Illinois remembers former Gov. ‘Big Jim’ Thompson, a ‘hard-nosed political leader’ with ‘kindness’

Former Gov. James Thompson speaks at the December 2014 memorial service for former Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Thompson died Friday at age 84. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Thompson led the state for 14 years and drew praise from both sides of the aisle. Tributes poured in Saturday for […]

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Postal Service Warns States It May Not Meet Mail-In Ballot Deadlines

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service has warned states that it may not be able to meet their deadlines for delivering last-minute mail-in ballots, further fueling the clash over the new postmaster general’s handling of vote-by-mail operations as President Trump continued to rail against the practice. In letters sent in July to all 50 states and […]

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USPS warns states it may not be able to deliver ballots in time

The US Postal Service is warning states that voters risk not getting their ballots back to election offices in time because of lags in mail delivery, according to letters reviewed by CNN, adding a new level of uncertainty to the coming presidential election and leaving states to ascertain how to adjust. #CNN #News

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USPS warns 46 states it cannot guarantee mail-in ballots will arrive in time for election

The U.S. Postal Service has sent letters warning 46 states and the District of Columbia that it can not guarantee all ballots cast by mail will arrive in time to be counted in the November election, the Washington Post reported. The cash-strapped agency’s cost-cutting moves have already delayed some mail by as much as a week. […]

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U.S. Postal Service watchdog to probe service woes as worries rise about mail ballots

2/2 © Reuters. A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post office is pictured in Philadelphia 2/2 By Andy Sullivan and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service’s internal watchdog is investigating cost cutting that has slowed delivery and alarmed lawmakers ahead of a presidential election when up to half of U.S. voters could cast […]

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Trump says he’s willing to give USPS money if Dems concede to ‘some’ funding asks in coronavirus relief package

President Trump said he would accept Democrats’ request for $25 billion for the postal service, including billions to bolster mail-in voting, if they were willing to bow on some of his concessions. Fox News’ John Roberts on Friday asked Trump if he would be willing to offer the $25 billion for the ailing USPS, including […]

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U.S. Postal Service warns of ‘significant risk’ of late ballots

2/2 © Reuters. A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post office is pictured in Philadelphia 2/2 By Andy Sullivan and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ahead of a presidential election that could see up to half of U.S. voters cast their ballots by mail, the U.S. Postal Service is warning some states that they need to […]

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A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost of the Postage

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat assailed the Postal Service on Tuesday for what he said was an effort to jack up the cost to states of mail-in voting, a new line of criticism in the escalating dispute over ensuring Americans can vote safely this fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Chuck […]

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Chicago Raises Bridges After Unrest and Looting Batters Downtown

Chicago officials raised bridges and suspended some train and bus service Monday morning after unrest and looting caused widespread damage in the city’s downtown overnight. Videos that were circulating on social media captured the early morning scenes of hundreds of people in the streets, dozens of police officers, looting and confrontations with the police. There […]

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Postal Service Leader Sets Reorganization Amid Scrutiny Over Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service on Friday announced a substantial reorganization meant to increase efficiency as Democratic lawmakers demanded an inquiry into whether changes by President Trump’s appointees could threaten the effective use of mail-in ballots for the November election. Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general and a major donor to Mr. Trump’s campaigns, was named […]

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Susan Rice sells Netflix stock worth more than $300G as Biden mulls choice of running mate: report

Former national security advisor Susan Rice has reportedly sold her shares in the streaming service Netflix amid rumors that she is on the shortlist of candidates to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. Deadline reported Friday that Rice sold her shares valued at $305,323, according to an SEC filing dated Thursday. A spokesperson for Rice told Deadline that her […]

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Uber’s food delivery business doubles as ride demand crushed amid COVID-19

Uber Technologies Inc said demand for its food delivery service more than doubled in the second quarter as many users remained largely homebound, while demand for ride-hailing trips was only marginally recovering from pandemic rock bottom. The company said that despite those larger challenges it is sticking to its goal of being profitable on an […]

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Money for the Postal Service? The Check’s in the Mail

Democrats fight to fund the Postal Service, as Chicago becomes the latest city to decide students shouldn’t return for in-person classes. It’s Thursday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Image Where things stand Democrats and Republicans continue to disagree over whether to […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Chicago Schools Will Start the Academic Year Remotely

Here’s what you need to know: A dispute over Postal Service funding complicates the U.S. stimulus impasse as talks continue. After parents and teachers opposed a hybrid model, Chicago schools will reopen online only. N.Y.C. will set up checkpoints to promote compliance with the state’s quarantine rules for many travelers. Florida surpasses more than 500,000 […]

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Hillary Clinton warns ‘Republican sabotage’ of USPS could be ‘Trump strategy’ for 2020 election

Hillary Clinton speculated that “sabotage” of the United States Postal Service (USPS) could become the “Trump strategy” in aiding his reelection victory in November. President Trump has repeatedly railed against mail-in voting, warning of voter fraud and delayed  results for the November 3 election against Joe Biden, although he reversed himself on Tuesday with his […]

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Search continues for 8 missing after Marine craft sinks

The search continues for eight U.S. service members missing after their landing craft went down in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast following a deadly accident By Associated Press August 1, 2020, 8:19 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN DIEGO — The search continued Saturday […]

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1 Marine Dies and 8 Service Members Are Missing in California Accident

One Marine died, two service members were injured and eight others were missing after an accident involving an amphibious vehicle off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, the authorities said. Search and rescue efforts were continuing early on Friday, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement on Twitter. The service members were […]

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At John Lewis funeral, Obama tackles Trump: ‘Those in power doing their darnedest’ to discourage voting

Former President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for U.S. Rep. John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. | Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images Three ex-presidents jabbed President Donald Trump in eulogies for John Lewis on Thursday, with Barack Obama the most forceful as he invoked Southern racists of the past. Three ex-presidents took swings […]

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With city takeover off the table, ComEd hearing reduced to political theater

As expected, Chicago won’t be taking over electric service from ComEd, a city official said Thursday, even with the utility caught up in a bribery scandal. | Sun-Times file “It appears municipalizing ComEd is not financially feasible for this city, Assets and Information Services Commissioner David Reynolds said Thursday at a hearing on ComEd The […]

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Senator, union leader: Postal Service considers downsizing

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday. Manchin said he has received numerous reports from post offices and colleagues about service cuts or looming closures in […]

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Cybercriminal Maksim Yakubets is the hacker linked to Garmin outage

The leader of the cybercrime gang linked to Garmin’s massive service outage is a big-spending playboy hacker with an affinity for sports cars and alleged ties to the Russian government. Maksim Yakubets is the alleged ringleader of Evil Corp., the hacker group that reportedly claimed the smartwatch maker as its latest victim last week. The […]

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Hagia Sophia hosts first prayer since reopening, 86 years after converting to a museum

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the first prayer service at the Hagia Sophia in over 86 years. Thousands gathered from across Turkey to attend the service – the first since Erdogan repealed Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum. Areas outside of the building were sectioned off for prayer, quickly filling to capacity. As many […]

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Garmin outage shuts down fitness service, call centers

Garmin’s fitness-tracking service has been down for at least a day — a massive outage that may have been caused by a cyberattack. The smartwatch and GPS maker first confirmed Thursday morning that the outage had disabled its Garmin Connect service, which lets users track their workouts and personal health data through a smartphone app. […]

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Uber offers COVID-19 contact tracing to government

Uber Technologies has quietly launched a service to give public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19, company officials told Reuters. The service, offered free of charge, could help burnish the image of the ride-hailing giant, which recently launched a new […]

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Peacock Takes Flight With E! Shows & More: ICYMI | E! News

NBCUniversal’s streaming service launches with tons of TV shows, movies and original programming including Demi Moore’s viral carpeted bathroom. Catch up! #DemiMoore #ENews #CelebrityNews Subscribe: http://bit.ly/enewssub About E! News: The E! News team brings you the latest breaking entertainment, fashion and Pop Culture news. Featuring exclusive segments, celebrity highlights, trend reports and more, the E! […]

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