USA Today names Detroit International Riverwalk among best in country

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USA Today names Detroit International Riverwalk among best in country

Now, our city’s gem is getting national attention from USA Today. The Detroit Riverwalk has recently been named to the national publication’s “10Best Readers’ Choice…

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced completion of a deal to purchase an additional 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses, fulfilling an... Show more

Joe Biden announces 200M more vaccine doses are coming as US reaches 475K deaths: Latest COVID-19 updates

Fully vaccinated people who meet certain criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure. Latest COVID-19 updates.

Trump’s Lawyers to Present Defense in One Day
By Ken Bredemeier
February 12, 2021 04:32 AM

WASHINGTON - Lawyers for former U.S. President Donald...
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Trump’s Lawyers to Present Defense in One Day

Lawyers for former U.S. President Donald Trump say they only need one day to present their client’s case in his impeachment trial before the U.S.…

Declassified Report Shows How US Wants To Co-Opt India Into Its Anti-China Strategy ‘For Next 50 Years’
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Declassified Report Shows How US Wants To Co-Opt India Into Its Anti-China Strategy ‘For Next 50 Years’The US has declassified a confidential report highlighting the importance of India in the Indo-Pacific and how Washington plans to decimate China in the region amid the South China Sea tussle.After the signing of BECA between India and the US, the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump has clearly laid the foundation for the upcoming tasks to be undertaken by his successor Joseph Biden, which is primarily to force China into submission, potentially with the Indian support.A 10-page report prepared by Robert C O’Brien, Assistant to the President, for US National Security Affairs, on January 5, 2021, shows how the US plans to decimate China in the Indo-Pacific amid the continued tussle in the South China Sea from the recent past.Robert C O’Brien has lauded India and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for the US interests. The report says,“The United States is and always has been an Indo-Pacific nation. From our first trading ships that departed for China just eight years after the American Revolution, to establishing our first diplomatic presence in India in 1794, US engagement in the region has been built on trade, cooperation, and shared sacrifice, yielding peace and prosperity enjoyed across the region today.The United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific has served, for the last three years, as the Trump Administration’s overarching strategic guidance for implementing the President’s 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS) within the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.“The NSS recognizes that the most consequential challenge to the interests of the United States, and those of our allies and partners (read India), is the growing rivalry between free and repressive visions (read China) of the future. To realize America’s positive vision for the region, and to address the unprecedented challenges that Indo-Pacific nations face to their sovereignty, prosperity, and peace, in February 2018, President Trump approved the Framework for implementation across executive branch departments and agencies.The original document has been declassified and released, to communicate to the American people and to our allies and partners America’s  enduring commitment to this vital region.”This highly confidential report has now been released to the public, and perhaps, it proves clearly that the Kashmir imbroglio, towards which India is looking eye-to-eye for a joint war from China and Pakistan, had been well crafted for the US interests.Before August 5, 2019, when Indian PM Narendra Modi scrapped Article 370, withdrawing special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, Trump had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan twice.And later when India had lost 20 of its soldiers fighting China, he had again made the same offer, before India was assimilated into BECA, and hence, thereby becoming its military ally probably for the next 50 years.With India now settled as a willing partner in the overall US game plan against China, Trump has declared as to how the former is to be utilized towards ‘specific issues of importance for the Indo-Pacific and beyond’, which would fulfill the prospects of “US Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China, the U.S. Strategic Framework for Countering China’s Economic Aggression, the U.S. Campaign Plan for Countering China’s Malign Influence in International Organizations, and others.”Robert C O’Brien highlights how the US will try to foment sovereignty (read Taiwan) as he calls “Beijing (to be) increasingly pressuring Indo-Pacific nations to subordinate their freedom and sovereignty to a ‘common destiny’ envisioned by the Chinese Communist Party. The US approach is different. We seek to ensure that our allies and partners – all who share the values and aspirations of a free and open Indo-Pacific – can preserve and protect their sovereignty.”He later makes it clear that the “United States has a long history of fighting back against repressive regimes on behalf of those who value freedom and openness.As the world’s largest economy, with the strongest military and a vibrant democracy, it is incumbent on the United States to lead from the front”.Therefore, the coming years will see the US supporting its partners’ ‘complementary approaches to regional engagement’ that include Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, Australia’s Indo-Pacific concept, and India’s Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).This is precisely what QUAD is. All these initiatives were quite long on the cards to counter China, and even Russia, which has called out India’s motives. Very soon, QUAD is to enlarge its presence and align with its allies’ similar strategies, such as the “the Republic of Korea’s New Southern Policy, Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.”Many of these concepts and approaches are resonating globally, with countries such as France and Germany publishing their own policy frameworks for the Indo-Pacific.The confidential report still has certain parts blackened-out and on its Page 5 it specifically focuses on India and South Asia and defines its objective to “accelerate India’s rise and capacity to serve as a net provider of security and Major Defense Partners; solidity an enduring strategic partnership with India underpinned by a strong Indian military able to effectively collaborate with the United States and our partners in the region to address shared interests”.It calls for actions to “build a stronger foundation for defense cooperation and interoperability; expand our defense trade and ability to transfer defense technology to enhance India’s status as a Major Defense Partners; increase our cooperation on shared regional security concerns and encourage India’s engagement beyond the Indian Ocean Region; support India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and work with India towards domestic economic reform and an increased Leadership role in the East Asia Summit (EAS) and ADMM.”The report even mentions the “Offer of support to India – through diplomatic military, and intelligence channels – to help address continental challenges such as the border dispute with China and access to water, including the Brahmaputra and other rivers facing diversion to China.”It says the US could extend support to “India’s Act East’ policy and its aspiration to be a leading global power, highlighting and its compatibility with the U.S, Japanese, and Australian vision of a free and open Indo-Specific”.It also calls for building regional support for US-India Common Principles in the Indian Ocean, including unimpeded commerce, transparent infrastructure – debt practices, and peaceful resolution of territorial disputes.The report doesn’t shy away from advocating for “partnering with India on cyber and space security and maritime domain awareness, expanding US-India intelligence sharing and analytic exchanges, creating a more robust intelligence partnership.”The report puts its objective again which is to “strengthen the capacity of emerging partners in South Asia, including the Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, to contribute to a free and open order.It also calls for supporting the creation of a maritime information fusion center” in the Indian Ocean, establishing a regional forum to promote common principles and standards.How China confronts this joint US game plan with Russia’s help will be interesting to see, and the policy would be the major challenge for Joseph Biden to undertake.A source: https://eurasiantimes.com/declassified-report-shows-how-us-wants-to-co-opt-india-into-its-anti-china-strategy-for-next-50-years/

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, held online for the first time this week, has invited leading... Show more

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But unlike Friday night, when USM committed a season-low five turnovers, the Golden Eagles contributed five turnovers to a 10-2 MTSU run that left... Show more

But unlike Friday night, when USM committed a season-low five turnovers, the Golden Eagles contributed five turnovers to a 10-2 MTSU run that left the Blue Raiders ahead 24-23 with 3:11 left in the first half.But LaDavius Draine answered with a 3-pointer and Tyler Stevenson added a jumper in the waning seconds to leave USM ahead 28-24 at halftime.The second half was more of the same, with MTSU (3-7, 1-3) twice taking the lead and tying the game two more times, including 53-53 with 3:13 to play.But Tae Hardy, who had 14 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, made a near-no-look shot in the lane to give USM a lead it would not lose, though the Blue Raiders refused to go away.Stevenson missed two free throws, but a steal by Jaron Pierre Jr. led to a follow slam off a missed shot by Stevenson for a 57-53 USM lead.Jalen Jordan’s free throw brought MTSU within three, but Hardy added a pair of foul shots for a five-point USM edge, 59-54.Two more Jordan free throws made it a one-procession game with 46 seconds to play, before a pair of free throws by Pierre with 29 seconds to play pushed the lead back to five.MTSU’s Jo’Vontae Millner-Criss knocked down a 3-pointer to get the Blue Raiders back within 61-59 with 16 seconds to play, but PIirre hit two more free throws and Draine added another for the final margin.“We were very scared of a letdown (Saturday),” Ladner said. “We played hard, but we weren’t sharp.“But I’m very proud of our guys. We were able to beat a very determined basketball team when we didn’t quite have our ‘A’ game. Our guys grinded it out.”For a second consecutive game, MTSU struggled shooting the basketball, hitting 36.2 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from 3-point range.USM committed 20 turnovers, but the Blue Raiders coughed up 16 of their own.MTSU also hurt itself from the free-throw line in the second half with six misses in 14 attempts.USM made 17-of-24 free throws, led by Hardy, who connected on all six of his attempts. Along with his 18 points, Hardy finished with three assists and two steals.Stevenson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Draine had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.Pierre scored just eight points a day after going for 24, but all eight points came in the second half. He also came away with a game-high nine rebounds and two steals.Jordan led MTSU with 14 points and six rebounds, Millner-Criss had 10 points and five rebounds and DeAndre Dishman finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.USM will travel to the University of Texas-San Antonio next weekend for a two-game C-USA set.A source: https://www.wdam.com/2021/01/17/usm-holds-off-mtsu-complete-c-usa-sweep/
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Manchester City Women Announce Signing Of USA Defender

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Manchester City Women Announce Signing Of USA DefenderManchester City Women have strengthened their defence after signing of USA star and World Cup winner Abby Dahlkemper.The defender, who played in all USA’s successful World Cup campaign in 2019, joins fellow compatriots Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle in the City ranks, and has signed a two and a half year contract with the blues.After finalising her move to England, Dahlkemper expressed her delight at joining the club. “I am so excited to join Manchester City. It’s a world class club full of incredible players and I can’t wait to get started.“With all the talent in the FA WSL, I know that each game will present a new challenge and the opportunity to grow both as a player and as a person in England is going to be amazing, alongside having the chance to play Champions League football too.“Sam and Rose have been saying nothing but brilliant things about the Club and hearing them speak so highly about the facilities, the staff and the players as well as their experience of a new technical and tactical challenge is something that was really appealing to me. I just can’t wait to get over and help the team in whatever way I can and be successful on the field.”Manager Gareth Taylor was obviously thrilled to have a defender of Dahlkemper’s quality in the City backline. “We’re delighted to welcome Abby to Manchester City, another exciting addition to our squad. She is a very talented defender who has been successful both domestically and internationally - with her desire and hunger for victory, we know she’ll fit into our team ethos perfectly.“We’re really looking forward to working with her over the coming seasons.”Dahlkemper arrives from North Carolina Courage, where she made 78 appearances in three years for the side, scoring two goals. The defender started in all seven of the USA national team’s World Cup campaign, and missed just eight minutes action throughout the whole tournament, when she as withdrawn in the match against Chile, which the USA won 3-0. She was part of the solid American defence that only conceded three goals throughout the entire tournament.The blues have only conceded 9 goals in the WSL this season, and the signing of Dalhkemper will hopefully keep that tally low.A source: https://bitterandblue.sbnation.com/2021/1/16/22234620/manchester-city-women-announce-signing-of-usa-defender

Military Atmosphere Engulfs US Capital Before Biden Inauguration

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Military Atmosphere Engulfs US Capital Before Biden Inauguration Thousands upon thousands of troops are preparing to pour into an increasingly fortified Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, as the district begins to… www.voanews.com/2020-usa-votes/military-atmosphere-engulfs-us-capital-biden-inauguration
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