June 17, 2021

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Space Command Tracking Falling Debris

Space Command is tracking Chinese rocket-launch debris heading this way. The rocket is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, raising concerns about where its debris may make impact. Last year a similar Chinese rocket-launch landed in the Atlantic Ocean after leaving a trail of debris in the African nation of Cote D’Ivoire. 

Biden Likely to Outline Foreign Policy Vision Today

Foreign Policy

President Joe Biden is expected to give his first major foreign policy address today during a visit to the State Department to meet with StateSec Tony Blinken.

Timeline on Vote for New DefSec Unclear

Timeline

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a confirmation hearing at 3 pm Jan. 19 for GEN Lloyd Austin, the Biden administration’s choice for secretary of defense. A timeline for any vote has not yet been established.

Trump Tweets DefSec Esper Is ‘Terminated’

Esper

DefSec Mark Esper got the boot on Monday. President Donald Trump made the announcement in a Tweet. Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be the acting secretary.

Rural Areas Appealing to More Workers

Rural

Recent polls indicate that many Americans in urban areas working from home would consider moving to rural areas. But internet availability could affect a decision to move.

Experts Still Fear Second Peak of COVID-19

Fight COVID

The trend of new coronavirus cases is still increasing in 19 states, holding steady in seven, and heading downward in 24, includng Maryland and Virginia. Health experts continue to fear a second peak of COVID-19 in the wake of the reopening of states, Memorial Day gatherings, and protests seeking racial justice across the country.

Historied USS Nevada Found 3 Miles Deep Off Pearl Harbor

USS Nevada

The USS Nevada may be the most resilient battleship in the history of the Navy: Commissioned in 1916, survived bombing of Pearl Harbor; fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII, and went on to prove nearly unsinkable into the emerging atomic age.

Protestors Press Hogan on COVID-19 Restrictions

Hogan

ReOpen Maryland, a group organized to lobby Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to reopen businesses, educational, and religious institutions immediately, protested in Annapolis on Saturday. Some state lawmakers are also urging the governor to consider a regional approach to relaxing restrictions during the coronavirus threat.

FEMA Calls for Face Shields; Lab at Pax River Responds

Face Shields

Demand for medical face shields has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 public health threat. And 3-D printers are stepping up to make the devices.

More Restrictions, Closures Due to COVID-19 Threat

Travel Ban

More restrictions and closures are in effect in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The number of those testing positive goes up in Maryland.