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March 04, 2009

Recommended reading

-Obama demands sweeping contracting reforms in a memo to agency heads. [Windy]

-Federal investigators discover that firms banned from federal contracting for a "staggering list of offenses" are getting contracts anyway. Banned firms don't come up in the database if the user doesn't punctuate the search correctly. Firms have gotten contracts because a contracting officer searched for "XZY Corp. Inc" instead of "XYZ Corp, Inc". [WaPo]

-The CEO of the mercenary firm formerly known as "Blackwater" has stepped aside. [MoJo]

-Bailed out banks are taking tax dollars and sticking their credit card customers with higher interest rates, and consumer activists are using their newfound leverage for credit reform. [Politico]

-Beat sweeteners, or, how Washington journalists suck up to mid-level aides with puff pieces. [Politico]

-Foodies fight modern-day slavery in Florida. [The Nation]

-Can a judge rule impartially on a case where one party donated $3 million to elect that judge? Which prompts the further question: Why do we allow any private contributions to judicial elections. The $3 million dollar case is an extreme example, but the underlying principle is the same whenever judges accept campaign contributions. We've already established what these elections are, now we're just dickering about the price. [WaPo]

-Union official says that, if seated, Al Franken would be the 60th senate vote needed to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. [The Hill]

-Amanda Marcotte explains why "Why doesn't she just leave?" is the wrong question to ask about domestic abuse. [AlterNet]

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"(Erik) Prince, who will retain his position as chairman but remove himself from day-to-day operations, founded Blackwater in 1997, initially to provide training to law enforcement and military."

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Federal investigators discover that firms banned from federal contracting for a "staggering list of offenses" are getting contracts anyway. Banned firms don't come up in the database if the user doesn't punctuate the search correctly. Firms have gotten contracts because a contracting officer searched for "XZY Corp. Inc" instead of "XYZ Corp, Inc". [WaPo]
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They should be searching with the company's Employer Identification Number.

As well as doing searches for contains "XYZ" instead of only exact matches.

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