News Roundup 1/28/19

US News

  • Congressman Walter Jones enters hospice care. [Link]
  • Roger Stone has been indicted on seven counts including lying to the FBI and witness tampering. Stone was arrested in an early morning raid by the FBI. He was released on bail. [Link]
  • FaceBook will merge the FB, IG, and WhatsApp messengers. [Link]
  • A New Mexico court ruling is a victory in the fight against civil asset forfeiture. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • A soldier sued Obama in an attempt to get Congress to act on war. [Link]
  • Suicides by active duty Marines hit a ten year high in 2018. [Link]
  • A Gitmo Detainee argues that the judge in his trial was biased for the State Department. [Link]
  • Doug Bandow: The NATO mission is to preserve itself. [Link]

Weapon Sales

  • The military is looking to develop small nuclear reactors to power US bases. [Link]
  • Boeing wins a contract for $2.46 billion for 19 Poseidon aircraft. [Link]
  • POGO provides a detailed report of the Zumwalt class destroyers. The ships are missing their main weapons, have cost billions in overruns, have been delayed several years, and are not battle ready. [Link]
  • Germany will sell four RAM Naval Missile Systems to Qatar. [Link]
  • Russia calls on the US to abandon plans to put missile defense in space. [Link

Venezuela

  • The AP reports Juan Guaido arranged the international recognition of his interim presidency. [Link]
  • A member of the Venezuelan military in the US defects to the Guaido government. [Link]
  • A report claims Russian contractors are working to defend Maduro in Venezuela. [Link]
  • European countries are calling on Maduro to call elections in eight days. The countries are threatening to recognize the Guaido government if elections are not called. [Link]
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