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Gallup: Only 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress

While only 15 percent of Americans say they approve of Congress, it's a jump from last year's record low of 9 percent, a recent Gallup poll finds. The July 15 poll of 1,013 adults from July 1-10 is virtually unchanged from the 16-percent approval recorded in the prior month. The margin of sampling error for the poll is 4 percentage points.

IG: USPS should offer expanded services for e-commerce

The Postal Service needs a better plan to take advantage of the e-commerce boom by offering expanded services to businesses and consumers shipping packages, a July 21 USPS inspector general report says.

CFPB touts achievements, says recouped $4.6 billion for consumers

Since the bureau was created in 2011, it's handled more than 400,000 complaints about credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts and services, student loans, credit reporting, money transfers, debt collection, payday loans, vehicle and other consumer loans and prepaid cards, according to a July 21 blog post.

IG: US Postal Service needs to step up measures in reducing undeliverable mail

Of the more than 158 billion mailpieces it processed in fiscal 2013, about 6.8 billion, or 4.3 percent, were so-called "undeliverable as addressed," or UAA. Reasons include incorrect or illegible addresses or people moving, according to the USPS inspector general audit released July 14.

Obama amends executive orders to protect gay, transgender workers

President Obama amended Monday two executive orders that prohibit the federal government and its contractors from discriminating against gay and transgendered workers. Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon Johnson, prohibits federal contractors from discriminating "against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin."

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