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Tech 2020-08-07T01:49:44Z
President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for "The Great American Outdoors Act," in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.

Trump just issued an executive order barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance, giving it 45 days to sell the app

Trump's order declares TikTok a national emergency, following his threat to ban the viral video app from the US over national security concerns.
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If the US wants to stop foreign interference in its democracy, it also needs to worry about what its friends are up to

Opinion: As the 2020 election approaches, remember that the US's allies are just as interested in influencing American politics as its rivals.
News 2020-08-06T19:23:00Z
A picture shows the scene of an explosion at the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020

Lebanon was already cash-strapped and on the brink. The Beirut explosion could shatter its residents.

The explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday could not have come at a worse time for the country in economic crisis.
Transportation 2020-08-06T16:42:42Z

An aerospace startup just won a contract to develop an Air Force One jet that can travel at Mach 5. Here's an early look at the engine that could rocket from New York to Paris in 90 minutes.

Hermeus, a startup backed by venture capital, won a contract to develop an Air Force One plane that can fly at Mach 5, or hypersonic speeds.
Military & Defense 2020-08-06T15:52:07Z

How to identify the militarized Feds the Trump administration deployed to crackdown on protests

Federal agents responded in force to protests in Portland. They've been accused of attacking peaceful protesters and making unlawful arrests.

Meet the first civilian U-2 pilot trainer to fly the legendary spy plane solo

Huggins is one of several civilian instructors who train pilots to fly the vaunted U-2, which has been lurking all over the world for 60 years.

The intriguing military origins of the term 'special operator'

The term "Operator" has become a catch-all for members of the US military's special operations forces.

If Trump wins a 2nd term, 'he'll be right back on the phone with Xi Jinping,' John Bolton says

Trump's rhetoric on China is very tough right now, but in a second term he'd likely return his focus to a trade deal, Bolton says.
Politics 2020-08-06T13:00:00Z

How the tear gas industry become a billion-dollar business over the last 100 years

The use of tear gas during the recent protests surrounding police misconduct has reignited the debate about the legality of its use on assemblies.

75 years ago, the US dropped the first atomic bomb. Here's how Americans learned about its destruction.

US journalists helped to both conceal and explain the development and use of the most destructive weapon the world has ever known.
Tech 2020-08-06T11:44:07Z

The US is offering bounties of $10 million to anyone who can catch hackers meddling in the presidential election

State-backed hackers from Russia, China, and Iran have already been detected trying to interfere with the 2020 election.
Politics 2020-08-06T11:16:21Z

A new poll finds Germans largely support US troop removal after Trump's announcement — and want all US nuclear weapons to leave Germany as well

A YouGov poll published this week found 47% of Germans supporting a reduction in the number of US troops in Germany.
International 2020-08-06T01:00:00Z

Beirut is searching for survivors after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital. At least 135 people are dead and 5,000 are wounded.

After a huge explosion shook Beirut's port area on Tuesday, officials were pointing to highly explosive material stored at the port.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T22:17:49Z

'Imagine if you're Colin Kaepernick': Former Green Beret who advised NFL player to kneel criticizes viral attack dog video

"It's almost like he's an enemy of the United States," a former NFL football player and retired Green Beret said to Insider.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T20:15:25Z

The deadly explosion that devastated Beirut appears to have been far more powerful than the 'Mother of All Bombs'

Weapons experts estimated that the explosion was many times stronger than the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal.

How bad will the wave of evictions be?

The federal moratorium on evictions has expired, meaning millions of Americans could soon be without a home unless it is extended.

How a commonly used fertilizer could cause a massive explosion in Beirut

Ammonium nitrate is a common fertilizer and is often used in mining explosives, but for it to cause an industrial disaster, a lot has to go wrong.

How a US sailor earned the Medal of Honor for saving his crew from an Israeli attack

Cmdr. William McGonagle was severely wounded as the Israeli jets fired rockets, dropped napalm on the bridge, and then strafed his ship.
Tech 2020-08-05T14:55:21Z

The NSA warned staff that smartphone apps can track them. Here are their recommendations to avoid tracking.

The NSA warned members of the US military and intelligence community this week that their smartphone apps could put their security at risk.

Taiwan sends marines to reinforce South China Sea outpost amid reports China plans to practice invading it

Beijing considers Taiwan to be a wayward province that must be returned to the mainland fold — by force if necessary.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T13:10:49Z

2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was seized from an abandoned ship in 2014, years before the explosion

The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.
Politics 2020-08-05T13:09:00Z

'Waking up suburbia': Trump's use of federal agents backfired, spurring members of the 'Wall of Moms' and 'Wall of Vets' groups into action in Portland

"I'm probably the last person anyone would expect to do something like this," said Duston Obermeyer, a Marine Corps vet. and an organizer of Wall of Vets.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T12:59:24Z

I lived in four apartments within a kilometer of the explosion in Beirut yesterday. Two of them are now completely destroyed.

Lebanese ministers announced Wednesday morning that as many as 300,000 residents were made homeless, in the blink of an eye, yesterday.
News 2020-08-05T12:26:00Z

Aerial footage shows the full scale of Beirut's devastating explosion, which killed 100 and reduced buildings into rubble

The government said the blast was caused by a stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been kept at the port for years.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T11:42:52Z

'I have never seen a tragedy so huge': 2 people in Beirut describe being caught up in the massive explosion that devastated the city

Two people caught up in Tuesday's explosion in Beirut described the extent of the devastation and what it was like to be in the city.
News 2020-08-05T11:27:14Z

Lebanon's devastating blast came in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis, frequent power outages, and hospitals struggling to contain the coronavirus

Tuesday's explosion at the port in Beirut, the capital city, killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more.
News 2020-08-05T10:10:00Z

The Department of Homeland Security says it is replacing the camouflage uniforms worn by federal agents after they were slammed for masquerading as soldiers in Portland

Portland protesters said the uniforms were confusing since they didn't have the names of the officers on them and made them look like soldiers.
News 2020-08-05T09:45:59Z

A Uighur man recorded life inside a high-security Chinese internment camp. Here's what he said it was like.

Mergan Ghappar smuggled a cell phone into a detention camp, and was able to talk to his family and film footage inside. He has since disappeared.
Military & Defense 2020-08-05T00:33:00Z

A massive explosion just devastated Beirut. Here's what the unbelievable destruction looks like for people on the ground.

Buildings have been torn apart, and casualties are mounting. One reporter who was on the scene said that it is "absolute chaos" in Beirut.
Military & Defense 2020-08-04T22:30:10Z

US military finds amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of California, as well as troops' remains

The US military is moving to quickly raise the sunken amphibious assault vehicle and recover the remains of the deceased.

Japan is boosting its ability to defend islands in the East China Sea that Beijing also claims

The East China Sea is home to the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, where Japan recently reported an extended presence of Chinese patrol ships.

Trump says the US presence in Afghanistan will shrink to about 4,000 troops by the November election

Trump said the drawdown would happen "very soon," and US military officials still say the withdrawal is conditions-based.

North Korea 'probably' has a nuclear device that can fit on a ballistic missile, the UN says

Several countries believe North Korea has "probably" developed "miniaturized nuclear devices" that can fit on ballistic missiles, a UN report says.

The Marine Corps is looking for a next-generation, shoulder-fired rocket

The Corps wants "a shoulder-fired rocket that you can fire from inside an enclosure, room or bunker," a Marine Corps Systems Command official said.

The Navy's problems keep growing as it takes a leading role against Russia and China

Problems with its leaders and its ships reflect a maritime force that is beset with serious and systemic problems that need immediate attention.
News 2020-08-04T13:21:48Z

Iran's 81-year-old leader says Iran will not negotiate with 'old man' Trump

Tensions between the US and Iran have soared since Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and began tightening sanctions on Tehran.

Despite warning about federal government overreach, militia groups are quiet amid crackdown in US cities

Some see a chance to counter the federal government or believe the crackdown is warranted, writes Amy Cooter, a sociologist at Vanderbilt University.

The Navy's newest aircraft carrier trained to lead defenses against enemy air attack for the first time

"We were controlling the fighter to intercept, escort and if necessary kill the inbound threat aircraft," a Ford crew member said.

The US already fought a cold war with China — it went very badly

With China rising in power, the greatest risk is not that the US failed to learn the Cold War's lessons, but that it learned the wrong ones.

The Army is testing the 'Smuzzle,' meant to help soldiers maintain accurate and quiet fire

The Smuzzle, a suppressor with an integrated muzzle brake, is meant to reduce the sound of rifle fire and recoil while helping soldiers stay accurate.

Mexico's 'El Mencho' reportedly built his own hospital, another sign of how cartels do public relations

The CJNG, led by "El Mencho," has consistently made headlines this summer with several unprecedented displays of force.
Military & Defense 2020-08-03T16:02:00Z

'A courageous trailblazer': The US Navy's first Black female fighter pilot has earned her 'Wings of Gold'

"Very proud of LTJG [Madeline] Swegle," a senior Navy official wrote when she graduated. "Go forth and kick butt."

China's J-20 carrier-based stealth jet fighter was influenced by US thinking, its designer says

As the race to find the best platform for a modified fighter heats up, the designer of China's J-20 wins support by selling an American angle.

Dirty money is still a problem on both sides of the Atlantic

Recent developments in the US and the Uk indicate governments there are getting serious about countering it, but there's more work to do.

The Air Force's departing top officer reflects on unveiling a new bomber and surviving being shot down

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein will retire on August 6. In an interview, he reflected on his time as the Air Force's top officer.

Trump wrecked the international order. It's time to start thinking about what happens when he's gone.

Trump has severely damaged America's standing in the world. We need to completely reshape how we treat allies once he leaves office.

Billions for defense spending Republicans want in their coronavirus relief bill do more than buy bullets and bombs

Opinion: Defense companies responded quickly and smartly to COVID-19. They shouldn't be punished for doing the right thing and now having unmet needs.
Opinion 2020-08-02T12:26:00Z

Trump is trying to shove 4 years of China policy into 4 months

With the trade deal cast aside, Trump is trying to look tough on China before the election. This puts Beijing and the US in a dangerous position.

Chinese bombers conducted an 'attack exercise' in the South China Sea

The maneuvers come just weeks after two US Navy aircraft-carrier strike groups conducted drills in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
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