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Whitefish Energy fired from Puerto Rico power restoration deal after leak of dodgy FEMA contract

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Puerto Rico’s municipal power company the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA) canceled its deal with Montana-based Whitefish Energy after the group’s “shocking” contract with FEMA leaked to the media.

The Hill reported Sunday that PREPA rejected the $300 million deal between FEMA and Whitefish as corrupt because it contained clauses that assured the firm would be paid whether it completed the deal or not and other egregious violations of trust.

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The fledgling energy firm only had two employees when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico dead-on more than a month ago. More than 70 percent of the island’s residents are still without power.

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday, “There cannot be any kind of distraction that alters the commitment to restore electrical power as soon as possible in Puerto Rico.”

The contract first came under fire when San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz raised the alarm and accused the company of hiding the nature of its contract with the federal government.


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Here is why these Nevadans are betting on Sanders

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LAS VEGAS — Any doubts that Nevadans wouldn't show up for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were quickly squashed by the amount of people lined up to get into his Friday night rally in Las Vegas on the eve of the Nevada caucus: an estimated 2,020, according to his campaign. One would have been forgiven for assuming the crowd spilling out the main entrance and down the street had lined up to get into one of the city's hottest shows, not a "Get Out the Vote" event. Despite stereotypes that Sanders only draws support from the young (and mostly white), the crowd was visibly diverse in age, ethnicity and race. And anyone who didn't arrive already wearing the requisite Bernie gear had plenty of opportunities to buy some as they waited to enter the venue.

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Roger Stone’s dream of booting judge for sentencing comments brutally crushed by ex-US Attorney: ‘He’s met his match’

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance crushed any hopes former Donald Trump associate Roger Stone might have that his prison sentence will be voided due to comments made by the presiding judge in his federal trial.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Vance left no doubt Stone's latest legal gambit will collapse just like his previous attempts to squirm out of his trial did.

"Stone's legal team says that Judge Amy Berman Jackson's assertion that the jurors served with integrity shows bias," host Witt stated. "Do you buy that argument and legally would that be enough to get the judge dismissed from the case?"

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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