10 things you need to know today: September 18, 2020

A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday temporarily blocked controversial operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, siding with 14 states that accused President Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of trying to slow down deliveries to thwart mail-in voting. Stanley Bastian, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, called the changes “a politically motivated attack” that could disenfranchise voters by slowing deliveries, and leave states unable to “effectively, timely, accurately determine election outcomes.” Bastian noted that 72 percent of high-speed sorting machines decommissioned were in counties Hillary Clinton won in 2016. A lawyer for the USPS, Trump, DeJoy, and other defendants argued that the Postal Service can handle the election season rush even with the changes. [The Washington Post, CNN]

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