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The Democrats Keep Capitulating on Defense Spending

“What makes this so remarkable is that the arguments for a large increase in defense spending are extraordinarily weak” writes Peter Beinart for theatlantic.com. But has the world actually become more dangerous in ways that this boost in defense spending will remedy?. In fact, Trump is raising the public part of the cyber defense budget by a much smaller percentage (4.2 percent) than he’s raising the defense budget overall (more than 11 percent).The supposedly atrophied defense budget from which Trump is rescuing America was itself higher in constant dollars than…

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‘I’m brave now!’ Victims of sexual harassment say they are finding their voice through new legal defense program

“In select cases, the fund will defray the legal and public relations costs of pursuing harassment complaints and defending against related retaliation” writes This Story Was for seattletimes.com. She’s one of 1,569 people who have sought help from the fund since it launched Jan. 1, program officials said.And many of the women who have contacted the fund do not want their cases to be public. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Airbus concerned about German coalition’s tougher stance on arm sales

“Arms exports have to be done seriously and rigorously, but we shouldn’t make it into a kind of specter in what is a very sensitive political debate.”” reports businessinsider.com. French defense minister Florence Parly told the same conference that European arms makers needed to export to maintain their ability to meet future European weapons requirements.”A unilateral restriction on European arms exports by Germany not only hurts domestic industry, but also reduces the room for maneuver of a strategic European security and defense policy,” said Hoke, who is German. Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus

“The Washington Post newspaper reported in January that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency attributed the NotPetya attack to Russian military hackers” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Moscow has previously denied being behind the NotPetya attack.The so-called NotPetya attack in June started in Ukraine where it crippled government and business computers before spreading around Europe and the world, halting operations at ports, factories and offices. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Immigration Debate Stalls After Dems Block Sanctuary Cities Vote

“Democrats have not yielded back procedural time on the Senate floor, stalling the beginning of the immigration debate this week” reports thehill.com. That drew a swift rebuke from Republicans, who expressed irritation over the delaying tactic after Democrats had demanded for weeks an immigration debate on the Senate floor.”The majority leader today tries to carry out that promise [to debate immigration] and get this bill moving and we have this objection. Source: thehill.com Share This:

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Filmmaker stages mock trial of Eric Garner chokehold cop

“A movie director is filming a mock trial of NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner” reports nypost.com. Messinger said there will be four witnesses for the prosecution and four witnesses for the defense — including retired NYPD officers.Pantaleo was not charged or indicted in Garner’s death, but “we’re attempting to show the trial that could have happened,” Messinger said. “We’re not looking to convict Pantaleo. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Pentagon risks getting ‘fatter not stronger’ with spending increases

“The 2019 budget plugs part of that gap by spending $1.1 billion on 43,000 satellite-guided bombs, about 9,000 more than in 2018” writes Tom Vanden Brook for usatoday.com. But, defense analysts say, the $716 billion spending plan risks flooding too much money into a Defense Department that may not spend it wisely.More: What’s in Trump’s 2019 budget proposal?. The spending blueprint released Monday by the Pentagon emphasizes the new national defense strategy that accounts for the rising threat from China and Russia.”If the Department of Defense does not continue to reform and…

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FP Security Brief: Syrian and Israeli Forces Clash; Israeli F-16 Downed

“Israeli forces then launched a second wave of fighter jets, targeting Syrian air defense systems” writes Benn Steil for foreignpolicy.com. Israeli forces attacked Iranian and Syrian air defenses and command and control forces inside Syria over the weekend after an Iranian drone strayed into Israeli airspace and was shot down.While returning from that attack on facilities near Palmyra, air defenses belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad downed one Israeli F-16. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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De Blasio’s ridiculous defense of public over private housing

“Ronald Reagan, for having reduced federal funding for public housing starting in 1981” reports nypost.com. De Blasio is way off-base to suggest that the private housing market primarily serves the privileged.Clearly, lots of poor and near-poor people rent in the private market, both regulated and non-regulated.Public housing would be self-sustaining. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Watch for defense stocks to rally if this bipartisan spending deal passes

“Washington’s bipartisan spending bill significantly increases defense funding, a provision that likely spells wider profits for the country’s arms manufacturers” writes John Tlumacki for cnbc.com. Defense stocks have climbed as Congress inched closer to a spending agreement, with President Donald Trump insistent that any bill includes more funding for the armed forces.The deal proposed in the Senate would raise spending caps by about $300 billion over two years and bump the limit on military spending by $80 billion in the current fiscal year and $85 billion in the next year.Lockheed…

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