NEW: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's former company, New Breed, was awarded multiple noncompetitive contracts by USPS that may have cost taxpayers as much as $53 million more than if they'd been competitively bid.… via @nbcnews
The 2001 audit, reviewed by @NBCNews, concluded by saying all of the Postal Service contracts with New Breed "could have been awarded competitively, resulting in more fair and reasonable contract prices overall."
"It's puzzling why it was not referred for investigation," said former Postal Service Inspector General Dave Williams, referring to the conclusions reached by the audit. Williams was inspector general from 2003 to 2016.
DeJoy said through a spokesman that the report was a review of Postal Service contracting and not of New Breed. "There was no finding in the review that the company did not fulfill the terms and conditions of the contract," he said.

And the Postal Service disputed some of ..
the inspector general's findings about the company's proposed pricing, "which it indicated was a reflection of operating in high-cost labor regions of the country that the company was required to serve," the spokesman said.

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👉Senate historical records dating to 1900 reviewed by @NBCNews:

No president has seated a Supreme Court nominee within 3 months of an election.

👉A confirmation weeks before Election Day would be first in modern history.

(Trump says he wants a vote before election day.)
The closest comparison would be Wilson’s successful confirmation of John Clarke in July of 1916.

Pres. historian John Meacham: McConnell “invented” a rule to block Obama’s 2016 nominee & now his premise for moving forward – bcz Rs control the Senate -- is “equally invented.”
“The moment we’re in," he added, "is about the acquisition and use of power. It’s not driven by constitutional principle or practice. The more honest we are about that better.”

While there’ve been a number of confirmations to the high court in election years,
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NEW: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is expected as early as today to release his report on the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, and former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, the ranking Democrat on the committee, last night also sent Johnson a letter calling for the release of all full transcripts related to the investigation.

Last week, NBC reported that Amos Hochstein, the only person known to have directly discussed
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Sen. Ron Johnson, again today, says he's "hoping" his taxpayer-funded investigation will impact the election.

"People need to take a look at this report very carefully and understand what the ramifications are for electing Joe Biden as president.”

Other recents:

It will “certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting for Vice President Biden.”

“We’ve got to speed It up because we got an election coming, and people have a right to know before they
cast their ballot.”…
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“People always want to know, ‘Was she sick? Did she have a prior condition?’” ... “I think that’s just to make themselves feel better, ‘I don’t have any underlying conditions, I’ll be fine.’”

(sister in law of Brandy Hearne, a 41-year-old single mother who died this month)
Dr. Adeline Fagan, age 28, who died just days ago:

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Gravestones etched to illustrate the equivalence of the grim coronavirus death milestone U.S. expected to hit *this weekend* appearing as full-page ads (& home page takeovers) Friday across swing states.

(Appearing in 11 newspapers in 5 states: MI, FL, AZ, PA and WI.)
The Center for American Progress Action Fund and Priorities USA have partnered on the ads, which also call for a national plan to address the pandemic.

And while President Trump isn’t mentioned, the intention is clear.
200,000 is greater than the populations of 670 major U.S. cities, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

With the exception of Spain, the U.S. is alone in the Western world when it comes to the number of COVID deaths per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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The only official known to have spoken with @JoeBiden about Burisma in 2015 testifies today -- and Amos Hochstein's already told colleagues ... it never affected U.S. policy, the latest blow to the Johnson probe.…
Sen. Johnson plans to release his report in late September, just before the first presidential debate.

Hochstein has told associates: U.S. policy was never changed because of Burisma, he was never asked to do so and Burisma never factored into any policy decisions.
In fact, the Obama administration sought to punish Burisma rather than protect it.

Recent examples of Johnson talking about the probe's political aims:

It will “certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting
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