Meet the Democratic women looking to turn Texas blue in 2020

Once solidly Republican, the Lone Star State now looks like a realistic target for Democrats – with female campaigners leading the charge. Andrew Buncombe reports from Austin

By Andrew Buncombe, Austin @AndrewBuncombe | Independent

Texas’s imposing state capitol, with its Goddess of Liberty statue reaching more than 300ft into the sky – higher even, than the one in Washington DC – has seen plenty of history. … Read the full article.

Air Force F-35s Are Practicing to Fight and Win Against Russia’s S-400

One war game at a time.

by Kris Osborn | The National Interest

Key point: The F-35 is using ope-air ranges and computer simulations to learn how to fight against Russian air defenses.

Designed as part of the developmental trajectory for the emerging F-35, the test-firing facilities further development of an ability to fire the weapon “off-boresight,” described as an ability to target and destroy air to air targets that are not in front of the aircraft with a direct or immediate line of sight, Pentagon officials explained.… Read the full article.

Russia vs. America: Who Has The World’s Best Submarines?

The Virginia-class and the Yasen-class go head-to-head.

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: It’s a difficult call.

The United States Navy’s submarine force emerged from the Cold War as the undisputed masters of the undersea realm. The elite, all-nuclear submarine force watched as its Soviet submarine force rivals rusted away pierside, the newly founded Russian Federation unable to maintain them.… Read the full article.

Can Hong Kong’s fighting spirit endure? An answer might lie in China’s own Communist history

By Mishi Saran | Quartz

A panorama of the Shanghai Bund in the 1930s.

In three short months, Hong Kong has morphed into a city of bloody weekend skirmishes between black-clad protesters and riot police; a city clouded with teargas, where water cannon trucks spray youngsters with blue-dyed water; and where passionate demonstrations erupt regularly, everywhere from shopping malls to consulates.… Read the full article.