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CNBC — It Costs What Now?…
CNBC news reported Thursday that the estimated cost of President Trump’s military parade, which is scheduled for November 10th, 2018, in D.C. is estimated to cost $92 million, that’s $80 million more than the estimated cost that was reported last month, which was $12 million.
The break down of cost according to a U.S. Defense official with “first hand knowledge of the assessment,” of the cost, told CNBC, that, “The figure includes $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security.”
In an email a Defense Department spokesperson told CNBC that they expected a public announcement soon, but declined to comment on the total estimated cost.
What you get for the $92 million est. according to the article, “security, transportation of parade assets, aircraft, as well as temporary duty, or TDY, for troops and while the official said the “scope and size,” of the military parade could shift, right now, the plans, “currently include approximately eight tanks, as well as other armored vehicles, including Bradleys, Strykers and M113s.”
Rolling Stone — Californian Hack-in…
Rolling Stone is reporting that “dozens of emails and forensic records,” they obtained show that FBI agents in both California and Washington D.C. investigated a “series of cyberattacks over the past year that targeted a Democratic opponent of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). Rohrabacher is a 15-term incumbent who is widely seen as the most pro-Russia and pro-Putin member of Congress and is a staunch supporter of President Trump.”
The target of the hacking attempts was Dr. Hans Keirstead, who finished third in, “California’s nonpartisan “top-two” primary on June 5th,” Keirstead’s loss was narrow only falling 125 vote short of advancing to the November general mid-term election.
Kyle Quinn-Quesada, Keirstead’s campaign manager told Rolling Stone, that the campaign decided to make the cyberattacks public for the sake of voter awareness, “It is clear from speaking with campaign professionals around the country that the sustained attacks the Keirstead for Congress campaign faced were not unique but have become the new normal for political campaigns in 2018,” he added that he doesn’t believe the cybersattacks, “had an effect on the primary election results.”
Politico — Critical Punishment…
Pentagon versus the media, according to Politico about three-weeks ago The Pentagon’s top spokesperson, Dana White, went down to the Pentagon buildings press bullpen, and attempted to make peace with the media, but instead, according to three people who were in the room, said the meeting turned combative after reporters raised concerns about the “vanishing access to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis,” but White is said to have pushed back and implied that she was, “watching what they wrote and put on-air — with the implication that there would be repercussions for stories she and her staff did not like.”
Access, according to the article, which include “briefings, interviews and travel with Mattis,” had already been restricted, but the reporters state in recent weeks, the restrictions seem to be applied to “individual journalists.”
White’s spokesman, Charles Summers offered this reply as comment on Politico’s story, “We are guided by the principles of information and committed to ensuring the accessibility of timely and accurate information to the media, the Congress and the American people. And we prioritize diversity of reporting during engagements and travel with Secretary Mattis and all of our senior leaders in the Department of Defense.”
Telling the magazine he had nothing further until he called back to add, “there is no retaliation,” he continued, “the notion that someone doesn’t have access or someone is shut out, that’s absolutely not accurate.”