Separating myth from fact about the troubles of the Postal Service

The US Postal Service (USPS) generally does not make much news, but it burst into the headlinesduring the summer of 2020. The media and social media were suddenly full of allegations that theDonald Trump administration has unleashed “attacks” designed to “cripple” the Postal Serviceto justify its eventual privatization and undermine

COVID-19 Hampers Trump’s Ability To Campaign on Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump recently scored a major foreign policy victory. His administration brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement is not a stand-alone deal; it lays the foundation for the two nations to work together on additional shared concerns…. (Read

New podcast: Why public service?

Today, the R Street Institute launched a new podcast focused on asking and answering one simple question: Why do people seek careers in public service? Each episode features an interview with an individual… (Read more)

5 myths about the postal crisis

Suddenly everyone seems to be worried about the U.S. Postal Service. Mail delays during Covid-19 were already stoking fears that the agency is collapsing right when we need it most. Then President Donald Trump stoked even bigger fears by telling Fox Business News that he might deliberately starve it of

Congress and Foreign Affairs: Reasserting the power of the first branch

Article I of the U.S. Constitution assigns Congress many significant authorities over foreign policy. The legislature may “regulate commerce with foreign nations,” and “define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations”… (Read more)

Media madness and the presidential conventions

America is way deep into the presidential race, and the party conventions are fast approaching. Democrats gather in Milwaukee on August 17 and Republican start their whoop-up a week later. In the coming weeks, the media will produce an ocean of purple prose on these Cow Palace jamborees. If the

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