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Pelosi Calls House Back Into Session to Vote on Postal Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called lawmakers back into session for a potential vote on USPS relief slated for Aug. 22. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session over the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a political showdown amid growing concerns that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency ahead of the election.

Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly | Associated Press
August 17, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

US Seizes Four Iranian Tankers Carrying Fuel to Venezuela

The Iranian tanker Grace 1. The Iranian tanker Grace 1 sits silhouetted off the coast of Gibraltar in July 2019. (Bloomberg News)

The U.S. seized four tankers carrying Iranian gasoline bound for Venezuela in an unprecedented move by the Trump administration that carries the potential to destabilize global oil shipments if Iran retaliates.

August 14, 2020
Business, Equipment, Logistics

US Industrial Production Up 3%; Factory Output Rises 3.4%

Ford workers assemble ventilators in Michigan. Ford workers assemble ventilators at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

American industry continued to regain ground lost in the coronavirus recession last month, but production remains well below where it was before the pandemic struck.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
August 14, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Port of Los Angeles Chief Says China to Miss Agriculture Target

The Port of Los Angeles, as viewed from above. The Vincent Thomas bridge spans the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles in this aerial photograph on May 1. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

The head of the U.S.’ busiest port said China is on track to buy less than one-third of the American agricultural products it promised to purchase in 2020, the first year of a trade pact between the world’s biggest economies.

Ana Monteiro | Bloomberg News
August 14, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Rebound in US Retail Sales Slowed in July Amid Virus Surge

An employee wearing a protective mask cleans a table. An employee wearing a protective mask cleans a table in the shoe department of a store in New York on June 22. (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg News)

The rebound in U.S. retail sales slowed in July by more than expected, indicating a surge in coronavirus cases and still-high unemployment cooled the economic recovery.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
August 14, 2020
Business, Logistics

Demand for Freight Drives Up Spot Market Rates

truck at loading dock Getty Images

Trucking has seen a turnaround bolstered by spot market rates and increased demand.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 13, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Uber, Lyft Denied Extended Delay of Driver Labor Ruling in California

Lyft and Uber badges are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle. With the denial, Uber and Lyft can now ask a state appeals court to overrule the judge and keep his order on hold beyond its 10-day expiration. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. failed to persuade a judge to put an extended hold on his order converting their California drivers to employees while they appeal.

Clare Roth | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

J.B. Hunt Progresses Toward Sustainability Goals

J.B. Hunt truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has issued a report that provides a window into the company’s current energy usage and outlines a series of corporatewide sustainability goals it has adopted.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 13, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Draws Hard Line on USPS in Stalled Relief Talks

A USPS letter carrier is seen wearing a protective mask. A USPS letter carrier is seen wearing a protective mask. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump raised a new obstacle in the completion of a deal on a coronavirus-relief package Aug. 13 by drawing a hard line against a Democratic plan for shoring up the U.S. Postal Service, adding his unsupported claim that more mail-in voting in the November election would increase fraud.

August 13, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Uber’s Legal Strategy on Driver Fight: Delay, Appeal to Public

A traveler gets into a car displaying Uber signage. A traveler gets into a car displaying Uber signage at the Oakland International Airport in August 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s warning that the company may have to temporarily shut down in California is textbook strategy for the ride-hailing giant: When adverse court rulings hit, appeal to the public for support and seek to delay regulatory action.

Clare Roth and Erin Mulvaney | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2020