USPS chief Louis DeJoy says he won’t restore mail-sorting machines ahead of election – as it happened

USPS chief Louis DeJoy says he won’t restore mail-sorting machines ahead of election – as it happened

  • Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said in an interview that would shut the country down to stop the spread of Covid-19 if scientists recommended it.
  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he does not intend to restore mail sorting machines that have been removed from some USPS locations. Testifying before the Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee, DeJoy argued the machines that had been removed were “not needed”. However, DeJoy acknowledged that some of the operational changes he has implemented have caused delays in mail delivery.
  • A federal judge denied Trump’s request for a stay of the subpoena for his tax returns. An appeals court denied Trump’s request to immediately put Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr’s subpoena on hold, and said it would hold a hearing on the matter, but not until 1 September.
  • People incarcerated in California prisons are inside the wildfire evacuation zone but not yet being evacuated, and their family members are speaking out.
  • Steve Bannon dismissed the federal charges against him as a “political hit job”. The former Trump adviser, who was arrested yesterday for allegedly using money from his anti-immigrant group We Build the Wall for personal expenses, said on his podcast today, “I’m not going to back down. This is a political hit job … I’m going to continue to fight.”
  • Attorney general William Barr said he was “vehemently opposed” to a pardon of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Trump floated the idea of a pardon for Snowden last week, saying, “It seems to be a split decision that many people think that he should be somehow treated differently … and I’m going to take a very good look at it.”
  • The Golden State Killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Judge Michael Bowmansaid Joseph James DeAngelo “deserves no mercy” after pleading guilty to 13 murder charges and 13 kidnapping-related charges.
  • Actress Lori Laughland was sentenced to just two months in prison for her role in a college admissions bribery scandal. Her husband received five months.