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Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:35 PM PST











Picture Of The Day

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:21 PM PST

March 19, 2018 - Putin wins a landslide re-election victory and a mandate to stay in office until 2024. Yuri Kadobnov/POOL via Reuters

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Putin's 20 years in power (Reuters).

US Democratic Presidential Candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Wins Pushup Contest At Town Hall

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:12 PM PST


The Hill: Gabbard defeats man in push-up contest at New Hampshire town hall

During a town hall in New Hampshire Thursday night, Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) was asked if she could beat former Vice President Joe Biden in a pushup contest, sparking an impromptu challenge with a supporter.

"Former Vice President Biden has randomly challenged people in the audience to a pushup contest even if they're in walkers. ... Do you think you could take him?" the supporter questioned, according to The Washington Post.

"My educated and informed guess would be yes," Gabbard replied. "However, Joe Biden may have some superhuman pushup ability that nobody knows about. But I would take most people to a pushup challenge."

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WNU Editor: She definitely keeps in shape.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Says Lev Parnas's Allegations On President Trump Are Untrue

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:08 PM PST



WNU Editor: This did not go as well as CNN had hoped for. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko is basically calling Lev Parnas .... who has been claiming for the past week that President Trump was directly involved through his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in an alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine .... a liar. Not surprising. The comment thread in the above video is overwhelmingly negative on the foreign minister. Now I so happen to have met Vadym Prystaiko twice in Ottawa when he was Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada. One was business and the other was social, and he struck me at that time to be an honest and straightforward diplomat. If he is saying that Lev Parnas' allegations are untrue, I am inclined to believe him.

U.S. Navy To Name Its Next Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris 'Dorie' Miller

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:55 PM PST

The US Navy is expected to honor Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller (pictured), naming a new aircraft carrier after him

Daily Mail: USS Doris Miller: Navy to name new $13bn aircraft carrier after Pearl Harbor hero who manned machine gun to fight off Japanese aircraft and was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor

* The US Navy is to name new aircraft carrier after a World War II hero
* Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor in 1942
* The $13billion aircraft carrier will be the fourth of the new Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers, and is scheduled to launch in 2027, and enter service in 2030
* Miller manned a machine gun on the USS West Virginia and returning fire against Japanese planes during the December 7 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
* Miller, then 22, was collecting laundry when the attack alarm sounded
* His normal battle station was destroyed by a torpedo so he went on deck and carried wounded soldiers to safety before manning a machine gun
* At the time an African American was not allowed to man a gun in the Navy
* The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, on Martin Luther King Junior Day
* Miller died on a ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1943

The US Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller.

The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday.

Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor.

Miller was recognized for manning a machine gun on the USS West Virginia and returning fire against Japanese planes during the December 7 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

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WNU Editor: I was surprised by this announcement. It is not everyday that a US Navy mess attendant 2nd Class gets an aircraft carrier named after him. But considering the man and what he did, you have to wonder why did it take the US Navy so long to honour him with this distinction.

More News On The U.S. Navy Naming Its Next Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris 'Dorie' Miller

USS Doris Miller: Navy to name new $13bn aircraft carrier after Pearl Harbor hero who manned machine gun to fight off Japanese aircraft and was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valor -- Daily Mail/AP
Next Ford-class Carrier to be Named After Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller -- USNI News
Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller -- Washington Times
Navy names aircraft carrier for Dorie Miller, black sailor from Waco and unlikely Pearl Harbor hero -- Dallas Morning News

North Korea Replaces Its Foreign Minister

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:57 PM PST

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho attends a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 7, 2018. Fred Dufour/Pool via REUTERS

NK News: Ri Yong Ho replaced as North Korean foreign minister, sources say

Ri Son Gwon will be replacement, sources say, a shift which could see major changes to foreign policy posture

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, sources in Pyongyang confirmed to NK News, in a major political reshuffle which could have a significant impact on the country's diplomatic stance going forward.

He will be replaced by Ri Son Gwon, multiple informed sources told NK News, the former chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC).

Ri Son Gwon, who played a prominent role in inter-Korean talks in early 2018, also previously served as an official at the Policy Department of the now-defunct National Defence Commission (NDC).

And he was once known as the right-hand man of Kim Yong Chol, director of the United Front Department, and appeared at a second round of inter-Korean working-level military talks in October 2006

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WNU Editor: When a country like North Korea is replacing its senior foreign diplomats, this usually signals a major change in policy. What are does changes is still unclear.

Update: Yup. There is going to be a change in policy .... N.Korean top envoys return to Pyongyang (NK News).

More News On North Korea Replacing Its Foreign Minister

North Korean foreign minister replaced: report -- Reuters
North Korea replaces its foreign minister: report -- The Hill
North Korea Replaces Ri Yong Ho as Foreign Minister: NK News -- Bloomberg

No. 2 General At The Pentagon Says North Korea Building New Missiles 'As Fast As Anybody On The Planet'

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 07:36 PM PST



CNN: No. 2 US general says North Korea building new missiles 'as fast as anybody on the planet'

Washington (CNN)North Korea is "building new missiles, new capabilities, new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet," and learning from its mistakes as it makes advances in its missile programs, the No. 2 general at the Pentagon said Friday.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments as talks between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear program have stalled and Kim Jong Un has signaled he may be ready to test more missiles that could be capable of hitting the United States.

"If you want to go fast in the missile business you need to test fast, fly fast and learn fast. Look at Space X in this country. There were some pretty spectacular failures. Did they stop? No," Hyten said while speaking at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington.

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Update: US official warns of N.Korea's weapons development (NHK)

WNU Editor: Vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten is also confident that America's defences can stop North Korea's missile threat .... US General '100% Confident' Against North Korean Missiles (VOA).

Growing Interest In .338 Caliber Machine Guns

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 06:51 PM PST



Warzone/The Drive: Makers Of The Famous Minigun Give Us Our First Look At A .338 Magnum Gatling Gun

There is a growing interest in .338 caliber machine guns, which offer greater range than 7.62mm types, and this one would provide a high rate of fire.

Dillon Aero has revealed that it is working on a new Minigun-style machine gun chambered to fire .338 Norma Magnum ammunition. U.S. Special Operations Command is separately testing more traditional machine gun designs in this same caliber, which has previously been more commonly associated with sniper rifles.

The Arizona-based gunmaker posted a picture of the still-experimental prototype on its official Facebook page on Jan. 15, 2020. The company says it will show the gun publicly for the first time at the upcoming 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, which opens next week. Dillon Aero is best known as one of the few remaining manufacturers of versions of the iconic 7.62mm Minigun machine gun, which General Electric first designed and built in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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WNU Editor: US Special Forces like what these guns can offer .... US Special Operations Command just picked up a new lightweight machine gun (Business Insider)

U.S. Sanctions Are Cratering The Iranian Economy

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 06:29 PM PST

Raphael Badani, American Interest: Iran's shriveling economy shows effectiveness of US sanctions

The reimposition of economic sanctions following the 2015 nuclear deal directly impacted Iran's economy, seemingly causing it to shrink 9.5 percent in 2019. Following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, and Iran's retaliatory strike on a U.S. Army base in Baghdad, Trump increased sanctions substantially. This, in turn, limits Iran's ability to fight back against the targeted killing of Soleimani.

The Situation in Iran

Iran, an already isolated country, is increasingly becoming an outlier in the international community. Iran is a country where clerical and civil leaders are usually at odds with one another, and the conflict ultimately affects ordinary Iranians. Generally, clerical leaders like Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are faithful to the 1979 Islamic revolution, and civil leaders like President Hassan Rouhani favor a slightly more progressive path.

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WNU Editor: The Iranians have suffered a lot since the revolution. But after almost 40 years of unrest, wars, and sanctions, you would think that for the average Iranian they would be saying enough is enough.

Israeli Intelligence: Iran Likely To Field Nuclear ICBM In 2 Years

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 05:36 PM PST

Photo: Shahab-3 is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) developed by Iran (Wikipedia).

Breaking Defense: Iran Likely To Field Nuclear ICBM In 2 Years: Israeli Intelligence

Once Iran builds such a warhead, Israeli experts told Breaking D that all Iranian ballistic missiles with at least a diameter of 4.1 feet can be fitted to carry one. An example is the Shahab-3, with a range of 620 miles.

TEL AVIV: Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intelligence says Iran is two years from a capability to equip one of its ballistic missiles with nuclear warhead.

Such a development would constitute a red line, an Israeli official says: "The clock ticks toward this point, and Israel will know exactly when the foot will be put on the red line or very near to it."

However, Iran has not yet built a nuclear weapon. And reducing a nuclear weapon to the size and weight allowing it to be carried on a ballistic missile is challenging, though Iran has demonstrated impressive engineering chops in some of its nuclear work.

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Update: Explainer: How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb? (Reuters)

WNU Editor: It appears that Iran has been working on having a nuclear weapon for a long time .... EXCLUSIVE: Secret document that PROVES Iran was building a nuclear weapon as far back as 2002 - even while they claimed the technology was only for peaceful purposes (Daily Mail).

Space Force Unveils Its New Uniforms With A Camouflage Design

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 05:05 PM PST


The Hill: Space Force unveils service uniforms with camouflage design

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) late Friday unveiled camouflage uniforms bearing the branch's first nametapes for its members.

"The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon," the service branch tweeted from its official account, attaching a photo of the uniforms.

The uniforms were welcomed with praise by some, including the official Twitter account for the U.S. Navy, which called the clothing "out of this world" in a tweet.

"What are the coordinates? Let's trade," the military branch added.

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More News On Space Force Unveiling Its New Uniforms

US Space Force sparks hilarity after revealing its new uniform and is ridiculed for choosing camouflage as jokers suggest better patterns with stars on -- Daily Mail
Space Force Offers First Peek at Camouflage Uniform -- Military.com
Twitter Asks Space Force Why They Need Camo Uniforms -- Newsweek
The first Space Force uniforms have reached the Pentagon, and people are making fun of the camouflage print -- Business Insider
Space Force offers first look at service uniforms -- Washington Examiner
The US Space Force has revealed its utility uniform, and the internet has things to say about it -- CNN
US Space Force mocked for unveiling camouflage uniforms -- BBC

U.S. Navy's Aircraft Carriers Will Soon Have A Special Command And Control Mini 'Drone-Headquarters'

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 04:46 PM PST

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford)

FOX News/Warrior Maven: Navy builds aircraft carrier drone headquarters

The Navy is building a special new command and control mini "drone-headquarters" space on its aircraft carriers to operate deck-launched drones as part of a strategy aimed at massively increasing the scope of carrier-launched drone missions in coming years.

Launching drones from carriers represents an unprecedented technical leap for the Navy as it seeks to expand surveillance and combat range and mission scope for its Carrier Air Wings. The new space, as explained Jan.16 at the Surface Navy Association Annual Symposium in Arlington, Va. by senior Navy leaders, is being engineered as an adaptation to existing ship-based structures and configurations. The center, called Unmanned Aviation Warfare Center, is being built into both the Navy's new Ford-class carriers as well as its existing Nimitz-class carriers.

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WNU Editor: A sign of the times.

Editor's Note

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 06:48 AM PST

Taking some R&R today. Blogging will return this evening.

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