Cantor Seeks to 'Rebrand' GOP, Work With Obama
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor makes efforts to rebrand himself and his party: The move on Tuesday comes as Republicans try to reposition themselves after losing last year's presidential election by essentially ignoring the minority electoral base. Cantor, who is often contentious and combative, expressed hope that the party can work with President Barack Obama for the sake of all Americans, Reuters reports. He expressed a fresh resolve to help the needy in such areas as education, health care, immigration and moving up the economic ladder.
The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays: The postmaster general says that Saturday deliveries will end effective Aug. 1 in an effort to save $2 billion a year. Mail, however, will still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturday, and offices now open on Saturday will remain open, according to the Associated Press.
Chris Rock goes to Capitol Hill to support President Obama in the gun control debate: The comedian was among several celebrities who joined survivors of gun violence to support the president's call for new gun control laws at a news conference on Wednesday. "I am just here to support the President of the United States," Rock said, according to NBC News. "The president of the United States is ... our boss ... The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country, and when your dad says something, you listen! And when you don't, it usually bites you in the ass later on."
Racial gaps remain in cancer rates: A new study shows that the cancer death rates among African-American men declined faster than those of white men in the last decade, although overall survival rates for black men and women remained the lowest of all racial groups for most types of cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports.