Korea Launches Three Short-Range Ballistic Missiles
North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday morning, a move that came after Kim Jong Uns regime strongly criticized U.S.-South Korea joint military drills. U.S. Pacific Command said Saturday afternoon that two of the missiles flew 250 kilometers (155 miles), clarifying an earlier statement that an initial assessment had indicated they failed in flight. The other appeared to have blown up immediately. The launches occurred near Kittaeryong in eastern North Korea, with the first fired at 6:49 a.m. local time. Military authorities said they didnt pose a threat to North America or Guam. Bloomberg
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Harvey Results In At Least One Death, Up To 14 Injuries
Authorities in Texas confirmed Saturday that at least one person was killed as a result of Hurricane Harvey and up to 14 people were injured. Charles Wax, mayor of the coastal city of Rockport, said one person died in a house fire as the hurricane came ashore Friday night. Aransas County Judge C.H. "Burt" Mills Jr. told the Austin American-Statesman that 12 to 14 other people were injured. "Its pretty sickening," Mills told the paper. "Lots of emotions are involved when you see your community destroyed like this, but well bounce back." Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, packing winds of 130 miles per hour. It weakened overnight to a Category 1 and then to a tropical storm. By early Saturday afternoon, the storm's maximum sustained winds had fallen to about 70 mph, and the storm was centered about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. Fox
Monitors Harvey From Camp David, Praises Government Response
President Trump said Saturday that he's closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey as it moves deeper into Texas and praised the governments response to the powerful storm and its potential for deadly flooding. Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David, Trump tweeted. We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together! Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane late Friday before hitting the Texas Gulf Coast. On Saturday afternoon, Trump held a video teleconference with Cabinet officials to discuss the response and recovery to the storm, the White House said. Fox
Makes A Mess For Arizona GOP With Arpaio Pardon
In just nine days, President Donald Trump might have badly hobbled Arizona Republicans headed into a competitive Senate race and hurt his own re-election prospects in the state. Trump's efforts to unseat Sen. Jeff Flake in the state's 2018 Republican primary have left Trump's allies confused and divided over which of several possible anti-Flake candidates should get their support. CNN
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Examining Whether Flynn Had Role In Seeking Clinton Emails From Hackers
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn sought Hillary Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the report, the attempt to find the hackers who had allegedly stolen Clinton's emails was headed by now-deceased Republican activist Peter Smith. Clinton's email controversy dates back to before her 2016 presidential bid and originates from her time as secretary of state. CNN
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Matter Who Wins Mayweather-McGregor, The Biggest Loser Is HBO
Floyd Mayweather Jr.s defensive genius has made him the easiest boxer in history for opponents to miss. Early on, it was the high-powered promoters and executives who failed to accurately assess his earning potential. Money Mayweather still hasnt forgotten. For the last bout of his career, Mayweather is avenging the perceived slights he suffered at the beginning of his illustrious career. Renowned as a fiendishly driven gambler, the greatest bet Mayweather placed was the $750,000 he laid down on himself in 2006, when he rejected an $8 million contract for a fight and bought out his contract with Top Rank in order to promote himself. Though his opponent this weekend will be MMA star Conor McGregor, a welcome ancillary target for Mayweather is HBO. NY Post
Gives New Meaning To The Friday Night News Dump, Enraging His Critics
As a monster hurricane not seen on American shores in over a decade bore down on Texas Friday night, a tsunami of news out of Washington was also on its way. President Trump, in the space of four hours, formally announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, pardoned a controversial sheriff accused of racial profiling and parted ways with polarizing aide and conservative media darling Sebastian Gorka. The announcements were made in the evening hours with the nations attention focused on Hurricane Harvey, which threatened catastrophic damage to areas along the Gulf Coast, giving new meaning to the Friday night news dump strategy that has long been a staple of Washington politicians looking to bury controversial decisions. Washington Post
Detainees Suspected Of Using Underground Tunnel To Illegally Enter U.S.
Border Patrol agents detained 30 undocumented immigrants Saturday in San Diego County on suspicion of illegally entering the country using a hidden underground tunnel. The agents discovered the tunnel after they found 23 Chinese nationals and seven Mexican nationals who had apparently just been smuggled into the U.S. through the passageway, Ralph DeSio, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protections, told HuffPost. Huffington Post
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Asked Sessions About Closing Case Against Arpaio, An Ally Since Birtherism
As Joseph Arpaios federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration. The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation. After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency. Washington Post
Directive Sparks Criticism Among Transgender Troops
Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for civil rights that will promote inequality in the armed forces. President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend a ban on transgender individuals joining the military but gave the Pentagon the authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving.Washington Post
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Army And Militias Hold Exercises After U.S. Threat
Venezuela held nationwide armed forces exercises on Saturday, calling on civilians to join reserve units to defend against a possible attack after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of a military option for the crisis-hit country. Trump made the threat of military action against Venezuela two weeks ago and on Friday he signed an order prohibiting dealings in new debt from the Venezuelan government or its oil company, a move to hobble financing that Trump says is fueling President Nicolas Maduros dictatorship. Reuters
Service Member Still Missing After Helicopter Crashes Off Yemen
A service member remains missing after a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen during what officials described as a training exercise. U.S. forces rescued five other troops who also went down in the crash and are still searching for the sixth service member, according to U.S. Central Command. The incident took place about 20 miles from the southeastern coast of Yemen around 7 p.m. local time Friday. NPR
Professor Urges Democrats To End Disastrous Identity Politics
American liberalism in the twenty-first century is in crisis, writes Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla, due in no small part to its embrace of a disastrous identity politics that divides instead of uniting. In his newly released book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, Lilla, a self-described frustrated American liberal, decries the implosion of the Democratic Party and liberalism itself, brought on by a growing disconnect from middle America and the inability to paint a compelling vision for the future. Breitbart
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Acting Whip Argues Trump Is Better Behind Closed Doors
Donald Trump has attacked his own party. He has threatened to use military force against Venezuela. He has thanked Russia for punishing American diplomats. And this chaotic White House is watching Trumps poll numbers sink. But U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is trying to convince North Carolina voters that the public Trump they see on television and on Twitter is not the real Trump. How he operates in small meetings is very different from how he participates in mass rallies. If people saw more of the president at work, I think they would see the reason why he has been successful personally in terms of the Trump Organization. McClatchy DC
Topic Of Next Fed Chair Not On Program At Jackson Hole
This years gathering of the worlds central bankers had a theme as lofty as the Grant Teton Mountains which loomed over their meeting place Fostering a Dynamic Global Economy. But while many hours were devoted to sitting in a windowless conference room dissecting the symposiums academic papers on how to bolster lackluster global growth, one hot topic was not on the program who will President Donald Trump nominate to be the next leader of the Federal Reserve once current Chair Janet Yellens four-year term is up next February. Washington Post
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Pure Prejudice Driving Trumps Transgender Military Ban
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tore into President Trump on Saturday for directing the Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from entering the military. Pelosi wrote on Twitter that Trump's "cruel decision to kick transgender troops out of the military is driven by nothing more than pure prejudice." Other Democrats such as Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), an Army veteran, and Republicans including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who chairs the Armed Services Committee, have criticized the directive from Trump released Friday. The Hill
VOA VIEW: The military is not a test ground for Transgender people.
Groups Slam 'Purge' After Trump Signs Transgender Troop Ban
LGBT groups expressed outrage Friday after President Trump carried through on his Twitter promise to ban transgender people from the military by issuing an official directive. The presidents order to remove transgender service members from the United States armed forces and deny them healthcare is nothing less than a purge, OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn said in a statement Friday. The Hill
Prays, Ninth Circuit Says No Blame Supreme Court Conservatives
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a high-school football coach, Joseph Kennedy, had no First Amendment right to kneel and briefly pray at the 50-yard line after a football game at least not when hes wearing school gear and not when parents and students can see what he does. He never asked anyone to join him. He never required any player to pray beside him. National Review
Asks Border Patrol To Stop Enforcement During Texas Hurricane
The ACLU asked the Border Patrol to shut down its checkpoints in Texas Friday, saying illegal immigrants fleeing Hurricane Harvey shouldnt have to worry about being nabbed. By keeping checkpoints open, the Border Patrol is putting undocumented people and mixed-status families at risk out of fear of deportations, Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy at the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. The ACLU said past practice has been to nix the checks during storms, but the Border Patrol is refusing to do that this year. Washington Times
Trump Struggles, Some Republicans Talking 2020 Challenge
Yet Cuban, an outspoken Texas billionaire who describes himself as fiercely independent politically, sees an opportunity for someone to take down the Republican president, who is increasingly viewed as divisive and incompetent even within his own party. His base wont turn on him, but if there is someone they can connect to and feel confident in, they might turn away from him, Cuban told The Associated Press. The door is wide open. Its just a question of who can pull it off. Indeed, just seven months into the Trump presidency, Republicans and right-leaning independents have begun to contemplate the possibility of an organized bid to take down the sitting president in 2020. It is a herculean task, some say a fantasy: No president in the modern era has been defeated by a member of his own party, and significant political and practical barriers stand in the way. Times Of Israel
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Pressed Trump On Aid To Coal Industry
An Ohio electric utility and one of the country's top coal companies had some well-placed help when pressing President Donald Trump for emergency federal assistance for the coal industry his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. The companies wanted Trump to prevent utilities from closing economically ailing coal-fired power plants, using authorities normally designed to protect the U.S. electricity supply during emergencies. And as they made their case, they got support from the former Trump aide, who has remained in the president's orbit despite being fired from his campaign more than a year ago. POLITICO
Harvey Hits Texas, New Orleans Also Worried
Texas isn't the only state worried about Hurricane Harvey. Louisiana also is expected to get doused, and New Orleans in particular is bracing for flooding. The city could get 10 inches of rain starting Sunday, reports CNN. Complicating things is that New Orleans is still repairing its drainage system after it was overwhelmed by recent storms. Mayor Mitch Landrieu thinks the system should be able to handle the coming deluge, but if Harvey changes track and dumps more rain than expected, the situation could be dicey. USA Today
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True Tragedy Of The Robert Lee ESPN Story Is Being Missed
This week ESPN pulled off the Triple Lindy version of stepping on your own Johnson. It decided that appeasing a few social media trolls mattered more than a powerful and meaningful symbol of diversity. Instead, what was once the number one cable channel regardless of format, continued its descent into the mouth of social justice warrior madness as it removed an announcer from an upcoming football broadcast at the University of Virginia because his name is Robert Lee. Conservative Review
Pittman Endorses Roy Moore In Alabama Senate Race
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore picked up an endorsement today from one of his former rivals in the U.S. Senate race. State Sen. Trip Pittman of Montrose endorsed Moore today at a meeting of the state Republican Party at Troy University. Pittman said candidates get to know those who they compete against. "You figure out their character and you know who they are and you get a lot more depth into what they represent and what they stand for," Pittman said. "Obviously, Roy Moore is a man of outstanding integrity, of commitment, of faith." Birmingham Times
York Times Warns Purging Of Monuments May Mobilize The Right And Alienate
As the alt-left, supported by members of the Democratic Party, look to tear down more and more monuments across America, the New York Times is warning that the increasing scope of the lefts iconoclasm may be alienating centrists and mobilizing the right. In an article Friday about the movement to rip down monuments and images in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month, the Times says the disputes have proliferated with dizzying speed and suggests that the lefts fervor has started to produce questionable results. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The removal of statues will backfire on the left.
Missouri GOP Leaders Could Skip Trump Visit
Some prominent Missouri Republicans could be notably absent when President Donald Trump visits Missouri next week, though most top officials will attend. Attorney General Josh Hawley, whos seeking a U.S. Senate seat, is taking a family vacation. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants to attend but has appointments on his schedule which are at fixed times, and include travel, his spokesperson said. State Treasurer Eric Schmitt didnt respond when asked if hed join Trump on Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Gov. Eric Greitens, and Lt. Gov. Michael Parson will be there. House Speaker Todd Richardson is planning to attend but is awaiting further details on the presidents event to see if it fits into his schedule, his spokesman said. McClatchy DC
McCain, Others Slam Trump Over Arpaio
President Donald Trump is under fire for pardoning the former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday. Arpaio, 85, who served as sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years, was convicted of criminal contempt of court for defying a judge's orders that he stop arresting immigrants on the suspicion that they were in the U.S. illegally. Trump announced the pardon Friday night, just as the Texas Gulf Coast was bracing for impact from Category 4 Hurricane Harvey. The president, whose approval rating is at historic lows, was quickly criticized on Twitter by Democrats in Congress. CNBC
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Official Uses Spanish Expletive To Describe Trump After Arpaio Pardon
Julian Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Obama, had just one word to describe President Trump on Friday night. Pendejo, Castro tweeted, shortly after the White House announced Trump would be pardoning former Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Pendejo is a Spanish curse world that is generally translated as dumbass. The Hill
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Fire Exercise To Be Held Near White House
Gunfire, involving live ammunition, will erupt Saturday near the White House and the Vice Presidents residence in a test by the Secret Service. The agency said it will run a live fire calibration of a system that makes it possible to determine exactly when and where shots are fired near the two high-security sites. In the tests, which will run into early Sunday, shots will be fired into a bullet trap, an installation designed to prevent them from going astray. The trap has been tested and validated, according to the agency. Shooting will be in three-shot increments, the Secret Service said. Washington Post
Twitter users are calling out President Donald Trump for announcing a raft of controversial measures on Friday night, just before Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Hundreds of tweeters have accused Trump of using the life-threatening weather event, which has seen tens of thousands of people fleeing the Gulf Coast, as a political cover to deflect attention away from his actions. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals will report anything that Trump does in the negative.
Carolina Governor Halts All Funding For Abortion Clinics
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Friday that eliminates all state and local funding to health centers and providers affiliated with abortion clinics. According to a press release from the governors office, McMasters executive order has: Directed state agencies to cease providing state or local funds, whether via grant, contract, state-administered federal funds, or any other form, to any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as an abortion clinic. Breitbart
Plans 10-Day March Against White Supremacy
A multi-racial coalition of faith, student and community activists announced Saturday that they plan to march from Charlottesville, Virginia, to the nation's capital in response what they called President Donald Trump's failure to confront the white supremacy on display at a violent rally in the Virginia city earlier this month. The 10-day march will begin Monday and is expected to stop at Confederate monuments along the route. Organized by groups including the Women's March on Washington, Color of Change, Indivisible, Mijente, Repairers of the Breach and the Movement for Black Lives, the march is expected to end in Washington on Sept. 6. AP
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No. 2: Anti-Pope Jihadist Attack Threat Is Worrying
Pope Francis top aide says a pro-Islamic State group video that targets the pope is worrying but notes Vatican security is already at a high level. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy Sees No. 2 official, told reporters Saturday that a day earlier he had seen the video, which indicates the pope is a target. Recently, another video, transmitted on the pro-IS Telegram channel, suggested that Italy is the next target of an extremist attack. AP
Merkel Takes On Protestors At Rowdy Campaign Rally
Chancellor Angela Merkel stood up to rowdy protestors who tried to drown out her campaign speech with deafening jeers and whistles in the eastern town of Quedlinburg on Saturday, telling them that their angry shouts would not solve Germanys problems. Amid chants of Merkel just go and Liar, liar that demonstrators strongly opposed to her refugee policies kept up for the entire 30-minute address, Merkel departed from her stump speech three times. Reuters
The West Wing is leaking like a sieve again, this time with details pouring out of the White House into the press about how the new command and control structure is attempting to contain and manage President Donald Trump. But it does not appear they will be successful. The main goal, per many White House leaks across the media, appears to be senior staff controlling what information and reports make it to President Trumpand tamping down who the president talks to and who has access to the president. Breitbart
I Hope Trumps Behavior Doesnt Get In The Way Of Hurricane Harvey Response
On Fridays broadcast of MSNBCs Deadline: White House, Rev. Al Sharpton stated that he hopes President Trumps behavior doesnt get in the way of the government doing its job with Hurricane Harvey. Sharpton also hoped that Trump will show leadership and not act in an irresponsible manner. Sharpton said that current political tension is higher than hes ever seen and that this tension is really being generated out of the Oval Office. He added, Breitbart
Right-Wing Group Canceled Its San Francisco Rally. Counterprotesters Showed
Scuffles broke out on the streets of San Francisco after hundreds of people descended on the city to protest a now-canceled event by a right-wing group, according to media reports. Organizers canceled the Freedom Rally as city leaders braced for the kind of protest that drew extremist groups to Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. The pro-Trump group Patriot Prayer then planned to hold a news conference instead but that, too, did not happen after the city blocked the venue from the public. Meanwhile, hundreds of counterprotesters gathered at a San Francisco park on Saturday morning, according to media reports. Washington Post
Colbert Police Chief To Resign Amid Report Of Connection To Neo-Nazi Websites
The interim police chief for a small Oklahoma town near the Texas border is resigning after a local broadcast TV station reported he had ties to two neo-Nazi websites. Bart Alsbrook, who was a reserve officer before being named interim Colbert police chief Tuesday, denied the allegations, and said his name was linked to the websites through vindictive skinheads hed met at heavy metal concerts. Tulsa World
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Huckabee Sanders Says Shell Get Back To You On That. Chances Are She Wont.
Its a stock response of every White House press secretary whos either caught off guard or is trying to dodge a sticky question. When a reporter asks a tough question during a briefing, the reply from the podium is often a punt: Ill get back to you on that. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trumps press secretary, invoked some version of IGBTYOT 10 times on Thursday , which may be a record for a single briefing, if records for such things were kept. Google News
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Flight Cancellations Soar To 2,700, Extend Into Monday
Flight cancellations soared Saturday as Hurricane Harveys effects were felt at airports across large parts of Texas. Additionally, airlines were waiving change fees for fliers ticketed to fly to airports in the storm's path. More than 1,060 flights were canceled nationwide as of 8:30 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The bulk of that total came in Texas, where many of those cancellations were made preemptively even before Harvey made landfall. An additional 1,115 flights had been preemptively grounded for Sunday while another 360 have already come off the books for Monday. USA Today
Seeks To Pause Trial For Voting
The immediate impact of Sen. Bob Menendezs corruption trial is laid bare in the Democrats latest court filing, in which he asks the judge to allow breaks in his trial so he can cast critical Senate votes looming in September. If Menendez misses those votes, Democrats will be temporarily weakened as they try to battle President Trumps agenda and as Congress takes up a series of critical issues. Philadelphia Inquirer
Slain Journalists Fateful Submarine Ride
It was meant to be only a brief trip to Scandinavia, Swedish journalist Kim Wall assured one of her New York editors. The Nordic jaunt a stopover en route to the new life she was planning in China would include a visit with family, and then a fun interview with an eccentric Danish inventor who built his own submarine. It was precisely the type of intrepid pursuit that marked her budding career. At just 30 years old, Wall had already written about voodoo in Haiti, explored Idi Amins torture chambers in Uganda, and covered the effects of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. She once even managed to slip into North Korea. NY Post
Of North Koreas Missiles Blew Up Almost Immediately
One of three short-range ballistic missiles that North Korea fired early Saturday blew up almost immediately, while the other two flew about 155 miles into the sea, US officials said. North Korea likely fired the missiles in response to military exercises under way in South Korea involving tens of thousands of US and South Korean troops, military experts said. The North sees the biannual drills scheduled to last through Thursday of next week as rehearsal for an invasion of its territory. North Korean media said the drills are like pouring gasoline on a fire after the exchange of threats between leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump earlier this month. NY Post
Obama Harassed By Photo-Seeking Fan At Harvard
Malia Obama was pressed by an eager fan seeking a photo for her grandchild outside a Harvard Square eatery in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, TMZ reported. The daughter of former President Barack Obama reportedly politely declined the woman's request. According to the outlet, rather than accept the rejection and move on, the snap-happy grandmother waited for Malia, 19, to exit the salad shop. NY Daily News
Sebastian Gorka Bolt From The White HouseOr Was He Pushed?
The departure of nationalist White House adviser Sebastian Gorka on Friday night was greeted in intelligence, law enforcement, and civil rights circles as a victory and relief, though something short of a cause for cautious optimism that Donald Trumps White House will move in a less extreme direction. Gorka has been a leading White House advocate of an anti-Islam worldview that most scholars of the religion and counterterrorism practitioners consider conspiratorial, if not bigoted. Daily Beast
Great Job Praise For Emergency Chief Evokes Brownie
Youre doing a great job. With those words of encouragement on Twitter for Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long, President Donald Trump on Saturday recalled what became one of the lowest moments of George W. Bushs presidency. Bushs premature Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job praise of his in-over-his-head FEMA director presaged the bungling in 2005 that helped turn Hurricane Katrina into a human catastrophe. Bloomberg
Administration Introduces Green Card Hurdle
Immigration authorities will require an in-person interview for certain applicants for green cards, a change likely to slow the process of obtaining one. The new requirement, which was confirmed Friday by a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will apply to anyone moving from an employment-based visa to lawful permanent residency. Visa holders who are family members of refugees or people who receive asylum will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for provisional status, a stage that precedes receiving a green card, according to USCIS. POLITICO
Army Tests JETS Forward Observer Targeting System
Soldiers at Fort Bragg have completed durability testing with the Joint Effects Targeting System for forward observers calling in artillery and airstrikes, the Army announced on Friday. "Operational testing provides soldiers the opportunity to use, work with and offer up their suggestions on pieces of equipment that can impact development of systems that future soldiers will use in combat," director of Army Airborne testing Col. Brad Mock said in a press release. The JETS is a tripod-mounted targeting system used to designate targets for precision guided bombs and artillery. It uses a combination of laser and azimuth designation systems to guide outside weapons by ground troops. UPI
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