Government Announces $62 Billion in New Military Spending: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Ottawa lays out $62-billion in new military spending over 20 years

“Ottawa has announced plans for a beefed-up and modernized military that includes tens of billions of dollars in new spending, although the biggest budget increases are years down the road.

“The new money in the 20-year plan will be used to add 5,000 regular and reserve personnel, buy a bigger-than-expected fleet of 88 fighter jets, and pay for the ballooning cost of 15 military vessels called surface combatants, among other details announced by National Defence.”

 – The Globe and Mail

2. ‘I expect loyalty,’ Trump told Comey, according to written testimony

“Fired FBI Director James B. Comey said President Trump told him at the White House “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’’ in their private White House dinner conversation in January, according to written testimony prepared by Comey.”

Washington Post

3. Uber fires executive who obtained medical records of a woman who had been raped in her Uber

“Eric Alexander, Uber’s president of business in Asia, was terminated on Tuesday for his actions after reporters began asking questions about the episode, according to three people familiar with it who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
“Mr. Alexander’s possession of the medical report was widely known among top executives inside the company, including Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, these people said.”

– New York Times

4. US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

“US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US’ closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
“The FBI recently sent a team of investigators to Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hacking incident, Qatari and US government officials say.”


5. Scientists debut low-cost system for turning carbon dioxide into usable fuel

“Something like this could solve a lot of problems.”