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Trump budget includes $69 million investment in Guantanamo Bay reboot — $4.6 million per prisoner

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Photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows the razor wire-topped fence and watch tower at the abandoned "Camp X-Ray" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo by Mladen Antonov for Agence France-Presse.

No one has escaped Guantanamo Bay’s detention center in the fifteen years that it has been open, but the Pentagon wants to dramatically increase the budget for the top secret prison.

According to the Miami Herald, the Pentagon is asking for $69 million to house the 15 former CIA captives. That comes out to $4.6 million per prisoner. It is part of the 2019 Defense Department budget released this week and it warns “Prison Camp 7” is at risk of “mechanical, electrical and secure-communications failure.” It would make the jobs of the U.S. Army guards “risky.”

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Their proposal called Gitmo the “maximum-security detention facility” that should last for 40 years. They are also asking for a confidential, “legal visitation area.” Presumably for the rest of the detainees seeking legal action to be released.

According to The Herald, the proposal doesn’t include details such as the number of cells but it did say the facility “will be available for use by other components.” There was no explanation why.

Trump signed an executive order to keep the prison open in January.


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Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.

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Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.

Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.

Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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