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Report Holds Grim Sign For Postal Service

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service's quarterly loss ballooned to $3.3 billion amid declining mail volume...

How Obama Can Guarantee a Second Term

David Morris | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David Morris

Let me suggest a surefire way Barack Obama can win a second term: stand in the doorway of a post office scheduled for closing and declare, "Not on my watch."

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

The Post Office Shutdown: Answers To Your Most Important Questions

Gene Marks | Posted 02.18.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So what if, with all this talk of deficits and national debt and budget overages, our government takes the unprecedented step of shutting down its mail services? Many small business would worry. But I say to my fellow small business owners: do not fear.

Nate C. Hindman

Business Owners Brace For Massive USPS Cuts | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.09.2011 | Small Business

"Grandma may soon have to get in the car and drive 100 miles for her medicine," worried Bill Snodgrass, the owner of a USave Pharmacy in a small Nebra...

The Public Be Damned: Using the Amtrak Script to Kill the Post Office

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

There is an alternative to the current flood of crocodile tears over the death of written communication. We could return to the social compact that regarded mail service as something to be paid for by the people who benefit from it most.

Matt Sledge

Santa's Elf At The Postal Service Confronts His Biggest Challenge Yet, The Economy | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.09.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Recession. Santa's got a new reindeer to wrangle, and it's sending hundr...

Dave Jamieson

Postal Service On The Chopping Block | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The United States postmaster general and the leader of a major postal workers' union offered competing views on Monday of how to deal wi...

Them That Go Down to the River

Aaron Handelsman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Detroit
Aaron Handelsman

Not only must J.W. Westcott Company's crew adhere to the USPS's creed of delivering through rain, sleet, and snow, they must also battle fast-moving currents and factory-sized freighters that do not stop for their deliveries.

Senators Save Postal Service From The Brink

AP | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators announced a bipartisan plan Wednesday to help keep the financially ailing Postal Service solvent and continue six-day mail deli...

Take Me to the Post Office

Juanita MORE! | Posted 12.24.2011 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

I admit it I'm an old-fashioned gal. I like to get a real card or letter from someone I care about in my real mailbox!

More on the Case for the Post Office

David Morris | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
David Morris

The refusal of Congress has led the USPS to embrace strategies that may save money in the short term but will undermine if not destroy the public mission of the post office in the long term.

The Case for the Post Office

David Morris | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans have been railing at the government post office for many years. But for most of us, it is a "wondrous American creation."

Living People On Postage Stamps: Who Would You Choose?

AP | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

By HOPE YEN and STACY A. ANDERSON Associated Press WASHINGTON — Who would you put on a stamp? Charlie Sheen? Lady Gaga? Yourself? Hoping to...

Truth in Advertising - Time for the Post Office to Come Clean

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.25.2011 | Media
Howard Steven Friedman

When New York City huddled down in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, public transportation was shut down, the stores ravaged of their goods and nearly ...

Obama Says Postal Service Should Deliver One Less Day A Week

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday the U.S. Postal Service should be allowed to reduce mail delivery to five-days-a-week to help cu...

What Would America Do Without Mail?

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Imagine a nation without the Postal Service. No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It's ...

How to Save the U.S. Postal Service

Spencer Green | Posted 11.06.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Put hallucinogens in stamp adhesives to make sending mail fun again.

Postal Service On Brink Of Default

The New York Times | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business

The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is s...

Indiana Postal Worker Admits To Sex Toy Shop Fraud

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

An Indiana postal worker faces up to five years in prison for fraud after claiming she had no income while secretly managing an online sex toy shop ca...

The Pithy Tale of Owney

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Maggie Van Ostrand

2011-08-19-owney.JPG There is no proof that Owney helped railroad's mail personnel sort the mail while in transit, becoming the fastest sorter of all time, but there's no proof that he didn't.

When Losing 120,000 Jobs Is a Good Thing

John Hawkins | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
John Hawkins

The less of our money that the government wastes, the more of our money that will remain in the private sector where it can be put to good use.

A Wisconsin Centennial Worth Celebrating

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the news yesterday was a bit depressing for progressives, I thought it was time to mark an important upcoming centennial: on the first of September in 1911, the first constitutional workers' compensation law took full effect in Wisconsin.

Post Office Loses $3.1 Billion, Could Default

AP | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service said Friday it lost $3.1 billion in the April through June period and could be forced to default on payments due to t...

Friday Talking Points -- In The Darkest Depths of Mordor

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If I were a hobbit, right about now I would be wondering just how the heck I wound up at the center of this Washington intraparty political fight, personally.