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REVEALED: Boeing charged airlines extra money for key safety upgrades that were missing on crashed planes

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The New York Times reports that Boeing has been charging airlines extra money for two important safety upgrades that happened to be missing on two recent Boeing planes that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

In particular, the Times reports that Boeing charged airlines money for key software upgrades that could have helped pilots avoid deadly plane crashes in those two countries.

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“Boeing’s optional safety features, in part, could have helped the pilots detect any erroneous readings,” the Times reports. “One of the optional upgrades, the angle of attack indicator, displays the readings of the two sensors. The other, called a disagree light, is activated if those sensors are at odds with one another.”

The two airlines involved in the recent Boeing crashes, Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Lion Air, skipped these upgrades because they do not have the financial resources enjoyed by major American and European airlines.

In the wake of the crashes, Boeing has announced that it will offer these safety upgrades for free to all of its 737 Max series planes.

Bjorn Fehrm, an analyst at the aviation consultancy Leeham, slammed Boeing for charging extra for these features, which he said caused “almost nothing to install.”

“Boeing charges for them because it can,” he told the New York Times. “But they’re vital for safety.”

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Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

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Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’

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A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.

Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."

"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”

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I can ‘do anything I want, I’m a police officer’: Indiana cop fired after racially profiling black men in mall parking lot

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A white police officer working for Lawrence Township in Indiana has been fired after he was filmed accosting two black men sitting in their car outside of a Nordstrom Rack and accusing them of being "suspicious."

According to WTHR, Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones approached cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham on the north side of Indianapolis but was filmed on a cellphone that eventually led to him losing his job.

The cousins stated that Jones racially profiled them and tried to run their car plates.

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