FROM Lisa Rein
Postal Service Threatened with Drastic Cuts in Jobs, Benefits Acknowledging that its request is "extraordinary, the US Postal Service has told Congress that " we will be insolvent next month ,” and need to break labor agreements and get out of the federal retirement system. Mail volume has dropped by 20 percent, producing a loss of $20 billion in the past four years, $8.5 billion last year alone. We hear more from Lisa Rein, who reports on the federal government for the Washington Post , and Maynard Benjamin, president of the Envelope Manufacturers Association.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.