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• The Washington Post reports that Amazon will challenge the Trump administration's decision to award a Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth as much as $10 billion to Microsoft over the coming decade.

The reason: The contract - for something called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (known, somehow perfectly, as JEDI) - originally was seen as likely to go to Amazon, which had performed similar services for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Amazon's challenge is based on the fact that President Trump has consistently disparaged the company, at least in part because its founder, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post, which has been aggressive in its coverage of the administration.

Amazon is accusing the Trump administration of putting its finger on the scale for political reasons, as opposed to awarding it based on merit. The White House has said this is not the case.

The challenge is in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

If this is going to court, that means there will be depositions and discovery and, no doubt, a series of appeals of whatever decisions come down. The Post notes, for the recored, that "Federal acquisition laws prohibit politicians, including the president, from influencing contract awards."