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‘I Do Not Know’: DeJoy Embarrassingly Forced to Admit He Doesn’t Know Prices – or Who Ordered the Huge USPS Overhaul



U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was forced to admit he does not know a great deal about the 245 year old federal agency he was entrusted by Republicans to run – like who ordered the massive changes he is supporting, including cutting overtime, and removing hundreds of mail sorting machines and mailboxes.

Nor was he interested in finding out.

U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) is known for her devastating questioning of congressional witnesses and did not disappoint Monday, when she questioned the embattled USPS chief.

While he did pass the first test – “What is the coat of a first class postage stamp?” – DeJoy was unable to answer most of the Congresswoman’s other questions, as she noted on Twitter after warning him to come prepared.

DeJoy was forced to say, “I don’t know,” when asked the price to mail a postcard. When she repeated the question, DeJoy laughed with incredulity, as if to suggest he does not believe it is the job of the Postmaster general to know the answers to such basic questions.

“I don’t,” he repeated. “I’ll submit that I know very little about postage stamps.”

Earlier: Explosive Shouting Match After Dem Crucifies Defiant DeJoy: ‘How Can One Person Screw This Up in Just a Few Weeks?’

He also had to say “I don’t know” when asked about the rate of USPS Priority Mail. And he answered, “No I cannot,” when asked if he could say how many Americans voted by mail in the last presidential election. When asked if he could say “to the nearest 10 million,” a smirk came over his face, and he said he would be “guessing,” and added that he didn’t want to guess.

“OK, so, Mr. DeJoy, I am concerned – I’m glad you know the price of a stamp – but I’m concerned about your understanding of this agency,” Porter told the Postmaster General.

And that’s when things got very serious.

DeJoy repeatedly refused to commit to resigning if the USPS Inspector General found he had committed misconduct.

“I don’t believe they will find misconduct,”DeJoy declared, “but I don’t see why I would commit here right now to resigning for any reason.”

“I’m concerned about your understanding of this agency,” Porter told DeJoy. “And I’m particularly concerned about it because you started taking very decisive action when you became Postmaster General, you started directing the unplugging and destroying of machines, changing of employee procedures, and locking of collection boxes.”

“As a professor,” Rep. Porter explained, “I’ve always told my students that one of the most important rules in life is to read the instructions. Did you actually read and independently analyze the major overhaul plans, before you ordered them to take effect?”

DeJoy, exuding disrespect for the California Congresswoman, replied, “Again, I will repeat that I did not order major overhaul plans, the items you identify were not directed by me. I did, and didn’t do much analysis to get them to run your trucks to my schedule.”

“Reclaiming my time Mr. DeJoy,” Porter interjected, “Could you please tell me who did order these changes if you as Postmaster General did not,” Porter said before DeJoy interrupted her. “If you did not order these actions to be taken. Please tell the committee, the name of who did.”

“I do not know,” DeJoy once agains was forced to admit.

“Mr. DeJoy, did you analyze these plans, before they went into effect?”

“As I’ve stated numerous times, the plans were in effect and being implemented before I arrived.”

He refused to say who had put them into effect.


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Election 2020

Not ‘A James Bond Movie’: GOP ‘Kingmaker’ Warns Republicans to Stop False Claims of Election Fraud



He was known as the “architect” of the George Bush presidency, and to this day some still call him a “kingmaker.” And while Democrats have good reason to oppose his practices and political policies, Karl Rove is still a voice of reason among Republicans.

So when the former Bush Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff talks on Fox News or writes in The Wall Street Journal, he’s often listened to.

And it’s time for the right wing extremists to listen to Rove now.

There is no election fraud, and no vote “stealing,” he warns them.

“There are suspicious partisans across the spectrum who believe widespread election fraud is possible,” Rove writes at The Wall Street Journal and on his site.

“Some hanky-panky always goes on, and there are already reports of poll watchers in Philadelphia not being allowed to do their jobs. But stealing hundreds of thousands of votes would require a conspiracy on the scale of a James Bond movie. That isn’t going to happen.”

Let’s repeat that: ” That isn’t going to happen.”


Image by George W. Bush Presidential Center via Flickr and a CC license



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CNN Fact Checker Shreds Trump’s ‘Egregiously False’ Declaration of ‘Victory’



President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning declared victory in the 2020 presidential race despite the fact that votes are still being counted and elections analysts say the vote is still too close to call.

CNN fact checker Daniel Dale shredded Trump’s premature “victory” speech by documenting the many “egregiously false” claims the president made early in the morning.

First, Dale takes apart Trump’s claim that Democrats are trying to “disenfranchise” his voters by continuing to count votes in swing states.

“Elections officials were not trying to ‘disenfranchise’ — deprive of the right to vote — the Trump supporters who voted for him,” he writes. “Democratic leaders were simply calling for all of the votes to be counted.”

He also rips Trump’s claim that he had been improperly deprived of a victory celebration.

“While Trump may well prove victorious once the votes are counted, neither he nor opponent Joe Biden had yet reached the 270 electoral votes necessary for a victory; prominent media outlets had not projected a winner in key states including Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan,” he writes, before going on to knock the president for saying that he had already won Michigan when the reality looks like Biden seems on track to carry the state.

Read the whole analysis here.


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Biden to Win Arizona – First Flip Over 2016: Fox News



Fox News is declaring former Vice President Joe Biden the projected winner of Arizona. It is the first state flip over the results from 2016.

Here’s Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram:

Fox News producer:

MSNBC has Arizona too early to call, but with Biden leading.

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