Here’s why your timeline is talking about the mail and USPS. (It’s not good.)

Here's why your timeline is talking about the mail and USPS. (It's not good.)

Amid everything else — the deadly pandemic, the November election, the U.S.’s ongoing reckoning with its racism — people online (and IRL) are deeply concerned about the United States Postal Service. And for good reason. 

Here’s the short explanation: President Donald Trump is actively gutting the vital service in an apparent effort to making voting by mail more difficult. But, of course, it isn’t exactly that simple.

The USPS had been mired in financial woes for at least a decade. Last year it reported losses of nearly $9 billionThis USA Today piece does a good job of walking through the financials, but it’s safe to say things got even worse when the coronavirus pandemic hit.   Read more…

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