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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Are You Feeling Safer? ‘War of the Worlds’ Pits U.S. and Israel Against Everyone Else — Strategic Culture

Are You Feeling Safer? ‘War of the Worlds’ Pits U.S. and Israel Against Everyone Else — Strategic Culture: The media being focused on an upcoming election, coronavirus, fires on the West Coast and burgeoning BLM and Antifa unrest, it is perhaps no surprise…

5 Reasons why you should attend EMTech MIT

 



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2021-2026 Report on Global Class 1E Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Cables Market Indepth Analysis Research, Future Trends & Development – Crypto Daily

2021-2026 Report on Global Class 1E Nuclear Power Plant Instrumentation Cables Market Indepth Analysis Research, Future Trends & Development – Crypto Daily

Simpson, Fulcher introduce nuclear research bill | News | tribuneledgernews.com

Simpson, Fulcher introduce nuclear research bill | News | tribuneledgernews.com: Idaho’s two congressmen introduced a bill Wednesday meant to encourage research into nuclear power at Idaho National Laboratory and the nation’s other national labs.

The Netherlands publishes report ahead of nuclear consultation

The Netherlands publishes report ahead of nuclear consultation: The Netherlands government has published an independent report on the potential role of nuclear in its future energy mix.

International Cooperation for Nuclear Safety in Focus at the Regulatory Cooperation Forum | IAEA

International Cooperation for Nuclear Safety in Focus at the Regulatory Cooperation Forum | IAEA

Nuclear Power Wants to Hitch Fortune to the Hottest New Fuel

Nuclear Power Wants to Hitch Fortune to the Hottest New Fuel: (Bloomberg) -- The nuclear industry should tap into rising investor interest in hydrogen-fuel to revive the flagging prospects of reactor operators in an increasingly crowded marketplace for clean power.That was the message delivered by executives and scientists who convened this week at the International

Decouple Podcast with Christ Keefer - The Power Grid, the Policy Grid, and the "Could" Grid

 

Podcast with Chris Keefer
The Power Grid, the Policy Grid, and the "Could" Grid
I was recently interviewed by Dr. Chris Keefer on Decouple Podcast. In my forthcoming book, Shorting the Grid, I present the situation and the choices as they currently exist on the grid. I avoid doing too much speculation. Dr. Keefer had read the book carefully before interviewing me.

In the book, I describe the "two grids." One is the Power Grid: it moves power (electricity). The other is the Policy Grid, which supplies money. My interview with Keefer was mostly about the Power Grid. We had fun with my automotive comparisons. Who knew I had so many automotive comparisons in Shorting the Grid? I didn't realize this until the podcast. In one example, I described big trucks as baseload plants (steady performers, not much acceleration) versus quick flexible sports cars. “We don’t need baseload” is the equivalent of “goods can be carried cross country in sports cars.” Keefer had read an early copy of my book, and asked excellent questions on the podcast.

The Could Grid

When I wrote about the podcast on my blog, I began to think about the decisions that I made as I wrote the Shorting the Grid. My main decision was to be sure to describe the reality on the Power and Policy grids. As I have often said, “Look out for the word could.” As soon as someone begins to talk about what we “could” do, I get suspicious. My blog post is "Could" versus Reality. A podcast with Chris Keefer.

In Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of our Electric Grid, I described issues on the grid and physical constraints on today's grid. I avoided technologies that "could" be used. For example, many articles about the grid assume that the spiky performance of renewables can be backed up by grid-level storage.They can't be, at least right now.

The articles rarely mention that batteries simply are not up to the job of storing gigawatt hours of power. They rarely mention that over 90% of the storage on the grid right now is from pumped storage hydro plants. Since these plants generally require building a reservoir on a hill, they are usually placed in mountainous or hilly areas. There are many scenic and ecological concerns with building more pumped storage to back up more renewable energy.

Then there are the articles about backing up the grid with hydrogen power plants, and the hydrogen comes from hydrolysis of water, using renewable energy as the source of electricity for the hydrolysis. Right now, there's a plan to add renewable-formed hydrogen to the stream of natural gas going to a proposed power plant in Texas. Sonal Patel has an excellent article in Power Magazine about the Texas project and other Entergy-Mitsubishi projects. Although Mitsubishi is planning to use "green" hydrogen at several sites, it has to be noted that making green hydrogen is energy intensive, and so far, these are all...plans. We are still in a state of "could."

When I began mentally classifying articles on the grid into Power, Policy and Could articles, I was discouraged to see how little information is available about the grid we have, and how much is written about the Could grid. I hope my book will help us understand the real grids, Power and Policy, that we have right now.

(I am now reviewing the printers versions of the book. I hope to have a release date soon.)

Praise for Shorting the Grid

The National Academy of Engineering describes the U.S. power grid as the “supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century.” Its user interface has customer-facing simplicity that hides a system of massive complexity. The grid’s engineering excellence has allowed almost all Americans to simply assume its future existence.

But Meredith Angwin is an unusually perceptive maven who digs deeply when initial answers don’t make sense. She’s learned that the marvelous machine that is the foundation of modern living is being threatened by political and financially motivated maneuvers.

Shorting the Grid reveals reasons why we must pay more attention to grid governance and the potential of poor decisions to override technical successes.

— Rod Adams: Blogger at Atomic Insights, Managing Member at Nucleation Capital LP
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Friday, September 25, 2020

House passes massive clean energy bill amid Trump veto threat, Senate uncertainty

 

House passes massive clean energy bill amid Trump veto threat, Senate uncertainty

 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/trump-veto-of-house-clean-energy-bill-likely-as-ginsburg-replacement-fight/585625/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-09-25%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:29885%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

Brief Ohio attorney general sues to block $1.3B bailout of former FirstEnergy nuclear plants

 

Ohio attorney general sues to block $1.3B bailout of former FirstEnergy nuclear plants

 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ohio-attorney-general-sues-to-block-13b-bailout-of-former-firstenergy-nuc/585835/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-09-25%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:29885%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

“Critical decision” keeps Versatile Test Reactor on target -- ANS / Newswire

“Critical decision” keeps Versatile Test Reactor on target -- ANS / Newswire

BWXT Peterborough touts ‘tremendous progress’ in medical isotope production at Darlington nuclear station | Globalnews.ca

BWXT Peterborough touts ‘tremendous progress’ in medical isotope production at Darlington nuclear station | Globalnews.ca

New innovation and business network boosts Finnish SMR expertise - Nuclear Engineering International

New innovation and business network boosts Finnish SMR expertise - Nuclear Engineering International

U.S. Government Makes New Nuclear Fuel - Uranium vs. Thorium

U.S. Government Makes New Nuclear Fuel - Uranium vs. Thorium: The U.S. government made a powerful new kind of nuclear fuel. It's part uranium, part thorium, and it may just save America's floundering nuclear program.

Crashing a 100-MPH Train Into a Nuclear Fuel Container Is Our Kind of Science

Crashing a 100-MPH Train Into a Nuclear Fuel Container Is Our Kind of Science

PSE&G's $1 billion New Jersey energy efficiency plan approved | Reuters

PSE&G's $1 billion New Jersey energy efficiency plan approved | Reuters: New Jersey regulators on Wednesday approved Public Service Electric and Gas Co's (PSE&G) plan to invest $1 billion on energy efficiency programs over the next three years.

Report: Nuclear, flexibility needed in future renewables-led powergen sector | Power Engineering

Report: Nuclear, flexibility needed in future renewables-led powergen sector | Power Engineering: As the growth of variable generators, like wind and solar, continue to gain traction around the world, it’s important to question the level of flexibility of an energy source. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that renewables will supply nearly half of the world’s electricity by 2050. As higher penetrations of renewables (primarily wind and solar) are...

House passes sweeping clean energy bill | TheHill

House passes sweeping clean energy bill | TheHill: The House on Thursday passed a broad bill that aims to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as part of an attempt to combat climate change.

Canadian firms make progress with radioisotope production : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

Canadian firms make progress with radioisotope production : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: Ontario Power Generation, its subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners, BWXT ITG Canada Inc and its affiliates yesterday said they are making "significant progress" towards the production of molydbenum-99 at OPG's Darlington plant. Darlington will be the first large-scale nuclear power station to produce the medical radioisotope, they said.

COP presidents call for enhanced NDCs by December : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

COP presidents call for enhanced NDCs by December : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Panellists address SMR supply chain challenges : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Panellists address SMR supply chain challenges : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The commercial deployment of small modular reactors will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Capturing Carbon – the most challenging part of the Clean Energy Transition today. | The Energy Collective Daily

 

Capturing Carbon – the most challenging part of the Clean Energy Transition today. | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Global nuclear needs 105 GW of additions to 2030 to stand still: report | S&P Global Platts

Global nuclear needs 105 GW of additions to 2030 to stand still: report | S&P Global Platts: Average reactor age hits 30.7 years Capacity down 2.2% but 2019 output up US lifetime extension 'reliant on support' Some 105 GW of nuclear capacity would need to start up this decade to maintain the

Like factory-built homes, nuclear reactors are going modular | MPR News

Like factory-built homes, nuclear reactors are going modular | MPR News: The federal government recently approved a new kind of nuclear reactor that’s smaller, cheaper and could be one the final pieces of the carbon-free puzzle.

Tug of war: Stakeholders clash over nuclear, fossil fuel addition to green energy bill - Business - The Jakarta Post

Tug of war: Stakeholders clash over nuclear, fossil fuel addition to green energy bill - Business - The Jakarta Post: Nuclear energy, liquefied coal and coal gas – the latter product being pioneered by state-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam – are all categorized as new but not renewable in the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post.

Ohio attorney general's lawsuit to block the nuclear plants from collecting fees - Mahoning Matters

Ohio attorney general's lawsuit to block the nuclear plants from collecting fees - Mahoning Matters: The bailout is funded by a fee that will be added to every electricity bill in the state starting Jan. 1, if the Legislature does not repeal the law by then.

Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy Week 2020.

Uncertainty for Davis-Besse nuclear power plant as Ohio AG files suit

Uncertainty for Davis-Besse nuclear power plant as Ohio AG files suit: Uncertainty for Davis Besse nuclear power plant as Attorney General files suit

All About Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant - The Santa Barbara Independent

All About Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant - The Santa Barbara Independent: And if you didn’t know, now you won’t forget about corrosion, when is green not so green, trapping sea life in cooling water, and mystery drones.

Nuclear Power Wants to Hitch Fortune to the Hottest New Fuel - Bloomberg

Nuclear Power Wants to Hitch Fortune to the Hottest New Fuel - Bloomberg: The nuclear industry should tap into rising investor interest in hydrogen-fuel to revive the flagging prospects of reactor operators in an increasingly crowded marketplace for clean power.

Closing two Illinois nuclear plants is bad news for working people and a clean energy future - Chicago Sun-Times

Closing two Illinois nuclear plants is bad news for working people and a clean energy future - Chicago Sun-Times: For more than 40 years, nuclear plants haven’t been just a source of power. They’ve been vital to our local economy, with good-paying jobs.

The IAEA’s Nuclear Law Institute: a Decade of Capacity Building and Development in Nuclear Law | IAEA

The IAEA’s Nuclear Law Institute: a Decade of Capacity Building and Development in Nuclear Law | IAEA: Around 35 pieces of legislation drafted by officials trained by the IAEA’s Nuclear Law Institute (NLI) have been adopted in the past decade in countries around the world, contributing to the safe and secure use of nuclear technology.

Supporting the Operation and Safety of Research Reactors: Exploring the IAEA's Peer Review Missions | IAEA

Supporting the Operation and Safety of Research Reactors: Exploring the IAEA's Peer Review Missions | IAEA: Research reactors provide a wealth of benefits, from the production of radioisotopes for cancer treatment to training and education.

IAEA INPRO: 20 Years of Enhancing Nuclear Energy Sustainability | IAEA

IAEA INPRO: 20 Years of Enhancing Nuclear Energy Sustainability | IAEA: The IAEA today marked 20 years of the IAEA International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), with participants at a virtual side event on the margins of the 64th IAEA General Conference.

The Future of Atoms: Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear Applications | IAEA

The Future of Atoms: Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear Applications | IAEA: Held virtually today on the sidelines of the 64th IAEA General Conference, the first ever IAEA meeting discussing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for nuclear applications showcased the ways in which AI-based approaches in nuclear science can benefit human health, water resource management and nuclear fusion research.

Fukushima Update September 25, 2020

 

Fukushima Update September 25, 2020-

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga plans to visit Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday… Suga promises to re-emphasize Fukushima recovery… F. Daiichi staff now use hi-tech “smart glasses”… The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum officially opened last Sunday to misleading headlines… Tour guides at the new Futaba museum are told to not criticize the Tokyo government or Tepco… The NRA clears Tepco to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units #6 and #7, for a second time… South Korea continues to complain about Tepco possibly releasing its purified F. Daiichi wastewater… The Mainichi Shimbun starts its ten year disaster anniversary posting half a year early.

https://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Wind power to nuclear power infographic comparison -- ANS / Newswire

Wind power to nuclear power infographic comparison -- ANS / Newswire

IAEA kicks off annual meeting in Vienna -- ANS / Newswire

IAEA kicks off annual meeting in Vienna -- ANS / Newswire

NRC recommends over $7 million in R&D grants -- ANS / Newswire

NRC recommends over $7 million in R&D grants -- ANS / Newswire

TerraPower, Centrus, and Duke Energy talk tech and collaboration -- ANS / Newswire

TerraPower, Centrus, and Duke Energy talk tech and collaboration -- ANS / Newswire

House bill would create spent fuel R&D program at the DOE -- ANS / Newswire

House bill would create spent fuel R&D program at the DOE -- ANS / Newswire

“Critical decision” keeps Versatile Test Reactor on target -- ANS / Newswire

“Critical decision” keeps Versatile Test Reactor on target -- ANS / Newswire

IEA Netherlands energy review focuses on renewables and hydrogen - Nuclear Engineering International

IEA Netherlands energy review focuses on renewables and hydrogen - Nuclear Engineering International: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in its Netherlands 2020 Energy Policy Review said The Netherlands “is aiming for a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy and has placed ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets at the...

Three takeaways from the 2020 World Nuclear Industry Status Report - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Three takeaways from the 2020 World Nuclear Industry Status Report - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

New Mexico objects to license for nuclear fuel storage plan | KRWG

New Mexico objects to license for nuclear fuel storage plan | KRWG: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build

Holtec Files Two Lawsuits After Lacey Planning Board Denies Site Plan Application - TAPinto

Holtec Files Two Lawsuits After Lacey Planning Board Denies Site Plan Application - TAPinto: LACEY, NJ – Holtec Decommissioning International filed two separate lawsuits against the Township of Lacey Planning Board last week. The state action only names the planning board, while the...

Like factory-built homes, nuclear reactors are going modular | MPR News

Like factory-built homes, nuclear reactors are going modular | MPR News: The federal government recently approved a new kind of nuclear reactor that’s smaller, cheaper and could be one the final pieces of the carbon-free puzzle.

Nuclear Imaging Devices And Equipment Global Market Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Impact and Recovery

Nuclear Imaging Devices And Equipment Global Market Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Impact and Recovery

Dobken: Correcting the Record on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage at San Onofre

Dobken: Correcting the Record on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage at San Onofre

 

https://voiceofoc.org/2020/09/dobken-correcting-the-record-on-spent-nuclear-fuel-storage-at-san-onofre/

Exorcism and the Battle Against the Devil | St. Paul Center

Exorcism and the Battle Against the Devil | St. Paul Center: One of my favorite definitions of the Church is that it is the guardian to the tree of life. Ever since Adam and Eve were banished from paradise, the human person has been on a journey to arrive at the tree of life and be united with God for all eternity in heaven.

Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons | St. Paul Center

Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons | St. Paul Center: At a time when many Christians no longer practice their faith, there has been an increase in the attention given to the devil and his devious ways. Because the devil seeks to destroy and separate us from God, all Catholics must be on guard.In Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons, Fr

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite | Common Dreams Views

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite | Common Dreams Views: “The graveyards are full of indispensable men,” Charles de Gaulle is reputed to have said. Despite the mordant wisdom most of us see in that statement, an alarming number of people refuse to follow his implicit advice. Many of us, particularly in America, the land of rugged individualism, see ourselves as crucial in the grand scheme of things, and are reluctant to leave the

Lessons from the Trump administration’s policy experiment on China

Lessons from the Trump administration’s policy experiment on China: Ryan Hass writes about how the Trump administration has guided US-China relations, and the lessons to be learned as well as failures to avoid in the approach. This piece was originally published by The University of Pennsylvania Project on the Future of US-China Relations.

White House shipping coronavirus rapid tests to HBCUs | McClatchy Washington Bureau

White House shipping coronavirus rapid tests to HBCUs | McClatchy Washington Bureau: More than 500,000 rapid tests will be sent to historically Black colleges and universities, federal officials said. The first shipment went out Monday.

The Daily 202: Trump balloting machinations heighten fears of 1876 redux - The Washington Post

The Daily 202: Trump balloting machinations heighten fears of 1876 redux - The Washington Post: State election officials strategize about contingencies.

Perceptions of the U.S. around the world are at or near historic lows, Pew finds - MarketWatch

Perceptions of the U.S. around the world are at or near historic lows, Pew finds - MarketWatch: In the U.K. — to pick one example — Pew found that just 41% of people express a favorable opinion of the U.S., the lowest recorded rate.

The United States Is Not Entitled to Lead the World | Foreign Affairs

The United States Is Not Entitled to Lead the World | Foreign Affairs: That the United States should lead the world is often taken for granted. But the United States shouldn’t always be at the head of the table.

It Will Take More Than a Biden Victory to Solve NATO’s Strategic Malaise - War on the Rocks

It Will Take More Than a Biden Victory to Solve NATO’s Strategic Malaise - War on the Rocks: With election day now fewer than 50 days away, optimism is growing in U.S. foreign policy circles that President Donald Trump’s brand of transactional

Opinion | Trump could stay in power even if he doesn’t win the election. The Constitution allows it. - The Washington Post

Opinion | Trump could stay in power even if he doesn’t win the election. The Constitution allows it. - The Washington Post: A contested election would go to Congress, where Trump has a decisive advantage.

Germany’s Road to Socialism | The National Interest

Germany’s Road to Socialism | The National Interest: A post-World War II anti-totalitarian consensus in West Germany was directed equally against national socialism and communism, the communists in the East established what they called an “anti-fascist democratic order.” This same goal is pursued by Die Linke in Berlin and it is coming ever closer to fruition.

The Struggle with China is not a Replay of the Cold War – Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

The Struggle with China is not a Replay of the Cold War – Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

Working With Robots in a Post-Pandemic World

Working With Robots in a Post-Pandemic World: Despite advances in automation, good people and good techniques remain essential to manual work.

Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets - 19696

Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets - 19696

How many jobs do robots really replace? | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How many jobs do robots really replace? | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT professor Daron Acemoglu is co-author of a new study showing that each robot added to the workforce has the effect of replacing 3.3 jobs across the U.S.

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism | Princeton University Press

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism | Princeton University Press: New York Times BestsellerWall Street Journal BestsellerA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceLonglisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the YearFrom economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class

Opinion | ‘We’re No. 28! And Dropping!’ - The New York Times

Opinion | ‘We’re No. 28! And Dropping!’ - The New York Times: A measure of social progress finds that the quality of life has dropped in America over the last decade, even as it has risen almost everywhere else.

Social Progress Imperative

Social Progress Imperative: We provide decision-makers and everyday citizens with the very best data on the
social and environmental health of their societies and help them prioritize actions that
accelerate social progress.

Links 9/25/2020 | naked capitalism

Links 9/25/2020 | naked capitalism: Our popular daily Links, including Greenwald, Sandel, pacta sunt servanda, Russian cheese, egg tarts, dying forests, Canada, Amazon climate label, Amazon hardware, sled dogs, Julian Assange, Indian farm bills, Bollywood, TikTok, October suprises, David Sirota.

West Coast Wildfires Underscore Ominous Global Trend: Forests Are Dying

West Coast Wildfires Underscore Ominous Global Trend: Forests Are Dying: Trees are resilient, but the current rate of atmospheric warming is driving changes faster than forests can adapt to.

Why Trump’s Promise to Save Manufacturing Was One He Never Intended to Keep | naked capitalism

Why Trump’s Promise to Save Manufacturing Was One He Never Intended to Keep | naked capitalism: Trump’s promise to save manufacturing jobs and rebuild infrastructure was all bluster, no surprise from the man known for stiffing workers.

In the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, here come the tortoises

In the race for a Covid-19 vaccine, here come the tortoises: Anyone handicapping the so-called competition to develop vaccines would do well to keep an eye on the players who seemingly got a late start.

The U.S. Assault on Seniors Is Deadly | by Andy Slavitt | Sep, 2020 | Medium Coronavirus Blog

The U.S. Assault on Seniors Is Deadly | by Andy Slavitt | Sep, 2020 | Medium Coronavirus Blog: The assault on older people from Covid-19 is quite serious. It pales in comparison to the assault on seniors from Trump. We all know Covid-19 preys on people with weak immune systems and the elderly…

Breonna Taylor's Family Received a Historic Police Settlement - But Not Justice | LEVEL

Breonna Taylor's Family Received a Historic Police Settlement - But Not Justice | LEVEL: So much for arresting the men who killed Breonna Taylor. Earlier today, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that a grand jury had declined to indict two of three Louisville law…

Charles Barkley blasts movement to defund police: 'Who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?' - TheBlaze

Charles Barkley blasts movement to defund police: 'Who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?' - TheBlaze: 'We need to stop that defund or abolish the cops crap'

Democrats Pivot To In-Person Voting, Fear Mail-In Could Lead To Problems | The Daily Wire

Democrats Pivot To In-Person Voting, Fear Mail-In Could Lead To Problems | The Daily Wire: Democratic politicians and groups are beginning to push voters to vote in person or hand deliver their absentee ballots as concerns grow over what a flood

The National Centre for Padre Pio is a monument rooted in faith and gratitude – Catholic World Report

The National Centre for Padre Pio is a monument rooted in faith and gratitude – Catholic World Report

Why China's rising currency will shred Trump's legacy - Nikkei Asian Review

Why China's rising currency will shred Trump's legacy - Nikkei Asian Review: William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."China's curr

Trump may reject FDA’s stricter regulations for COVID-19 vaccine | Ars Technica

Trump may reject FDA’s stricter regulations for COVID-19 vaccine | Ars Technica: FDA’s new standards are meant to shore up public confidence in future vaccine.

One million and counting - The covid-19 pandemic is worse than official figures show | Briefing | The Economist

One million and counting - The covid-19 pandemic is worse than official figures show | Briefing | The Economist: But some things are improving, and it will not go on for ever

Novavax Enters Final Stage of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials - The New York Times

Novavax Enters Final Stage of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials - The New York Times: The Maryland company, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has started its Phase 3 trial in the United Kingdom, with plans to begin in the United States in October.

The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal

The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal: The Pentagon is weighing a dramatically different fleet that relies heavily on unmanned ships and submarines.

America’s top Marine says the US must shake up its military presence in the Pacific

America’s top Marine says the US must shake up its military presence in the Pacific: The Commandant of the Marine Corps says the U.S. must change how its forces are arrayed in the Pacific.

Meet The Republican Senator Sabotaging Trump's Plans to End Forever Wars and Bring Our Troops Home - Revolver

Meet The Republican Senator Sabotaging Trump's Plans to End Forever Wars and Bring Our Troops Home - Revolver: Senator Jim Risch of Idaho is stalling President Trump's America First nominees, including William Ruger and Colonel Douglas Macgregor.

The United States Can’t Quit on the UN | Foreign Affairs

The United States Can’t Quit on the UN | Foreign Affairs: Washington must shape the trajectory of UN agencies, beginning with the WHO. But U.S. withdrawal from the UN empowers only China.

International community needs to break its silence on US highway robbery of TikTok: Global Times editorial - Global Times

International community needs to break its silence on US highway robbery of TikTok: Global Times editorial - Global Times

Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states, including Texas and Arizona - Axios

Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states, including Texas and Arizona - Axios: Cases are up 16% nationwide.

Vacancies, acting officials and the waning role of the U.S. Senate

Vacancies, acting officials and the waning role of the U.S. Senate: Kathryn Dunn Tenpas writes that a new report released by The Partnership for Public Service shows how sidelined the Senate has become in confirming the highest-level officials in the federal government.

Sudan Agrees to Conditional Normalization of Ties with Israel | Asharq AL-awsat

Sudan Agrees to Conditional Normalization of Ties with Israel | Asharq AL-awsat: Middle-East Arab News and Opinion - Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities

All the Chips Are on the Table Now – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

All the Chips Are on the Table Now – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website: On the court issue, Democrats are exhibiting something akin to panic. They are warning that if a conservative jurist like Barrett is confirmed, Democrats may retaliate by “packing” the …

Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan | The White House

Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan | The White House: Since January 20, 2017, my Administration has been committed to the goal of bringing great healthcare to the American people and putting patients first.

Reporter Russell Gold Warns Against a ‘Failure of Imagination’ in the Energy Sector

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