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Justice Department secretly curtailed investigation into Trump’s Russia ties

Rod Rosenstein secretly took steps to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and links to the Trump campaign, keeping investigators from completing an examination of the president’s decades-long personal and business ties to Russia.


Republican leader shares faked video of disabled activist, Ady Barkan, on Twitter
GOP Rep. Steve Scalise’s now-deleted tweet shared a video with intentionally edited content, manipulating the electronically voiced words of Ady Barkan, who has ALS.

Take Action: Sign Ady Barkan’s petition to FIRE Mitch McConnell and replace him with a leader who supports universal healthcare!


No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: Trump’s big lie about “law and order” exposed
Listen to how one Minnesota jail blows a hole in everything Trump claims about the laws of the land.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Lara Trump admits on air that more mayhem is better for Trump

The president’s campaign seems to relish the violence Trump has helped nurture, exploiting it at every occasion for their own political gain.


Wisconsin governor calls session on police reform; Republicans refuse to show
The special session on police training requirements and policy standards, called by Gov. Tony Evers, highlights the policy stalemate between the Democratic governor and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back.

Take Action: Demand justice for Jacob Blake, shot in the back 7 times by cops while his children and fiancée watched!


Leaked video: Deposition shows Trump bragging about coercion, contemplating racist line of attack against Hispanic judge, admitting defrauding people
The revealing footage was shot during a deposition in the Trump University fraud case, which the president eventually settled for $25 million.

Take Action: Repeal the rule against indicting a sitting president and hold Trump accountable for his crimes!


Trump offered FBI Director job to John Kelly, but demanded “loyalty”
A new book details the president’s fundamental inability to differentiate between loyalty to the country and loyalty to himself.


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Portland mayor buries Trump in blame for devastating Portland violence
Mayor Ted Wheeler put the responsibility for yesterday’s fatality squarely where it belonged.


USPS board was given 53 qualified postmaster general candidates. Louis DeJoy was not one of them
During its search for a new postmaster general, the USPS Board of Governors was presented with 53 candidates. Not on the list: Louis DeJoy. The major Trump supporter’s name was added at the behest of a former RNC chairman.

Take Action: Demand the resignation of Louis DeJoy, the stooge Trump appointed to kill the post office!


Leaked: White House counsel Don McGahn memo reveals alarms about Jared Kushner’s security clearance
Trump ultimately intervened to ensure Kushner got his top-secret security clearance anyway.


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Today’s Action: We still need to save USPS

Both the House and Senate have concluded their hearings regarding Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s sabotage of the USPS. And it looks bad.

Beyond some viral moments (such as when Rep. Katie Porter discovered DeJoy doesn’t know the cost of mailing a postcard), DeJoy claimed he had no intention of disrupting the November 3 election. But this is a lie: DeJoy definitely did have the intention a few weeks ago, when he planned to demote many ballots from first class to regular mail, and only changed as public pressure grew.

DeJoy also vowed to suspend certain operational changes until after the election – but refused to reverse others. The damage is done, as postal workers are still reporting severe delays in delivery, and DeJoy has refused to reinstall overtime pay or hundreds of removed mail sorting machines. We have work to do.

Call or email your Members of Congress and demand they call for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse all changes he has made to disrupt our national mail system. If you’ve been personally impacted, write a letter to your editor.

DeJoy’s changes – approaching USPS like a for-profit business with disposable employees and customers – are disturbing in the face of what this institution is: a Constitutionally-mandated service that guarantees every American’s access to a fast, affordable mail option.

Veteran medicine delivery, vital small business needs, and a national election with unprecedented rates of mail-in ballots are only three examples of why DeJoy’s disruption is so bad for our country. But Trump thinks it’s good for him, so his high-digit donor crony DeJoy wants to deliver.

Public pressure got us Congressional hearings – don’t let up now.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and demand Postmaster General Louis DeJoy undo his sabotage of USPS by reinstalling sorting machines, overtime pay, and more. Send a letter to your favorite newspaper if you have a personal story to share!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling for an investigation into Trump for allowing Putin to pay Taliban fighters to kill US troops, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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