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Well enough to allow this kind of stuff to happen. So I think the key is strengthening . These institutions that don’t allow this to happen . It’s really , really critical for us . So it is something that having been introduced into the world is unlikely to leave it , but at the same time it isn’t something’s just gonna automatically arise on its own . The book is called one long night and it’s by Andrea pitcher are our yesterday . Thank you , Andrew , very much . Thank you for having me on . You can read an excerpt of the book and see pictures from some of the camps that here and now.org writers have long wrestled with the reality of evil in the world . Poets have to early this year in Dublin the Irish poet Michael Cody read aloud . One of his own works a reflection of evil and good .
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From NPR and WBUR mega Chakrabarti it here and now. It was a good holiday season for retailers sales up 4.9% according to Mastercard spending plus report . Of course , that means that Amazon also had a great month the company said in a statement that it was quote record holiday shopping season but this morning , President Donald Trump tweeted , quote , why is the United States Post Office , which is losing many billions of dollars a year while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packet is making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer should be charging more exclamation point and quote well Mike Regan is senior editor at Bloomberg News and he joins us now . Hi by 20-17 isn’t quite over yet is the magnitude that Holtz what he brought their out of player here . Okay . So look , but let’s break down with the tweeted out here . What does he mean by he thinks Amazon is not paying the postal service enough to ship its packages . Well this is .
Then , an issue that some people on Wall Street and in the money management community have brought up , in particular , a fund manager named Josh Bolte made some waves earlier this year by claiming in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that he believed the the postal service was under charging Amazon. He said it in a analysis by Citigroup that said if the costs were fair fairly allocated on average parcels would cost about a dollar 46 cents more on average to deliver , so the Post Office is required by law to charge customers , at least the cost of their costs for delivering packages but it is true that they consistently lose money in large part because of costs for retiree health insurance and pensions and and that’s what a thing and the way the mail that the composition of the mail in the , at the age of the Internet has changed dramatically , so that it’s less first class mail letters and postcards that’s where things and a lot more packages and it’s , it’s very hard to sort out what costs Wyatt .
Yeah. That’s as clear sign Mike to see German seriously is the Post Office charging Amazon bulk rates or you know , because there are overtime like millions of packages here .
Right. I mean at the end , it’s important to point out that Amazon ships so many packages that it uses a wide variety of shippers including the Post Office FedEx UPS local , regional services . The estimate is that about 40% of the shipments are through the regular Post Office I at least in past years , and it’s hard to know exactly gimmick . It’s hard to break down those costs per package and know exactly what each one’s cost because your your mailman delivers letters and then post cards and packages all want . So it’s , it’s a very tricky thing to say for sure .
Okay so to this part where the president says should be charging much more that process though has to go through the commission their own.
Right , well , you know. Amazon has a spare a special relationship with the Post Office . It was part of the reason why the the Post Office started where we can deliveries and it . I think this tweet from President Trump raises a number of questions about that . A : I think there’s gonna be further scrutiny of it and I would be surprising if there is , you know , some decision on on how handle this .
You know , my thought is , as we saw Amazon do some last mile stuff this season , too , with Amazon flex so unhinged thought would be a matter of time before they stop using the postal service it altogether. But hey , that’s my prediction for another 2020 we’ll see Mike Regan senior editor at Bloomberg News . Always great to have it . Happy New Year to magnify his new here now .
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I’m Susan Levy Turkey defense officials say Turkey has finalized a deal with Moscow for the purchase of Russia’s S 400 anti-missile system. The deal would make Turkey the first member of the military alliance to own brushes most advanced air defense system . The Pacific Northwest in Northern Rockies are bracing for storms forecasters warn could cause heavy mountain snow and freezing rain , heavy snow is expected to fall today in the Pacific Northwest across the Cascade Mountains and into the Northern Rockies before gradually tapering off tomorrow . Police say one hundred 25 parking garages around New York’s Times Square will be emptied and sealed off ahead of New Year’s Eve , so no one has a chance to sneak in a car bomb that’s among the security preparations ahead of the celebration in a city that’s been the target of recent deadly attacks you’re listening to here and now .
On the next fresh air. We continue our holiday week series featuring some of our favorite interviews of the year we’ll hear my onstage interview with Seth Meyers and I interview with comic and Daily Show correspondent Hassan Minaj who had Netflix comedy special this year about being a Muslim American . The son of Indian immigrants , join us .
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