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1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (116 sites): Новости – Настоящее Время: Не хотим как в Париже

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Все, что нужно знать рано утром 20 августа

Новости – Настоящее Время

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Rudy Giuliani” – Google News: Bill Clinton a ‘tough umpire’ during surprise appearance at East Hampton charity game – Page Six

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Bill Clinton a ‘tough umpire’ during surprise appearance at East Hampton charity game  Page Six “We didn’t know he was coming,” Benito Vila, who runs the game, tells us. “Rudy Giuliani” – Google News 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites)

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): The National Interest: This Picture Could Mean Russia and America Have Entered into a New Arms Race

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David Axe

Security,

The INF Treaty is dead. Be worried. 

The U.S. military on Aug. 18, 2019 successfully tested a ground-launched, intermediate-range, nuclear-capable cruise missile.

It’s exactly the kind of kind of missile that the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, or INF, had banned before the administration of U.S. president Donald Trump in early August 2019 formally withdrew from the treaty.

With INF dead, the world’s nuclear balance is in flux. In the near term at least, it’s clear that the United States and Russia intend to deploy shorter-range nukes. It seems unlikely that a new treaty will halt these deployments.

The flight test of America’s new “conventionally-configured, ground-launched cruise missile” took place at San Nicolas Island in California, the Pentagon announced.

“The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers [310 miles] of flight,” the Defense Department stated.  “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform [the Defense Department’s] development of future intermediate-range capabilities.”

The missile appears to be a version of the Tomahawk cruise missile, which U.S. forces also deploy in sea- and air-launched versions.

The U.S. military previously deployed a ground-launched Tomahawk from 1983 to 1991. The missile type boasted nuclear warhead and a 1,600-miles range. INF compelled the Americans and Russians respectively to withdraw 400 and 1,500 ground-launched nuclear missiles with a range between 310 and 3,400 miles.

Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin doomed INF and heralded the return of quick-striking intermediate missiles.

The first sign that the 1987 agreement was in trouble came in 2011, when the administration of then-U.S. president Barack Obama warned that new, intermediate-range nuclear-armed cruise missile—under development in Russia since 2008—could violate the terms of the treaty.

The U.S. State Department in 2013 first raised the issue with the Kremlin. Later the same year, the White House formally announced that Russia was in violation of the treaty.

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): FOX News: Kinkajou barges into Florida woman’s apartment, attacks her boyfriend, officials say

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A kinkajou – a tree-dwelling mammal with a prehensile tail – scurried into a Florida apartment and attacked a man who had opened the front door to leave for work, according to officials.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): The National Interest: The F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter Is Back! (Don’t Get Too Excited…)

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David Axe

Security,

The F-117 entered service in the mid-1980s and most famously led deep strike missions targeting Iraqi forces during the 1991 Gulf War. The U.S. Air Force in 2008 officially retired the roughly 50 surviving airframes.

Eleven years after the U.S. Air Force retired the type, an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter has made yet another public appearance. Dismantled and being hauled across the American West on a tractor-trailer.

Photographer Chris McGreevy spotted the truck and its F-117 cargo on Aug. 16, 2019 on Columbia Way near the Palmdale Regional Airport outside Palmdale, California.

“It was just outside USAF Plant 42 in Palmdale,” McGreevy told The Aviationist reporter Tom Demerly. “I’m guessing they trucked it down from Tonopah to Palmdale so it can be demilitarized and eventually be put on display somewhere. Removing all the avionics, internals, [radar-absorbing material] and hollowing her out.”

“Given it is disassembled, I’m guessing this airframe is one of the ones that have been stored in the climate-controlled hangars at Tonopah [test range in Nevada],” McGreevy added.

The F-117 entered service in the mid-1980s and most famously led deep strike missions targeting Iraqi forces during the 1991 Gulf War. The U.S. Air Force in 2008 officially retired the roughly 50 surviving airframes.

F-22 stealth fighters assumed the F-117s’ strike role pending the introduction of F-35 stealth fighter-bombers.

The Air Force packed many of the F-117s into a storage hangar at Tonopah. But some of the “retired” Nighthawks continued to fly on secretive missions. Amateur plane-spotters packing powerful cameras photographed and videotaped F-117s flying over the desert test range and taxiing on its remote runway, sometimes singly and sometimes in pairs.

“Some isolated accounts suggested the aircraft may have participated in advanced testing in the classified test ranges north of Las Vegas,” Demerly wrote.

From the Aviationist:

Earlier this year, on Feb. 26, 2019, photographer Richard VanderMeulen shot remarkable photos of a single, unmarked, F-117A that was flying over the restricted air space R-2508 range complex near Death Valley in southern California.

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): FOX News: Gov. Cuomo knocks ‘The Godfather’ for anti-Italian stereotypes following brother’s ‘Fredo’ incident

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., blasted “The Godfather” for repeating “negative stereotypes” about Italians following a viral confrontation involving his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was mockingly called “Fredo” by a heckler.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: After two more mass shootings, Trump again appears to back away from gun background checks

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Advisers warned the president that there is little support for significant action on gun control among Republican voters — and even among some Democrats. Politics 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites)

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Axios World – August 19, 2019 – Axios

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Axios World – August 19, 2019  Axios A smart, essential look at the leading trends and news across the globe, by David Lawler. Monday and Thursday evenings. “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites)

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