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Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes US Recon Jet in the Middle East

One day since Russia warned that U.S. aircraft will be considered ‘targets’ in the airspace over Syria after a Syrian jet was shot down by the U.S. Navy, Cold War II is heating up.

According to reports this morning, a fully armed Russian Su-27 fighter jet buzzed a U.S. recon jet coming within 5 feet, which is highly dangerous.

In the course of the incident, the Russian pilot flashed his weapons and conducted erratic maneuvers, likely in an attempt to intimidate the American pilot.

It’s not a sign that tensions between the U.S. and Russia are cooling down at all.

Here’s more from Fox News…

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet “rapidly,” coming within five feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

Since June 2nd there have been over 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it “unsafe,” according to one official.

The incident comes one day after the Russian Defense Ministry said it would treat any U.S. jet flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as a potential target, following a U.S. Navy jet’s shoot-down of a Syrian jet that was targeting U.S.-aligned fighters.

The Russian military has supported Syrian President Bashar Assad for decades and deployed dozens of fighter jets and helicopter gunships to shore up the Syrian regime in September 2015.

In February, Russian jets buzzed a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer in the Black Sea, while the U.S. Army was unloading dozens of tanks and 500 U.S. Army soldiers arrived in a port in nearby Romania.

Two months later, that same destroyer, USS Porter, fired Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria hitting an airbase belonging to the Russian-backed Assad regime.

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Russia: US Jets Now Deemed ‘Targets’ After Syrian Jet Shot Down

Just as we predicted this morning, Russian officials responded to the weekend’s dogfight in the skies over Syria this weekend with a dire warning: American jets henceforth will be regarded by Russian aircraft as ‘targets’ over Syria.

Additionally, official communication between the U.S. and Russia has been suspended over the incident.

This now marks the worst relations between the two powers since the Cold War.

What’s more, it’s likely being seen by Trump administration defense officials as a dare in which the Syrian Air Force — backed by Russia — may test American resolve by continuing anti-rebel sorties in and around Syrian airspace.

Stay tuned for updates…

Here’s more from the Independent…

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country’s defence ministry said the change in position would apply to all aircraft, including those operating as part of the US-backed coalition.

It will also suspend a hotline between Russia and the US set up to prevent mid-air collisions.

The ministry said in a statement: “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets.”

The warning followed after a US F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian army SU-22 jet on Sunday in the countryside southwest of Raqqa.

Washington said the jet had dropped bombs near US-backed forces but Damascus said the plane was downed while flying a mission against Isis militants.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said the suspension of its communication channel with the Americans would begin immediately.

The US did not use its communication channel with Russia ahead of the downing of the Syrian government warplane, the ministry was quoted as saying, accusing the US of a “deliberate failure to make good on its commitments” under the de-confliction deal.

“The shooting down of a Syrian Air Force jet in Syria’s airspace is a cynical violation of Syria’s sovereignty,” the ministry said.

“The US’ repeated combat operations under the guise of ‘combating terrorism’ against the legitimate armed forces of a UN member-country are a flagrant violation of international law and an actual military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic.”

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Navy Jet Shoots Down Syrian Warplane That Attacked US-backed Rebels

The war in Syria escalated over the weekend after U.S. forces struck Syria’s military for a second time since President Trump’s inauguration.

According to reports, a Syrian jet attacked forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition.

That prompted the Pentagon to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Mediterranean Sea-based aircraft carrier George HW Bush which promptly shot the Syrian Su-22 out of the sky.

Officials reported that defense officers contacted Russian leaders via a de-confliction line ahead of the Navy’s counter-attack.

But the action threatens further meltdown of international relations between the U.S. and Russia, which has soured after the U.S. missile attack on Syria and the ongoing accusations of Russia election hacking.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked Washington-backed fighters near ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition said Sunday.

In a statement, the coalition headquarters in Iraq said that a F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 that had dropped bombs near positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The statement said coalition aircraft had “conducted a show of force” to turn back an attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s forces on the SDF in the town of Ja’Din, south of Tabqah.

The coalition said the shootdown took place “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces.”

The statement said “a number of SDF fighters” were wounded in the regime’s attack, but did not specify further. The coalition also said that Russian officers had been contacted on a special “de-confliction” hotline in an effort to halt the assault.

“The Coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” its statement said. “The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat.”

The statement went on to call for all parties in Syria’s complex and bloody six-year-long civil war to “focus their efforts on the defeat of ISIS, which is our common enemy and the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace and security.”

A U.S. defense official told Fox News that the Super Hornet that shot down the Syrian jet was based on board the USS George H.W. Bush, which is currently operating in the Mediterranean Sea. The official did not say which weapon was used to shoot down the Syrian plane.

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McCain Says American Leadership Was Better Under Obama

Despite the cheers from conservative camps that ‘America is back’ under President Trump’s leadership, at least one Senate icon isn’t convinced.

Sen. John McCain blasted Trump in an interview with The Guardian in which he argued that the intentional perspective on American leadership was better under President Obama.

McCain and Trump got off to a rocky start early in the presidential campaign when Trump questioned McCain’s character for having been ‘captured’ by the enemy during Vietnam.

Since that time, McCain has been a perpetual thorn in his side often siding with Democrats against the administration.

Here’s more from The Hill…

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, according to a Guardian report published Sunday.

Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.

“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, who also vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.

McCain also lost to Obama when he ran as the GOP nominee in the 2008 presidential election.

The top Senate Republican was also asked what “message” the president delivered to the U.K. last week when he publicly criticized London’s mayor, shortly after a terror-related attack that left eight people dead and many more wounded.

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” said McCain, chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.

Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s comment that Londoners should not be alarmed by the increased police presence following the attack by taking the statement out of context.

“Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” Trump tweeted last week.

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Trump in Miami: Plans to Reverse Obama’s pro-Cuba Policy

President Trump traveled to Miami this week to deliver a warning shot across the bow of communist Cuba in defiance of Obama’s pro-Cuba executive order.

Though specific details have not been published, Trump warned during the presidential election that should Cuba not reverse course on human rights and religious freedom in its oppressive communist regime he would, as president, cancel Obama’s executive order which restored normal diplomatic relations, trade and travel.

Sen. Marco Rubio, born to Cuban political refugees, has been played a key role in crafting much of what will emerge in the coming days.

No luck on getting Cuban cigars at the local shop any time soon.

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump will head to Miami on Friday, home to a large and influential Cuban-American community, to unveil his administration’s new Cuba policy — which will roll back central parts of his predecessor’s efforts to normalize ties with the Communist island nation, according to a senior administration official and other sources.

While details on the changes to the policy have yet to be fully revealed, a U.S. official suggested that Trump would call for Cuban President Raul Castro to push for more political freedom and to release democratic activists in Cuban prisons, among other initiatives.

Trump is at the same time expected to announce a reversal in some areas of former President Barack Obama’s previous steps toward normalizing relations including the opening of embassies between the two countries and the easing of flight restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba.

The final actions have not been set as the review over the specifics of the plan continues. However, there will likely be steps in restricting travel from the U.S. to Cuba; there are now daily flights from Florida to Cuba. Another directive being weighed is taking steps to limit American companies from dealing with businesses owned by the Cuban military, U.S. sources confirm to Fox News.

While campaigning in Miami during a stop in September of 2016, then-Republican presidential nominee Trump hinted at such a move, tying it to demands on the Cuban government.

“All of the concessions Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order which means our next president can reverse them,“ Trump said. “And that I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.”

“Those demands include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people, and the freeing of political prisoners,” Trump added.

Key Republican lawmakers Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, both Cuban-Americans from Florida, have been directly involved in working with the White House on the new Cuba policy, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

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Canadian Govt Can Take Children If Parents Don’t Accept ‘Gender Identity’

Today’s ‘Progressive Gender Bender’ award goes to the Canadian provincial government in Ontario for passing a new law that allows for the arrest of parents who refuse to accept their child’s ‘gender identity’.

And, no, this isn’t a story from The Onion. That’s right, folks.

In Ontario, if Dad tells his son he cannot wear a dress to school, he’s subject to arrest because he’s “abusing his child.”

And if you think it’s just Canada, these arguments are already being made on the east and west coasts in the US of A.

Look for similar proposals to issue forth soon from places like Berkeley, CA or Boulder, CO or Burlington, VT.

Here’s more from Heatstreet…

A Canadian province has passed a law that gives rights to the government to take away children from families that don’t accept their kid’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression”.

The Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017, also know as Bill 89, was passed in Ontario by a vote of 63 to 23, The Christian Times reported.

The law, which replaces old laws governing child protection, foster care and adoption services, instructs all child services and judges, to take into consideration a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”

Minister of Child and Family Services Michael Coteau, who introduced the bill, said “I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently.”

“If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”

The old law used to allow parents to “direct the child’s education and religious upbringing.” The new bill, however, amends such rights of the parents.

It now emphasizes a child’s “identity and allows parents only to “direct the child or young person’s education and upbringing, in accordance with the child’s or young person’s creed, community identity and cultural identity.”

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Fake News Busted: CNN Caught Staging Anti-ISIS, Muslim Protest

The question almost never asked by the liberal media after a radical Islamist terror attack is this: where are all the outraged Muslims decrying radical Islam?

Maybe the reason is that there aren’t many to find.

As was made clear after CNN was caught this week in their race to defend Islam, it’s easier for the left-media to simply stage a faux protest in hopes that the world with finally believe there exists some level of outrage among Muslims against radical Islam.

Problem is they didn’t bother to check whether anyone was looking over their shoulders.

Oops, major fake news fail.

Here’s more from the Gateway Pundit…

A video released a day after the Islamic terror attacks in London show a CNN crew staging a scene with Muslims holding signs saying “ISIS Will Lose”.

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The same crowd was used for the following AP post it appears – note the man with green around his neck in both pictures. This is how fake news spreads.

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Below is a video of the behind-the-scenes work CNN did to stage the photo-op with Muslims holding up signs that read, ‘ISIS WILL LOSE’.

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WHO: United States Among Least Polluting Nations on the Planet

Global eco-nut religionists would love for the world to believe that America, with all its consumerist, SUV-driving, oil drilling, coal-mining fervor, is one of the greatest polluters on the planet.

The problem for them is those darn things called facts.

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization — not at all a bastion of conservatism — the U.S. is among the least polluting nations on the earth.

In fact we have cleaner air that all the other members of the G7 nations who cried foul when Trump announced our exit from the Paris Accords.

So, it’s a classic ‘do as we say, not as we do’ sort of edict from global socialists.

And Trump called their bluff.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Despite recent attempts to paint the United States as a major global polluter, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. is among the cleanest nations on the planet.

In the most recent WHO report on air pollution, the United States was listed as one of the countries with the cleanest air in the world, significantly cleaner in fact than the air in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Austria and France.

While France and other G7 countries lamented the U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, America’s air is already cleaner than that of any other country in the G7.

Following standard practice, the WHO measures air pollution by the mean annual concentration of fine suspended particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter. These are the particles that cause diseases of all sorts and are responsible for most deaths by air pollution.

According to the WHO, exposure to particulate matter increases the risk of acute lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

The report, which analyzed the “annual median concentration of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 μm or less (PM2.5) for both urban population and rural and urban population” found that the United States was one of the most pollution-free nations in the world.

The annual mean concentrations of particulate matter in the air range from less than 10 to over 100 µg/m3, the report states. At the very low end of the spectrum, the United States has a concentration of just 8, while China has a concentration more than seven times higher at 59, India at 66, Egypt at 101 and Saudi Arabia with the worst air pollution at 127.

“The mean annual concentration of fine suspended particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter is a common measure of air pollution,” the WHO states.

The WHO report is corroborated by a series of other such studies on air and water pollution.

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Trump Blasts London Mayor Sadiq Khan for Saying ‘No Reason to Be Alarmed’

Arguing a year ago that London has been overrun by radical Islamism might have been considered political insensitive.

But now it’s a statement of the obvious.

With multiple attacks within weeks of each other, British citizens now live daily in fear for their lives.

And yet London Mayor Sadiq Khan — the first Muslim mayor of any major Western city — is telling citizens there’s ‘no reason to be alarmed’.

Now President Trump is slamming Khan for more of the same appeasement that has given a free pass to ISIS attacks all over the globe.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Trump tore into London’s left-wing Mayor Sadiq Khan Sunday in the wake of a terror attack in London that left at least seven dead and dozens injured — after Khan told Londoners there is “no reason to be alarmed.”

Terrorists drove a van through crowds near London Bridge Saturday night, before rampaging through a nearby market and stabbing people, before they were eventually being shot by armed police. Their identities have not yet been revealed by authorities.

Khan, who became London’s first Muslim mayor last year and has become known for making bizarre remarks about terrorism, told Londoners that there was nothing to be alarmed about as the city ramps up its police presence in the wake of the attack.

“Londoners should be aware that there will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order to keep Londoners, and all those visiting out city safe,” he said.

“I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world,” he said.

President Trump, who said earlier Sunday on Twitter that “we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” attacked Khan for telling people not to be alarmed in the wake a major terror attack on the city, the third attack in the UK in just a few months.

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Khan also reportedly said that London is “one of the safest global cities in the world if not the safest global cities in the world” just hours after the attack.

Khan has become well-known in America for his politically correct statements about terrorism. In September, Khan said terrorism is “part and parcel of living in a big city” and in May last year called Trump’s views on Muslims “ignorant.”

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Nancy Pelosi: Withdrawal From Paris Accord ‘Dishonors God’

Nancy Pelosi is arguably one of the most irreligious party leaders in modern history.

But that doesn’t stop her from invoking the name of God to push her pet agenda.

So it’s no surprise when she dropped this gem after Trump’s Paris Accord announcement, “The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship.”

But, clearly Pelosi skipped the part of the Bible with mentions the sanctity of life and of honoring the poor.

Apparently she’s okay with putting millions of American workers out of a job. Funny how that works.

Here’s more from Redstate…

It is always amusing when certain politicians, who readily reject Biblical principles, attempt to invoke God when criticizing someone else. Of course, this isn’t to say that the one receiving criticism is free from fault. Everyone on both sides of the political aisle is an imperfect, sinful creature.

Rejecting the inherent worth of any individual spits in the face of our Creator. This doesn’t keep those such as Barack Obama from asking God to bless Planned Parenthood, though. (Are the abortionists in their clinics to ask for God’s guidance as they vacuum out shredded remains of a once-growing life from a womb?) It also doesn’t keep Nancy Pelosi from believing her pro-abortion stance is consistent with her Catholic faith.

Talk about a stretch.

This week, the same Pelosi who believes God honors a choice to kill a child rather than the child itself, used him as a selling point for her criticism of Trump. You see, Pelosi believes withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord (which is nothing more than window dressing) dishonors the Author of Life.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) castigated President Trump on Friday for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, saying it dishonored God while questioning how he could do such a thing to his grandchildren.

“The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship,” Pelosi said. “To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us, and that is just what we are doing by walking away from this accord.”

Pelosi said she wanted to know, as a mother and a grandmother, how Trump could explain his decision to his own grandchildren.

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