January 20, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

DHS Downplays Russian Threat, Says Whistleblower

Russian Threat

Top Trump appointees at the Department of Homeland Security repeatedly sought to censor or stop reports on Russian influence activities in the United States, according to a whistleblower report released by the House Intelligence Committee,

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Trump Saves Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

After the Pentagon notified Stars and Stripes that its final newspaper publication will be released this month, President Donald Trump tweeted, “America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch.”

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Report Highlights China’s Push for Military Dominance

China

A newly released report says China’s military is pushing ahead of the US. The “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” reveals China has progressed in areas such as shipbuilding, missile defense, and ballistic and cruise missile construction. The People’s Liberation Army is an “increasingly modern and flexible force,” according to the report.

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Morning Coffee – Off the Burner

Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, Monday, September 7, to celebrate Labor Day 2020. We’ll be back Tuesday.

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More Russian-US Confrontations

Russian

Russian fighter jets repeatedly veered 100 feet in front of a US Air Force B-52 bomber over the Black Sea. Six Russian warplanes flew close enough to Alaska that Air Force F-22s scrambled to intercept them. And seven US soldiers were injured when a Russian armored vehicle deliberately rammed an American patrol in northeast Syria.

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Pilots & Crew Safe After Hawkeye Crash

The E-2C Hawkeye was conducting a training flight when it crashed northeast of Norfolk, near Wallops. Two pilots and two crew members bailed out of the aircraft safely and sustained no major injuries.

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What Will Navy’s New Force Structure Plan Look Like?

force restructure plan

Teams led by the US Navy’s chief of naval operations and the US Marine Corps’ commandant have been studying the services’ fleet size. The force structure plan, originally slated to be released in February, remains on track for the fall.

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Arson Suspected in Bonhomme Richard Fire

Arson Suspected

Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that damaged the USS Bonhomme Richard. A US Navy sailor was being questioned. The fire on the amphibious assault ship, docked in San Diego, burned for more than four days.

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US Troops Injured by Russians in Syria

US service members were injured after an altercation with Russian forces in northeast Syria this week that included Russian vehicles unsafely pursuing US forces.

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Self-Flying Cars Available – No Pilot’s License Required

Flying car

The vehicle is the single-passenger Hexa, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) platform with an open cockpit seat surrounded by a honeycomb of small rotors. Made by LIFT Aircraft, the 18-rotor Hexa is being marketed commercially as a flight experience available to all consumers, no pilot’s license required.

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