Criminal Country

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joel Pett)

In other news, more people tuned in to see the Democratic response last night than Trump's short speech according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. reversed course and increased by 3.4 percent in 2018 following several years of declines.

Finally, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is under scrutiny because he apparently talks a lot of shit about Lockheed Martin in private. Shanahan used to work for Boeing.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s private remarks during his 18 months at the Pentagon have spurred accusations that he is boosting his former employer Boeing, people who have witnessed the exchanges told POLITICO — fueling questions about whether he harbors an unfair bias against other big military contractors.

Shanahan, who spent 31 years at Boeing before joining the Pentagon in mid-2017, has signed an ethics agreement recusing him from weighing in on matters involving the mammoth defense contractor. But that hasn’t stopped him from praising Boeing and trashing competitors such as Lockheed Martin during internal meetings, two former government officials who have heard him make the accusations told POLITICO.

This may seem like nothing, but it could actually result in litigation if Lockheed believes they've lost defense contracts for petty reasons.