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“Defense Expert Allison Barrie explains the messaging behind Russia’s new attack sub. She breaks down Moscow’s latest announcement and the implications for US and global security” Interesting Video here, Cold War tensions heat up: Russia’s underwater message
Benjamin Hall reports from Antakya, Turkey. Turkey building wall along Syria border to contain conflict
“Tensions escalated sharply today as U.S. Navy war ships, led by a nuclear-powered aircraft, steamed toward the Korean Peninsula and President Donald Trump sent a stern warning to North Korea via Twitter. Trump warned that North Korea is “looking for trouble” and the United States is going to “solve the problem” with or without China’s help.” More here. Tensions Escalate as N. Korea Threatens to Nuke U.S., Trump Threatens to ‘Solve Problem
BEIJING (AP) — “China’s use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation’s execution rate fell sharply over the past decade, human rights activists said Tuesday.” more here. EXECUTIONS IN CHINA SAID TO OUTPACE WORLD DESPITE DECLINE
“Along a fertile stretch of the northeastern Mediterranean, row after row of once-plump tomatoes are rotting on the vine.
The fallout from the war in Syria is creeping further into Turkey, where the sanctions Vladimir Putin imposed after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s forces downed a Russian jet 16 months ago are pushing farmers toward ruin.” More here. Rotten Tomatoes: Turkish Farmers Suffer Putin’s Wrath Over Syria
“The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced plans to “protect U.S. workers from H-1B program discrimination by providing greater transparency and oversight.” DOL says it will take the following actions in defense of our domestic labor market:” More here. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO H-1B EMPLOYERS: THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
“After reviewing the latest data comparing sanctuary cities to non-sanctuary cities in the United States, the numbers show that the urban refuges welcoming illegal alien criminals – and set up by Leftist politicians – pose a much greater danger to residents, as witnessed by higher crime rates.” More here. Analysis shows more crime in sanctuary cities
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Transcript: I’m Chris Farrell . . . and this is “On Watch”
“Keep your eye on the ball. There are a lot of distractions and misdirection’s in Washington DC. Some of them are deliberate, some of them are mistakes and errors exploited by political opposition and the media. You’ve got to remain focused and not fall for the curveballs, change-ups and sinkers.
Today, I’m talking about a domestic political intelligence operation that dwarfs and trivializes Nixon’s Watergate. It’s now clear that the Obama White House used national signals intelligence collection means to spy on political opponents. Article and video here. On Watch: Episode 12 – Complicity & Negligence in Domestic Political Espionage
U.S. Army Captain Roger Hill sounds off. Video here. Army officer unloads on PC culture endangering the military
The O’Reilly Factor’ examines more anti-free speech on college campuses. Video here. Students protest Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna
“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday rolled back an Obama administration attempt to reform how student loan servicers collect debt.”
“The Obama administration’s vision for how federal loans would be serviced almost certainly meant that the feds would have to increase how much they pay loan contractors to collect monthly payments from borrowers and counsel them on repayment options. Already, the government annually spends around $800 million to collect on nearly $1.1 trillion of debt. DeVos, however, made clear that her department would focus on limiting costs.
“We must create a student loan servicing environment that provides the highest quality customer service and increases accountability and transparency for all borrowers, while also limiting the cost to taxpayers,” DeVos said. More here. DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections
“United Continental Holdings Inc. struggled to contain spiraling fallout over a passenger’s forcible removal from a flight as efforts at damage control fell flat.
Recordings of the incident posted on social media spread quickly around the globe and sent people into a rage. They showed officers pulling a passenger from a flight Sunday evening after he refused to give up his seat and then dragging him down the aisle as travelers yelled at them to stop.” More here. United Struggles to Extinguish Social Media Firestorm
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