Under Financial Duress, Post Office Delivers

Workers haul sandbags to protect the Pavilion at the Old Post Office in Washington Photograph by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

2:30 p.m., Oct. 30, 2012 — The federal government was shut down. Stock trading came to a halt. Most businesses up and down the East Coast were closed and people hunkered at home, hoping for the best, when lo and behold—the mail arrived.

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