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Here’s today’s Daily GIF!
Alanah Poullard—the five year old daughter of a wounded warrior—gets a written note from President Obama, excusing her from school for the day.
I love that someone amazing at Mother Jones took the time to respond to my dumb aquestion.
CHARTS: US Overseas Arms Sales More Than Tripled in 2011
Florida Republicans’ Plan to Block Out the Sunshine
In their longstanding fight to privatize the state’s prison system—and a lot of other public services—Republican lawmakers in Florida are trying a new angle: doing it in secret.
A new bill sailing through the Legislature would change the law so that taxpayers wouldn’t get to know about government work turned over to a contractor until after the contract has been signed.
Who wrote the bill? That, too, is a secret…
(Source: Mother Jones)
Florida Public Radio Essay: “Thanksgiving in Baghdad”
MJ's Adam Weinstein recalls a funnysad moment eating turkey with fellow contractors and soldiers in Iraq at the height of the housing bust.
Under “corporate welfare” in the dictionary, see this:
A little loophole in most Pentagon contracts puts taxpayers on the hook for bailing out Lockheed, Raytheon, and other Beltway bandits when the stock market drains their pension funds.
Occupy the Pentagon, anyone?
Headline of the Day:
Vodka Butt-Shot Contractor STILL Guarding the Kabul Embassy
(Thanks, Dan Schulman!)