Weeks before a Republican donor and top White House ally becomes postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service has quietly begun a review of its package delivery contracts and lost its second-highest executive, leaving its board of governors without any officials who predate President Trump.The moves, confirmed by six people with knowledge of the Postal Service’s inner workings but not authorized to speak publicly, underscore how Trump is moving closer to reshaping an independent agency he has dubbed “a joke.”The Postal Service in recent weeks has sought bids from consulting firms to reassess what the agency charges companies such as Amazon, UPS and FedEx to deliver products on their behalf — often in the “last mile” between a post office and a customer’s home. Higher package rates would cost shippers and online retailers billions of dollars, potentially spurring them to invest in their own distribution networks instead of relying on the Postal Service.
I look forward to them explaining to voters how they want to raise rates on package delivery.
* John Wagner reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham has dismissed Trump’s call for President Obama to testify on whatever idiotic faux-scandal Republicans are trying to drum up, because Graham is not an idiot so he knows what a disaster that would be for Republicans.
* Marcy Wheeler details how the record shows the Flynn unmasking isn’t actually about his fateful call with the Russian ambassador, meaning he may have been up to other kinds of misbehavior that drew counterintelligence attention.
* Jeremy Howard and Zeynep Tufekci explain why governors should require everyone to wear masks.