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Over the weekend, fears that President Donald Trump might undermine the USPS in order to undermine the 2020 election reached a fever pitch.
But this latest controversy isn’t what it seems. We explain—and zoom out to a much larger dynamic at work in the executive branch.
Or even its capacity. (“A presidential election might be a big deal, but in postal terms, it’s no Christmas,” Russell Berman reports.) Instead, experts are concerned about service changes implemented by a new pro-Trump postmaster general.
He’s deployed other agencies, including the Census Bureau and the Department of Homeland Security, to similar effect, Ronald Brownstein argues.
Further reading: To prepare yourself for what could be a very messy and drawn-out election, reflect back to the last messy, drawn-out election. Here’s an oral history of the 2000 Bush-Gore contest, the craziest presidential election in modern history.
One question, answered: Will our new, more aggressive hand-washing habits last a lifetime?