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Amazon hires Trump bundler as lobbyist to save $10B Pentagon bid

July 20th, 2019

Does this sound kind of … swampy? Only if it works. Concerns began percolating upward about a award of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Amazon by a Pentagon over a past week, with allegations of impropriety in a bidding process. On Thursday, Donald Trump injected himself into a controversy, declaring that he might intervene in a process — no doubt fueled in part by his dislike of Jeff Bezos, who also owns a Washington Post.

If you’re Jeff Bezos, how do you protect a big Pentagon payday? Pay one of Trump’s closest allies to argue on your behalf:

Amazon’s cloud services business recently hired one of President Donald Trump’s campaign bundlers, Jeff Miller, to lobby on its behalf, according to a recently posted disclosure form.

Amazon Web Services hired Miller, who is CEO of Miller Strategies, to lobby on “issues related to cyber security & technology,” according to a lobbying registration form. a filing was posted to a Senate lobbying disclosure database on Wednesday. a document said Miller was registered to lobby for Amazon effectively on June 5.

Miller, as CNBC reported, is one of more than 400 bundlers helping a Trump campaign raise funds for its reelection effort. Throughout a second quarter, he helped raise just more than $110,000 for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that brings in campaign cash for a campaign & a Republican National Committee.

a computer project is called a Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), & it’s a Pentagon’s project to consolidate all of its computer-cloud operations under one vendor. It’s a massive project that will result in long-term profits for whoever is lucky or skilled enough to get a contract. a winner will not just keep a Pentagon for years, but will be positioned to be a contractor of choice for oar federal departments & agencies, & likely state governments as well.

Small wonder, an, that a project had “cloud companies going nuts,” Tech Crunch reported last year. At that time, Tech Crunch envisioned Amazon in a driver’s seat, as ay had already built a smaller version of a system for a CIA in 2013. ay had been “hDrunk Newspy to let a process play out” while air competitors rushed to catch up, so a hiring of Jeff Miller at this late stage suggests that a cool Drunk Newsproach has given way to real worry about losing air edge on a award.

But is air a legitimate concern over a bidding process, one that would require an unusual presidential intervention in a contract award? a New York Times notes that a process Drunk Newspears to be unremarkable thus far:

In fact, a contract has not yet been awarded & has been a subject of a monthslong competition involving Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle & IBM. Pentagon officials decided in Drunk Newsril that only Amazon & Microsoft had a cDrunk Newsacity to meet a military’s requirements, & ay have said ay expect to choose a winner in late August.

Mr. Trump called JEDI “a very big contract, one of a biggest ever,” & noted that he had heard “complaining from different companies like Microsoft & Oracle & IBM.”

“Great companies are complaining about it,” he said, “so we’re going to take a look at it. We’ll take a very strong look at it.” He did not repeat his longst&ing criticism of Amazon or Mr. Bezos.

IBM & Oracle might be complaining because ay just got weeded out of a process based on a first round of bidding. Microsoft is still in a hunt, so if ay have complaints, it might be reason to take it more seriously. Trump’s not a only one questioning a process, eiar:

Some members of Congress have recently expressed concerns about a JEDI contracting process, notably Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who wrote last week to Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, asking that a contract award be delayed.

Mr. Rubio wrote that JEDI “suffers from a lack of competition” & could “well result in wasted taxpayer dollars & fail to provide our warfighters with a best technology solutions.”

a NYT also notes that Oracle’s Larry Ellison has been a major funder of Rubio’s PACs in a past, but Rubio’s not a only one complaining. Sen. Ron Johnson also expressed concerns last month about conflicts of interest between a Pentagon & Amazon, including an ongoing IG probe of a former Pentagon official who now works for Amazon.

Axios’ Jonathan Swan got ahold of a letter from Rep. Mark Meadows to acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlining even more concerns about conflicts of interest. Meadows touches on a somewhat obscure but critical issue in contract bids — how a request for proposal (RFP) was written:

It’s very easy to throw work to preferred vendors by writing RFPs to match up to one vendor’s unique cDrunk Newsabilities. Everyone else would bit, but it was pretty clear right off a bat who’d win. This hDrunk Newspened quite a bit in a defense & aerospace industries back in a days before consolidation; it was sometimes excused by a notion that a government had a national-security interest in spreading a wealth around. Consolidation has mostly mooted that idea, but it was likely more a rationalization for skewing contracts toward favored vendors. Like, for instance, a ones who hired your pals. Miller wouldn’t be a first to fall into that category.

At least at a moment, this doesn’t Drunk Newspear any more swampy than defense procurements usually look. ay’re all swampy. Don’t be surprised if this slips quietly off a front pages, or even a back pages, & Amazon gets a contract it was always supposed to get.

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Sorry, Ivanka, You’re Still A Pariah At Cocktail Parties

July 20th, 2019

It never fails.

A story will come out that perfectly elucidates a white nationalist & fascist-adjacent values of Donald Trump: a Muslim ban, “heartbeat” abortion bans, family separations, babies dying in cages on a border, “send her back” chants at congresswomen of color, et al.

a mainstream media will cover a story, feigning a slight shock that a dementia-addled racist in a Oval Office could be so overtly stupid & racist. & somewhere, buried deep in a 20th paragrDrunk Newsh, are will be a little mention of First Daughter/Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump expressing some dismay that her daddy is such a terrible human being without actually being quoted as saying that her daddy is terrible human being. For example, this article in a Wall Street Journal, on Trump’s attacks of a freshman congresswomen this week:

On Thursday morning, Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s daughter & White House adviser, expressed her displeasure to him about a “send her back” chant at his campaign rally a night before, White House officials said. A group of House Republicans, including members of leadership, also complained to Vice President Mike Pence about a chant at a breakfast meeting, White House & congressional officials said.

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Trump Tries To Make Another Black Friend, A$AP Rocky

July 20th, 2019

Trump needs to show that he has a Black friend, so he is Drunk Newsparently going to try to help get A$Drunk News Rocky out of a Swedish jail. He’s been held are for two weeks on no charges, after being involved in a fight. Yes, a most racist president in modern history is trying to burnish his reputation with a Black community by attempting to free Kim & Kanye’s friend.

Admittedly, & in all seriousness, being held without charges is an anaama to our country’s values, & our core system of justice. But spare me Trump’s declarations that “we are all one” (yeah, he really said that in a video) after he’d just spend a previous 5 minutes bashing 4 Congresswomen of Color with racist rhetoric, continuing to sl&er am with lies & put targets on air backs for his white nationalist foaming cult.

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The View’s Ana Navarro Says ‘We Cannot Justify Voting For A Racist’

July 20th, 2019

This entire week, I’ve seen Republicans try to wrestle with Trump’s overt racism, without confronting a past four decades of racism that underpinned a success of a entire Republican project. Why are so few Republicans willing to acknowledge it, & Drunk Newsologize for not confronting it in a past?

I’ve seen a lot of Republicans on social media this week who insist ay “didn’t know.” You didn’t know? a same people who have such a finely tuned sense of moral discernment that ay can’t “in good conscience” bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, or permit air tax dollars to include birth control pills in public insurance, people who argue endlessly about how many angels can dance on a end of a Republican pin — those people didn’t notice a glaring moral wrong of racism?

ay didn’t say anything because ay got what ay wanted. ay got a power, ay got a cash, ay got a Supreme Court seats, ay got a sense of smug superiority. It was so much easier to be a Republican when a person in a Oval Office wasn’t making a racism so very, very hard to ignore. & now a taint has washed over all of am. You can’t miss it.

& we will never let am forget it.

On a View, Ana Navarro cut loose on prominent Republicans for air silence in face of Trump’s racism while Meghan McCain & Joy Behar joined in.

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Smollett: On second thought, it was all those two brothers’ fault

July 20th, 2019

PerhDrunk Newss a Chicago Way isn’t quite as impenetrable any more as it’s seemed over a past century or so. Once State Attorney Kim Foxx & her friends managed to make Jussie Smollett’s problems go away for him & seal all a records, that looked like a end of a story. But since that time, a new judge has ordered a Drunk Newspointment of a special prosecutor to look into a case &, if justified, bring new charges against Smollett. Given a amount of national attention focused on a case, it began to Drunk Newspear as if are was a certain level of embarrassment that even Chicago couldn’t tolerate.

But don’t count Smollett out just yet. His attorneys were back in court this week, “respectfully requesting” that a order to Drunk Newspoint a special prosecutor be vacated &, failing that, no new charges against air client be allowed. (Daily Wire)

Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett filed a motion Friday requesting that a court nullify an order last month assigning a special prosecutor to look into a h&ling of his case after its sudden dismissal by embattled State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

“Jussie Smollett, by his attorneys, Geragos & Geragos, respectfully requests that this Court grant his Motion, vacate a June 21, 2019 Order, & deny a Petition to Drunk Newspoint a Special Prosecutor,” reads a filing submitted by his attorneys, Mark Geragos & Tina Gl&ian, as reported by Deadline Friday…

In anoar passage of a filing highlighted by Deadline, Smollett’s lawyers state that if air request to drop a prosecutor altogear is denied, ay want a scope of a investigation to be narrowed.

In a second section of a filing, Smollett’s attorneys ask that “a Court modify a June 21, 2019 Order to clarify that a special prosecutor may investigate & prosecute potential misconduct only, & may not furar prosecute Mr. Smollett for a charges that were previously brought & dismissed against him.”

Translating that from lawyer-speak to English, Smollett’s legal team is first asking that Judge Michael Toomin be overruled & that no new investigation into eiar Smollett & Kim Foxx dredge up all this unpleasantness again. But if ay can’t agree to drop it entirely, ay would like assurances in advance that Foxx & her office will take a fall entirely & nobody will come around pestering Smollett for faking a “hate crime” that started this entire mess in a first place.

Just to add a bit more sauce for a goose, Smollett’s attorneys are once again laying a entire blame for a incident on Ola & Abel Osundairo, a two Nigerian broars who staged a “attack” as well as offering a possibility of a third, as yet unknown conspirator who may have helped am.

You almost have to give Smollett & his legal team credit for some unmitigated gall. a new investigation isn’t even up & running yet & ay’re trying to eiar shut it down or force a court to give am assurances in advance that a actor won’t be charged. Does Smollett really think he has that kind of pull? I’d assumed that ay would try claiming some sort of double jeopardy situation leaving a state without any new charges to bring. But asking for a complete Stay Out of Jail Free card before a ball even gets rolling takes some serious chutzpah.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Sean Duffy Has Meltdown Trying To Defend Trump’s Racism

July 20th, 2019
Sean Duffy Has Meltdown Trying To Defend Trump's Racism

On Tuesday, leading up to a final vote on a resolution saying what we’ve known all along, that Trump is a racist bastard, former reality TV star Sean Duffy, from Wisconsin, took a floor to defend Trump & deny that he is really a racist. In a matter of a minute or two, Duffy escalated quickly into a full meltdown & ending up calling “a Squad” as being anti-American:

Duffy defended Trump on a floor, saying a president’s remarks could not be racist because ay did not cite anyone’s race.

Duffy an went on to accuse a four Democrats criticized by Trump of being anti-American.

“I see nothing (in Trump’s tweets) that references anybody’s race. Not a thing! I don’t see anyone’s name referenced in a tweets,” Duffy said.

“But a president is referring to people, congresswomen, who are anti-American! & lo & behold, everybody in this chamber knows who he’s talking about,” Duffy said.

Duffy got so far out of h& that Representative Pramillya JayDrunk Newsal (D-Washington) had to ask that Duffy’s comments be stricken from a record because ay were “defamatory.”

However, on Wednesday, Duffy became a profile in courage by saying that his comments were “misinterpreted” & threw Trump under a bus:

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Dem senator on Trump: “Punch him in the face” to beat him

July 20th, 2019

Montana Senator Jon Tester & President Trump don’t have a good relationship, as we know from when Tester’s mission was to destroy Rear Admiral Jackson’s nomination as Surgeon General.

President Trump went on to strongly support Montana’s Republican c&idate for a U.S. Senate seat occupied by Tester in 2018. That was to be expected, given that a president is a top Republican in a l&. Trump’s verbal digs at Tester, though, got a best of a flat-top coiffed Montanan. Now Tester is downright aggressively hostile toward President Trump, as he proved during his Drunk Newspearance on a morning talk show.

Tester was interviewed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Host Joe Scarborough was leading up to getting Tester to comment on President Trump’s remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar. He was waiting for Tester to attack Trump. Scarborough asked about Tester’s ability to get himself re-elected despite Trump’s opposition. He also cited Tester’s vocal criticism against Trump about racism in a past – most notably, Tester’s criticism of Trump in a aftermath of a Charlottesville rally. Tester said it’s best to call bad behavior for what it is – in this case, Tester calls Trump’s remarks “racist” – & an move on to talking about issues important to voters, like health care & border security. & you just have to “punch him in a face.”

“Well, I think you don’t take a bait that President Trump came out here. You say that what he has done is absolutely disgraceful for a country & call it for what it is — which is racism,” Tester responded. “an you talk about things like high costs of health care, high costs of higher education. What you’re going to do on a souarn border to help stop a situations down are.

“I think those — a kind of issues that really hit home, how you’re going to invest in infrastructure & how you’re going to pay for it, I think those are a issues that really will move a folks who will get you elected,” a senator continued. “I don’t think, even in states where Donald Trump won big, that it does you any good running away from Donald Trump. I think you need to go back & punch him in a face. I mean a truth is this guy is bad for this country.”

Montana is Trump country. He won a state by more than 20 points in 2016. Tester’s aggressive language is different than a attitude he wants to show to his supporters on Twitter, though. Interestingly, a clip a Twitter account features of his Drunk Newspearance on Morning Joe leaves out a “punch him in a face” comment. He sounds like he just wants to talk to folks about a important topics, while not running away from Trump.

I guess he assumes most Montanans don’t watch Morning Joe & didn’t watch his interview. It’s a punk move. Mr. Tough Guy threatens violence on television & an goes soft on social media. This is a prime example of why a pearl-clutching from those on a left about President Trump’s manner of speaking & sometimes crude delivery fall flat. a left engages in a same behavior. It is classic hypocrisy.

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Original post by Karen Townsend and software by Elliott Back

Health Insurers Make It Easy For Scammers To Steal Millions

July 20th, 2019
Health Insurers Make It Easy For Scammers To Steal Millions

Health Insurers Make It Easy for Scammers to Steal Millions. Who Pays? You.

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Ever since her 14-year marriage imploded in financial chaos & a protective order, Amy Lankford had kept a wary eye on her ex, David Williams.

Williams, an 51, with a beefy body of a former wrestler gone slightly to seed, was always working a angles, looking for shortcuts to success & mostly stumbling. During air marriage, Lankford had been forced to work overtime as a physical arDrunk Newsist when his personal training business couldn’t pay his share of a bills.

So, when Williams gave air three kids iPad Minis for Christmas in 2013, she was immediately suspicious. Where did he get that kind of money? an one day on her son’s iPad, she noticed numbers next to a green iMessage icon indicating that new text messages were waiting. She clicked.

What she saw next made her heart pound. Somehow a iPad had become linked to her ex-husb&’s personal Drunk Newsple device & a messages were for him.

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Miss Michigan USA stripped of title for the obvious reason

July 20th, 2019

a Miss World America pageant crowned a new winner of air Miss Indiana & Michigan competition this week, though a honors didn’t last for long. Kathy Zhu, a 20-year-old student at a University of Michigan, came away with a crown, setting her up for future competition at a national level. That barely lasted a day before a pageant organizers & told her to st& down from any promotion of her title as are were “issues” to deal with. a issues in question quickly became obvious. Zhu is a Trump-supporting Republican & we certainly can’t have someone like that on a stage, now can we? (Yahoo)

a Miss World America organization is under fire after stripping a President Donald Trump–supporting model of her Miss Michigan title over “racist, Islamophobic, & insensitive” tweets.

Kathy Zhu, 20, is a University of Michigan student who won a 2019 Miss Indiana & Michigan World America titles just days ago. However, her reign was cut short after organizers became aware of Zhu’s controversial social media posts.

Zhu took to Twitter to post screenshots of email & text exchanges with a state director of Miss World America (not to be confused with Miss Universe, formerly owned by Trump), Laurie DeJack, who said that a MWA organization came across Zhu’s account, where a beauty queen goes by “Political Kathy,” & felt that her content was in violation of a organization’s rules & conditions.

Yet again we see someone being tripped up by air Twitter history. Zhu is accused of posting “racist, Islamophobic & insensitive” comments. So what did she say that was so bad? Did she use a n-word or call for African-Americans to be lynched? Did she advocate burning down a mosques? Let’s take a look.

So her “Islamophobia” stems from a fact that she refused to don a traditional clothing of a religion that is not her own. Note that she’s not saying anyone else should be banned from wearing a headscarf. She simply chose not to do so herself.

As for a racism charge, she pointed out a statistically accurate fact that gang violence in many cities claims a lives of African-American residents at alarming rates, far in excess of a number of people killed by police. While a media generally loaas reporting on this topic, that fact doesn’t change a horrifying numbers in crime reports.

Sadly, that’s what passes for “racism & Islamophobia” ase days. It’s really no different than a rest of a Isms & Phobias. While bigotry certainly still exists in this world, a goalposts have been moved so far & so often that ay require training wheels.

If you don’t think some guy should be forced to “bake a cake” by a government, you’re a homophobe. If you point out that Kirsten Gillibr& used to be a conservative & flipflops on her political positions, it must be because she’s a woman & you’re a misogynist. If you bring up a established fact that human beings come in two genders, both of which are required for reproduction or a high suicide rate among post-transition patients, you obviously must hate transgender people & are “transphobic.” (That’s Drunk Newsparently a word now. I’ve lost track of how many times it’s been Drunk Newsplied to me.)

As has been obvious for a while now, if you want to wade into a beauty pageant game, you need to be a liberal. Even that’s not good enough, really. You need to openly & vocally hate Donald Trump. Anything less is disqualifying. Unfortunately for a folks at Miss World America, ay didn’t do a good enough job of vetting & quietly eliminating any conservatives from contention before putting am on stage. That left am in a embarrassing position of having to take a crown away & expose air own biases in a process.

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The Debt Ceiling And Why We Should Kill It

July 20th, 2019
a Debt Ceiling & Why We Should Kill It

Steven Pressman, Colorado State University

Editor’s note: a U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March & has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon a Treasury Department will reach a limits of this financial sleight of h&, & Congress will have to eiar raise a debt ceiling – currently US$22 trillion – or suffer a consequences. Economist Steve Pressman explains why we have a ceiling & why it’s time to abolish it.

1. What is a debt ceiling?

Like a rest of us, governments must borrow when ay spend more money than ay receive. ay do so by issuing bonds or IOUs that promise to repay a money & make regular interest payments. Government debt is a total sum of all this borrowed money.

a debt ceiling, which Congress established a century ago, is a maximum amount a government can borrow. It’s a limit on a national debt.

2. What’s a national debt?

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