New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off | Reuters


Boeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the U.S. planemaker’s engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane.

GE Aviation said it had found unexpected wear in a component for the GE9X engine it is making for Boeing’s 777X, the world’s largest twin-engined jet, forcing a delay of several months while it redesigns and tests the part.

The aerospace industry’s biggest annual event, which alternates with Britain’s Farnborough Airshow, is traditionally a slugging match between Airbus and Boeing in the $150 billion a year commercial aircraft market.

Source: New blow to Boeing from engine delay, Airbus long-range rival takes off – Reuters

U.S. Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income


Balfour Beatty, among the U.S. military’s largest housing providers, systematically falsified its Tinker Air Force Base maintenance logs for years, Reuters found through a review of company records, Air Force reports and interviews with former workers.

The fake entries made the company appear responsive to tenant complaints and unsafe conditions, helping it secure millions in “performance incentive fees” for good service that it otherwise often would not have qualified for. The efforts left families in harm’s way and persuaded Air Force brass to ignore warnings of trouble raised by military base employees.

For years, Balfour Beatty kept two sets of maintenance books at Tinker, Reuters, working in partnership with CBS News, found.

Source: U.S. Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income: documents

Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out

President Trump and his fellow climate change deniers will not lose sleep over the testimony of former EPA administrators, but they may not be able to ignore for long the growing tide of public opinion. Recent polls indicate elevated concern about climate change among independents and moderate and conservative democrats.

Climate change is now the top concern of over 80% of Democratic voters – higher priority even than healthcare.

Nothing focuses the mind on climate change quite as much as extreme weather events. When scientists first began warning about the impacts that greenhouse gas emissions might have on the climate, the threat was theoretical.

Not anymore. Voters are seeing the impact of climate change in real time.

Source: Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out | Opinion

There is no real ‘European foreign policy’, says former EU diplomat | EURACTIV.com


The EU does not have a real ‘European foreign policy’ because every country works on its own and member states do not want to give full responsibility to the EU’s High Representative, a former senior French and EU diplomat told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

Pierre Vimont, who helped launch the EU’s External Action Service, also said France cannot give up its UN Security Council seat for the sake of having a single EU seat “for legal and political reasons.”

Source: There is no real ‘European foreign policy’, says former EU diplomat – EURACTIV.com

US ambassador: Europe should forget Huawei, embrace Western tech | EURACTIV.com


America cannot have close security, intelligence and technology ties with Europe unless the EU cuts ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei and embraces “Western telecom industry”, the US ambassador to the European Union told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Gordon Sondland also said the EU is “quite protectionist by nature” but added he expects the new European Commission, due to take office in November, to “start on a fresh page and on a new footing with the United States.”

I don’t think we’re foes any more than General Motors and Ford are foes. They’re friendly competitors, they’re each trying to gain market share – and I think so do the US and the EU. They are each trying to gain market share and currently the EU has a greater percentage of the US market share, than the US does of the European market – and we’re trying to rebalance that. It makes total sense to me.

Source: US ambassador: Europe should forget Huawei, embrace Western tech – EURACTIV.com

Court Packing Won’t Happen, but Calling Out the Court as Partisan Can Work Just as Well | Pacific Standard


More than any other president in recent history, Donald Trump is content to let his cabinet seats sit empty. At one point this year, almost 40 percent of key leadership positions that require Senate confirmation were unfilled, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit focused on good governance.

But while Trump is content with major staffing vacancies, he’s been filling the federal judiciary at record speed, appointing over 100 judges in his first term alone.

Source: Court Packing Won’t Happen, but Calling Out the Court as Partisan Can Work Just as Well – Pacific Standard

Your personal data is too public for agencies to verify | FCW


For decades, signifiers like name, address, date of birth or Social Security number might have been all one needed to establish an identity when interacting with federal agencies.

In a new report publicly released Jun. 14, the watchdog agency says that large-scale cyberattacks and data breaches like the 2015 Office of Personnel Management and 2017 Equifax hacks have flooded the black market with so much personal data that such information is now practically useless as a means of verifying identity in the digital age.

Source: Your personal data is too public for agencies to verify — FCW

Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants | Light Reading


Australia’s Telstra has been approached by web giants and offered “exclusive deals” to partner on edge services if it restricts its role to that of connectivity provider.

The operator appears to have spurned those offers as it eyes a much bigger role in the market for edge computing, one of the main opportunities associated with the rollout of next-generation 5G mobile networks.

The revelation came at this week’s 5G World event in London and highlights the concern that Internet giants may continue their advance into telco territory with the rollout of 5G networks.

Source: Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants | Light Reading

Trump’s Efforts at Election Tampering Are Growing Bolder | Defense One

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“I’m actually a very honest guy,” Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos in an interview aired Monday. And while that claim holds no water in general, Trump was jarringly honest on one topic: his willingness to welcome foreign interference in the 2020 election.

“It’s not an interference, they have information—I think I’d take it,” Trump said.

“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI—if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘Oh let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it.”

Source: Trump’s Efforts at Election Tampering Are Growing Bolder – Defense One

These Candidates Are in the 2020 Democratic Debate | Time


The Democratic National Committee has officially announced the 20 candidates who will appear onstage in the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

Hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, the debates will be broadcast in primetime from Miami on June 26 and 27.

In order to qualify, candidates had to either poll at 1% in three surveys or receive 65,000 individual donations.

Source: These Candidates Are in the 2020 Democratic Debate | Time