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Monday Evening Owls: Democrats push Biden to oust Louis DeJoy to finish his wrecking of Postal Service

While DeJoy was forced to temporarily suspend some of his operational changes last year in the face of a nationwide uproar and numerous court injunctions, the postmaster general now appears intent on moving forward with his plan to cripple the agency—a plan that has Democratic lawmakers and postal workers clamoring for action from the Biden administration.

Because Biden is prohibited by statute from firing DeJoy directly, congressional Democrats are urging the president to terminate every sitting postal governor—including those who publicly cheered on the postmaster general’s changes as they produced major package backlogs nationwide and slowed delivery of prescription medicines and mail-in ballots—and replace them with officials willing to remove the postmaster general and protect the agency. […]

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“If anyone can say ‘go back,’ it’s Native Americans. My Pueblo ancestors, despite being targeted at every juncture – despite facing famine and drought – still inhabit this country today. But indigenous people aren’t asking anyone to go back to where they came from.” ~~Deb Haaland (2019)


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On this date at Daily Kos in 2019—John Dingell’s final plea to House on Trump administration: ‘Haul their asses up to Capitol Hill’:

Rep. John Dingell, the longtime dean of the House of Representatives and the longest-serving member of the legislative chamber, ever passed away on Thursday at age 92. To the very end, Dingell was passionately loyal to the institution he served for so long and to the Constitution which enshrined it.

The Washington Post recalls Dingell’s final instructions to his former colleagues and to the new Democratic majority, written in his memoir published in December titled The Dean: The Best Seat in the House.

Dingell despised Trump, as everyone who followed his Twitter account knows, and feared the damage he was causing the nation. He wrote that Trump is “a clear and present danger to the United States of America,” and blasted former Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership for “ignoring its constitutional responsibility to check the executive’s authority.” If that wasn’t clear enough: “I’m told by my young friends that when you write something in all capital letters, you’re yelling. So, let me shout this out: WE HAVE ABDICATED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES IN THE UNITED STATES! Understand this: I’m not saying this as a partisan. I’m talking about anybody in any administration, Republican or Democrat, who thinks they’re above the law.”

In that vein, he had advice for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the new majority: “If we really want to make America great again, we need to start by hauling their asses up to Capitol Hill in front of truly bipartisan oversight committees and make them swear to tell the truth under penalty of perjury. […] Believe me, it works. I’ve seen the wet spots on the chairs after they’ve finished testifying.” 

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