Pete Buttigieg reveals the clients he consulted for at McKinsey, a company he now calls ‘amoral’

FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg points to his wedding ring from his marriage to his husband Chasten as he talks about civil rights in the United States during the U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo

Under mounting pressure for transparency, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed a list of clients he worked for while a consultant at McKinsey & Company between 2007 and 2010.
The clients include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws, Best Buy, and several US government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Energy, the United States Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.
Less than two years after Buttigieg consulted for Blue Cross of Michigan, the company announced dramatic spending cuts, laid off almost 10% of its employees in 2009, and increased premiums.
Buttigieg has described himself as a low-level employee with “little decision making authority,” who took a job at the prestigious firm to learn key business skills before pursuing a career in the public sector.
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Under mounting pressure for transparency, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed a list of clients he worked for while employed as a consultant at McKinsey & Company between 2007 and 2010.

The clients include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws, Best Buy, and several US government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Energy, the United States Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.

McKinsey has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months as news investigations have revealed a host of the company’s ethically questionable actions, including work for authoritarian regimes.

Buttigieg, 37, described himself as a low-level employee at McKinsey with “little decision making authority,” who took a job at the prestigious firm to learn key business skills before pursuing a career in the public sector.

“Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis,” Buttigieg said in a statement to the press. …read more

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The Pentagon orders operational training pause for all Saudi students in the US after NAS Pensacola shooting

The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola, Fla.

The Pentagon has ordered a pause on operational training for all Saudi military personnel training in the US in the wake of the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting.
The move will limit training for all 852 Saudi students training at US military facilities to the classroom, pending the completion of a review of relevant vetting and security procedures.
This decision follows a deadly shooting Friday in which a member of the Saudi military killed three and injured several others at NAS Pensacola.
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The Department of Defense has ordered a pause on operational training for all Saudi military personnel training in the US as the department conducts a review in the wake of the deadly shooting last Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, according to a DoD memo.

Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist, at the order of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, issued a memo Tuesday calling for the department to take “immediate steps to strengthen personnel vetting” for international military students and complete a review within 10 days of “policies and procedures for screening foreign students and granting access to our bases.”

“Pending the completion of a security and safety stand-down,” he wrote, “training of KSA students at US installations will be limited to the classroom.”

The Pentagon notes that the US has trained more than 28,000 Saudi students “without serious incident,” but the “tragic loss of life” that occurred last Friday has led the department to reassess its security procedures. The latest move will affect all 852 Saudi students currently training in the US.

The decision follows an earlier decision by the Navy to suspend flight training for more than 300 Saudi military aviation students at three different Navy facilities, namely NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field, and NAS Mayport as part of an ongoing safety stand-down …read more

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CDC Releases List of Vape Brands Linked to Respiratory Illnesses

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The CDC has released the first list of vape brands most commonly linked to the recent lung-related illnesses.

Overall, 80% of the nearly 2,300 reported hospitalizations said they vaped liquids containing THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

The CDC included brands like TKO, Smart Cart and Rove, but the most commonly used product among sick patients was Dank Vapes.

As Newsy’s previously reported, “Dank Vapes” is a generic label that can be bought online — allowing black market sellers to put it on any product regardless of what it is or how it was made.

Some brands are attempting to combat the use of their name on the black market by adding scannable QR codes to their products to help users confirm its legitimacy.

Rove says, “If your [Rove] cartridge box does not have a QR code, unfortunately it is counterfeit. Genuine Rove products are only sold in licensed dispensaries. If you bought it anywhere else, it is counterfeit.”

Although the number lung injury cases appears to be declining, investigators want more data before narrowing down a culprit. The CDC advises people to refrain from using vaping products and for states to remain vigilant with these cases while they investigate.

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