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How Doug Hughes Took Free Speech to New Heights

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

And as long as the Supreme Court interprets "free speech" to include spending untold fortunes in elections, it seems fair to also define free speech as a peaceful protest on public grounds, or even public airspace.

Financial Exclusion: Why the Poor Get Poorer

Bill Bartmann | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

There is a saying about how expensive it is to be poor. Ironically, the less money you have, the more it costs you to manage and move it. Unbanked and underbanked families rely heavily on alternative financial services such as check cashers and payday loans.

An Expanding U.S. Postal Service Is Very Possible

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

What about other sources of revenue? Establishing an honest notary service, cashing most checks, selling fishing and hunting licenses, wrapping holiday gifts, and accepting wine or beer for delivery are just a few congressionally prohibited proposals that have been put forward by postal activists and watchdogs.

Postal Workers and the Public Want a Postal Banking Public Option

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Contract talks between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service for a new contract start Thursday. Along with asking for fair wages and benefits, the APWU wants improvements in customer services, including postal banking.

A 'Grand Alliance' to Save Our Public Postal Service

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The conservative anti-government strategy is to set government up to fail (usually by starving it of funding). Then they point to the resulting "crisis" they created and say that it proves that government doesn't work and that we should therefore "privatize" it. Now they're coming for the U.S. Postal Service.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe To Retire

AP | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 after leading the agency for four years. He made the announcement Friday ...

Dave Jamieson

The Mail Is About To Get Slower

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- With the U.S. Postal Service planning to shut down 82 more plants starting in January, postal worker unions and allies in Congress are p...

U.S. Postal Service Hacked

AP | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social S...

Kate Sheppard

USPS Is Worried About What Climate Change Will Mean For Mail

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service has a reputation for being unstoppable. And while rain, snow and gloom of night can't stop the U.S. mail, the he...

USPS Delivers Package Full Of Family Memories 15 Years Late

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.22.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Olivia Zieglar was understandably confused when a package arrived last week at her doorstep, full of VHS tapes from her mother. At first, she thought ...

The Post Office Lost $2 Billion In Just 3 Months

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service continued to bleed money during its second quarter, despite ...

Thank Unions For Stopping The Scheme To Replace The Post Office With Staples

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

Staples won't be replacing the post office anytime soon thanks to what some are calling a rare victory for unions -- and what one Staples executive cl...

Postal Worker Caught On Video Hurling Packages Into Ravine

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business

If you live in the Birmingham area, and you're missing a suspicious number of packages, you may want to consider checking your local ravine. An un...

The Case of the Never-Ending Case: Bill Moore vs. the U.S. Government

Paul Alexander | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In a saga comparable to Bleek House, Charles Dickens' classic novel about a legal case that would never end, Bill Moore, a Texas businessman, has waged his own never-ending legal war against the United States government.

How to Live Wretched and Small

Mark Morford | Posted 06.03.2014 | San Francisco
Mark Morford

There are a number of things you can do. You can walk around the streets looking as though you just smelled something disgusting, your face a permanen...

No Endangered Birds Killed By Wood Chipper, Feds Say

AP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — No endangered birds died in a wood chipper earlier this month as a company trimmed trees outside a Northern California post o...

The U.S. Postal Service Can Be Saved!

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Martin Shapiro

In the not-too-distant future, the United States' lower airspace will be abuzz with all manner of pilotless delivery UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly called drones.

Post Office Piles on Shift to Low-wage Economy With Staples Deal

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

What's at stake is not just the jobs of postal workers; it's the American economy. We built the economy with middle-class jobs and the more we destroy them, the bleaker the prospects of economic prosperity for all but the richest of us.

To Ship or Not to Ship Your Luggage

Sonia Gil | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

Wouldn't it be great if you could travel bag-free? There would be no bag-check lines, no waiting for luggage, no lost luggage and best of all, no restrictions. Well, it is entirely possible. And traveling with your beloved bicycle? That is possible, too. How? Ship it.

Warren's Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren's support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs.

Is Debtors' Prison a Possibility?

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Gregory P. Demetriou

With liabilities at $63 Billion and assets of only $40 Billion, the USPS is bankrupt by any stretch of the ruler. Without legislation, the USPS will add another $5.7 Billion of defaulted retiree health benefits to the deficit on September 30,2104. And so it goes. Deeper and deeper into the hole.

Obama Taps Ted Kennedy's Widow For Key Post

AP | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is nominating Vicki Kennedy to the board of governors for the U.S. Postal Service. ...

The Postal Service Lost $354 Million Last Quarter

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.07.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service says it lost $334 million over the last three months and that mounting losses could lead to cash flow problems ...

Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.

Here's Why You Should Stop Freaking Out About The Postage Stamp Price Hike

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

You may have heard that the Postal Service is raising the price of mailing a letter by three cents on Sunday. Though this is the first time the Postal...