Japan PM vows to step up China ties but bolster defense

by MARI YAMAGUCHI (Associated Press)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech during a parliamentary session in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Abe pledged Monday he will further expand his country’s already improving ties with China but said Japan still needs to bolster its defense capability as far as space amid concern about Chinese military activity and uncertainty over North Korea’s denuclearization.
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Roger Stone’s not guilty plea shows collapse of Russian collusion narrative

by James S. Robbins (USA TODAY Opinion)

The main takeaway from informal presidential adviser Roger Stone’s arraignment Tuesday is that the Russian collusion narrative has collapsed. If there were anything there, we’d know about it by now.

Stone was hauled in to federal court Friday morning after a theatrical, televised arrest that should be the subject of a Justice Department investigation or congressional inquiry.… Read Full Article