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Consider This from NPR
Aug 24, 2020
Postmaster General Says 'No, I Will Not' Put Mail Sorting Machines Back
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Louis DeJoy testified in front of the House Oversight Committee today. He denied ordering the removal of mail sorting machines, but also said he would not put them back into operation.
NPR's Kirk Siegler
how the recent slowdown in mail service is hurting Americans in rural areas
— people who helped elect President Trump.
NPR's Planet Money tells the story of how the USPS got so strapped for cash in the first place. Listen to their full episode on
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