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Trump doubles down on meetings with despots — and it’s rocking the US government to its core

Experts who formerly held top posts within the intelligence community have begun to form a consensus view that Russia has some leverage over President Donald Trump, with some rationalizing his behavior as a that of a "controlled spy."
Twelve boys and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong (left), from the 'Wild Boars' soccer team speak during a for the first time since they were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand last week.

The Thai soccer team cave rescue is also be a big political win for the country’s military junta

The military took power in 2014 and has since cracked down on human rights, banned public gatherings, censored media, and jailed critics. But the cave rescue mission helped show what the military, and thus the government, can accomplish ahead of elections next year.

‘It’s gonna be red, white, and blue’: Trump reveals how he wants to overhaul Air Force One

President Donald Trump elaborated on his plans for an Air Force One upgrade, announcing that the new billion-dollar presidential planes will boast enhanced interiors and exteriors.

Trump blames everyone except Putin for bad US-Russia ties before Helsinki summit — and it’s a huge mistake

It's unlikely that Russian President Vladimir Putin will give away Moscow to President Donald Trump, as Trump suggested on Twitter, but he may give Trump ammo and encouragement in going after the Western institutions he's spent a lifetime targeting.
An F-35B begins its short takeoff from the USS America with an external weapons load.

The US Navy just quietly sent an F-35 aircraft carrier to the Pacific — and it signals a big change

The US Navy broke with its tradition of hyping up F-35 deployments by sending the USS Essex jump-jet carrier into the Western Pacific with a deck full of the revolutionary fighter jets — and it could signal a big change in how the US deals with its toughest adversaries.
Russia's Su-57 fighter jet. Only 12 have been ordered, and no more orders are coming.

Russia admits defeat on its ‘stealth’ F-35 killer by canceling mass production of the Su-57 fighter jet

The Su-57, a plane designed to kill the US F-35 and F-22 stealth jets with an innovative array of radars, saw a brief period of combat over Syria, but the deployment lasted only days and didn't pit the jet against any threats befitting a world-class fighter.
Kim Jong Un provides guidance on North Korea's nuclear-weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), September 3, 2017.

North Korea reportedly pushed $1 billion nuclear blackmail to Israel — and it shows Pyongyang’s real threat

President Trump insists that North Korea isn't a threat anymore. But even if North Korea doesn't detonate its nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Un could sell these weapons of mass destruction to states, or terrorists, that may use them.

Trump and Merkel are headed for a one-on-one showdown after Trump said Germany was Russia’s puppet

Germany's military is in a poor state, and its own defense minister has criticized a lack of readiness and defense spending. In May, the German news outlet Der Spiegel reported that only four of Germany's 128 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets were ready to fly combat missions.
A German air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis toward the runway at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska before departing for a combat-training mission, June 11, 2012.

Trump slams a weakened Germany as ‘controlled by Russia’ in blistering open to NATO summit

In May, the German news outlet Spiegel reported that only four of Germany's 128 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets were ready to fly combat missions. Germany's defense minister has called its budget "inadequate" as Chancellor Angela Merkel prioritizes social works over defense spending.

China looks set to deploy a railgun on a destroyer by 2025 — and humiliate the US Navy in doing so

China looks set to beat the US to the punch on a game-changing naval railgun that the US has spent more than $500 million and a decade on by deploying one on a navy ship — and it looks as if Beijing's doing it to embarrass Washington.