the statewide ballot. The group rallied in the capital city last weekend. State Senator Joey Fillingane of Sumrall voted against changing the flag and supports the initiative. He says when the public was allowed to vote on the flag in 2001, it set a precedent for public input the state legislature did not honor. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.