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Bezos’s Amazon Loses Huge Pentagon Contract

Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, the once-decent, if always somewhat biased, Washington Post has become a nonstop anti-Trump attack machine.

The newspaper, with its opinion pieces masked as legitimate news, is ruining journalism, or whatever is left of it. So now, Bezos is paying a price for his indulgence. Sweet.

From . . . the Washington Post:

The Pentagon awarded its controversial $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Friday evening, spurning a bid from Amazon after President Trump expressed opposition to giving the lucrative award to a company led by Jeff Bezos, one of his longtime rivals.

The announcement comes after an intense lobbying effort and a lawsuit filed by some of America’s biggest tech companies, who accused the military of favoring Amazon in a process that has dragged on for more than a year. During that time, Trump and other administration officials also made it clear that they did not want the contract to go to Amazon. Federal acquisition laws forbid politicians, including the president, from influencing contract awards. 

The award is so large that it could tip the lucrative cloud computing business away from Amazon, which has long been the industry leader, in Microsoft’s favor. Amazon was openly described by competitors and industry analysts as a clear front runner to win the massive award, due to its years of experience handling classified data for the CIA. The company this year chose to build a massive second headquarters, a few miles from the Pentagon’s campus.