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Pentagon nominee Griffin promises stronger DoD leadership in advancing technology

Griffin: “Our most pressing challenge will be to field new capabilities faster than our adversaries.” WASHINGTON — The United States military can no longer count on having technological dominance over its adversaries. For the Pentagon, this is a pivotal moment that demands bold action, said Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s nominee for the position of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Global spread of technology that the Pentagon used to own exclusively has shifted the balance of power, a situation that “demands that we reassert our technological leadership,” Griffin…

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Wife of deported Michigan man to attend State of the Union

The wife of an undocumented immigrant who was deported to Mexico this week after living in the U.S. for three decades will be attending this year’s State of the Union speech, according to a Michigan congresswoman. Cindy Garcia’s husband, Jorge, was deported on Monday. The 39-year-old father of two was undocumented when he was brought to the U.S. at age 10, according to Cindy Garcia and their family lawyer. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced Thursday that she had invited Cindy Garcia to be her guest to President Donald Trump’s first…

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North Korea THREAT: Donald Trump must ‘pull all stops NOW’ to end Kim Jong-un’s regime

North Korea has been hit with a swathe of new sanctions aimed at cutting down the rogue country’s cash supplies funding its nuclear arsenal.  US President Donald Trump claimed Russia was not providing the necessary support to stop North Korea, accusing Moscow of helping Pyongyang evade sanctions. General Jack Keane said the US should intervene to make Russia uphold the sanctions to avoid sparking a conflict between the United States and North Korea. He said: “We gotta pull out all the stops now. The fact that Russia is backdooring North…

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The real reason Trump went to Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — The official White House line is that President Donald Trump visited a factory in western Pennsylvania on Thursday to highlight how his signature tax cut is boosting the economy. And the president himself said he went to “give my total support” to the Republican candidate for a March 13 special election. But make no mistake, Trump was there to get an early jump on 2020. And he tested out themes that will no doubt become more familiar as the next presidential election draws nearer. He told workers at…

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North Korea crisis: Rogue state ‘likely to test nuke over the PACIFIC’ by end of 2018

Kim Jong-un is likely to continue his relentless pursuit of bigger and more powerful weapons by firing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over Japan as well as launching submarine-based rockets, Rodger Baker said. And he warned there was a “relatively high potential” the rogue state would finish its 2018 test cycle with a nuclear explosion somewhere over the Pacific. Mr Baker, vice president for strategic analysis at geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, said the North’s current willingness to work with its neighbours in the South for the sake of the Winter Olympics…

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North Korea peace talks DOOMED as ‘Kim will NEVER give up his nukes’

Tensions appear to have eased in the region recently after officials from Pyongyang and Seoul sat down together to discuss the Winter Olympics. And some have speculated that the thaw in relations could eventually lead to Pyongyang giving up its nuclear ambitions. But James Dobbins, a senior fellow at the Rand Corporation and diplomat, said he held out very little hope of that ever happening. In a blogpost for Rand, he stressed the two countries had held occasional talks for decades, with scant progress. He wrote: “Kim Jong-un’s latest overture…

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Science 

Donald Trump Keeps Arguing a Shutdown Will 'Devastate' the Military. That's Not Exactly True

Shutdowns do not affect essential services More President Donald Trump has repeatedly argued that a looming government shutdown would hurt the military. As Congress debates whether to pass a short-term spending resolution or attempt to address immigration issues in a longer-term compromise, Trump has said and tweeted that a shutdown would most drastically impact military funding. “If for any reason it shuts down, the worst thing would be what happens to our military,” he said Wednesday before a meeting at the Pentagon. “The group that loses big would be the…

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Trump scrapped UK visit because President wants May to ‘FOCUS ON BREXIT’, Tillerson claims

The US President caused a stir earlier this month when he announced that he would not after all be visiting the UK to open the new embassy in Vauxhall, tweeting that it was in an “off location”. He has subsequently returned to the subject yesterday, claiming the building “came out tremendously over budget”.  He said: “So now we have an embassy that cost $1.2billion, I think it was much more than that… in the wrong location.” At the time, his claims raised eyebrows, with many suggesting he was ducking out…

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North Korea shock claim: Get America OUT OF THE PICTURE for peace talks, analyst says

Charles Shoebridge said US policy in the era of Donald Trump was proving a distraction from ongoing talks between North and South Korea. In particular, Mr Shoebridge singled out the 20 foreign ministers of the Vancouver Group, which is spearheaded by the United States, and which has so far been sceptical about the possibility of a positive outcome, despite the suggestions of a breakthrough in recent days. US policy is a distraction from the ongoing Korean talks, which Seoul hopes will eventually lead to the denuclearisation of the entire peninsula,…

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Lesbian veteran, 90, finally gets her ‘honorable discharge’

A FedEx delivery arrived at Helen Grace James’ door on Wednesday. It was a message from the U.S. Air Force. She called two of her closest friends to come be with her before she opened it, and they arrived 20 minutes later. Once she opened it, she received the good news: The military had upgraded her discharge status to “honorable.” James had been waiting for this for more than six decades. “I’m still trying to process it,” she told NBC News. “It was both joy and shock. It was really…

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