Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

By KATHY GANNON | Associated Press

Afghanistan Talking to the Taliban
FILE – In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group’s top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia.
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News anchor Krystal Ball fires back at Rush Limbaugh after he falsely claims she took nude photos as a teen

By Erin Donnelly | Yahoo Celebrity

Krystal Ball, the former MSNBC host who now works as a news anchor for The Hill, is firing back at Rush Limbaugh after the conservative radio host alleged that she’d posted nude photos of herself on “Facebook or MySpace or you know, MyButt” when she “was 14 or 15.”

In a segment on her show, Rising with the Hill, the 37-year-old shot down Limbaugh’s claims, telling co-host Saagar Enjeti and viewers that, not only did Facebook and MySpace not exist when she was a teen, but that she never posed nude.… read the full article

Dracula Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Action Figure

DRACULA & VAMPIRES

$14.99

Dracula Universal Monsters 3.75″ ReAction Action Figure: Here is a new figure from the series two Universal Monsters line of 3.75″ ReAction Action figures from Super 7. Inspired by the Kenner line of action figures from the 1970s, the 3 3/4-inch action figure has 5 points of articulation and comes on an appropriately retro 6-inch x 9-inch action figure cardback. … read the full article

Hong Kong Protesters Wave the American Flag, but Is It Too Late?

By Michael Brendan Dougherty | National Review

An anti-extradition bill protester carries an American flag during the march at Mongkok, in Hong Kong, China, August 3, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon – RC16CFD4D120

To state the obvious, everyone paying attention here in the States loves the Hong Kongers.… read the full article

Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil

By Zach Dorfman, Jenna McLaughlin and Sean D. Naylor, Reporters |Yahoo News

On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours to leave the United States and was seizing two rural East Coast estates owned by the Russian government.… read the full article

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy poster child

By Jerome TAYLOR | AFP

Joshua Wong is one of the most prominent faces in Hong Kong’s leaderless pro-democracy movement (AFP Photo/Anthony WALLACE)

Joshua Wong, the Hong Kong activist soon to visit the United States, was the unlikely hero of the Umbrella Movement that inspired hundreds of thousands to take over Hong Kong’s streets for two months in 2014 calling for free elections.… read the full article

Russia’s T-90 Tank Was Considered One of the Best (Until It Went to Syria)

Here is what happened. 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Ultimately, the losses in Syria show that any tank—whether T-90, M-1 or Leopard 2—is vulnerable on a battlefield in which long-range ATGMs have proliferated.

The interconnected conflicts raging across the Middle East today have amounted to a dreadful human catastrophe with spiraling global consequence.… read the full article

Chinese-born Australian lawmaker under fire over past links

By ROD McGUIRK | Associated Press

Australia China
Gladys Liu, the first Chinese-born lawmaker to be elected to Australia’s Parliament, sits silently in the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Liu has come under attack over her links to the Chinese foreign influence network.
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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Might Get ‘Shot Down’ By This (Not an F-35)

But a Russian Su-35. 

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Key Point: If the cheaper Su-35 can do most of what the expensive Su-57 can do…

“A unique machine, a deadly aerial fist,” is how the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense introduced the Su-35S superiority fighter earlier this week.… read the full article

All the Reasons Israel Will Wipe You Out in a War (On Land)

Tanks and more. 

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key Point: The National Interest presents all of the reasons Israel is a dominant military power–over land.

Much like the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli Army came from humble—but more established—beginnings.… read the full article