How Hillary Clinton can win in November

| April 05, 2016

How Hillary Clinton can win in November
Hillary Clinton may be tempted to relax into her inevitable nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate given a sizable delegate lead that looks likely to hold going into the Democratic convention — particularly if she wins the big prize of New York in April.

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In 2016, the budget deficit rose for the first time in a number of years, totaling $587 billion—about one-third more than the $438 billion shortfall recorded in 2015. As a percentage of GDP, the deficit increased from 2.4 percent in 2015 to 3.2 percent, the first such increase since 2009. Debt held by the public reached 77 percent of GDP at the end of 2016, marking the highest ratio since 1950. Such a high level of debt (and the increases projected under current law) could have serious negative consequences for the nation, including increasing federal spending on interest payments, restraining economic growth in the long term, giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges, and eventually increasing the risk of a fiscal crisis.


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SparkCognition | August 03, 2020

SparkCognition, the world's leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, is pleased to announce the expansion of their relationship with bp, an integrated global energy business, to deploy AI predictive analytics in service of improving reliability and reducing carbon footprint in their operations. SparkCognition's SparkPredict®️ analytics solution is currently deployed on Atlantis and ETAP, two of bp's production facilities, enabling bp to predict impending equipment failures and process vulnerabilities. Using SparkPredict, bp will be able to take action before events occur and improve maintenance activities for critical subsystems across its assets. Fewer outages means less flaring, and therefore less carbon emissions. Through the new expansion, additional facilities will be added in 2020 and 2021.

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Judge Grants Pentagon’s Request for Corrective Action on JEDI Cloud Contract

The Defense Department | April 17, 2020

Federal Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith Friday granted the Defense Department’s March request for a 120-day stay to take corrective action on parts of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, which it awarded to Microsoft in October. Amazon Web Services, which protested the award, had asked the judge in previous motions to force the Pentagon to take more expansive correction action, accusing the government of attempting to “gerrymander” revisions to the procurement. In the order, which is under seal, Campbell-Smith grants the Defense Department’s motion for remand so that “it may reconsider the aspects of the procurement challenged in this protest action,” though the 120-day remand could be lengthened or shortened upon motion and subsequent judge’s decision.

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Trump administration moves to revoke China Telecom's US licenses on security grounds

CSO | April 15, 2020

Highlighting the diminished opportunities for Chinese telecom and technology providers in the US, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that the Trump Administration would seek to revoke and terminate the licenses of mobile operator China Telecom. China Telecom is authorized to provide communications, data, television and business services in the US as a facilities-based common carrier. It obtains spectrum licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under what is called international Section 214 authorizations.

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US government agrees on $25bn bailout for airlines as pandemic halts travel

The Guardian | April 14, 2020

The US government agreed a $25bn bailout for the beleaguered airline industry on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic brings travel to a virtual standstill. Passenger airline companies are receiving direct aid as part of the $2.2tn Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Cares Act) economic relief package passed last month in order to allow them to continue paying salaries and benefits to employees in the coming months. Details of the aid package are expected later on Tuesday. With the coronavirus now spread across more than 100 countries and every continent except for Antarctica, air travel has all but ground to a halt.

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In 2016, the budget deficit rose for the first time in a number of years, totaling $587 billion—about one-third more than the $438 billion shortfall recorded in 2015. As a percentage of GDP, the deficit increased from 2.4 percent in 2015 to 3.2 percent, the first such increase since 2009. Debt held by the public reached 77 percent of GDP at the end of 2016, marking the highest ratio since 1950. Such a high level of debt (and the increases projected under current law) could have serious negative consequences for the nation, including increasing federal spending on interest payments, restraining economic growth in the long term, giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges, and eventually increasing the risk of a fiscal crisis.

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