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Another Fight Looms Over Saturday Mail Delivery - The Hill
GOP efforts to limiting Saturday delivery have hit a pair of snags in recent weeks, with Republican lawmakers representing rural districts balking along with Democrats - illustrating that such a plan doesn’t appear to have the votes to make it through the House. Those problems have also raised even more doubts that a postal reform measure could pass this year, after years of fruitless negotiations.

Casey: The Most Insane Law By Congress, Ever? - The Roanoke Times
Most Americans have never heard of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The mind-numbing title alone sounds like it could put a hardcore insomniac to sleep. The truth is, it’s one of the most insane laws Congress ever enacted.

Shrinking Budget Partially Explains Rundown Post Office - The Daily Times
The U.S. Postal Services' shrinking budget is no excuse for the Farmington post office's disheveled appearance, a spokesman said, but it is part of the reason.

Postal Service to Close Dozens of Mail Centers - The Hill
The U.S. Postal Service said this week that it would begin shuttering dozens of mail processing centers next year, a move it said was necessary because of congressional inaction on postal reform.

Plans to Close Scranton Mail Processing Back On - The ScrantonTimes-Tribune
Operations at the Scranton mail processing center will shift to the Lehigh Valley in January after all, jeopardizing up to 300 jobs.

Postal Service to Cease Operations at Petaluma Processing Facility - The Press Democrat
The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to shut down operations at its Petaluma processing facility, a cost-saving move that union officials and two North Bay congressmen are criticizing, citing impacts they say it could have on local postal workers and customers.

Classroom Supplier Staples Provokes Ire of Teachers' Unions Education Week
For teachers, the official end of summer may be that trip down the aisles of a giant office supply store, looking to score on back-to-school deals. But one of most recognizable office-supply chains might be losing a hefty amount of teacher business, after provoking the anger of the national teachers' unions.