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Michael Boldin and John Lambert lead the charge on Tenther Radio this week for the 56th episode. Michael’s nephews Trent and Pierce Boldin happened to be in studio and Pierce popped in on the mic to say “Hi,” to all you Tenthers.

Lambert has been working behind the scenes for a long time but tonight was his first time co-hosting.

Boldin shared the happy news that Jason Rink’s film Nullification: The Rightful Remedy won the award for Best Feature Length Documentary at FreedomFest in Las Vegas. Tomorrow in Newbury Park, the Thousand Oaks Tea Party will be hosting a free screening of the film with special guest Michael Boldin.

Lambert is not much of a fan of Texas Governor Rick Perry, but he gave him some credit for telling the federal government he will not participate in Obamacare, refusing to expand Medicaid or implement exchanges. Cassandra Anderson blogged about it here.


U.S. Postal Service Default

No, the U.S. Postal Service won’t close on August 1st because it can’t afford to make a required $5.5 billion payment into a federal fund for postal retiree health benefits. Yes, the entire situation with the USPS is a mess. But when you have politicians ultimately trying to run a commercial operation, constant clean ups in aisle four are to be expected.

Here’s the situation:

1. The USPS is bleeding billions of dollars in red ink and has just about maxed out its line of credit with the U.S. Treasury.

2. In April, the Senate passed a bill that would buy the USPS time by effectively kicking the can down the road.

3. A more aggressive bill in the House sponsored by Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) is unpopular with the postal unions, Democrats, and apparently enough Republicans that the votes are reportedly not there to get it passed. And if the votes are there, the House Republican leadership doesn’t appear to be interested in bringing it to the floor.

4. Even if the House passed a bill, it wouldn’t be easy for House and Senate conferees to hammer out a compromise given the differences between the two bills. Because there isn’t much space left on the legislative calendar, and it’s an election year, it’s hard to imagine that there would be enough time to get something done to avert a default.