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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin: No discussion with White House on Trump's taxes
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:35:16 -0400

U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin: No discussion with White House on Trump's taxesMnuchin told U.S. lawmakers he did not know who in the Internal Revenue Service had written the draft memo, which concluded that tax returns must be given to lawmakers unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege. The newly disclosed draft memo was looking at a different issue, Mnuchin told a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. Mnuchin said he had been advised it would be unlawful to release the returns, and underscored that the memo that reportedly contradicted that advice had only been in draft form.


Tu-95 Bear: Meet the Old Russian Bomber U.S. F-22s Just Intercepted Near Alaska
Wed, 22 May 2019 06:31:00 -0400

Tu-95 Bear: Meet the Old Russian Bomber U.S. F-22s Just Intercepted Near AlaskaIt’s old, it’s obvious and it has mechanical problems — facts hard to ignore while the Tu-95 plays a key role in a highly orchestrated and much exaggerated effort by the Kremlin to impress its foreign rivals.(This first appeared several years ago and is being reposted due to reader interest.) At first glance, the Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber looks like a 59-year-old flying anachronism, a Cold War leftover that has outlived its usefulness in a century when stealth is king.The Bear is showing signs of its age. In recent months, two Tu-95 crashes led to the grounding of the entire fleet of more than 50 aircraft to resolve mechanical issues. Besides, there is nothing stealthy about the Bear.Even when the bomber is in top-notch shape, the turboprop-powered Tu-95 is loud … really loud. In fact, it’s so noisy that listening devices on submerged U.S. submarines can hear a Bear flying overhead.Furthermore, it has the radar signature of a flying big-box store. The plane is huge.Photos of lumbering Bear-H bombers intercepted by sleek U.S. or NATO warplanes as they flew toward protected airspace are some of the most recognizable images of the East-West nuclear stand-off during the 1970s and ’80s.


Poll finds wide support for Mueller and McGahn to testify in Congress
Wed, 22 May 2019 17:22:17 -0400

Poll finds wide support for Mueller and McGahn to testify in CongressDespite the president's claim that "you can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously," most Americans want Congress to continue asking questions.


'Chaotic situation' as tornado tears through Missouri's capital of Jefferson City
Thu, 23 May 2019 16:38:55 -0400

'Chaotic situation' as tornado tears through Missouri's capital of Jefferson CityA violent tornado ripped through Jefferson City, Missouri, late Wednesday, leaving many trapped and others injured. More storms are forecast.


Officials Dispute Mike Pompeo's Claim That Iran Is Collaborating With Al Qaeda
Tue, 21 May 2019 21:27:41 -0400

Officials Dispute Mike Pompeo's Claim That Iran Is Collaborating With Al QaedaSecretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that Iran and al Qaeda are collaborating is at best an exaggeration, officials tell TIME.


Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech war
Wed, 22 May 2019 06:53:05 -0400

Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech warThe US has hit China where it hurts by going after its telecom champion Huawei, but Beijing's control of the global supply of rare earths used in smartphones and electric cars gives it a powerful weapon in their escalating tech war. A seemingly routine visit by President Xi Jinping to a Chinese rare earths company this week is being widely read as an obvious threat that Beijing is standing ready for action. Xi's inspection tour "is no accident, this didn't happen by chance," said Li Mingjiang, China programme coordinator at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.


After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm: media
Wed, 22 May 2019 04:46:21 -0400

After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm: mediaThe U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world's top two economies could be further inflamed. The restrictions would limit Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The United States stuck Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist last week, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world's largest telecom network gear maker, in a major escalation in the trade war.


Ukraine's parliament snubs new president on election law
Wed, 22 May 2019 13:38:03 -0400

Ukraine's parliament snubs new president on election lawKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday turned down the new president's proposal to amend the election law in a blow to his hopes to get more of his supporters into parliament.


Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000
Wed, 22 May 2019 14:20:10 -0400

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match


More tornadoes, severe weather headed toward Midwest
Wed, 22 May 2019 04:46:53 -0400

More tornadoes, severe weather headed toward MidwestA line of storms that brought dozens of reported tornadoes is being blamed for at least three deaths. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.


The Air Force Loves the F-22 Raptor. So Why Not Build More of Them?
Thu, 23 May 2019 08:05:00 -0400

The Air Force Loves the F-22 Raptor. So Why Not Build More of Them?“Just as F-22 production would compete for fiscal and contractor resources with other Air Force programs, any F-22 export would compete with FMS customers' resources as well, including countries already committed to F-35 purchases. Most nations are not likely to have the resources available for procurement of an export F-22, which extremely limits the ability of FMS to reduce the costs associated with restarting production.”A 2017 Pentagon report to Congress detailing production retail costs for Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor show that reviving the powerful stealth air superiority fighter would be prohibitively expensive. Moreover, it would take so long to reconstitute the production line that it would not be until the mid to late 2020s before the first “new” F-22s would have flown. By that time, the F-22 would be increasingly challenged by enemy—Russian and Chinese—capabilities.(This first appeared last year.)


Trump to Congress: Stop Probing Me or I’m Done Talking With Democrats
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:09:14 -0400

Trump to Congress: Stop Probing Me or I’m Done Talking With DemocratsLeah Millis/ReutersPresident Donald Trump hijacked his own White House “Infrastructure Week” with a public meltdown on Wednesday—calling a surprise press conference to announce he had told Congress’ top Democrats that if they don’t stop investigating him, he’s done talking.“Get these phony investigations over with,” he said he told them.Trump suggested that he called off his meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer because he was disgusted that Pelosi had accused him of a cover-up earlier in the morning.But Schumer said the tantrum had all the hallmarks of a set-up, noting placards printed with details about the Mueller investigation were perched in front of the podium in the Rose Garden.“He came up with this pre-planned excuse,” Schumer said.Trump stood in front of that podium for roughly 10 minutes, ranting about House Democratic-led investigations, implying that he would halt cooperation on legislation with House Democrats until the investigations and subpoenas against Trump, his family, his administration, and his business empire were completed or scrapped.“I walked into the room,” Trump told the gathered reporters of his meeting. “I told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure... but I can’t do it under these circumstances.”The president seemed particularly incensed by Pelosi’s comments, following a meeting with the Democratic Caucus on Wednesday morning, that he was engaged in a “cover-up.”“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting [today], I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a cover-up,” Trump said during the press conference. “I don't do cover-ups.”After the president’s remarks, Pelosi told reporters, “I pray for the president of the United States. I pray for the United States.”Schumer addressed Trump’s demand that the House probes be halted. “There were investigations going on three weeks ago when we met. And he still met with us,” he said. “But now that he was forced to say how he would actually pay for [an infrastructure package], he had to run away.”Schumer accused Trump of planning this well before their meeting.“It’s clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part,” Schumer said. “When we got in the room [at the White House], the curtain was closed...There was a place for him at the front where he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn’t do infrastructure.”The White House did not immediately respond to requests for clarification on what happened behind closed doors on Wednesday morning.Going into this latest, incredibly short round of talks, neither the Democratic side nor Trumpworld seemed very optimistic. Late last month, a senior White House official characterized the state of play to The Daily Beast by saying that “people [in the Trump administration] who say that this time it’s going somewhere are lying to you,” and rhetorically asked, “How many times do we have to go through this?”By noon on Wednesday, Trump’s latest Infrastructure Week had indeed blown up entirely.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


U.S. Justice Dept staff recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint deal, sources say
Wed, 22 May 2019 14:03:19 -0400

U.S. Justice Dept staff recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint deal, sources sayThe U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division staff has recommended the agency block T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion acquisition of smaller rival Sprint Corp, according to two sources familiar with the matter. While Justice Department staff balked at the merger, the Federal Communications Commission indicated on Monday it had reached an agreement in principle with the companies to allow the deal after the companies agreed to sell Sprint's prepaid brand Boost Mobile. The final decision on whether to allow two of the four nationwide wireless carriers to merge now lies with political appointees at the department, headed by antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim.


Booker Vows to Create ‘Office of Reproductive Freedom’ If Elected
Wed, 22 May 2019 09:23:31 -0400

Booker Vows to Create ‘Office of Reproductive Freedom’ If ElectedSenator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) announced on Wednesday that he will create a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom” if he triumphs in the expansive Democratic primary field and is elected president in 2020.According to a plan released by Booker's campaign, the office would coordinate with officials from multiple agencies to ensure the fulfillment of his administration's reproductive-health priorities, including, among other things, access to abortion, contraception, paid family leave, and pregnancy care.“Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are mounting a coordinated attack on abortion access and reproductive rights,” Booker said in a statement. “A coordinated attack requires a coordinated response. That’s why on day one of my presidency, I will immediately and decisively take executive action to respond to these relentless efforts to erode Americans’ rights to control their own bodies. I will also pursue a legislative response, including legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.”As part of this effort, Booker also vowed to reinstate funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which focuses on promoting global reproductive health. He also would reverse the Trump administration's Mexico City policy, which prohibits clinics that receive federal funding under Title X from providing or promoting abortion overseas.The announcement comes just days after Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed the nation's most restrictive abortion bill into law. The bill, which prohibits virtually all abortions at any stage of pregnancy, is currently unenforceable but was advanced by the state's Republican legislature in order to prompt a challenge to Roe v. Wade.Booker and a number of his fellow presidential aspirants have vowed to advance federal legislation to codify the federal abortion policy created by the Supreme Court decision in Roe.


14 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Give You Back Your Parking Spot
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:00:00 -0400

14 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Give You Back Your Parking Spot


US stocks rally on Huawei reprieve as pound gyrates on Brexit news
Tue, 21 May 2019 20:37:34 -0400

US stocks rally on Huawei reprieve as pound gyrates on Brexit newsGlobal stocks rallied Tuesday as the United States took a step away from imposing crushing restrictions on Chinese telecom company Huawei, while the pound gyrated on fresh Brexit drama.


Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:31:33 -0400

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."


'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer extends amazing streak with his 24th victory
Wed, 22 May 2019 07:52:48 -0400

'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer extends amazing streak with his 24th victoryJames Holzhauer extended his 'Jeopardy!' winning streak to an even two dozen Tuesday, as he moves ever closer to the $2 million mark.


Rain, flooding expected in U.S. Southern Plains after deadly storms
Wed, 22 May 2019 16:02:03 -0400

Rain, flooding expected in U.S. Southern Plains after deadly stormsWeather forecasters on Wednesday expected drenching rains to roll into the storm-ravaged U.S. southern and central states, where thunderstorms and tornadoes killed at least three people and triggered widespread flooding. More than 30 tornadoes struck a swath from Texas to Iowa since Monday, according to the National Weather Service, and residents in at least three Oklahoma riverfront communities were urged to evacuate due to flooding. One person was killed and another was injured when a tornado struck the rural town of Adair, Iowa, about 50 miles (80 km)west of Des Moines, at about 1:30 a.m. local time, the weather service said.


Two Words That Even an F-22 Doesn't Have the Power to Defeat
Wed, 22 May 2019 15:48:00 -0400

Two Words That Even an F-22 Doesn't Have the Power to DefeatThe small Raptor force is expensive to operate ($58,000 per flight hour, three times the cost of an F-16), but the fifth-generation stealth aircraft remain the U.S. military’s preferred weapon for countering the latest 4.5-generation jets like the Russian Su-35 or China’s J-20 stealth fighter and J-11D.The F-22 Raptor may be the most elusive fighter ever built. It has a radar-cross section the size of a marble, and if it gets into trouble, it can rocket away traveling up to two-and-a-half times the speed of sound—so fast that the friction from the air would melt its radar-absorbent coatings right off its airframe. But this October, the Air Force discovered that a Raptor with its wings clipped can’t evade the force of nature.(This first appeared late last year.)Tyndall Air Force Base, located on a coastal peninsula across from Panama City, Florida, is a sprawling twenty-nine thousand-acre complex which at the beginning of October housed fifty-five F-22 Raptors of the 325th Fighter Wing—nearly a third of all F-22s built, making it the primary center for Raptor pilot training. It also houses QF-16 jet fighter drones used for Full-Scale Aerial Target tests, T-38 supersonic jet trainers and Mitsubishi Mu-2 twin-engine utility planes used to train AWACS crews in airborne-early warning skills.



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