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Elizabeth Warren backs proposal to make the USPS a ‘public option’ for payday lending

Post Office branches could replace payday lenders under a proposal endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The Office of the Inspector General reported last week that 68 million Americans — more than one-fourth of all households – have no checking or savings account and spent about $89 billion in 2012…

Beer at your door? Postal Service considering adding alcohol deliveries

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering adding alcohol delivery as a way to offset a projected 2013 deficit of $15 billion while also planning to phase door-to-door delivery out over the next decade. “There’s a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits,” Postmaster General…

Obama renews call to end Saturday mail delivery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget repeated a call to allow the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery and tap into a retirement-fund surplus, as lawmakers hash out the details of postal legislation. The budget outline released on Monday included several steps to provide relief…

Long live the Post Office!

I must vociferously protest Matt’s post about the post office. That he even wrote it shows how powerful repetition of talking points is—the libertarian worship of Fed Ex and dismissing of the post office has been uncritically repeated so often it starts to make sense. But take a breath and…

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