Judge: Post office must prioritize ballots

The U.S. Postal Service must prioritize election mail and immediately reverse changes that resulted in widespread delays in several states, ruled U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The nationwide order is the latest rejection of efforts by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to cut costs by instituting changes that snarled the mail system and caused delays in the delivery of medication, unemployment checks and other essential items. The judge's ruling came as part of a lawsuit by attorneys general for the District of Columbia and six states — California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — that accused the Trump administration of undermining the Postal Service by decommissioning high-speed mail-sorting machines, curtailing overtime and mandating that trucks run on time, which led to backlogs because mail was left behind.

Trump considered daughter as VP pick

Donald Trump repeatedly discussed with advisers the idea of naming his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in 2016 before settling for Mike Pence, according to a former Trump campaign aide who became a star witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Rick Gates, who in summer 2016 was Trump's deputy campaign chairman, describes in a new book — "Wicked Game: An Insider's Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed and America Lost" — how Trump, wary of the "Never Trump" sentiment in the GOP and still stinging from his competitors' primary attacks, deliberated for about a month on a vice presidential candidate he could trust.

Ex-Trump manager tries to harm himself

President Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalized after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials. Officers talked Parscale out of his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home after his wife called police to say that he had multiple firearms and was threatening to hurt himself when he was hospitalized Sunday under the state's Baker Act. That act allows anyone deemed to be a threat to themselves or others to be detained for 72 hours for psychiatric evaluation.

Cohen suspects Trump fears prison

Donald Trump is likely terrified he could become the first U.S. president to end up behind bars once he's out of office, his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said on the heels of a bombshell report about Trump's finances. Cohen, who was himself released from prison in July to serve out the rest of his sentence in home confinement, told the New York Daily News that Sunday's New York Times expose on Trump's tax returns backs up his long-held claim that the president has committed various types of fraud over the course of his career.

Seven run in special election for Lewis seat

Seven candidates are vying for a chance to spend three months — or less — in Congress in the special election Tuesday in Georgia's Fifth District to fill the remainder of late civil rights leader John Lewis' term. The candidates for the deep-blue, Atlanta-based seat include several Georgia political veterans, but they do not include the two major-party nominees running on the November ballot for the full term that starts in January.

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