GLENN BECK BLASTS CONSERVATIVE CRITICS AS ‘PROGRESSIVES ON THE RIGHT’


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Last week, Beck and 16 other conservatives met with Zuckerberg at a damage control meeting the tech billionaire called following reports from several Facebook whistleblowers that the site’s news curators actively suppress conservative stories in their “trending” news section while simultaneously boosting the signal of leftwing causes like Black Lives Matter.

Beck’s subsequent defense of Facebook and panning of his fellow conservatives at the meeting led some on the right to label him Zuckerberg’s “useful idiot.”

Tucker Carlson, who also attended the meeting, described Beck’s behavior as “the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I’ve ever seen a grown man commit.”

http://www.infowars.com/glenn-beck-blasts-conservative-critics-as-progressives-on-the-right/

Russia amassing troops at borders in challenge to NATO


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Russia is set to establish three new military divisions — around 30,000 troops — along its borders in a direct challenge to Western allies’ troop buildup in the region.

NATO revealed last month that it would be sending around 4,000 troops to Poland and the former Soviet countries in the Baltic.

Now Moscow has hit back by announcing its own plans to expand its military presence.

“The Defense Ministry is taking a series of measures in order to counter the expansion of NATO forces in direct proximity to the Russian border,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday on state television.

“By the end of the year two new divisions will be formed in the western military district and one in the southern military district.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/04/Russia-amassing-troops-at-borders-in-challenge-to-NATO/4951462367980/

RUSSIA AMASSING TROOPS AT BORDERS IN CHALLENGE TO NATO


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NATO revealed last month that it would be sending around 4,000 troops to Poland and the former Soviet countries in the Baltic.

Now Moscow has hit back by announcing its own plans to expand its military presence.

“The Defense Ministry is taking a series of measures in order to counter the expansion of NATO forces in direct proximity to the Russian border,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday on state television.

“By the end of the year two new divisions will be formed in the western military district and one in the southern military district.”

http://www.infowars.com/russia-amassing-troops-at-borders-in-challenge-to-nato/

 

First on CNN: Russians ‘barrel roll’ over another U.S. Air Force plane


A Russian SU-27 conducted a “barrel roll” Friday over the top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 which was flying a reconnaissance mission in international airspace above the Baltic Sea, the Defense Department said.

The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson, said in a statement.
“The SU-27 intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side then proceeded to perform an aggressive maneuver that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135,” Baldanza said.

PIERS MORGAN ON MICHELLE FIELDS: ANYONE WITH A BRAIN WHO THINKS THAT IS ASSAULT IS LIVING IN CLOUD CUCKOO LAND (VIDEO)


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Video was released that shows the reporter, Michelle Fields, did not flinch, did not change her facial expression, did not even notice Lewandowski during the incident. Fields later charged Lewandowsky with “battery.”

Fields was not “jolted backwards.” She was not “yanked down.” Lewandowski did not “try to throw reporters to the ground.”

After the charges were announced last week Piers Morgan went off on a Twitter tirade in defense of Lewandowski and men everywhere.

http://www.infowars.com/piers-morgan-on-michelle-fields-anyone-with-a-brain-who-thinks-that-is-assault-is-living-in-cloud-cuckoo-land-video/

 

 

Week ahead: Pentagon buying reforms coming soon


Acquisition reform will be in the spotlight as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee unveils his plans for the upcoming annual defense policy bill.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will outline his acquisition reform proposal at a speech Tuesday at the Brookings Institution.

He plans to introduce his proposal as standalone bill, elicit feedback and then fold it into the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Thornberry has said his proposal will focus on two areas: allowing the Pentagon to experiment with new technologies and clarifying the responsibilities of each of the different officials involved in buying decisions: the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

The latter topic was addressed in the 2016 defense bill, but Thornberry wants to do more in the upcoming legislation.

“In a lot of respects, I’m looking at going back to basics here,” he told reporters earlier this month. “Adding bureaucracy to deal with a problem is usually not a very good answer.”

On experimentation, he wants the Pentagon to have more latitude to experiment with technology without it being a so-called program of record.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/272693-week-ahead-pentagon-buying-reforms-coming-soon

Architect of Pentagon’s Personnel Reform Plan Resigns


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Carson is expected to leave the post on April 8. He is reportedly resigning along with his senior adviser Morgan Plummer.

Carson cited “low likelihood of confirmation” and “reduced time left in the administration” as reasons for his decision to resign.

The Force of the Future personnel reform includes such widely-debated decisions as opening combat positions to women.

http://sputniknews.com/us/20160315/1036287227/pentagon-brad-carson-resignation.html

China to boost defense spending by 7.6 percent


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An advance copy of the budget to China’s national congress says the government will increase national defense spending by 7.6 percent in 2016, the smallest increase in six years. It reflects slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy and a drawdown of troops as Beijing seeks to build a more streamlined, modern military.

The figure in Saturday’s report comes a day after the spokeswoman for the legislature, the National People’s Congress, said China would boost defense spending by about 7 to 8 percent.

The People’s Liberation Army is being trimmed to 2 million troops from 2.3 million but will still be the world’s largest standing military. China’s plan to spend 954 billion yuan ($146 billion) on defense spending this year is still less than one-third of what the U.S. is proposing to spend this year.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/771038/china-to-boost-defense-spending-by-7-6-percent

China’s Li predicts ‘difficult battle’ for growth


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While warning that China faced “more and tougher problems,” including weak export demand, Li said he was confident that stable growth could be maintained.

The prime minister, who is the country’s top economic official, announced a growth target of 6.5 to 7 percent – down on last year’s aim of “about 7 percent.”

“The larger the economy grows, the greater the difficulty of achieving growth,” Li told delegates at the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s nominal parliament.

Li’s speech at the Great Hall of the People, lasting nearly two hours, was punctuated by polite choreographed applause. The assembly of almost 3,000 delegates routinely endorses ruling Communist party plans in near unanimous votes.

“China will face more and tougher problems and challenges in its development this year, so we must be fully prepared to fight a difficult battle,” said Li in his budget report, adding that the government would increase projected spending to allow a fiscal deficit of 3 percent.

http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-li-predicts-difficult-battle-for-growth/a-19096112

Israel to launch one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, with U.S. help


A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli forces and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world.

When it is complete, Israel’s multibillion-dollar rocket and missile air defense system will be far superior to anything in the Middle East and will likely rival, and in some ways surpass, in speed and targeting, air defenses deployed by Europe and the United States, its developers say.

The United States has provided more than $3.3 billion over the past 10 years to support the defensive system, which will be able to knock down not only ballistic missiles but also orbiting satellites.

Though Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama have had a strained relationship, rubbed raw by their deep disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. spending on Israel’s air defenses has soared in the last decade, from $133 million in 2006 to $619 million in 2015.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-to-launch-one-of-the-most-advanced-missile-defense-systems-in-the-world-with-us-help/2016/03/03/6383cb88-dfd5-11e5-8c00-8aa03741dced_story.html