A letter from a 22-year-old U.S. Army sergeant serving in Germany was finally delivered last month to his widow in Woburn, Mass.
Plus, some small glimmers of hope.
Jose Rodriquez, 49, of Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday. Prosecutors said he obtained 114 chain saws for the railroad service, but sold them for profit.
I didn’t keep my resolution to handwrite a letter each day of this year, but I learned plenty from trying.
The president moved to replace two members who have been supporters of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a step that could portend a shift in leadership at the agency.
The Postal Service needs big reforms. It’s getting small ones instead.
The Justice Department is examining Louis DeJoy’s role in political donations made by employees of a company that he ran.
Investigators are examining whether donations from employees at his former company violated campaign finance laws.
Under the proposal, the price of a first-class stamp would increase for the first time since January 2019, to 58 cents from 55 cents.
A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.
With enough Republican support to pass the Senate, the announcement of the Postal Service Reform Act is an unexpected indication of bipartisan compromise in a divided Congress.
The 10-year plan, which would lengthen promised delivery times and reduce post office hours, among other provisions, drew immediate condemnation from Democrats in Congress.
Months after the election highlighted the agency’s problems, delivery times are still falling short of its standards, and a plan to try to shore up its finances could further slow some mail.
The president nominated three people to the beleaguered agency’s board on a day when the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor, faced questioning on Capitol Hill.
Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.
Groups across the region are rallying to save buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly or too unimportant to protect from demolition.
“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.
In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.
The best holiday cookies are the ones you’ve made yourself. Here are tips for assembling gift boxes and getting them to loved ones.
Amid the logistical challenges of voting in a pandemic, and despite threats of foreign interference, violence and disinformation, the machinery of democracy held up quite well.
Please, don’t listen to the president.
Battleground states will use quite different methods to count the record number of mail-in ballots. But they may be the way of the future.
In the final days of voting, the Postal Service is struggling to ensure timely delivery of ballots in parts of key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.
With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.
The Postal Service’s performance has not been as bad as initially feared, but handling of mail ballots has been inconsistent enough that some people are choosing to vote in person.
Persistent delays and limited data have increased concerns that the Postal Service may be unable to reliably get ballots still outstanding delivered by Election Day.
Experts say that people should use the United States Postal Service or a secure ballot drop box instead to make sure they are complying with vote-by-mail rules that vary by state.
In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.
Post offices are few and far between on the reservation, and mail can take a week and a half to reach the county seat. In this year’s election, that has more profound implications than ever before.
Democrats are pushing to expand their use, while Republicans insist, without evidence, that they make fraud easier — even as they deploy their own in California.
In Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds.
The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.
Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.
In Philadelphia, officials are encouraging voting in person. In Wisconsin, there are ballot-return events in city parks. They reflect an unease over President Trump’s war on mail-in voting.
Even as it becomes a focus of debate in a sharply partisan election year, the agency is crippled by economic forces outside its control. But a number of proposals, new and old, could chart a path forward.
Republicans fear that President Trump’s rhetoric on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could be damaging to their side too.
The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.
President Trump declined for a second day to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, while Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, implicitly rebuffed him, promising an “orderly transition.”
Step 1: Know how and when you’re going to vote.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.
The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.
A tank commander, he earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam. Later a postal worker, he died of Covid-19.
The suit comes as the Postal Service has drawn scrutiny for a mail delivery slowdown that Democrats have charged are part of an effort by President Trump to hobble mail-in voting to bolster his re-election.
Brittany Keech does not know how a message from 100 years ago landed in her mailbox. Now she’s trying to find relatives of the intended recipient.
Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.
Facing multiple investigations and calls for his ouster, the postmaster general turned to a G.O.P. lobbyist viewed as adept at reaching out to Democrats.
The five Republicans on the seven-member board have taken a hands-on role in trying to defend the agency against accusations that it is trying to help the president win a second term by sabotaging voting by mail.
Communities are running short on time to hire poll workers and reconfigure in-person voting to make it safe during a pandemic.
Time is marching on, toward Election Day. Somehow.