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Amazon delivers via USPS

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It seems like a straightforward question: Is the U.S. Postal Service making or losing money on its package delivery contract with Amazon--you know, the one President Donald Trump can't stop tweeting about? To answer it, all you need to do is start with the Postal Service's revenues from Amazon, subtract all the expenses associated with delivery the Amazon packages and voila! You either get a positive number (a profit) or a negative one (a loss). Accounting 101.

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