? Moscow says “US Plans for Syria Strikes at Odds With Peace Conference Idea”.
? An informal meeting is scheduled between the UN Security Council and “members of the opposition Syrian National Committee”, except “the chief rebel commander” will not attend.
? “Syria Rebels Attack Civilian Convoy, Kill 1 Woman”.
? “Hagel: ‘Troops At a Breaking Point’; Vets: ‘Then Bring Us Home’.” Hagel’s speaking of a “mental health epidemic” and citing “deployment readiness” as the solution.
? “CIA closing bases in Afghanistan as it shifts focus amid military drawdown.”
? Contractors either didn’t install or improperly installed “simple” IED attack prevention systems in Afghanistan, says the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. More.
? “Egypt’s army chief calls for street protests” to support the military’s confronting “‘violence and potential terrorism’.” US “delays” selling four F-26 military jets to Egypt.
? 3 killed, dozens injured as “Pakistan bomb blasts hit intelligence agency in Sukkur.”
? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will introduce an authorization to use military force against Iran in September if “nothing changes” by then.
? “Russia’s Putin to visit Tehran for nuclear talks” next month
? “Japan makes belated debut at end of TPP round in Malaysia.”
? “European investment bank to stop financing coal-fired power plants” as part of EU effort to cut carbon emissions.
? Venezuela wants a $5bn loan from China “to finance a state investment fund that was recently the victim of an embezzlement scheme by the fund’s own employees”.
Money Matters USA
? Since Detroit is not a big bank making big donations to campaign coffers, Congress says “Forget Financial Bailout”.
? OK’s been given to move the Detroit bankruptcy case forward.
? Janet Yellen has what it takes to be chair of the Fed, but there is a “whispering campaign that’s emerged against her”, some of it sexist, which helps promote the nomination of Larry Summers, known for sexist comments. DDay: “Larry Summer will destroy the economy (again).” Is that the point?
In Hot Pursuit
? “Army’s Giant Surveillance Blimp to Start Tracking Objects in DC Region.” [cont’d].
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