'Friday Night Massacre' at US Postal Service as Postmaster General — a Major Trump Donor — Ousts Top Officials

By Jon Queally | August 8, 2020 | Democracy & Government

"America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office." byJon Queally, staff writer 41 Comments Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House ... Read More

Just Another Friday Night News Dump

By Heather Cox Richardson | August 8, 2020 | Letters From an American

America’s top news continues to touch on the upcoming election. The Friday night news dump was about the United States Postal Service. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump loyalist, has recently created new rules for the agency that have dramatically slowed the delivery of mail just as mail-in voting for 2020 has begun. Today, DeJoy overhauled the USPS, releasing a new organizational chart that displaces postal executives with decades of experience and concentrates power in DeJoy himself. Twenty-three executives have been reassigned or fired; five have been moved in from other roles. The seven regions of the nation will become four, ... Read More

Hiroshima and COVID-19

A fiery mushroom cloud rises from an atomic bomb test blast over Enewetak Atoll. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/US Navy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

By Robert Jay Lifton and Charles B. Strozier | August 6, 2020 | Moyers on Democracy

We are always terrified by a deadly force that we cannot see or in any way perceive until it strikes. With COVID-19 the dread involves a force that is everywhere and nowhere; the virus takes on an almost supernatural aura that in turn leads to bizarre conspiratorial explanations. It is very difficult to bring reason to a deadly force that is invisible. Read More

She Votes! Is the Definitive Podcast on the Women's Suffrage Movement

By Kristin Miller | August 6, 2020 | Moyers on Democracy

We are pleased to present a new weekly podcast, She Votes! from award-winning journalists Ellen Goodman and Lynn Sherr. (produced by  Wonder Media Network.) Having lived through — and covered — feminism’s second-wave, Goodman and Sherr tell the definitive story of suffrage, from the first demands to speak on public matters by antislavery activists in 1837, through the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention for Women's Rights, to the drama of the final passage in 1920 and beyond. One hundred years ago this month, the 19th Amendment was ratified. But American women’s battle for the ballot and representation in government began long before ... Read More