Always Release the Sleazy News Friday

Everyone knows that the fewest people watch TV Friday night, and the Saturday papers have the lowest circulation. So media-savvy pols release bad news on Friday around 5pm.

And, regular as clockwork, here’s this week’s,

FEMA Abandons Pledge on 4 No-Bid Contracts : FEMA has broken its promise to reopen four multimillion-dollar no-bid contracts for Hurricane Katrina work, including three that federal auditors say wasted significant amounts of money.

Acting FEMA Director R. David Paulison pledged last fall to rebid the contracts, which were awarded to Shaw Group Inc., Bechtel Corp., CH2M Hill Inc. and Fluor Corp. Later, the agency acknowledged the rebidding wouldn’t happen until February.

This week, FEMA said the contracts wouldn’t be rebid after all. In fact, they have been extended,

It really is just a giant kleptocracy, isn’t it?

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