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Sunday August 16th, 2020 day edition

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has reportedly filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system.

The public patent application that contains 47 pages is majorly occupied with diagrams showing various components of the proposed mail-in voting system, coupled with each stage of the electronic process.

The patent filed by the postal service reads in part as follows:.

“A voting system can use the security of blockchain and the mail to provide a reliable voting system.

The system separates voter identification and votes to ensure vote anonymity, and stores votes on a distributed ledger in a blockchain.”.

The security of a voting system can be increased by using the dependability and security of the United States Postal Service or similar entity, and this can be incorporated with a secure computer system using a blockchain or distributed ledger to ensure vote security and to prevent tampering or modification of electronic voting results.”.

It has now been concluded that mail-in voting system would be adopted, but some people are still of the opinion that the system would encourage fraudulence during the election, hence the need for blockchain technology. »

Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, dead at age 71

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(CNN) Robert Trump, 71, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.

"It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight.

It's not clear whether they connected or whether Robert Trump's condition allowed him to speak by phone with the President. »

Germany's biggest union calls for 4-day week to save thousands of jobs

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The shorter week would be "the answer to structural changes in sectors such as the automotive industry," said union chair Jörg Hoffman to German national newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

IG Metall, which represents workers from major carmakers such as Audi, BMW and Porsche, is Europe's largest industrial union.

In the upcoming union talks, Hoffman said IG Metall would call for a wage increase for workers, despite the recession. »

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City, U.S. September 14, 2016.

Trump said on Saturday he thinks Americans on both the political left and the right are divided on Snowden. »

Pelosi weighs bringing House back early to address Postal Service crisis

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But Democratic sources said the immediate focus — at least for now — is preserving the Postal Service ahead of the election.

Their statement came after Trump said he opposes a federal infusion of funds to save the flailing postal service because he doesn’t support mail-in voting.

On Friday, roughly a half-dozen House members spoke by phone with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to discuss ways to break the impasse. »