Monthly Archives: April 2019

President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Friday, April 26, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will travel to Indianapolis, IN, to speak at the 2019 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting then return to the White House for a series of meetings with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. In the evening. President and Mrs. Trump will have dinner with Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe. Keep up with Trump on ...

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DOD Lab Day Showcases Latest Mine-Killer Technology

By C. Todd Lopez – During Defense Department Lab Day at the Pentagon, the Army, Marine Corps and Navy all touted autonomous solutions for either finding or killing mines that might put service members in danger. The Army and the Marine Corps combined existing tools — the Army’s old-school M58 mine-clearing line charge and the Marines’ modern expeditionary modular autonomous vehicle ...

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Pentagon Testing Hypersonics, Directed Energy Weapons, Lasers

By David Vergun – The Defense Department’s enduring mission is to provide combat-ready forces to deter war and protect the security of the United States. One of the ways DOD maintains the competitive edge of its troops is through a diverse system of research and development laboratories. DOD laboratories design new tools for cyber defense, evaluate new concepts for autonomous ...

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U.S. Opposes Hong Kong 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law Change

By R. Mitchell – The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under the ...

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The National Background Investigations Bureau Moves to the Department of Defense

By R. Mitchell – President Trump signed an executive order April 24, 2019, that, in combination with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, section 925, shifts the primary responsibility for conducting background investigations for the federal government from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense. This executive order reflects the administration’s commitment to reform the personnel ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Thursday, April 25, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will receive his daily briefing as prepared by the intelligence community, have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and then deliver remarks at the White House Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Keep up with Trump on CDN’s Presidential Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 4/25/19 All Times EDT 12:00 ...

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Russia’s Decision to Grant Expedited Citizenship to Residents of Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine

By R. Mitchell – The United States condemns today’s decision by President Putin to provide expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Russia, through this highly provocative action, is intensifying its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. President Putin’s decision creates a serious obstacle to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the reintegration of the ...

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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Guam

By R. Mitchell – The Navy will christen its newest high-speed transport vessel, the future USNS Guam (T-HST 1), during a 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time ceremony Saturday, April 27, in Okinawa, Japan. USNS Guam T-HST-1Photo Credit: U.S. Navy Ship inventory USNS Guam is named to honor the long-standing historical and military relationship between Guam and the United States. She ...

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Nuclear Triad Important to America’s National Security

By David Vergun – David J. Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy speaking at the Brookings Institute The United States’ strategic nuclear arsenal has been based on the nuclear triad system since the 1960s. The triad refers to the three categories of nuclear delivery vehicles: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic aerial bombers. Why It’s Important ...

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Jewish Conservative, Laura Loomer, Suing CAIR and Twitter

By Amalia White – A new disturbing censorship trend is emerging through social media and other large platforms’ banning of conservative users. Conservative activist and avid free speech supporter, Laura Loomer, has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) after she was banned from the social media platform in 2018. Unfortunately, her banning was not ...

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Border Agents Seize Over 1,700 Pounds of Cocaine Near Puerto Rico

By R. Mitchell – SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) intercepted and seized Tuesday 1,776 pounds (802 kilos) of cocaine within 28 bales found inside a go-fast vessel intercepted near the southeastern coast of the island. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $20 million. “Our Air and Marine Operations ...

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Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson

By R. Mitchell – The Navy will christen its newest Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, April 27, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) at Bath Iron Works The third ship in the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1002 is named in ...

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Ex-State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Chinese Agents

By R. Mitchell – Candace Marie Claiborne Candace Marie Claiborne, a former employee of the U.S. Department of State, pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States, by lying to law enforcement and background investigators, and hiding her extensive contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in exchange for ...

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Treasury Targets Sanctions Evasion Conduits for Major Hizballah Financiers

By R. Mitchell – Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further targeted the global business operations of Hizballah by designating two individuals and three entities acting as conduits for sanctions evasion schemes.  Specifically, OFAC designated Belgium-based Wael Bazzi for acting for or on behalf of his father and Hizballah financier, Mohammad ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Tuesday, April 24, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, where they will speak at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. The summit is an annual gathering of stakeholders to discuss what’s working in prevention and treatment of drug abuse. Keep up with Trump on CDN’s Presidential Schedule Page. President Trump’s ...

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