The Pentagon knowingly hid information from an internal study that found that the Pentagon wasted $125 billion dollars in an effort to keep that money in future Congressional budgets, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.

The 77-page report summary by the Defense Business Board was finished and presented in January 2015 and would have allowed the U.S. Department of Defense to save about $125 billion over a period of five years without having to fire employees or lessen the strength of the military. It would have used early retirements, made changes to contractor deals and used technology more efficiently.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work requested the study as a way to increase efficiency in what is known to be the most inefficient bureaucracy; however, when the results came out and the scope of the waste became known, Work seemed to change his mind, telling The Post that saving $125 billion was "unrealistic" and that number came from the Defense Business Board's lack of understanding about the way that would work out in practice versus in theory—citing that Congressmen will not eliminate federal civil service jobs because they "love having them in their districts."

In exchange, Work said that the Pentagon would implement some of the things from the study, but on a much smaller scale, resulting in a savings of $30 billion by 2020.

“We will never be as efficient as a commercial organization,” Work told The Post. “We’re the largest bureaucracy in the world. There’s going to be some inherent inefficiencies in that.”

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With 2016 winding to a close, Twitter released its annual list, called "#ThisHappened in 2016," of the top tweets, topics and hashtags for the year yesterday, and it may be somewhat predictable.

Top Three Tweets:

A Spanish gamer tweeting about lemonade:

Harry Styles using a Taylor Swift song lyric to celebrate his birthday:

Hillary Clinton's inspirational concession tweet:

The top ten global trends covered a range of topics including the Rio Olympic Games, Election 2016, Pokemon Go, Brexit, Black Lives Matter, Trump and Game of Thrones.


Last night on the semifinals of The Voice, contestant Christian Cuevas (who is on Alicia Keys' Team), may have performed the evening's most memorable song with his cover of Israel Houghton’s “To Worship You I Live,” which featured a full-on worship choir.

Keys said that the song was “a dream-come-true performance,” and Blake Shelton added, “Whether you’re doing an uptempo, fun song or a sad song or a song of faith and worship like you just did, you have the ability to make us feel ...That’s the mark of a great artist.” Discuss

We agree.

The Writers Guild of America released the 2017 nominations for the top television, new media, news and radio achievements last night.

Some of our favorite shows from 2015 have managed to secure their spot again this year, with the exception of 2016’s most noteworthy shows, including Atlanta, Stranger Things and Westworld. The winners will be announced on February 19.

You can view the complete list of nominees here. Discuss

The 2017 Grammy nominations are here and they are stacked. For starters, Beyonce really out Beyonce’d herself by sweeping nominations in nine different categories. Right behind her are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West at eight nominations.

Each category seems to be absolutely loaded with talent and we are thrilled to see lots familiar names gracing the nomination list this year: Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Kirk Franklin, All Sons & Daughters, and Crowder—to name a few. And if the nominees are any reflection of some of the performances we might see this year, then the 2017 Grammy’s are going to be—dare we say, lit.

Here are some of the nominations for artists we know and love:

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
“Trust In You" — Lauren Daigle
“Priceless” — For King & Country
“King Of The World” — Natalie Grant
“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
“Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Best Gospel Album:
Listen — Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House — Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live] — Todd Dulaney
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live] — William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Poets & Saints — All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal — Crowder
Be One — Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live] — Hillsong Young & Free
Love Remains — Hillary Scott &The Scott Family

You can see the full list here. Discuss