Colin Clark

3,161 Added | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 2 Following | 236 Followers | @ozjude | Colin Clark is founding editor of Breaking Defense, a BreakingMedia news website. Before that, he started DoDBuzz, the first all-online defense site.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal 'no longer critical' after poisoning

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is "improving rapidly" and is "no longer in a critical condition" following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month, the hospital treating him said in a statement on Friday.<p>Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, …

Nerve Agents

China says relations with Russia at 'best level in history'

<b>(CNN) —</b> China and Russia are publicly heralding a new age of diplomacy between the two countries, at a time when both are being targeted by the United States with punitive measures.<p>During a visit to Moscow on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying relations between two …

Russia

Why China is so confident it can beat Trump in a trade war

China's leaders sound supremely confident that they can win a trade war with President Donald Trump. Here's why.

China

U.S. Needs China More Than China Needs the U.S.

To avoid Trump's disastrous trade war, three things need to be addressed.<p>Not one to be outdone by any adversary, Donald Trump has upped the ante in a rapidly escalating trade war with China, threatening an additional $100 billion of tariffs on top of the initial round of $50 billion. In doing so, …

Economics

Mexican President to Trump: 'Nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After days of President Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric against immigration via Mexico, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a stern response to his US counterpart, telling him that "nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico."<p>The five-minute-long speech …

Mexico

Trump faceoff with China exposes GOP weakness in rural US

<b>SPOKANE, Wash.</b> — Gary Bailey is certain China is trying to rattle Donald Trump voters with its threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other …

Agriculture

US imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is unleashing additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin along with 12 companies they own or control.<p>The measures announced by the Treasury Department on Friday were also aimed at 17 senior Russian …

Russia

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Human Rights

Office of Special Counsel: Conway violated Hatch Act

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by "advocating for and against candidates" in last year's Alabama Senate special election.<p>RELATED: What is the Hatch Act?<p>In a new report, the OSC …

Donald Trump

Estonian Spies Understand the Russian Threat

Finally, a comprehensive look at Putin's ambitions backed by real expertise.<p>Tiny Estonia's intelligence service would never pay $100,000 to a random Russian for some open-source data, which is what the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency apparently did, according to the New York Times. It's one of the …

Russia

What’s the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents?

Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, after spotting social media posts such as this one:<p>With congressional debate beginning on overhauling immigration laws, it’s certainly an interesting question. President Trump has favored bills …

Immigration

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

South African president Jacob Zuma 'recalled' by ruling ANC party, after refusing to resign immediately

South Africa's ruling party says the scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma must leave office.<p>Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the African National Congress, confirmed the party's national executive committee has decided to "recall" Mr Zuma, who has been discredited by corruption scandals.<p>Speaking …

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more.<p>That's according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a cherished pillar of the modern-day Republican …

Republicans

The Hush-Hush Deal That Keeps the Middle East From Exploding

Israeli and Palestinian officials may growl at one another. But their soldiers are quietly cooperating behind the scenes to keep the peace—as long as …

U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russia Fighters in Syria, Sources Say

U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the …

Middle East
Middle East

Kelly increasingly isolated as Porter scandal rages on

The chief of staff has been left to shoulder the blame over the failure to remove the former staff secretary, who held only an interim security clearance.<p>Turbulence in this West Wing is typically generated by President Donald Trump, but for the past week, it’s been chief of staff John Kelly — the …

Donald Trump

Hells Angels: Thai police arrest three Australian bikers, seize weapons

Thai police have arrested three Australians they say are members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, seizing guns, swords and a sports car.<p>Police in …

Apple to Save an Astounding $47 Billion Under Tax Reform, Report Finds

The impending tax reform package is expected to lower rates across corporate America, but one company—Apple—will get a significantly bigger one-time …

Tax Reform

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News<p>A huge fire on Thursday engulfed a hospital in Istanbul forcing patients to evacuate as firefighters battled the smoke and flames.The blaze,...<p>il …

The Masters

Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Means the U.S. Can Kiss Its Remaining Moral Authority Goodbye

It’s not just that the move makes ISIS and Iran and Hezbollah happy. It means the United States has no moral basis to object to dictators seizing …

EU and NATO cooperation to expand to new areas, including counter-terror; military mobility; women, peace and security - EEAS - European External Action Service - European Commission

The EU and NATO Councils on 05 December endorsed continued close and mutually reinforcing co-operation. Following an earlier set of proposals for …

B-17 pilot flew unexpectedly into the middle of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

As he maneuvered his unarmed B-17 bomber over the island of Oahu, U.S. Army Lt. Robert Thacker was puzzled.<p>It should have been a peaceful Sunday …

Christie: Warning about Flynn among reasons I was fired from Trump transition

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he was ousted as head of President Donald Trump’s transition due in part to his opposition to the hiring of Michael Flynn as national security adviser.<p>“I thought it was a significant reason,” Christie said at an unrelated press conference at his office …

Donald Trump

The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million da Vinci Painting? A Saudi Prince

LONDON — He is a little-known Saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family, with no history as a major art collector, and no publicly known source of great wealth. But the prince, Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, is the mystery buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting …

Fine Art

China's debt levels pose stability risk, says IMF

Health check of financial system says reforms have not gone far enough and notes similarities to US before 2008 crisis<p>Fears that China risks being the cause of a fresh global financial crisis have been highlighted by the International Monetary Fund in a hard-hitting warning about the growing …

Economics

There is more evidence Russia interfered in the election. Fewer Trump supporters believe it.

Trump supporters won’t believe what the Trumps already admitted.<p>The evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election has only grown since Donald Trump took office. Yet a whopping <i>72 percent</i> of Trump voters believe the whole story is “fake news.” A mere 14 percent believe there’s …

Donald Trump

The U.S. and Australia Conducted a Secretive Hypersonic Missile Test

Test involved a mach-busting missile flying eight times the speed of sound.<p>The United States and Australia conducted a joint missile test earlier this month of a hypersonic missile capable of traveling faster than six thousand miles an hour. The test of the HiFiRE vehicle paves the way for a new …

Surprise! Lockheed Martin's Expensive F-35 Now Costs Less than a Boeing F/A-18

Give President Trump his due.<p>Late last year, the then-president elect blasted <b>Lockheed Martin</b> (NYSE: LMT) for charging taxpayers a "tremendous cost" for its F-35 stealth fighter jet. At the time, Lockheed Martin's cheapest F-35 variant, the F-35A conventional takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) fighter jet, …