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How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants — ProPublica
In what one former official described as “heated meetings” with McKinsey consultants, agency staff members questioned whether saving pennies on food and medical care for detainees justified the potential human cost.

But the consulting firm’s sway at ICE grew to the point that McKinsey’s staff even ghostwrote a government contracting document that defined the consulting team’s own responsibilities and justified the firm’s retention, a contract extension worth $2.2 million. “Can they do that?” an ICE official wrote to a contracting officer in May 2017.
immigration  xenophobia  capitalism  GOP  business  ICE  CBP  assholes 
7 weeks ago by conner
FedEx CEO asks New York Times publisher to debate after report on company’s taxes - The Washington Post
CEO Fred Smith did not point to any specific errors in the report, which said the shipping giant’s tax bill went from $1.5 billion in 2017 to zero in 2018 after President Trump’s tax cuts slashed FedEx’s effective tax rate from 34 percent to less than zero.

The tax cut, which Smith lobbied for extensively, was framed as a means of spurring business investment, but FedEx apparently has done the opposite. It spent less on capital investments in 2018 than it did the year before and even less in 2019, according to the Times. Instead, the company has funneled most of those savings back to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.
GOP  assholes  taxes  policy  government  corruption 
9 weeks ago by conner
Risking food safety, USDA plans to let slaughterhouses self-police | TheHill
"A new rule, finalized today, would reduce the number of government food safety inspectors in pork plants by 40 percent, and remove most of the remaining inspectors from production lines. In their place, a smaller number of company employees - who are not required to receive any training - would conduct the "sorting" tasks that USDA previously referred to as "inspection." The rule would also allow companies to design their own microbiological testing programs to measure food safety, rather than requiring companies to meet the same standard.

Equally alarming, the new rule would remove all line speed limits in the plants, allowing companies to speed up their lines with abandon. With fewer government inspectors on the slaughter lines, there would be fewer trained workers watching out for consumer safety. Faster line speeds would make it harder for the limited number of remaining meat inspectors and plant workers to do their jobs."
USDA  GOP  corruption  assholes  agriculture  food  disease 
september 2019 by conner
Maria Soto Was Born in the U.S., yet the Trump Administration Won't Give Her a Passport. We're Suing. | ACLU of Oregon
"Last summer, the Trump administration created a “Denaturalization Task Force” to attempt to strip some naturalized citizens of their citizenship, and the Washington Post reported on a surge of passport denials for Latino Americans who were born along the border. And just last week, President Trump again told reporters he was investigating whether he could issue an Executive Order ending birthright citizenship as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. ( Spoiler alert: he can’t.)"
racism  GOP  assholes  policy  constitution  america 
august 2019 by conner
President Trump wants a border wall. He wants it black. And he wants it by Election Day. - The Washington Post
"President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.

He also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said.

Trump has repeatedly promised to complete 500 miles of fencing by the time voters go to the polls in November 2020, stirring chants of “Finish the Wall!” at his political rallies as he pushes for tighter border controls. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed just about 60 miles of “replacement” barrier during the first 2½ years of Trump’s presidency, all of it in areas that previously had border infrastructure."
crime  xenophobia  assholes  propaganda  GOP  elections  borders  CBP 
august 2019 by conner
Unspent military retirement funds will be tapped to help build border wall
In total, according to the Journal, $6.1 billion in military funds will be diverted for the border wall. The other sources include:

$604 million that was supposed to support Afghan security forces.
$251 million in Pentagon funds for destroying chemical weapons.
$343 million “in spending from Air Force weapons programs where officials have negotiated reductions or canceled systems,” The Journal said.
Some other military construction funding for military bases may also be used to fund the border wall.
Funding initially slated for construction projects for military bases across the world could also go toward the border wall.
borders  GOP  military  budget  assholes 
august 2019 by conner
Amazon deforestation accelerating towards unrecoverable 'tipping point' | World news | The Guardian
"He has weakened the environment agency and effectively put it under the supervision of the agricultural ministry, which is headed by the leader of the farming lobby. His foreign minister has dismissed climate science as part of a global Marxist plot. The president and other ministers have criticised the forest monitoring agency, Ibama, for imposing fines on illegal land grabbers and loggers. The government has also moved to weaken protections for nature reserves, indigenous territories and zones of sustainable production by forest peoples and invited businesspeople to register land counter-claims within those areas."
brazil  environment  rainforest  policy  assholes  climatechange  nature  agriculture 
july 2019 by conner
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