The Biden Administration’s Biggest COVID-19 Challenge

“If the public-health professionals, if Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, if doctors tell us we should take it, I would be first in line. If Donald Trump tells us we should take it, then I’m not taking it.”

That was Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ response when asked by the moderator of an Oct. 7 debate whether she would get vaccinated against COVID-19. It perfectly captured the politicization of the U.S. response to COVID-19 under the outgoing Trump Administration—and how dangerous that red and blue tinting of the pandemic response has been for the American public. Behaviors like wearing masks and social distancing, which should be about protecting public health, have turned into loaded statements of party affiliation and have been twisted into campaign strategy, no doubt contributing to the high death toll from the disease and a worrying erosion in people’s confidence in the science that ultimately is the only way out

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Fluor Selected for 5-Year Position for the U.S. General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Contract

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the company a five-year position on the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Contract (OASIS).

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As a company selected for a position on OASIS, Fluor is now eligible to compete for task orders designed to provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services spanning multiple professional service disciplines and multiple contract types. The core areas of scope are program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services and financial services.

“It is an honor to be selected to support the GSA to help provide greater efficiency to federal agencies,” said Tom D’Agostino, president of Fluor’s Government Group. “This award positions Fluor as a best-in-class solutions provider that will deliver a wide range of innovative and best value solutions for our

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Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Request For Immediate Ban On WeChat

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A U.S. appeals court has denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately ban Chinese-owned app WeChat from smartphone app stores over national security concerns, backing a decision made by a California federal court judge who had previously blocked the ban.

Key Facts

The Justice Department argued that WeChat was a threat to national security.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, told the Justice Department that the government had not demonstrated that it would suffer “imminent, irreparable injury” while its appeal against the California court ruling is pending.

The appeal court set a hearing for the WeChat case for January 2021.

A group of WeChat users who had filed a suit calling for a halt on the ban told Reuters that the

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Google is reportedly supplying AI technology to the Trump administration’s virtual border wall



a close up of Sundar Pichai wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels, Belgium January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman


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Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels, Belgium January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

  • Google is reportedly supplying its artificial intelligence technology to help build a “virtual” border wall for the Trump administration, per a report from The Intercept.
  • Military contracting startup Anduril had been awarded a contract with US Customs and Border Protection in July to build the wall that would monitor crossings in the US.
  • Documents show that Google’s Cloud technology would be used in tandem with Anduril’s for the project.
  • News of Google’s involvement in the project comes as the company has long fielded criticism for its involvement in controversial government projects, like Project Maven.
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Google is supplying its artificial intelligence technology to a “virtual” border wall for the Trump administration, according to a report from

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