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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe speaks at the Helena, Mont., airport last month. After visiting rural areas, Mr. Donohoe has proposed cutting hours at some rural post offices or finding other options to keep at least some open. (Associated Press)

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe speaks at the Helena, Mont., airport last month. After visiting rural areas, Mr. Donohoe has proposed cutting hours at some rural post offices or finding other options to keep at least some open. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe sits onstage during a Sept. 15, 2011, press conference. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe sits onstage during a Sept. 15, 2011, press conference. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, in an interview Thursday with The Washington Times, said of working for the U.S. Postal Service: “It's still, in my opinion, for a blue-collar job, if you're a letter carrier or a clerk, the best job in America.” (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said Thursday he will continue to support ending Saturday mail. The measure must be approved by Congress. (U.S. Postal Service)

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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE The nation's 73rd U.S. postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, starts work Friday in the midst of its worst financial crisis in history.