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United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at a Feb. 24 committee hearing. Photo: Graeme Jennings/pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday nominated a former postal union lawyer, a vote-by-mail advocate, and a former deputy postmaster general to sit on the Postal Services' Board of Governors.

Why it matters: The nominations, which require Senate confirmation, come as some Democrats call for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's ouster and others push for Biden to nominate board members to name a new postmaster general.

  • If Biden's nominees are accepted, Democrats would hold a majority on the board, per the Washington Post, which first reported this story.

Driving the news: DeJoy apologized during a congressional hearing on Wednesday for chronic delays in USPS' mail delivery that stretched into the holiday season after coming under fire during the 2020 election.

  • Those widespread lags last fall prompted allegations from Democratic lawmakers that former President Trump and DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor, were attempting to undermine the Postal Service ahead of the election.
  • Trump continuously claimed prior to the election that mail-in voting, which saw unprecedented popularity during the election due to the pandemic, would lead to widespread voter fraud.
  • DeJoy in August pledged to halt operational changes and cost cuts attributed to the delays, to "avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail."

Details: The nominees are: Anton Hajjar, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union, Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, and Ron Stroman, former deputy postmaster general.

What they're saying: "The Postal Service will welcome all qualified members to the Board of Governors—a decision reserved for the President and the Senate, who are tasked with nominating and confirming board members," Dave Partenheimer, a USPS spokesperson, said in a statement.

  • "The Postmaster General is selected by our Governors, who are the principal officers of the Postal Service and by law must be bipartisan."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Sunday that she has appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Pelosi's announcement comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

USCP chief: Officers testifying before Jan. 6 committee "need to be heard"

Thomas Manger, the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

New Capitol Police chief Tom Manger said officers testifying before the Jan. 6 select committee this week "need to be heard."

Driving the news: The select committee's first hearing is set to take place on Tuesday and will feature testimony from law enforcement officers who were subject to some of the worst of violence during the insurrection.

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America's "Friendscape" crisis

New research shows Americans have fewer friends than in the past, and are less likely to have a best friend.

  • Why it matters: At a time of excruciating mental and societal stress, this is another sign we're breaking apart. And the friendship drought could get worse with more people working remotely or hybrid-ly.