Today’s headlines return to issues in mail-in voting, as President Trump admits to a desire to defund the USPS, and his appointees implement policies to slow and deter voting by mail. We also look at regional coverage of yesterday’s peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. These headlines are selected from the front pages curated by Newseum.org. Indigenous Territory names and Treaty information are taken from the Native Land map.
“alameda county ballot” by Dianne Yee, available under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, courtesy of Flickr.
The Letter Carriers Union and Montana Sen. Jon Tester are among a chorus of voices sounding the alarm about USPS plans to remove several blue Postal Service drop boxes across the state. In a letter to the new U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Tester said he had learned of removed or soon-to-be-removed drop boxes in Bozeman, Lewistown, and Billings. Reports of removals in other parts of the state have been confirmed since President Trump admitted to opposing more USPS funding for fear of hurting his re-election chances.
Maine’s representatives in Washington D.C. have registered displeasure with the actions of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, whose recent policies have slowed mail delivery and will make voting by mail difficult in November. Sen. Angus King (I) was among the signatories on Wednesday’s letter from the Senate Democratic caucus to DeJoy, and Sen. Susan Collins (R ) sent her own letter the following day. The state’s House representatives also issued public states and signed a letter to DeJoy from 173 House democrats.
The Trump campaign and several national GOP committees are suing two Iowa county auditors, alleging that they have “gone rogue” for preemptively sending voters absentee ballots. The auditors announced on July 1st that they would be mailing every active registered voter a pre-filled absentee ballot request form, which the suit argues are invalid because they included more information than those being sent by the Iowa Secretary of State. If successful, the lawsuit would invalidate tens of thousands of ballot request forms that have already been returned.
“West Bank & Gaza Map 2007 (Settlements),” available in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Under a historic peace deal, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has been discussing annexing recently, ensuring that no more Palestinian land is annexed in the West Bank. The agreement was clinched in a phone call on Thursday between Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The joint statement issued by the three signatories to the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates said Crown Prince bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President Trump, and Prime Minister Netanyahu had "agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates."
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