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Hello. The Postmaster General has agreed to testify before Congress. The Trump administration has finalized a plan to allow drilling at a refuge in Alaska. And the Democratic convention began with appeals to the left and to the right.
The first White House picketers were suffragists. During a world war and an influenza pandemic, they holds up signs with slogans like, “Mr. President, how long do women have to wait for freedom?
“They wanted to be the first thing the president saw every morning and the last thing he saw at night,” said Veronica Chambers, editor of a Times project commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
A century ago today, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, enshrining women’s suffrage in the Constitution. But the decades-long struggle did not stop there. For years after 1920, many women, including Native American and Chinese immigrant women, were unable to vote. And for many others, especially African Americans, voting was extremely difficult.
“Many historians speak of the suffrage movement which continued at least until 1965,” when the voting rights law was passed, Veronica said. “The timeline of how long women in the United States have had political power and independence is not as long as we tend to think.”
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to testify before Congress next week on cost-cutting measures for the postal service, changes that have fueled fears that the Trump administration is trying to curb postal voting during the pandemic of coronavirus.
The House is expected to vote this week on a bill that would reverse DeJoy’s cuts and provide an additional $ 25 billion to support postal voting. But the crisis of confidence has government officials looking for alternatives. Some want to expand in-person polling stations and ballot drop locations, which President Trump has, without evidence, called fraudulent.
For more: DeJoy received more than $ 1 million in revenue last year from a company that does business with the Postal Service, according to Financial documents reviewed by The Times.
2. DNC starts with steps left and right
Democrats opened their presidential nomination convention last night with a virtual platform that spanned the entire ideological spectrum, with speeches from left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders and two former Republican governors. Watch the highlights here.
The final speech of the evening came from former first lady Michelle Obama, who delivered a scathing criticism of Trump. “Let me be as honest and clear as possible: Donald Trump is not the right president for our country,” she said. “He’s had more than enough time to prove he can do the job, but he’s clearly overwhelmed. He cannot meet this moment.
From Times Opinion: Our writers ranked the best and worst moments of the night.
Today’s programming: The speakers include Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden. The Times will have live coverage starting at 9 p.m. EST.
3. Trump opens refuge in Alaska for drilling
The Trump administration yesterday finalized its plans for open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the development of oil and gas. The decision ends six decades of protection of the refuge, the largest expanse of wilderness in the United States.
Although all oil production is still at least a decade away, the administration has said it hopes to sell leases on the land by the end of the year. Alaska environmentalists and indigenous groups are expected to sue to try to block the sales.
4. Protests in Belarus weaken the hold of a strong man
Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years, supported by a brutal and loyal security apparatus. But as protests rage against this month’s rigged elections that kept him in power, man known as “Europe’s last dictator” looks surprisingly weak, write the Times’ Ivan Nechepurenko and Andrew Higgins.
Even former strongholds of support are faltering, outraged by police violence against protesters. Yesterday, during a visit to a tractor factory, Lukashenko was booed by chants of “Go! Go away!”
To look closer: The Times Visual Investigation Team reviewed hundreds of videos to get an overview of the violence against protesters in Belarus and the revolt it sparked.
5. The UNC goes online after epidemics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the first major university move classes in person online after new coronavirus outbreaks. Just a week into the semester, 177 students had tested positive and hundreds more were in quarantine due to possible exposure.
UNC officials have identified four clusters of infections in student housing, including one at the Sigma Nu fraternity. And the Times linked at least 251 virus cases at fraternities and sororities on campuses across the country.
Here is what else is happening
IDEA OF THE DAY: Three Ways to Never Trump
The Democratic National Convention presented an unlikely speaker last night: John Kasich, the former Republican Governor of Ohio. Kasich – like other Republican speakers on Monday who backed Joe Biden – represents a small faction of moderate conservatives that Biden hopes to win.
But there is debate among some “Never Trump” Republicans about how far to go to support Democrats and oppose Trump. Here are three ways they are thinking about their choice in November.
Burn it all. The Republicans who allowed Trump to go down with him, says the Lincoln project, a super PAC Never Trump running ads against vulnerable GOP Senators. Losing control of the Senate would be “a fitting end to their sycophantic and irresponsible tenure in Trump’s time,” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post wrote.
Divide the ticket. Repudiating Trump does not require voting against the whole party, supports David French of The Dispatch. Mike Murphy, a longtime GOP strategist, thinks a slim Republican majority in the Senate could force a compromise with a President Biden.
Reject the choice. Some Never Trumpers cite policy differences as a reason for not voting for Biden. “According to the polls, conscientious objectors like me will not be decisive”, writes Matt Lewis of the Daily Beast, which breaks with the Democrats on abortion.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, KEANU
A food to choose yourself
Chaat is difficult to define but easy to desire. It refers to a category of Indian snacks that can be made from virtually anything, with a “combination of contrasting textures and sweet, salty, tart and spicy flavors,” written Priya Krishna.
For a quick, no-bake dinner, follow Chef Maneet Chauhan recipe for a chaat party – a spread to choose yourself which allows eaters to compose a dish adapted to their tastes.
A book ripped from the headlines
“Summer,” the latest novel by author Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet, continues the convention of previous entries of covering the news of the day, from Brexit to wildfires in Australia. This episode includes the coronavirus pandemic infiltrating the lives of its protagonists.
The book, Dwight Garner writes in a review, “is a prose poem praising memory, forgiveness, joking and seizing the moment.”
Friends, on-screen and off
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter first played friends in “Bill & Ted’s Great Adventure,” the 1989 lazy time-traveling comedy. Three decades later, they remain real-life friends, man, and will reunite onscreen for a long-awaited third entry into the franchise. “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” which will be released this month, follows the asshole duo’s confusion into middle age and sees their daughters take on the role of best friend.
“There is very little consistency in this business,” said Winter in an interview with the Times. “You get together on a set, you say to yourself: ‘We are like a family! And then it’s, ‘OK, bye.’ You will never see them again. But along with Reeves, Winter said, “I consider him my brother.”
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