White House Offers Another Round of Free Virus Tests Through U.S.P.S.

The move doubled to 16 the total number of tests available to each U.S. household through a program that debuted over the winter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-us, #tests-medical, #united-states

U.S.P.S. Stops Mail to Santa Monica Block After ‘Assaults’

The United States Postal Service briefly stopped delivering mail to a block in Santa Monica, Calif., after multiple “assaults and threats of assault” against its workers.

#national-assn-of-letter-carriers, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #santa-monica-calif, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Democrats Want Investigation Into Postal Service’s Gas Guzzlers Contract

A plan to purchase up to 165,000 gasoline-powered mail trucks instead of electric models has angered Democrats and the Biden administration.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #postal-service-us

Congress Approves Legislation to Return the Postal Service to Solvency

The bill, the most sweeping overhaul of the agency in nearly two decades, now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.

#dejoy-louis, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shredded, Flushed or Removed: The Trump Papers

Readers urge legal action against the former president. Also: Moving toward a “Republican autocracy”; the Postal Service and profitability.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #desantis-ron, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Passes Bill to Shore Up Postal Service, Working to Avert Insolvency

Supporters say the legislation, which has bipartisan support, would address the agency’s financial woes while requiring it maintain a delivery standard of at least six days a week.

#delivery-services, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Post Office Is Buying Gas-Powered Trucks, Despite Biden Climate Order

The president wants an electric federal fleet, but Postmaster Louis DeJoy is spending billions on gas-powered vehicles. That’s prompted scrutiny and calls for his resignation.

#connolly-gerald-e-1950, #dejoy-louis, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Promised 500 Million Free Covid Tests. Then He Had to Find Them.

Millions of Americans are now receiving tests through the new mail program, which health experts said came too late to meet demand during the brunt of Omicron wave.

#abbott-laboratories, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #roche-holding-ag, #siemens-ag, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Government Website for Ordering Covid Tests Is Active

Visitors can go to covidtests.gov and click through to a Postal Service web page where they can order four tests per household, free of charge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #postal-service-us, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Government Launches Website to Distribute Free Covid Tests

The tests will take up to 12 days to arrive, which may be after the peak of the current surge of cases in some parts of the country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #postal-service-us, #tests-medical

A Soldier Sent a Letter to His Mom in 1945. It Was Just Delivered.

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.

#letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #woburn-mass, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Why Christmas Gifts Are Arriving on Time This Year

Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong as many Americans ordered early and shopped in stores.

#amazon-com-inc, #christmas, #consumer-behavior, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #gifts, #postal-service-us, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states

Amtrak Worker Sold Railroad Equipment for Years to Line His Pockets, U.S. Says

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.

#amtrak, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-jersey, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices

Biden Nominates Two New U.S.P.S. Board Members

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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bloom-ron, #boards-of-directors, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Louis DeJoy Is Doing Something Progressives Like

The Postal Service needs big reforms. It’s getting small ones instead.

#american-postal-workers-union, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #dejoy-louis, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Frankenstein’ Coupons Worth $31 Million Result in 12-Year Sentence

Prosecutors said that a Virginia couple, with fake coupons “virtually indistinguishable” from real ones, ran one of the largest coupon fraud schemes ever discovered in the United States.

#coupons, #facebook-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #postal-service-us, #shopping-and-retail, #telegram-llc, #virginia-beach-va

Louis DeJoy Investigated Over Possible Campaign Finance Violations

The Justice Department is examining Louis DeJoy’s role in political donations made by employees of a company that he ran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #dejoy-louis, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Postmaster DeJoy Under Investigation by Justice Dept.

Investigators are examining whether donations from employees at his former company violated campaign finance laws.

#dejoy-louis, #justice-department, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party

Postal Service, Facing Steep Losses, Seeks to Increase Prices

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.

#dejoy-louis, #letters, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stamps-postal

Democrat or Republican, You Probably Love the Post Office

A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.

#american-postal-workers-union, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul 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.

#dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Postal Service Plans Price Increases and Service Cuts to Shore Up Finances

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.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Postal Service Struggles to Speed Up Delivery, Compounding Its Troubles

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #delivery-services, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Seeks More Control Over USPS With New Appointments

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.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

My Packages Keep Getting Stolen. What Can I Do?

A 2019 analysis found that 90,000 packages are lost or stolen every day in New York. And it’s only getting worse during the pandemic.

#delivery-services, #postal-service-us, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #robberies-and-thefts, #united-parcel-service-inc

Postal Service Takes ‘Operation Santa’ Letter Campaign National

The program encourages postal customers to adopt letters and buy gifts for the children who send them. This year, because of the pandemic, customers will review the letters exclusively online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #letters, #postal-service-us, #santa-claus, #united-states, #usps-operation-santa-claus

After Warnings It Could Go Off the Rails, the Election Actually Ran Smoothly

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.

#absentee-voting, #benson-jocelyn, #brooks-rosa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #elections, #griswold-jena, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

Let the Votes Be Counted

Please, don’t listen to the president.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Some Regions Still Experience Slow Delivery of Mail Ballots

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.

#absentee-voting, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

#collins-susan-m, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #muscara-suzanne, #postal-service-us, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

#brooklyn-nyc, #letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Lingering Mail Problems Worry Voters in Final Week of Election

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.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Vote by Mail Deadline: Time to Vote is Running Out as Election Nears

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.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Should You FedEx Your Mail-In Ballot? No.

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.

#absentee-voting, #fedex-corporation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-parcel-service-inc

Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

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.

#absentee-voting, #amazon-com-inc, #american-postal-workers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dejoy-louis, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #masks, #organized-labor, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How to Fix the Postal Service

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.

#gillibrand-kirsten-e, #kosar-kevin-r, #mnuchin-steven-t, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #speier-jackie, #warren-elizabeth

Both Parties Fret as More Democrats Request Mail Ballots in Key States

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.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How a Voter-Fraud Disinformation Campaign Became an Election Threat

A New York Times Magazine investigation finds that misleading and false claims about widespread voter fraud are part of a long disinformation effort that the president has taken to new extremes.

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Trump Again Sows Doubt About Election as G.O.P. Scrambles to Assure Voters

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.”

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Battles Over Voting Rules Fuel Concern About Postelection Fights

Even as early voting has gotten underway, some pivotal states are still litigating how ballots should be cast and counted, creating uncertainty that is being fanned by President Trump.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #elias-marc-e, #michigan, #north-carolina, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

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.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms

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.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Colorado Official Sues Postal Service Over Election Mailer She Says Misleads Voters

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.

#colorado, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

When the Audience Is Stuck at Home, the Play Is in the Mail

That package in your hallway may be an exciting new theatrical experience. Or maybe not.

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Postal Service to Tap Republican Lobbyist to Quell Mounting Scrutiny

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #pastre-peter, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Democrats Fear Partisan Slant at Postal Service as Trump Allies Dominate Most of Board

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.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

DeJoy Pressured Workers to Donate to G.O.P. Candidates, Former Employees Say

Former employees at New Breed Logistics say they were expected to donate to candidates whom their executive, Louis DeJoy, was supporting, and would be rewarded through yearly bonuses.

#campaign-finance, #dejoy-louis, #new-breed-logistics, #philanthropy, #postal-service-us, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

One Family Has Delivered the Mail by Boat for 115 Years. Is This the Last?

Since 1905, four generations of Quinns have delivered letters, packages and passengers to the islands of Penobscot Bay. A lost summer could sink the tradition.

#boats-and-boating, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fuller-buckminster, #maine, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #summer-season

Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

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