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The Latest: Israel: Third Israeli dies after stabbing attack

AP - 16 min 26 sec ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 2017-07-21T12:24:00-04:00 2017-07-21T16:24:29-04:00
Categories: AP, WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Qatar emir calls for negotiations to ease Gulf boycott

BBC WORLD NEWS - 17 min 10 sec ago
Sheikh Al Thani says "we are open to dialogue" in his first address since four neighbours cut ties.

Qatar’s ruler voices willingness to talk to solve Arab rift

WASHINGTON POST - 20 min 16 sec ago
Qatar’s ruler says his embattled Gulf nation remains open to dialogue with four Arab countries that have isolated it, but that a resolution to the crisis must respect his country’s sovereignty and cannot be dictated.

Israel’s rescue service: Third Israeli wounded in Palestinian attack inside a West Bank settlement has died of wounds

WASHINGTON POST - 26 min 30 sec ago
Israel’s rescue service: Third Israeli wounded in Palestinian attack inside a West Bank settlement has died of wounds.

Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

AP - 26 min 30 sec ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead. 2017-07-21T11:26:00-04:00 2017-07-21T15:26:32-04:00
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Debt to the Penny for 07/20/2017

US TREASURY DEBT DAY-TO-DAY - 35 min 32 sec ago
Debt Held by the Public: 14,357,665,909,846.36
Intragovernmental Holdings: 5,487,302,942,306.22
Total Public Debt Outstanding: 19,844,968,852,152.58

Russia not reason for U.S. ending CIA arms to Syria rebels: general

REUTERS - 40 min 9 sec ago
ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A U.S. decision to halt a CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad ally Russia, a top U.S. general said on Friday.

Israel’s rescue service: Palestinian stabbed 2 Israelis to death, wounded a third inside a West Bank settlement

WASHINGTON POST - 40 min 22 sec ago
Israel’s rescue service: Palestinian stabbed 2 Israelis to death, wounded a third inside a West Bank settlement.

The Latest: Palestinian fatally stabs 2 Israeli settlers

AP - 40 min 22 sec ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 2017-07-21T11:59:00-04:00 2017-07-21T15:59:16-04:00
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ISIS' Defensive Operations in Mosul Tough for Any Army to Beat, Official Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 44 min 36 sec ago
The operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was difficult because ISIS had two to three years to prepare its defense of Iraq's second-largest city, an Operation Inherent Resolve task force commander said.

Israeli military says a Palestinian has stabbed Israelis inside a West Bank settlement

WASHINGTON POST - 48 min 22 sec ago
Israeli military says a Palestinian has stabbed Israelis inside a West Bank settlement.

The Latest: Mexico sees new monthly murder mark with 2,234

WASHINGTON POST - 48 min 22 sec ago
The Latest on drug cartel-fueled violence in Mexico (all times local):

Trump to host Lebanon's Hariri on July 25: White House

REUTERS - 48 min 28 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will host Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the White House on July 25, the White House said in a statement.

The Latest: Abbas: Palestinians to halt contacts with Israel

AP - 56 min 30 sec ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 2017-07-21T11:41:00-04:00 2017-07-21T15:41:25-04:00
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Mexican government statistics show June was the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, with 2,234 murders

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 24 sec ago
Mexican government statistics show June was the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, with 2,234 murders.

Nigeria: Bombed refugee center wasn’t marked properly

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 24 sec ago
Nigeria’s military says the air force mistakenly launched an airstrike on a refugee camp in January because the camp was not appropriately marked as a humanitarian base in the military’s operational maps.

Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 24 sec ago
Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead.

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - 1 hour 3 min ago

President Donald J. Trump will host Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House on July 25. The two leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including the fight against terrorism, the economy, and refugees. This meeting will serve as an important opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship and will encourage other international and regional partners to support Lebanon as it faces a wide range of challenges.

Palestinians suspend official contacts with Israel: president

REUTERS - 1 hour 9 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

New White House communications chief apologises to Trump

BBC WORLD NEWS - 1 hour 10 min ago
The former Wall Street financier said he was sorry for calling Mr Trump a "hack politician" in 2015.

Qatar's ruler: it is time to resolve differences through talks

REUTERS - 1 hour 20 min ago
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.

Project Maven to Deploy Computer Algorithms to War Zone by Year’s End

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 1 hour 28 min ago
Defense Department intelligence officials discussed winning wars with computer algorithms and artificial intelligence during a recent Defense One Tech Summit in Washington.

Istanbul court orders four activists detained again - website

REUTERS - 1 hour 32 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court ordered the re-arrest on Friday of four activists who had briefly been freed after being detained along with the local director of human rights group Amnesty International, Hurriyet Daily News website reported.

Amnesty calls for inquiry into death in Egypt police custody

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 40 min ago
An international rights group has urged Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of a Coptic Christian man who died in police custody, apparently of torture.

UK girl left in tears after she’s fined for selling lemonade

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 50 min ago
A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

AP - 1 hour 54 min ago
BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. 2017-07-21T10:30:00-04:00 2017-07-21T14:30:27-04:00
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Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal

REUTERS - 2 hours 1 sec ago
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A source close to Saudi Arabia's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

Russia shared with US data indicating North Korea's missile was not intercontinental

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 1 min ago
"But the Americans say they have their own calculations," Russia's top diplomat noted

2 dead, 500 hurt as deadly quake rattles Greece, Turkey

AP - 2 hours 6 min ago
KOS, Greece (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook beach resorts Friday in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region. 2017-07-21T08:38:00-04:00 2017-07-21T12:38:15-04:00
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3 Palestinians killed, scores hurt in clashes with Israel

AP - 2 hours 6 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian anger over metal detectors installed by Israel at Jerusalem's most contested shrine boiled over on Friday, setting off clashes that killed three Palestinians and hospitalized dozens in the most widespread street violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank in nearly two years. 2017-07-21T10:34:00-04:00 2017-07-21T14:34:58-04:00
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U.S. special envoy to visit eastern Ukraine

REUTERS - 2 hours 12 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The envoy tapped to lead U.S. diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis will embark on a trip to eastern Ukraine and European nations on Friday for talks with officials, conflict monitors and "those who have been affected by Russian aggression," the State Department said on Friday.

China holds Canadians 'for smoking marijuana'

BBC WORLD NEWS - 2 hours 27 min ago
Officials reportedly entered a hotel room where members of a travelling equestrian show were staying.

Lavrov says US continues support to some opposition groups in Syria

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 34 min ago
The Russian foreign minister doesn't think that the United States’ decision to stop supporting Syrian opposition groups could be seen as a concession to Russia

Afghan soldiers killed in US friendly-fire air strike

BBC WORLD NEWS - 2 hours 39 min ago
The US says it will investigate the incident in Helmand, where 10 policemen were reportedly killed.

U.S. airstrike kills at least 9 Afghan police; personnel may have been mistaken for Taliban

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 46 min ago
The toll of the airstrike, which took place in Helmand province, is expected to rise

Moldova: lawmakers demand Russia withdraws its troops

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 50 min ago
Moldovan lawmakers have demanded that Russia withdraws its troops from the separatist region of Trans-Dniester, in a move that could heighten tensions between the pro-Western government and the president who favors closer relations with Moscow.

U.S., seven allies map joint F-35 jet operations in Europe

REUTERS - 2 hours 52 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States and seven allies have held their first meeting to map out plans for joint operations of the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth jet fighter in Europe in coming years.

Princess pushes buttons on helicopter tour in Hamburg

BBC WORLD NEWS - 2 hours 54 min ago
Princess Charlotte and her family ended their visit to Germany with a visit to an Airbus factory.

US seizure of Russian compounds designed to make White House’s life unbearable — Lavrov

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 54 min ago
"International law is entirely on our side, and we would act on the basis of international law to get it back," Russia's top diplomat emphasized

Tajik opposition, rights group say government threatens activists' families

REUTERS - 3 hours 4 min ago
ALMATY (Reuters) - Authorities in Tajikistan have threatened to confiscate the property of people linked to opposition activists living in exile, a leading opposition politician said on Friday.

Trump confirms to Putin his interest in cooperation with Russia in cyber security — Lavrov

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 5 min ago
The issue of cyber security was raised by Trump during the meeting between the Russian and US presidents in Hamburg, according to Lavrov

North Korean travel ban marks return to Cold War-era restrictions on U.S. citizens abroad

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 14 min ago
North Korea will be the only nation Americans are banned from visiting.

Poll finds lower support for Catalan independence from Spain

AP - 3 hours 16 min ago
MADRID (AP) — Support for independence in the prosperous Spanish region of Catalonia is waning less than three months ahead of a planned referendum, an opinion poll published Friday indicated. 2017-07-21T09:19:00-04:00 2017-07-21T13:19:58-04:00
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Russian top diplomat shares his impressions from meeting with US leader

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 19 min ago
Sergey Lavrov said he felt respect for the president who was legitimately elected the leader of the United States

Remarks by the Vice President and Secretary Price at a Roundtable Discussion on Healthcare

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - 3 hours 29 min ago

The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office

1:11 P.M. EDT

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  On behalf of the President, welcome to the White House.

I’m truly honored to be able to welcome organizations that literally represent millions of Americans and millions of businesses back here to the White House at such a critical time in our efforts to rescue the American people from the disastrous policies of Obamacare. 

I’m grateful to be joined by groups ranging from the Chamber of Commerce and NFIB, to Concerned Women for America, the National Taxpayers Union, American Conservative Union, Club for Growth and the like.  But thank you to each and every one of you for the way your organizations have stepped forward to make the case to the American people that we can repeal and replace Obamacare with policies that are built on freedom, that are built on state-based reform, and that will give the American people access to the world-class healthcare that they need and deserve.

As we gather today, we are just a few days away from a critical vote in the Congress, a vote to begin the debate on the repeal and replace of Obamacare.  And President Trump and I are urging every member of the United States Senate to vote to begin this debate.

Every one of the groups that are gathered here today -- the millions that you represent -- are here to speak with one voice to say to the Congress:  It’s time to vote.  It’s time to act.   It’s time to get on with a debate to repeal and replace Obamacare.

As President Trump said when members of the Senate gathered here at the White House just a few short days ago, inaction is not an option.  And frankly, as the President said, any senator who doesn't vote to begin the debate is essentially telling the American people that they're fine with Obamacare.

And that's just not acceptable because we all know the truth.  Obamacare is collapsing all across the country as we speak.  It’s putting a burden on working families and American taxpayers and job creators all across this nation.

We all remember the broken promises of Obamacare.  I have Dr. Price here.  He and I were both members of Congress when the debate over Obamacare happened in the Congress seven years ago.  I can still hear those promises ringing in my ears, can't you?  If you like your doctor, you can keep them -- not true.  If you liked your health insurance, you can keep it -- not true.  The cost of health insurance would go down if Obamacare passed -- not true.

We all know the facts.  Even though we were promised that families would save $2,500 a year in premiums if Obamacare became law, according to our analysis at HHS, the average Obamacare plan today costs nearly $3,000 more than a plan did as recently as 2013.  While premiums are soaring, choices are plummeting.  Next year at least 40 percent of American counties, including nine entire states, will have only one choice of a health insurance provider, which is essentially no choice at all.  And in many jurisdictions around the country, there’s not even one choice.  So the time has come for Congress to act.

The President and I are truly grateful to the organizations represented around here for lending your voices -- voices for working families, voices for businesses large and small -- to our effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.  And we just urge you in the days that remain between now and this vote early next week to reach out to people across this country and let them know that we're close.  We literally are just a few votes away from beginning a debate that will repeal and replace Obamacare in the United States Senate.

Congress needs to step up.  Congress needs to do their job.  And every member of the United States Senate should vote to begin the debate to rescue the American people from the disastrous policy of Obamacare, and we're grateful for your support.

With that, I want to recognize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, for this thoughts on this moment.

And let me just say this is a historic moment.  For seven years, the American people have seen the broken promises of Obamacare, and we are just days away and a few short moments and just a few votes away from being able to keep a promise that every Republican in the Senate, every Republican in the House has made to the American people.

And our message today, our message to each one of you and the groups that you represent is make sure the American people know that it’s time for Congress to act.  And it’s time for the American people to let their voice be heard.  There is no voice more powerful in Washington, D.C. than the voice of the American people.  

Tom?

SECRETARY PRICE:  Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  You’re right, it is an historic moment.  This is an historic room, and this an historic time for the American people and for your organizations.

I just want to thank you -- lend my echoing words of the Vice President -- but to thank each and every one of you for the productive and positive discussion and action that you have brought about over the past number of months.  Time is of the essence.  The fact is that the American people deserve and demand that Washington addresses their problems and their challenges, and this is a challenge that is not unknown to anybody who has been paying attention at all.  And that is that the American people desire that healthcare be in the hands of people, in the hands of patients and their families and doctors -- not in the hands of Washington, D.C.  That’s what this is all about.

There are decisions that will be made over the next few weeks in states all across this land about what 2018 looks like from an insurance standpoint, and the decision that is made in the next few days in this town will dictate and determine what those decisions will be.  So as people are wont to say, this problem demands an act of Congress, and so it’s an act of Congress that must happen.  And we, once again, just can’t thank you all enough for being that positive and productive influence on this discussion and this debate.

Thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Tom.  Let’s send a very clear message in the days ahead that the beginning of the end of Obamacare is when Congress votes to start the debate on a bill that will repeal and replace this disastrous policy.

Early next week, every Republican in the Senate will be called upon to vote to begin the debate, and we urge each and every one of you on all the platforms that you have and all the millions of Americans that you reach to make sure every American knows that every Republican in the Senate should vote to begin the debate.  Because once we begin the debate, the President and I are confident, working with all of you, working with the majority in the United States Senate that we will pass legislation out of the Senate, we will move this legislation forward, and we will rescue the American people from the disaster of Obamacare.  

So let’s go to work.  Thank you all very much.

END  
1:19 P.M. EDT

Iran says US failing to live up to nuke deal commitments

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 32 min ago
A senior Iranian official is accusing the United States of not living up to its side of the nuclear agreement that Washington and five other world powers signed with Tehran, saying it is trying “scare off” foreign companies from doing business with the Islamic Republic.

Rating agency more hopeful on Greece but balks at upgrade

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 32 min ago
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has raised its outlook for Greece from “stable” to “positive,” encouraged by a recent round of cost-cutting reforms and an expected return to growth this year.

Putin says inequality in pay for men and women exists in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 36 min ago
The Russian president noted that this problem exists not only in Russia

New Mission Command Fosters More Agile, Lethal Army

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 3 hours 41 min ago
En Route Mission Command delivers critical in-flight mission command, plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground network communications and situational awareness onboard the aircraft, so commanders can continue planning en route and their paratroopers are well prepared to jump into potentially hostile territory.

An adorable 5-year-old sets up a lemonade stand. Then she was fined $200.

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 44 min ago
"This was a five-year-old kid selling lemonade. She wasn’t exactly a public safety hazard."

Putin says he strongly disagrees with ‘end justifies means’ formula

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 56 min ago
"If you are using some heinous means to reach your goal, you are thus destroying the very goal for the sake of which you live," the president said

Russia seeing natural population growth for second year — Putin

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 16 sec ago
"Over the recent years we have implemented a number of programs aimed at supporting maternity and childhood," the Russian leader noted

U.S. air strike kills Afghan forces in friendly-fire incident

REUTERS - 4 hours 1 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan security forces were killed on Friday in a U.S. military air strike in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, the U.S. military said, calling the friendly-fire deaths "unfortunate" and pledging an investigation.

Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 4 min ago
In recent months, Russia has been a subject to repeated accusations from the United States of Moscow’s alleged interference into the US presidential race

Thousands of Nigerian girls at risk of trafficking as sex workers, IOM says

REUTERS - 4 hours 7 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - Thousands of Nigerian migrant girls being brought to Italy are in great danger of being forced into prostitution in Europe, often naive about their fate at the hands of traffickers, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - 4 hours 9 min ago

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ASSESSING AND STRENGTHENING THE MANUFACTURING AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY OF THE UNITED STATES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  A healthy manufacturing and defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are essential to the economic strength and national security of the United States.  The ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains.  Modern supply chains, however, are often long and the ability of the United States to manufacture or obtain goods critical to national security could be hampered by an inability to obtain various essential components, which themselves may not be directly related to national security.  Thus, the United States must maintain a manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains capable of manufacturing or supplying those items.

The loss of more than 60,000 American factories, key companies, and almost 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 threatens to undermine the capacity and capabilities of United States manufacturers to meet national defense requirements and raises concerns about the health of the manufacturing and defense industrial base.  The loss of additional companies, factories, or elements of supply chains could impair domestic capacity to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore capabilities essential for national security.

As the manufacturing capacity and defense industrial base of the United States have been weakened by the loss of factories and manufacturing jobs, so too have workforce skills important to national defense.  This creates a need for strategic and swift action in creating education and workforce development programs and policies that support job growth in manufacturing and the defense industrial base.

Strategic support for a vibrant domestic manufacturing sector, a vibrant defense industrial base, and resilient supply chains is therefore a significant national priority.  A comprehensive evaluation of the defense industrial base and supply chains, with input from multiple executive departments and agencies (agencies), will provide a necessary assessment of our current strengths and weaknesses.

Sec. 2.  Assessment of the Manufacturing Capacity, Defense Industrial Base, and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.  Within 270 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretaries of Commerce, Labor, Energy, and Homeland Security, and in consultation with the Secretaries of the Interior and Health and Human Services, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of National Intelligence, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and the heads of such other agencies as the Secretary of Defense deems appropriate, shall provide to the President an unclassified report, with a classified annex as needed, that builds on current assessment and evaluation activities, and:

(a)  identifies the military and civilian materiel, raw materials, and other goods that are essential to national security;

(b)  identifies the manufacturing capabilities essential to producing the goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, including emerging capabilities;

(c)  identifies the defense, intelligence, homeland, economic, natural, geopolitical, or other contingencies that may  disrupt, strain, compromise, or eliminate the supply chains of goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section (including as a result of the elimination of, or failure to develop domestically, the capabilities identified pursuant to subsection (b) of this section) and that are sufficiently likely to arise so as to require reasonable preparation for their occurrence;

(d)  assesses the resiliency and capacity of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains of the United States to support national security needs upon the occurrence of the contingencies identified pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, including an assessment of:

(i)    the manufacturing capacity of the United States and the physical plant capacity of the defense industrial base, including their ability to modernize to meet future needs;

(ii)   gaps in national-security-related domestic manufacturing capabilities, including non-existent, extinct, threatened, and single-point-of-failure capabilities;

(iii)  supply chains with single points of failure or limited resiliency, especially at suppliers third-tier and lower;

(iv)   energy consumption and opportunities to increase resiliency through better energy management;

(v)    current domestic education and manufacturing workforce skills;

(vi)   exclusive or dominant supply of the goods (or components thereof) identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section by or through nations that are or are likely to become unfriendly or unstable; and

(vii)  the availability of substitutes for or alternative sources for the goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section;

(e)  identifies the causes of any aspect of the defense industrial base or national-security-related supply chains assessed as deficient pursuant to subsection (d) of this section; and

(f)  recommends such legislative, regulatory, and policy changes and other actions by the President or the heads of agencies as they deem appropriate based upon a reasoned assessment that the benefits outweigh the costs (broadly defined to include any economic, strategic, and national security benefits or costs) over the short, medium, and long run to:

(i)    avoid, or prepare for, any contingencies identified pursuant to subsection (c) of this section;

(ii)   ameliorate any aspect of the defense industrial base or national-security-related supply chains assessed as deficient pursuant to subsection (d) of this section; and

(iii)  strengthen the United States manufacturing capacity and defense industrial base and increase the resiliency of supply chains critical to national security.

Sec. 3.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


DONALD J. TRUMP


THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 21, 2017.
 

Latvia fines two banks for breaching North Korea sanctions

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 12 min ago
Latvia’s financial watchdog has fined two local banks for attempting to circumvent international sanctions on North Korea in a case that U.S. law enforcement authorities helped to identify.

Madame Tussauds Beyonce waxwork 'removed' after complaints

BBC WORLD NEWS - 4 hours 21 min ago
Madame Tussauds seems to have bowed to pressure over its latest Beyonce wax work.

Poll finds lower support for Catalan independence from Spain

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 22 min ago
An opinion poll in the prosperous Spanish region of Catalonia indicates that support for independence is waning less than three months ahead of a planned referendum.

Bethlehem: Israeli forces and Palestinians clash

BBC WORLD NEWS - 4 hours 23 min ago
It follows tension over the place known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

US to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea

AP - 4 hours 24 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday. 2017-07-21T08:09:00-04:00 2017-07-21T12:09:00-04:00
Categories: AP, WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

REUTERS - 4 hours 27 min ago
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

Yemen's cholera epidemic 'largest ever recorded'

BBC WORLD NEWS - 4 hours 30 min ago
Cholera has swept through Yemen faster than any other country on record this year.

Putin shares his vision of riddles of Universe and history

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 30 min ago
Putin believes it is important to understand the processes underlying the change of epochs

AP sources: US to ban Americans from traveling to NKorea

AP - 4 hours 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison. 2017-07-21T06:41:00-04:00 2017-07-21T10:41:36-04:00
Categories: AP, WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Putin's Q&A with kids: Live normal life, respect other people, admire Tchaikovsky

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - 4 hours 34 min ago
President Vladimir Putin conducted a Q&A conference with children at Sirius educational centre, which he established in Sochi in 2015. More than 900 schoolchildren from 66 regions of Russia took part in the conversation with the president under the title "A non-childish talk with Vladimir Putin."

After Syria sarin attack, doctors train to treat chemical weapons victims

REUTERS - 4 hours 36 min ago
GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Wearing chemical suits and gasmasks, Syrian doctors rush to a house where white smoke wafts over a group of people choking and coughing, some calling out for help.

Tear gas scene from Jerusalem's 'Day of Rage'

REUTERS - 4 hours 40 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - When Muslim elders called for a "Day of Rage" on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures at Jerusalem's holiest site, photographer Ammar Awad knew where he had to be.

Libyan PM decries edict by clerics loyal to rival government

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 42 min ago
The prime minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government has decried a religious edict issued by clerics affiliated with a rival government that bans the Ibadi, a Muslim sect to which hundreds of thousands of Libya’s Amazigh adhere.

Philippine leader says he won’t visit US, adds ‘it’s lousy’

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 42 min ago
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will never visit the United States while he is in office, and adds that he has “seen America and it’s lousy.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

BBC WORLD NEWS - 4 hours 43 min ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer quits after objecting to the appointment of a new communications boss - US media.

Lawyer who met with Trump Jr. had Russian intelligence connections

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 44 min ago
Russian attorney had represented a unit linked to the Russian spy agency in a property dispute.

Putin says everything should be allowed on Internet within law

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 46 min ago
Russia has no censorship in any sector, Putin noted

Venezuela opposition congress to name parallel Supreme Court judges

REUTERS - 5 hours 3 min ago
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-led congress said on Friday it will appoint 13 alternative judges to the country's Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Murdered girl's family beg for US visa to attend funeral

BBC WORLD NEWS - 5 hours 4 min ago
AbbieGail Smith's loved ones fear they will not be allowed to attend her funeral on Sunday.

Gunmen kill 3 Pakistani policemen, passer-by in Karachi

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 4 min ago
Pakistani police say gunmen riding on a motorcycle have opened fire on a police vehicle in the southern port city of Karachi, killing three officers and a passer-by before fleeing the scene of the attack.

UN rights envoy to Myanmar expresses disappointment

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 4 min ago
The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Myanmar, completing a 12-day fact-finding tour, has expressed disappointment over a lack of government effort to tackle problems underlying violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state of Rakhine, and exasperation at attempts to impede her investigation.

Germany sends Turkey carefully calibrated warning signal

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 4 min ago
Germany’s government is signaling to Turkey that its patience is running out and it can hit back against escalating provocations, but has sought to stop well short of burning its bridges with its NATO ally.

Putin says USSR collapse had greatest impact on him

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 12 min ago
Putin noted that there had been no events that would directly affect his life

U.N envoy complains of state surveillance, access restrictions in Myanmar

REUTERS - 5 hours 13 min ago
YANGON (Reuters) - Activists and journalists in newly democratic Myanmar continue to be followed and questioned by state surveillance agents, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, at the conclusion of a visit she said was beset by official snooping and access restrictions.

17 technology parks to be established in Russian regions by yearend

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 15 min ago
Twenty-four technology parks have already been set up for young researchers, according to Putin

Airmen Assemble Munitions Used to Combat ISIS Terrorists

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 5 hours 15 min ago
Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia fly sorties around the clock, and conduct air-to-air and deep interdiction missions to combat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and bring stability to the region.

Airmen Assemble Munitions Used to Pound ISIS Terrorists

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 5 hours 15 min ago
Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia fly sorties around the clock, and conduct air-to-air and deep interdiction missions to combat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and bring stability to the region.

Senior U.S. counterterror official says can't confirm Baghdadi killed

REUTERS - 5 hours 20 min ago
ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said on Friday that he has seen no information confirming that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed.

Putin says ‘push-back’ in childhood taught him to respect others

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 22 min ago
"It was not just once, but this teaches you to respect others, not just to be polite to other people," Putin said

Spain’s National Court drops probe into Syrian crimes

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 22 min ago
A panel of top judges in Spain says the country’s courts have no jurisdiction to investigate the first foreign criminal case for torture and terrorism against the Syrian government.

Russian who met Trump Jr. represented intelligence agency

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 22 min ago
The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 campaign has represented a military unit operated by Russia’s intelligence agency.

First consignment of coal from Russsia's Chukotka leaves for China

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 25 min ago
More than 100,000 tonnes of coal for China are now stored at the Bering reloading complex

Erdogan says Germany cannot scare Turkey with threats

BBC WORLD NEWS - 5 hours 25 min ago
Turkey's president says Germany should "sort itself out", as Berlin vows to review their arms deals.

Conspirologists find prophecy about Putin in the Bible

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - 5 hours 25 min ago
Conspirologists published a formidable warning labelling Russia as the most dangerous nuclear superpower in the modern world. It stands the reason Russia should be mentioned in Biblical prophecies. Knowing the ancient biblical name of Russia, prophecies about the nation can be found in the Old and in the New Testaments

Putin expects Russian-European Mars landing mission to crown with success

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 29 min ago
Putin reminded that the Europeans tried to land a probe on Mars with Russia’s participation recently but this effort failed

Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame?

AP - 5 hours 34 min ago
PARIS (AP) — A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 2017-07-21T07:07:00-04:00 2017-07-21T11:07:51-04:00
Categories: AP, WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Key facts about ExxonMobil and its business in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 36 min ago
ExxonMobil is the world’s largest private company engaged in oil and gas production and processing

Salvador Dali's moustache 'intact at 10 past 10'

BBC WORLD NEWS - 5 hours 38 min ago
The comments by the painter's foundation come after his body was exhumed to settle a paternity case.

Saudi security forces kill three suspected militants in Qatif province: ministry

REUTERS - 5 hours 39 min ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi security forces killed three suspected militants who shot at their patrol vehicles last week in the kingdom's eastern Qatif province, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Idea of single world currency is good, but can hardly become true today — Putin

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 41 min ago
Putin said his attitude to bitcoins and other currencies is very cautious

The Latest: 3rd Palestinian killed in clashes in Jerusalem

AP - 5 hours 46 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 2017-07-21T06:55:00-04:00 2017-07-21T10:55:10-04:00
Categories: AP, WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

AP - 5 hours 46 min ago
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate. 2017-07-21T06:45:00-04:00 2017-07-21T10:45:51-04:00
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