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'Diplomacy at its finest': Pompeo defends Mexico deal amid criticism of Trump's tariff threat

'Diplomacy at its finest': Pompeo defends Mexico deal amid criticism of Trump's tariff threatSecretary of State Mike Pompeo disputed reports that Mexico had already agreed to most of the provisions months ago, before last week's frenzied talks.

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:42:56 -0400
Sheriff: Mom abused her children, boiled puppies to death

Sheriff: Mom abused her children, boiled puppies to deathA woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities said in New Mexico, the latest place where the woman and her husband have been the subject of complaints. Martha Crouch and her husband Timothy of Aztec, New Mexico, were arrested Monday following interviews with a number of their adult and young children living in different states, according to court records. It was not immediately clear if all the allegations made by the children had been verified by authorities.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:24:43 -0400
UK foreign minister Hunt says cannot envisage joining U.S.-led war with Iran

UK foreign minister Hunt says cannot envisage joining U.S.-led war with IranBritain does not expect the United States to request that the United Kingdom joins a war with Iran and London would be unlikely to agree to join such a conflict, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday. "The U.S. is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, we consider any requests that they say carefully, but I cannot envisage any situation where they request or we agree to any moves to go to war," Hunt told parliament.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:13:36 -0400
14 Things You Didn't Know About Anthony Bourdain

14 Things You Didn't Know About Anthony Bourdain

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:52:00 -0400
Would U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Lose a War to Iran?

Would U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Lose a War to Iran?Therecentoil tankerattacksin the Gulf of Oman reinforce the need to reestablish a highly visible U.S. naval deterrent in the Middle East. For eight months last year, no aircraft carrier strike group plied the region, the longest such interruption this millennium. With the United States needing a more robust posture against Iran and confronting renewed challenges in Asia and Europe, several immediate measures and concerted longer-term efforts are critical to ensure America has the carriers it needs.The requirement to maintain carrier presence in the Middle East is a critical part of a broader national security strategy, in which U.S. global security interests necessitate a worldwide force presence. Indeed, the Navy's mission demands remain as high as those of the Cold War, calling on ships to be everywhere seemingly at once, but today's fleet is less than half the size it was 30 years ago.During the Obama administration, a rebalance supposedly allowed the Pentagon to focus on Asia and Europe while washing its hands of the Middle East. In reality, we never effectively rebalanced forces in the Indo-Pacific, and the situation on the ground forced us to remain deeply involved in the Middle East. Now with a growing Iranian threat, it would be imprudent to suddenly abandon the region, even as we face renewed challenges in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean.Indeed, Irans threat to the region continues growing as its recent attacks againstoil tankersin the Gulf of Oman demonstrate. Its reliance on violent sectarianism helps fuel Sunni extremist groups like ISIS. This also places Tehrans proxies on the borders of key U.S. allies. Beginning next year, Tehran can start upgrading its conventional and missile arsenals as U.N. arms embargoes expire. It is also threatening to resume progress toward nuclear weapons.The Trump Administration is pursuing robust sanctions, but these alone are likely insufficient to prevent Tehrans aggression and reassure our regional allies.Credible forward deployed military capability like a carrier strike group provides real options for American policymakers. Last monthsintelligencesuggesting Iran was ready to move against U.S. interests in the Middle East demonstrates how the absence of such forces could embolden Iran. Responding to this intelligence, the prompt movement of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group into the region has dramatically increased the U.S. force posture. Effective deterrence of Iran will require persistent, visible, and credible military capability.A combination of far-reaching and short-term policy changes can address this challenge.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:50:23 -0400
Taking a Closer Look at Japan's Futuristic Attack Submarine

Taking a Closer Look at Japan's Futuristic Attack SubmarineThe sleek underwater warship will ensure the country is defended by the best non-nuclear submarines around.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:40:00 -0400
2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Parts Configurator

2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Parts ConfiguratorMulti-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:30:00 -0400
FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictions

FedEx sues US government over shipment restrictionsAmerican logistics giant FedEx sued the US government on Monday, saying Washington's restrictions on exports and imports due to growing trade disputes and sanctions created an "impossible burden" for delivery firms. The announcement of the lawsuit comes as Beijing and Washington face off in a trade war that has seen both sides exchange steep tariffs on hundreds of billions in exports. A statement by the delivery firm said the restrictions placed "an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day" or face heavy fines.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:09:50 -0400
Pete Buttigieg: Im Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to Stonewall

Pete Buttigieg: Im Proud to Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in a Tradition That Goes Back to StonewallPhoto Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacysee more here.Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running to be the Democratic Partys candidate in the 2020 presidential election. If successful, he would be the first openly gay president of the United States.Buttigieg did not respond to these four questions sent to him by The Daily Beast: When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots and what did you make of them? What is their significance for you? How far have LGBT people come since 1969? What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?Bill T. Jones: We Must Work Harder to Connect Stonewall to the Worlds Other Liberation StrugglesInstead, Buttigieg sent this statement:In the 50 years since Stonewall, its been extraordinary to see the awakening of the LGBTQ+ community. As the first out elected official running for president, its hard to believe how quickly these changes have come to our society, but also hard to live with just how much work remains ahead of us. And in those 50 years weve seen a remarkable transformation: the awakening of an identity that learned how to exert political force and issue a moral callfor our nation to do better when it comes to equality. Im proud to be a part of that, standing on the shoulders of giants in a tradition that goes back to Stonewall and before, and Im eager for the gains to be made on the road ahead.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:39:09 -0400
Supreme Court faces 12 decisions this week, including census citizenship question and partisan gerrymandering

Supreme Court faces 12 decisions this week, including census citizenship question and partisan gerrymanderingThe Supreme Court has some big decisions to make in the next few days that could affect American democracy for the next decade and beyond.

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:27:42 -0400
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