Jun 15, 2017

Qatar signs $12B fighter jet deal with U.S.

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Qatar finalized a $12 billion deal with the United States Wednesday to purchase F-15 fighter jets, NBC reports. Defense News reports the deal originated and was cleared by the State Department last November, initially starting at $21.1 billion.

  • Trump last week called on Qatar to "end its funding of terrorism and extremist ideology."
  • Trump last month told Qatar's ruling emir: "We are friends, we've been friends for a long time, haven't we?"

Seven countries cut ties with Qatar last week, pinning the U.S. in the crosshairs of the diplomatic crisis, since Qatar houses around 10,000 U.S. troops at the biggest U.S. air base in the Middle East.

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Acting Navy head called fired aircraft carrier captain "stupid" in address to crew

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Monday that its ousted commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was "too naive or too stupid" to realize that his letter pleading for help in battling a coronavirus outbreak on board would be leaked to the press, according to a copy of his remarks obtained by CNN.

The big picture: Modly also floated the possibility that Crozier, who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus himself, leaked the letter deliberately. He called the act a "betrayal of trust, with me, with his chain of command."

Serological coronavirus testing could be key to economic reopening

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America's economy won't reopen anytime soon, despite frantic CEO whispers, but a glimmer of hope may be emerging in the form of serological testing.

Why it matters: Serologic tests aren't to determine whether or not you're infected with coronavirus. They are to determine if you have potential immunity that could allow you to safely return to work.

Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash

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Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it.

Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, including meeting payroll and paying rent.