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85 Million Parts of Mail Delayed in 1 7 days Many thanks to Louis DeJoy



Postmaster Typical Louis DeJoy testifies through a Dwelling Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Support in advance of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on August 24, 2020.Photo: Tom Brenner (Getty Illustrations or photos)

Controversial modifications requested by Postmaster Typical Louis DeJoy prompted an estimated 85 million far more deals to get there late in one particular week and, in some districts, just about a 20 % fall in on-time deliveries, a new Senate report finds.

The report, ready by Democratic workers on the Homeland Protection & Governmental Affairs Committee, describes a major drop in the share of mail shipped on time in each of the postal service’s 67 districts. “Widespread delays have ongoing around the two months considering the fact that the changes began,” the report states, obtaining that when support has improved due to the fact DeJoy promised Congress he would halt his operational alterations, on-time delivery has nonetheless to fully rebound.

Democrats said on-time deliveries in Detroit, Michigan, for instance, dropped by 19.1 percent in August only 67.7 percent of mail was shipped on time.

The report goes on to state that DeJoy “failed to think about the very likely provider impacts of the transportation modifications he requested in July 2020,” and that he “did not conduct any examination of the provider disruptions and delays his directives could trigger.”

DeJoy has come underneath rigorous scrutiny due to the fact purchasing the elimination of virtually 700 mail sorting equipment in July and instituting drastic modifications that forced mail carriers to get started their routes every day just before all of the mail experienced been loaded onto shipping vehicles. Inside files, evidently produced to Congress by a whistleblower, confirmed steep declines in the agency’s efficiency just just after DeJoy took office in June.

The disruptions gave rise to fears by lawmakers that the shipping of November election ballots may be hampered by the changes—concerns that DeJoy dismissed in several congressional hearings very last thirty day period.

“Delays and mail backups have sparked fears that the Postal Company might not be in a position to handle unparalleled significant volumes of election mail in the 2020 standard election,” the report states. “During the acute fall in on-time supply in July, some People in america documented delays in their election mail.”

The report states that postal workers, in conversations with congressional staff members, noted finding absentee ballots postmarked for most important elections that experienced now taken place in mail stacked up owing to delays at processing crops.

“The very first rule of medicine is ‘do no hurt. I imagine that’s a excellent rule for postmasters normal, way too.”

“The results of my investigation clearly present that Postmaster Standard DeJoy’s carelessly instituted operational variations to the Postal Company resulted in extreme services impacts that harmed the life and livelihoods of Michiganders and People in america,” mentioned Sen. Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan, rating member of the Homeland Stability and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, did not right away answer to a ask for for comment.

The report, which was ordered by Peters, accuses DeJoy of failing to be “transparent about his steps and their impacts on the mail service” and suggests he has consistently specified “misleading and incomplete responses” when asked about the modifications.

When under oath, DeJoy denied instituting any alterations that would influence overtime policies at USPS. (A dozen postal staff advised Gizmodo last month this is untrue.) The report claims the postal assistance has not attempted to clarify why workforce from across the state say additional time several hours have been lower and why interior paperwork precisely point out that “overtime will be eradicated.”

Postal workers say the overtime is required owing to the sharp increase in packages currently being mailed throughout the coronavirus pandemic. It otherwise will save funds, they say, as the agency doesn’t have to shell out the advantages or pensions of extra staff.

USPS is the only federal company less than a congressional prerequisite to pre-fund its employees’ pensions. Pre-funding pensions accounts for about $5 billion really worth of the agency’s annual running decline.

Democrats on the Property Oversight and Reform Committee are investigating whether DeJoy mislead Congress last thirty day period throughout his testimony with regard to his additional time promises. Lying to Congress underneath oath is regarded perjury, which is punishable by imprisonment. (Deceptive Congress whilst not underneath oath is also a crime.)

Investigations into DeJoy’s employing and his earlier as CEO of New Breed Logistics have surfaced added allegations of wrongdoing. The Washington Put up reported final week that 5 former employees of DeJoy, a GOP mega-donor, have accused him of refunding them for building fiscal contributions to GOP candidates, which is a felony.

David Young, DeJoy’s director of human methods at the time and who is claimed to have had access to the company’s payroll records, told the Post, “We gave him the dollars, and then he reciprocated by supplying us significant bonuses.” Included Youthful: “When we received our bonuses, let us just say they were even bigger, they exceeded expectations—and that covered the tax and anything else.”

Rep. Jim Cooper, a member of the Dwelling Oversight Committee, mentioned in a cell phone interview that he pressed DeJoy about the payments for the duration of a committee listening to following he was tipped off about the alleged reimbursements by a good friend in North Carolina. (Cooper’s third-12 months paper at Harvard Law University was on the issue of corporate workers currently being coerced into making political contributions, he said.)

“I considered he was very probable, as a mega-donor, to have coerced his workers,” Cooper mentioned. “That’s not unlawful. The unlawful part is to reimburse them. And as his HR supervisor said, he even paid out the taxes on the reimbursement. So, he put a bow on his crime.”

“Most new administrators, specifically if they have no experience in the postal service, would get a minimal when to understand the operation right before they disrupted it,” he ongoing. “But he trashed 680 mail sorting devices, pressured trucks to vacation empty, due to the fact he was fixated on arrival and departure time as opposed to acquiring the mail delivered. So he was a incredibly disruptive impact very early on, in the course of a vital time in American record.”

“The first rule of medicine is ‘do no damage,’” Cooper explained. “I consider which is a very good rule for postmasters standard, also.”


Kurt Angle On Which AEW Star May Be “Top 5 Of All Time”, Roman Reigns’ Booking In WWE




Kurt Angle recently took part in a Q & A session over at Pro Wrestling Junkies and discussed a number of topics, including the disappointments he has been dealing with about his retirement match.

Angle had mentioned that while he doesn’t think it’s the worst retirement match of all time, he does wish Corbin was at a higher level with his in-ring abilities so they could have a bigger match. He also said he was supposed to work with Jason Jordan, but Jordan’s neck injury forced the change in opponent.

“I didn’t really get who I wanted,” Angle said. “I was in a program with Jason Jordan. We were supposed to work that up to WrestleMania but he ended up hurting his neck, and they replaced him with Baron. [Vince McMahon] didn’t know that I wanted to retire. I wanted to retire because I wasn’t the same anymore. My body was getting really arthritic from not working. It didn’t go as I hoped. I told Vince I wanted to wrestle John Cena because I started his career and I wanted him to end mine – it just made sense to me. He told me no and that I was getting Baron Corbin.

“He said that if wanted Cena, I’d have to wait until next year, but I didn’t want to go another year,” Angle continued. “Baron is a great athlete and a great worker, but where he was at the time might not be at the level where Hall Of Famers would feel totally comfortable with. He was great to work with; I didn’t have a problem with that. I had a little bit of a problem retiring with him. I don’t want to put him down because he’s good, but I wanted to go with John Cena because it just made sense. I don’t want to say I had the worst retirement match, but wrestling Baron wasn’t exactly my dream match. Back then, he just wasn’t there.”

Angle then went on to talk about how things went for him as he broke into the business, and stated that WWE’s strategy to “push” people generally goes in phases where the wrestler will get a bunch of wins, then take some losses before going back on a winning streak. He said that strategy allows fans to get used to seeing that wrestler in those situations, and when their time comes, the fans are ready for it. He referenced Roman Reigns being forced straight to the the top, saying it is the reason fans have rejected him the way they have.

“When I won the title the first time, I was only there for about 10 months,” Angle said. “When I first started, I was on a big winning streak and won a bunch of matches. I won King Of The Ring, Intercontinental Title, European Title, but then I started having a bunch of losses. I was wrestling Undertaker and that was a squash match, Big Show was a squash match. Then I think I was in a triple threat with Rock and HHH that I didn’t win. I hadn’t won a match in five months, so it kind of hit me out of nowhere when Vince called me four days before the pay-per-view to tell me he’s putting the title on me.

“It was one of those things where it goes in phases,” Angle added. “You start low and work your way to the mid-card, you win some matches, and then you lose some, then you win some and get to the main event level, and then you’re going to lose some matches again. It’s not like a meteoric rise to the top. You go up a little bit, then down a bit, then back up a little, then down. It’s so the fans can get used to you and get used to seeing you in that situation. The example today, whether you like him or not, he’s a ring general, and the guy is incredible – Roman Reigns. The problem with him is Vince just took him from zero to hero and the fans were confused, wondering, ‘Who this guy is?’ The thought was just like, ‘Who’s this guy and what’s he doing here? He must be Vince’s guy, and if that’s the case, I don’t like him.’ This heel turn has been a long time coming.”

Angle recently told Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc. that an appearance with AEW would more than likely be off the table, but he did have high praise for Chris Jericho during the Q & A, saying he admires the way Jericho can still go in the ring.

“If I was going to wrestle anyone, I’d love to wrestle Cena,” Angle said. “I’ve also been watching Chris Jericho, and wow! He’s still so good. I’m so jealous of that son of a gun. He’s my age, and how he’s still able to go at this level like he’s doing right now, especially after 25-30 years in the ring, he’s phenomenal. He might go down in history, this is me speaking, but he might go down as top 5 of all time. He’s still as good as he ever was. I wouldn’t mind having one more round with Jericho, but that’s not going to happen.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Pro Wrestling Junkies with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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Fans Are Concerned About Kelly Clarkson’s Eye Because She Was Wearing an Eye Patch




A sneak peek of The Kelly Clarkson Show Season 2 hit YouTube on September 15, and fans immediately noticed something was very amiss: Kelly promoted the new season while wearing an eye patch. The American Idol star addressed it in the most Kelly Clarkson way, ever, saying, “Yes, I am in an eye patch. How much more Kelly can I get?” Another clip shows her with Dennis Quaid, and she tells him, “Usually I don’t look like a pirate,” to which he responded, “You’re the most beautiful pirate I’ve ever seen.” Which is true.

Fans responded to the video on YouTube with concern. “I love Kelly, I wonder what’s wrong with her eye,” one person commented. “Why is [Kelly] wearing an eye patch? I hope her eye is alright,” someone else wrote. “Has something terrible happened with her eye? Can anybody explain?” wrote a third commenter.

But really, what happened to Kelly Clarkson’s eye?

According to YouTubers, Kelly might have just been dealing with an eye infection when filming the Season 2 promo. And it looks like her eye is back to normal, since she interviewed with Willie Geist, the host of Sunday TODAY on NBC, on September 12, and was most recently on the TODAY show on September 14. If Kelly did have an eye infection, she most likely had it in the beginning of September, which is when Deadline reports she was filming episodes for the show. 

It’s unclear if YouTubers are assuming Kelly just had an infection, or if Kelly addressed her eyepatch on an IG Story at some point. People seem pretty convinced it was an eye infection, though. Regardless, the talk show host and singer seems to be totally healthy and fine now.

Source: YouTube
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Source: YouTube

Kelly’s definitely has a rough 2020. Aside from, ya know, the pandemic, she and her husband of seven years announced they were getting a divorce back in June. “You can ask anyone that’s gone through divorce — I don’t think anyone expects it. You see yourself growing old with someone and then life has a different path. And it’s so hard on everyone,” Kelly told Hoda Kotb on the Today show on Monday (in which she appeared sans eye patch). 

Talking to Willie Geist, she admitted, “I mean, it’s no secret. My life has been a little bit of a dumpster. Personally, it’s been a little hard the last couple months.” She added, “I’ve been talking to friends that have been through divorce. I don’t know how people go through that without having some kind of outlet because it is the worst thing ever for everyone involved.” They have two children together: River Rose (6), and Remington (4).

We’re glad Kelly is okay, health-wise. Emotion-wise, we’re sure she’s going through a lot right now. And we’ll probably get snippets of that in the new season of The Kelly Clarkson Show, which premieres September 21. We’ll also be getting five extra episodes leading up to the premiere as a countdown of sorts (which started started September 14). Per Deadline, the season will be aired in front of a live (yet virtual) audience.

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25 best ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ episodes to celebrate its 50th anniversary [PHOTOS]




Fifty years ago she turned the world on with her smile, and we haven’t stopped laughing since. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted on September 19, 1970. It’s one of a handful of sitcoms from the CBS network that changed the way television comedies were made. Throughout its seven seasons, the show received 67 Emmy nominations, winning 29, which was a record until 2002 when “Frasier” won its 30th award. It received a nomination for Best Comedy Series each year of its run, winning for each of the last three seasons, and spawned three successful spinoffs: sister sitcoms “Rhoda” and “Phyllis” and acclaimed drama “Lou Grant.” Although the shag carpet, plaid suits and bell bottoms will forever associate “MTM” with the 1970s, the characters and stories are timeless and just as funny today as they were 50 years ago.

Mary Richards (Moore) is a 30-year-old woman who moves to the big city of Minneapolis after a bad break up. Full of self-doubt and nerves, she also has a layer of grit that helps her stand up for herself to her gruff (who’s really a big softie) boss news producer Lou Grant (Edward Asner), and earn respect among her male coworkers: the quick-with-a-quip head writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) and the buffoonish anchorman of the Six O’Clock News Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). Women are well-represented: sarcastic and very direct friend Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), self-absorbed Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman), the deceptively sweet Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White) and ditzy but sweet Georgette Franklin Baxter (Georgia Engel). Moore and Asner were each Emmy-nominated for every season, and each ended up with three wins. With a collective 33 acting nominations and 15 wins, the cast dominated much of the Emmy acting categories in the 1970s; Engel was the only one to have never won, but more astonishing is the MacLeod never even received a well-deserved nomination.

Mary is one of the first single career women portrayed on television, and the first major one whose career becomes more important to her than her love life. Rhoda and Sue Ann are also single career women, and all three women have active dating lives, including references to men staying the night. Less than a decade before, sitcoms rarely addressed controversial issues, and stuck to mainly lighter topics. “MTM” addressed topics such as discrimination, equal pay for women, infidelity, divorce, sex education. The award-winning writing team of “MTM” managed to turn such heavy topics into comedy gold, and we laugh along with Mary and her friends as they struggle to work their way through difficult situations which are timeless – which is why the show remains relatable today.

There were also episodes which were strictly for fun, and there were quite a few recurring themes, including Mary and friends stuck somewhere due to a snowstorm, resulting in people getting on each other’s nerves, and the annual Teddy Awards, around which there was usually a mishap or misunderstanding. Some of the best moments, however, occur during Mary’s infamous dinner parties. Mary wants so much to give a good party, but something disastrous always happens – a husband takes home another woman, Phyllis despairs over her brother dating her archenemy Rhoda, Lou reveals he hates surprises right before his surprise birthday party, the lights go out before Johnny Carson is to make an appearance at one of her dinners. People hate Mary’s parties, but she still hosts them and people still come – I guess just to see what’s going to happen next!

And what is a great show without a memorable opening? The theme song “Love Is All Around,” the logo, the clips of Mary handling life, the famous hat toss at the end – it all comes together to show us a single gal can make it on her own after all.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is one of my personal favorite shows. I watched her in reruns during my growing-up years, and she was a huge positive influence on me. I wanted to grow up and live in her iconic apartment, and although that didn’t happen, I like to think that her independent spirit and forward-thinking rubbed off on me. There’s really not a bad episode out of the 168, so it was really difficult to narrow it down to 25, but here are some of the best of the best.

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