10 things you need to know today: February 25, 2021

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1. Biden nominates 3 to USPS board as Postmaster General DeJoy vows to stay

President Biden has picked two Democrats and a voting-rights advocate to join the Postal Service's governing board, filling three of four open spots, the White House confirmed to The Washington Post on Wednesday. The appointments could help Biden reassert control over the Postal Service as a defiant Republican postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, vows to stay and continue his efforts to raise USPS prices and slow the mail. The nominees, who must get Senate confirmation, reportedly are recently retired deputy postmaster general Ron Stroman, National Vote at Home Institute CEO Amber McReynolds, and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union. If confirmed, they will give the board, which has the power to fire DeJoy, an even number of Democrats and Republicans, with McReynolds the only independent.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.