The Weekly National News Roundup | Shlomo Rudman

Democrats Hold National Convention – The 2020 Democratic National Convention was held this week, with 4 days of trumpeting Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Democratic party, along with a healthy dose of anti-Trump remarks. Kamala Harris accepted the vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday night, and Joe Biden accepted the presidential nomination on Thursday night. Other speakers included Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Barack Obama, as well as several Republican supporters of Joe Biden, such as former Ohio governor John Kasich and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Postmaster General Testifies – The United States Postal Service’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified in front of a Senate committee Friday morning about recent changes to the postal service that are being blamed for nationwide disruptions. DeJoy confirmed that he was making “radical” changes at the USPS, but said none of those changes are political and that he guarantees that all mail-in ballots in the November elections will be delivered within 3 days. Critics have alleged that DeJoy, a major Trump supporter, is purposely sabotaging the postal service to make it more difficult to vote by mail. President Trump has been vocally opposed to mail-in voting, saying it will lead to the “most fraudulent” election in history.

Jobless Claims Rise Above 1 Million – New jobless claims applications in the United States rose again above 1 million this week, a worrying sign that the jobs recovery is faltering after showing a strong rebound from the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. Last week’s new unemployment claims of 971,000 marked the first time since the recession began that new jobless claims fell below the 1 million mark. New weekly unemployment benefit claims have now been above 1 million for 21 of the last 22 weeks.

Bannon Indicted On Fraud Charges – Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon was arrested this week on charges that he defrauded donors of a $25 million campaign to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Prosecutors allege that instead of directing all the donated funds to the cause of building a wall, organizers of the fundraising campaign pocketed much of the money, with Bannon himself taking $1 million, funneled through a nonprofit he controls.

Trump Rejects Plan To Cut Military Health Benefits – President Trump this week rejected a plan put out by the Pentagon that would slash healthcare provided to military members by $2.2 billion. “A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me. We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President,” Trump said in a tweet. The plan was part of an initiative by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to eliminate inefficiencies in spending by the Pentagon.

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