Trump Administration Shut Down U.S. Postal Service Plan to Mail Masks to Every American: Reports

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The Trump administration shut down a plan from the U.S. Postal Service to mail five free face masks to every U.S. household in April, according to several reports.

The USPS, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had drafted a press release announcing that it would distribute a stockpile of 650 million reusable masks to every residential address in the country. The first shipments, in April, would go to COVID-19 hotspots.

“Our organization is uniquely suited to undertake this historic mission of delivering face coverings to every American household in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” then-Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan said the unsent press release.

RELATED: If All Americans Wore Masks ‘We Could Drive This Epidemic to the Ground,’ Says CDC Director

Internal White House emails, obtained by the Washington Post and NBC News, showed that the Trump

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Trump appointee Michael Caputo takes leave of absence from HHS after online rant

Michael Caputo, a top Trump administration communications official who in a private online social media video accused government scientists of “sedition” and called on the president’s supporters to arm themselves ahead of the election, announced in a statement Tuesday that he’s taking temporary medical leave from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Also leaving HHS is Caputo’s senior advisor, Dr. Paul Alexander. HHS confirmed the departures in a separate statement, noting that Caputo’s leave would last 60 days.

Caputo tells ABC News he will continue collecting a paycheck and health insurance from his HHS post while on leave.

The staff departures follow media reports that Caputo and Alexander had pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to alter scientific reports.

PHOTO: Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, on May 1, 2018, in Washington.

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Health Chief Denies School Shutdowns Are Politically-Driven, Meant To Harm Donald Trump

Los Angeles County’s Public Health Director, Barbara Ferrer, denied on Tuesday that plans for keeping L.A. school campuses closed amid the coronavirus pandemic are politically motivated and meant to damage President Donald Trump’s election chances. Ferrer insisted comments she made on a conference call last week were only using the school year to reference an early November time frame.

“It had nothing to do with the election per se, as much as it had to do with — we need about six weeks of implementation for the school openings that are going to be happening so that we can have a lot of assessment data that will help guide and inform any decisions we make,” Ferrer told the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. “I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused by referencing the elections in early November.”

In early September, California Governor Gavin Newsom amended the state’s

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After Report That Trump Disparaged War Dead, Democrats See Chance to Win Over Military Voters

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at a VFW post in Osage, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at a VFW post in Osage, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Long before The Atlantic published an article Thursday night depicting President Donald Trump disparaging America’s war dead, liberal veterans groups had been feverishly working in battleground states to appeal to veterans and military family members, a cornerstone of Trump’s base.

That effort got a significant jolt in both interest and money, and the attention of Joe Biden, in the hours after the article appeared.

By Friday morning, Democrats, especially those with a military background, were reacting with both outrage and a sense of opportunity, denouncing Trump in news conferences and news releases and assuring veterans and military families that they had their backs.

Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, lashed out at Trump on Friday afternoon in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, noting that the remarks attributed

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Reports, Trump tweet about ‘mini strokes’ spark speculation about president’s health: What we know

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that he had not been hospitalized for ‘mini strokes,’ accusing the ‘FAKE NEWS’ of pushing the claim.

The response was instantaneous, with opponents challenging the president’s ability to lead the country and his supporters saying people are pushing conspiracy theories about Trump. 

Cognitive function has been an attack point throughout the general election. The Trump campaign has taken every opportunity to undermine Democratic nominee Joe Biden based on the former vice president’s occasional verbal gaffes, accusing him of mental decline.

Questions of Trump’s health have once again arisen this week, prompted by a new book from New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt that reports Vice President Mike Pence was put on standby after the president’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year. 

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Falling Covid-19 cases create opportunity and peril for Trump

Coronavirus infections are down in nearly every state. That could either give President Donald Trump just what he needs to prime his reelection odds or become another missed opportunity to capitalize on a lull during the pandemic.

The positive trends are real. Covid-19 cases have been falling since late July, including in several battleground states. Hospitalizations have dropped 37 percent in the last month and the daily death count is leveling off.

But that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, even if Trump and his team portray it that way.

The circumstances create a moment to reinforce public health measures like testing, tracing and social distancing that could finally bring the outbreak to more manageable proportions, while the world waits for a vaccine or new treatments.

Trump hasn’t been inclined to go that route, instead pressing states to reopen and slowing down testing. In his closing speech at the Republican

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At RNC, White House staffers Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany make personal case for Trump

At a typical political convention, political staffers would be relegated to behind-the-scenes spin rooms. On Wednesday, the spin room took center stage.

President Trump’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany got prime speaking slots at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Convention speeches from campaign and White House staffers are exceedingly rare, but Trump’s RNC has broken a number of norms.

Both used their remarks to try to appeal to the suburban women voters who the GOP lost during the 2018 midterm election.

The appearance had added significance for Conway, one of Trump’s longest-serving aides, who announced this week she would be departing her White House post at the end of the month. Conway served as Trump’s third campaign manager, and when he won in 2016, she became the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign.

Conway, wearing white to pay tribute to suffragists,

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Specifics are scarce, so what might a President Biden or Trump do in the next 4 years?

It’s official. Joe Biden is no longer the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate. And this week, Donald J. Trump became the Republicans’ official nominee, too.

We’ve been enduring these campaigns for nearly two years now. Most democracies seem capable of selecting leaders in about six weeks. These next and blessedly final 70 days of campaign division and derision may seem endless.

They’ll be distorted in the media, both social and political. They will be closely watched at home and abroad. But they will somehow produce a winner.

And in 148 days, that winner will take the oath of office, facing a myriad of complex problems and simple opportunities. What will happen? What might we expect from a new Biden administration or a second Trump term?

The honest answer is, no one knows for sure. But amid all the noise and phony promises, we have some preliminary sense of where these

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Trump faces pessimism as GOP convention opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising to outline an optimistic vision for America at this week’s Republican convention. But he’ll be speaking to a public deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and overwhelmingly dissatisfied with his and the federal government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Most Americans think there isn’t enough being done to help individual Americans, small businesses or public schools as the pandemic stretches on, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Overall, just 31% of Americans approve of Trump’s leadership on the pandemic, a significant drop from 44% approval in March, when the virus began sweeping through the United States.

The public’s negative assessment of how Trump is handling the crisis puts him on the defensive as his November face-off against Democrat Joe Biden nears. One of Trump’s challenges as his convention opens on Monday night

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Republicans turn to Charlie Kirk, Trump family confidant, to close yawning youth voter gap

WASHINGTON – He attacked Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Jill Biden. He went after Chicago’s mayor, the mainstream media, and Black Lives Matter. 

And he accused former President Barack Obama of lying and said he should be “under investigation for treason—NOT speaking at a political convention.” 

As the Democratic National Convention unfolded online last week, Charlie Kirk’s Twitter feed looked a lot like President Donald Trump’s. 

Now, the 26-year-old conservative darling will take his message from Twitter to the (virtual) big stage at the Republican National Convention. Kirk is a Trump family confidant and the head of Turning Point USA, which is devoted to attracting and energizing young voters.

Going after the youth vote 

That constituency could be pivotal in the 2020 presidential contest, and right now, Trump faces a yawning gap of support among Millennials and other young voters.

Voters aged 18 to 34 support Democratic presidential nominee Joe

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