A contractor who was awarded a massive contract to provide millions of meals to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria drastically underdelivered, according to a New York Times investigation. Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur and self-described government contractor who owns Tribute Contracting LLC, was awarded the $156 million contract by FEMA on Oct. 3 to provide 30 million self-heating meals to Puerto Rico, but only followed through on 50,000. Brown, the sole employee of her company, hired an 11-person wedding catering company and a Texas nonprofit that had shipped food to a Houston food bank during Hurricane Harvey to provide the meals.
The Defense Logistics Agency in the Pentagon has reportedly "lost track" of hundreds of millions of dollars that it has spent, according to a Politico report about an internal audit. Accountants from Ernst & Young are said to have conducted the audit and found the agency did not properly document more than $800 million in construction projects -- and it's only one of the audit's examples of a lack of receipts and unreliable financial tracking system. The documents, according to Politico, renew questions about whether the Department of Defense as a bureau can handle managing its $700 billion annual budget, which President Trump has called to greatly increase.
Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the U.S. for health and wellness. This is not a new trend. The rankings have changed little over the last quarter century. What's causing residents of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and other southern states to live such short lives, while experiencing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease? A July study found a 20-year difference in life expectancy by county, with most of the counties with lower life expectancy located in the Southeast. The life expectancy gap is also growing year to year.
The second wife of President Trump's staff secretary Rob Porter tells The Daily Mail that she was abused by the aide. Jennifer Willoughby told the online publication that she was "walking on eggshells" due to Porter's explosive anger. Porter's ex-wife filed a protective order against him after he violated a separation agreement and wouldn't leave their apartment back in 2010. He is alleged to have punched the glass on the door. She also accused Porter of physically assaulting her in that same year. Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness also told The Daily Mail, Porter "was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive and that is why I left."
The Nunes memo, released last Friday, alleges that the FBI improperly sought surveillance on a former Trump campaign adviser. But Democratic lawmakers say the Nunes memo is riddled with errors and omissions, and prepared a rebuttal memo to set the record straight. The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday night to make the Democratic memo public, sending it to the White House for review. Asked today if Trump had read the Democratic memo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly suggested it was "too lengthy" for Trump to read and he will instead be briefed later. The average person reads a page in about two minutes, meaning a 10-page memo would take about 20 minutes for most people to read.