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  •  A political partisan divide quickly emerged Sunday over the U S shoot down of a Chinese spy balloon with the Biden administration defending its safe takedown offshore over the Atlantic Ocean while Republicans contended it should have been shot down more than a week ago before it could fly across the country over key military installations Pete Buttigieg President Joe Biden s transportation chief told CNN s State of the Union show that China s deployment of the balloon was an unacceptable intrusion on American sovereignty But he said the U S military on Biden s order last Wednesday shot it down Saturday without any damage to people or property after assessment of the risks of doing it over the U S mainland This was done in a very effective way he said The debris from the missile strike on the balloon which had been drifting at an altitude of more than 18 000 meters 11 miles landed about 10 kilometers 6 miles off the shoreline of the southern U S state of South Carolina Buttigieg said the debris field stretched for more than 11 kilometers 7 miles U S Navy ships were collecting the debris from the ocean and it was being sent to the FBI s laboratory outside Washington for analysis Republican lawmakers criticized Biden for not shooting down the balloon when it was first sighted January 28 over the Aleutian Islands part of the far northwestern state of Alaska rather than let it drift west to east for a week over the entire U S mainland including numerous military bases China said the balloon was gathering meteorological data and driven off course by wind currents sending it over the United States which the U S dismissed as a cover for an intelligence gathering mission China has not said where it had intended for the balloon to go U S military officials said however that whatever intelligence the balloon may have transmitted back to China was inconsequential and no different from what China and the U S collect from spy satellites both deployed over each other s territory Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas a frequent Biden critic told Fox News Sunday that the balloon mission was a reminder of what the Chinese are capable of and that it had inflicted humiliation an embarrassment on the United States Another Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told CNN There was messaging behind this from China This is a failure I don t understand Rubio said Why let it fly across the middle of the country over military bases If we fly anything over China they re going to shoot it down China s foreign ministry said in a statement that the U S shoot down of the balloon was an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international standard practice and repeated its claim that the balloon was being used for meteorological research The airship first entered the U S air identification zone more than a week ago then crossed into Canadian airspace The U S Department of Defense said the balloon reentered U S airspace January 31 It was seen Thursday flying over Montana where U S nuclear missiles are siloed The U S has said it took technological measures to prevent the balloon from gathering any information as it crossed the country The discovery of the spy balloon comes at a sensitive time for China It happened right before Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to visit China and meet with President Xi Jinping Blinken canceled his trip after the discovery of the spy balloon Dennis Wilder a former China analyst with the CIA told VOA that the incident comes at a sensitive time for China s leader President Xi Jinping is on what I would call a charm offensive right now that started after the zero COVID policy was lifted ending COVID 19 lockdown restrictions Wilder said he wants to tell the world that China is open for business again He wants very much to see American investors come back Wilder said he thinks the incident will set off a new round of tension between the U S and China If the United States is able to recover from the ocean information that shows that this indeed was a spy mission and not a meteorological mission and shows that evidence to the Chinese we are going to embarrass the Chinese he said We may well very much embarrass the People s Liberation Army And so I think that that will be difficult to manage particularly if the United States comes out very publicly with this information So there s going to be a tense period here Another Chinese balloon was spotted flying over Latin America Credit voanews com You can read the original article here
    Republicans, Democrats Squabble Over Shoot-Down of Chinese Spy Balloon
     A political partisan divide quickly emerged Sunday over the U S shoot down of a Chinese spy balloon with the Biden administration defending its safe takedown offshore over the Atlantic Ocean while Republicans contended it should have been shot down more than a week ago before it could fly across the country over key military installations Pete Buttigieg President Joe Biden s transportation chief told CNN s State of the Union show that China s deployment of the balloon was an unacceptable intrusion on American sovereignty But he said the U S military on Biden s order last Wednesday shot it down Saturday without any damage to people or property after assessment of the risks of doing it over the U S mainland This was done in a very effective way he said The debris from the missile strike on the balloon which had been drifting at an altitude of more than 18 000 meters 11 miles landed about 10 kilometers 6 miles off the shoreline of the southern U S state of South Carolina Buttigieg said the debris field stretched for more than 11 kilometers 7 miles U S Navy ships were collecting the debris from the ocean and it was being sent to the FBI s laboratory outside Washington for analysis Republican lawmakers criticized Biden for not shooting down the balloon when it was first sighted January 28 over the Aleutian Islands part of the far northwestern state of Alaska rather than let it drift west to east for a week over the entire U S mainland including numerous military bases China said the balloon was gathering meteorological data and driven off course by wind currents sending it over the United States which the U S dismissed as a cover for an intelligence gathering mission China has not said where it had intended for the balloon to go U S military officials said however that whatever intelligence the balloon may have transmitted back to China was inconsequential and no different from what China and the U S collect from spy satellites both deployed over each other s territory Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas a frequent Biden critic told Fox News Sunday that the balloon mission was a reminder of what the Chinese are capable of and that it had inflicted humiliation an embarrassment on the United States Another Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told CNN There was messaging behind this from China This is a failure I don t understand Rubio said Why let it fly across the middle of the country over military bases If we fly anything over China they re going to shoot it down China s foreign ministry said in a statement that the U S shoot down of the balloon was an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international standard practice and repeated its claim that the balloon was being used for meteorological research The airship first entered the U S air identification zone more than a week ago then crossed into Canadian airspace The U S Department of Defense said the balloon reentered U S airspace January 31 It was seen Thursday flying over Montana where U S nuclear missiles are siloed The U S has said it took technological measures to prevent the balloon from gathering any information as it crossed the country The discovery of the spy balloon comes at a sensitive time for China It happened right before Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to visit China and meet with President Xi Jinping Blinken canceled his trip after the discovery of the spy balloon Dennis Wilder a former China analyst with the CIA told VOA that the incident comes at a sensitive time for China s leader President Xi Jinping is on what I would call a charm offensive right now that started after the zero COVID policy was lifted ending COVID 19 lockdown restrictions Wilder said he wants to tell the world that China is open for business again He wants very much to see American investors come back Wilder said he thinks the incident will set off a new round of tension between the U S and China If the United States is able to recover from the ocean information that shows that this indeed was a spy mission and not a meteorological mission and shows that evidence to the Chinese we are going to embarrass the Chinese he said We may well very much embarrass the People s Liberation Army And so I think that that will be difficult to manage particularly if the United States comes out very publicly with this information So there s going to be a tense period here Another Chinese balloon was spotted flying over Latin America Credit voanews com You can read the original article here
    Republicans, Democrats Squabble Over Shoot-Down of Chinese Spy Balloon
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    Republicans, Democrats Squabble Over Shoot-Down of Chinese Spy Balloon

    A political partisan divide quickly emerged Sunday over the U.S. shoot-down of a Chinese spy balloon, with the Biden administration defending its safe takedown offshore over the Atlantic Ocean while Republicans contended it should have been shot down more than a week ago before it could fly across the country over key military installations.

    Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s transportation chief, told CNN’s “State of the Union” show that China’s deployment of the balloon was “an unacceptable intrusion on American sovereignty.” But he said the U.S. military, on Biden’s order last Wednesday, shot it down Saturday “without any damage to people or property…after assessment of the risks” of doing it over the U.S. mainland.

    “This was done in a very effective way,” he said.

    The debris from the missile strike on the balloon, which had been drifting at an altitude of more than 18,000 meters (11 miles), landed about 10 kilometers (6 miles) off the shoreline of the southern U.S. state of South Carolina. Buttigieg said the debris field stretched for more than 11 kilometers (7 miles).

    U.S. Navy ships were collecting the debris from the ocean, and it was being sent to the FBI’s laboratory outside Washington for analysis.

    Republican lawmakers criticized Biden for not shooting down the balloon when it was first sighted January 28 over the Aleutian Islands, part of the far northwestern state of Alaska, rather than let it drift west to east for a week over the entire U.S. mainland, including numerous military bases.

    China said the balloon was gathering meteorological data and driven off course by wind currents, sending it over the United States, which the U.S. dismissed as a cover for an intelligence-gathering mission. China has not said where it had intended for the balloon to go.

    U.S. military officials said, however, that whatever intelligence the balloon may have transmitted back to China was inconsequential and no different from what China and the U.S. collect from spy satellites both deployed over each other’s territory.

    Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a frequent Biden critic, told “Fox News Sunday” that the balloon mission was “a reminder of what the Chinese are capable of” and that it had “inflicted humiliation … an embarrassment” on the United States.

    Another Republican, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, told CNN, “There was messaging behind this” from China.

    “This is a failure I don’t understand,” Rubio said. “Why let it fly across the middle of the country over military bases? If we fly anything over China, they’re going to shoot it down.”

    China’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the U.S. shoot-down of the balloon was “an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international standard practice,” and repeated its claim that the balloon was being used for meteorological research.

    The airship first entered the U.S. air identification zone more than a week ago, then crossed into Canadian airspace. The U.S. Department of Defense said the balloon reentered U.S. airspace January 31. It was seen Thursday flying over Montana where U.S. nuclear missiles are siloed.

    The U.S. has said it took technological measures to prevent the balloon from gathering any information as it crossed the country.

    The discovery of the spy balloon comes at a sensitive time for China. It happened right before Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to visit China and meet with President Xi Jinping. Blinken canceled his trip after the discovery of the spy balloon.

    Dennis Wilder, a former China analyst with the CIA, told VOA that the incident comes at a sensitive time for China’s leader.

    “President Xi Jinping is on what I would call a charm offensive right now that started after [the] zero-COVID [policy] was lifted,” ending COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Wilder said, “... he wants to tell the world that China is open for business again. He wants very much to see American investors come back.”

    Wilder said he thinks the incident will set off a new round of tension between the U.S. and China.

    “If the United States is able to recover from the ocean information that shows that this indeed was a spy mission and not a meteorological mission and shows that evidence to the Chinese, we are going to embarrass the Chinese,” he said. “We may well very much embarrass the People's Liberation Army. And so, I think that that will be difficult to manage, particularly if the United States comes out very publicly with this information. So, there's going to be a tense period here.”

    Another Chinese balloon was spotted flying over Latin America.

    Credit: voanews.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  It will be a focus of an upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing The downing of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon by the U S military was met by lawmakers with a mix of praise for the safe and successful operation criticism for it not happening sooner and concern over what intelligence may have been gathered and how to prevent something like this from happening again The balloon was shot down by a U S fighter aircraft off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon after traveling across the continental U S since Tuesday according to officials The Pentagon has said the high altitude balloon was being used for surveillance disputing China s claim that it was a civilian aircraft used for meteorological purposes President Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday that he ordered the Pentagon to shoot the balloon down as soon as possible on Wednesday However the operation was held off until the balloon carrying a payload described as being the size of three buses was off the coast where threats to civilians were limited They decided without doing damage to anyone on the ground they decided that the best time to do that was when it got over water within our 12 mile limit Biden said They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it A senior defense official told reporters there was value in waiting to shoot down the balloon aside from just the safety of people on the ground The surveillance balloon s overflight of U S territory was of intelligence value to us the official said during a briefing on Saturday We were able to study and scrutinize the balloon and its equipment which has been valuable Lawmakers across the aisle applauded the military for successfully taking down the suspected surveillance balloon though some said it took too long House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries thanked Biden and the U S military for putting the safety of the American people first Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer commended Biden s leadership in taking down the Chinese balloon over water to ensure safety for all Americans Tennessee Republican Rep Mark Green chair of the Homeland Security Committee said he was pleased that the espionage tool won t be returning to China At the same time several lawmakers including Green and fellow members of his party reiterated criticisms that the balloon should have been brought down sooner before it crossed the continental U S and that the situation called for a more forceful response Green said that damage to U S national security and American sovereignty was already done Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene R Ga said Biden refused to stop China while Sen Tim Scott R S C called it a dereliction of Biden s duty We still don t know what information was collected and where it was sent Scott tweeted On Sunday talk shows Republicans kept up the questions over the timing of the military s decision to down the balloon I can assure you that if we fly a balloon over China they re going to shoot it down and probably a lot sooner than we did Sen Marco Rubio R Fla the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on ABC s This Week What began as spy balloon has become trial balloon testing President Biden s strength and resolve and unfortunately the present failed that test Sen Tom Cotton R Ark added on CNN s State of the Union Sen Ted Cruz R Texas said on CBS Face the Nation that while he commended Biden for ordering the balloon to be shot down he didn t do that until a week aft it entered U S airspace Even Biden s defenders among congressional Democrats said the balloon s mere presence in the U S indicated broader issues in the relationship between Washington and Beijing We should not have had this kind of incursion into the United States and we have a real problem with China on a number of issues from their human rights violations to their violations of international business law to even the challenges we ve had with them on overt spying So I m grateful that the military took decisive action when they and how they did but we obviously have issues here Sen Cory Booker D N J said Sunday on Face the Nation Senior administration officials have told ABC News that shooting down the balloon safely sent the message that the U S protects American lives while responding effectively to the violation of U S sovereignty Amid the security concerns Pentagon press secretary Brig Gen Patrick Ryder said the balloon didn t pose a physical or military threat and once it was detected the U S took steps to protect against foreign intelligence collection of sensitive information A senior military official told reporters Saturday that the balloon was deemed unlikely to provide much more to China from flying over than could already be gained from its satellites Nevertheless this balloon was clearly crossing over sensitive sites including sensitive military sites And so we took additional precautions to make sure that whatever additive intel value would be minimized the official said The eventual shoot down then served to neutralize any intelligence value it could have produced by preventing it from returning to China the official said In the wake of what he called China s inexcusable and incompetent spying Virginia Democratic Sen Tim Kaine said this incident will be a major focus of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week As the balloon debris retrieval is underway Michigan Democratic Rep Elissa Slotkin called for all Congress members to be briefed on the situation in the coming week and as more is learned while urging stronger steps against China beyond Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponing his planned travel in the country this weekend Whether through new sanctions or tighter restrictions on U S exports to China the message needs to be loud and clear Slotkin tweeted Chinese surveillance balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents including in East Asia South Asia and Europe according to a senior defense official In the U S they transited the continental U S briefly at least three times during the Trump administration senior administration officials said Saturday Following the resolution of this latest balloon Missouri Republican Sen Eric Schmitt said We need ensure that this never happens again ABC News Tal Axelrod Justin Gomez MaryAlice Parks and Matt Seyler contributed to this report Credit abcnews go com You can read the original article here
    Lawmakers praise successful downing of suspected Chinese spy balloon while concerns linger
     It will be a focus of an upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing The downing of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon by the U S military was met by lawmakers with a mix of praise for the safe and successful operation criticism for it not happening sooner and concern over what intelligence may have been gathered and how to prevent something like this from happening again The balloon was shot down by a U S fighter aircraft off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon after traveling across the continental U S since Tuesday according to officials The Pentagon has said the high altitude balloon was being used for surveillance disputing China s claim that it was a civilian aircraft used for meteorological purposes President Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday that he ordered the Pentagon to shoot the balloon down as soon as possible on Wednesday However the operation was held off until the balloon carrying a payload described as being the size of three buses was off the coast where threats to civilians were limited They decided without doing damage to anyone on the ground they decided that the best time to do that was when it got over water within our 12 mile limit Biden said They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it A senior defense official told reporters there was value in waiting to shoot down the balloon aside from just the safety of people on the ground The surveillance balloon s overflight of U S territory was of intelligence value to us the official said during a briefing on Saturday We were able to study and scrutinize the balloon and its equipment which has been valuable Lawmakers across the aisle applauded the military for successfully taking down the suspected surveillance balloon though some said it took too long House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries thanked Biden and the U S military for putting the safety of the American people first Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer commended Biden s leadership in taking down the Chinese balloon over water to ensure safety for all Americans Tennessee Republican Rep Mark Green chair of the Homeland Security Committee said he was pleased that the espionage tool won t be returning to China At the same time several lawmakers including Green and fellow members of his party reiterated criticisms that the balloon should have been brought down sooner before it crossed the continental U S and that the situation called for a more forceful response Green said that damage to U S national security and American sovereignty was already done Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene R Ga said Biden refused to stop China while Sen Tim Scott R S C called it a dereliction of Biden s duty We still don t know what information was collected and where it was sent Scott tweeted On Sunday talk shows Republicans kept up the questions over the timing of the military s decision to down the balloon I can assure you that if we fly a balloon over China they re going to shoot it down and probably a lot sooner than we did Sen Marco Rubio R Fla the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on ABC s This Week What began as spy balloon has become trial balloon testing President Biden s strength and resolve and unfortunately the present failed that test Sen Tom Cotton R Ark added on CNN s State of the Union Sen Ted Cruz R Texas said on CBS Face the Nation that while he commended Biden for ordering the balloon to be shot down he didn t do that until a week aft it entered U S airspace Even Biden s defenders among congressional Democrats said the balloon s mere presence in the U S indicated broader issues in the relationship between Washington and Beijing We should not have had this kind of incursion into the United States and we have a real problem with China on a number of issues from their human rights violations to their violations of international business law to even the challenges we ve had with them on overt spying So I m grateful that the military took decisive action when they and how they did but we obviously have issues here Sen Cory Booker D N J said Sunday on Face the Nation Senior administration officials have told ABC News that shooting down the balloon safely sent the message that the U S protects American lives while responding effectively to the violation of U S sovereignty Amid the security concerns Pentagon press secretary Brig Gen Patrick Ryder said the balloon didn t pose a physical or military threat and once it was detected the U S took steps to protect against foreign intelligence collection of sensitive information A senior military official told reporters Saturday that the balloon was deemed unlikely to provide much more to China from flying over than could already be gained from its satellites Nevertheless this balloon was clearly crossing over sensitive sites including sensitive military sites And so we took additional precautions to make sure that whatever additive intel value would be minimized the official said The eventual shoot down then served to neutralize any intelligence value it could have produced by preventing it from returning to China the official said In the wake of what he called China s inexcusable and incompetent spying Virginia Democratic Sen Tim Kaine said this incident will be a major focus of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week As the balloon debris retrieval is underway Michigan Democratic Rep Elissa Slotkin called for all Congress members to be briefed on the situation in the coming week and as more is learned while urging stronger steps against China beyond Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponing his planned travel in the country this weekend Whether through new sanctions or tighter restrictions on U S exports to China the message needs to be loud and clear Slotkin tweeted Chinese surveillance balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents including in East Asia South Asia and Europe according to a senior defense official In the U S they transited the continental U S briefly at least three times during the Trump administration senior administration officials said Saturday Following the resolution of this latest balloon Missouri Republican Sen Eric Schmitt said We need ensure that this never happens again ABC News Tal Axelrod Justin Gomez MaryAlice Parks and Matt Seyler contributed to this report Credit abcnews go com You can read the original article here
    Lawmakers praise successful downing of suspected Chinese spy balloon while concerns linger
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    Lawmakers praise successful downing of suspected Chinese spy balloon while concerns linger

    It will be a focus of an upcoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

    The downing of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon by the U.S. military was met by lawmakers with a mix of praise for the safe and successful operation, criticism for it not happening sooner and concern over what intelligence may have been gathered and how to prevent something like this from happening again.

    The balloon was shot down by a U.S. fighter aircraft off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday afternoon after traveling across the continental U.S. since Tuesday, according to officials. The Pentagon has said the high-altitude balloon was being used for surveillance, disputing China's claim that it was a civilian aircraft used for meteorological purposes.

    President Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday that he ordered the Pentagon to shoot the balloon down "as soon as possible" on Wednesday. However, the operation was held off until the balloon -- carrying a payload described as being the size of three buses -- was off the coast, where threats to civilians were limited.

    "They decided -- without doing damage to anyone on the ground -- they decided that the best time to do that was when it got over water within our 12-mile limit," Biden said. "They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it."

    A senior defense official told reporters there was value in waiting to shoot down the balloon aside from just the safety of people on the ground.

    "The surveillance balloon's overflight of U.S. territory was of intelligence value to us," the official said during a briefing on Saturday. "We were able to study and scrutinize the balloon and its equipment, which has been valuable."

    Lawmakers across the aisle applauded the military for successfully taking down the suspected surveillance balloon, though some said it took too long.

    House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries thanked Biden and the U.S. military for "putting the safety of the American people first."

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer commended Biden's "leadership in taking down the Chinese balloon over water to ensure safety for all Americans."

    Tennessee Republican Rep. Mark Green, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, said he was "pleased" that the "espionage tool" won't be returning to China.

    At the same time, several lawmakers, including Green and fellow members of his party, reiterated criticisms that the balloon should have been brought down sooner -- before it crossed the continental U.S. -- and that the situation called for a more forceful response.

    Green said that "damage to U.S. national security and American sovereignty was already done." Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said Biden "refused to stop China," while Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., called it a "dereliction of Biden's duty."

    "We still don't know what information was collected and where it was sent," Scott tweeted.

    On Sunday talk shows, Republicans kept up the questions over the timing of the military's decision to down the balloon.

    "I can assure you that if we fly a balloon over China, they're going to shoot it down, and probably a lot sooner than we did," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on ABC's "This Week."

    "What began as spy balloon has become trial balloon, testing President Biden's strength and resolve, and unfortunately the present failed that test," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., added on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that while he commended Biden for ordering the balloon to be shot down, "he didn't do that until a week aft it entered U.S. airspace."

    Even Biden's defenders among congressional Democrats said the balloon's mere presence in the U.S. indicated broader issues in the relationship between Washington and Beijing.

    "We should not have had this kind of incursion into the United States and we have a real problem with China on a number of issues, from their human rights violations to their violations of international business law to even the challenges we've had with them on overt spying. So I'm grateful that the military took decisive action when they and how they did, but we, obviously, have issues here," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Sunday on "Face the Nation."

    Senior administration officials have told ABC News that shooting down the balloon safely sent the message that the U.S. protects American lives while responding "effectively" to the violation of U.S. sovereignty.

    Amid the security concerns, Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said the balloon didn't pose a physical or military threat and, once it was detected, the U.S. took steps to protect against foreign intelligence collection of sensitive information.

    A senior military official told reporters Saturday that the balloon was deemed unlikely to provide much more to China from flying over than could already be gained from its satellites.

    "Nevertheless, this balloon was clearly crossing over sensitive sites, including sensitive military sites. And so we took additional precautions to make sure that whatever additive intel value would be minimized," the official said.

    The eventual shoot-down then served to "neutralize any intelligence value it could have produced" by preventing it from returning to China, the official said.

    In the wake of what he called China's "inexcusable" and "incompetent" spying, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said this incident will be a "major focus" of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week.

    As the balloon debris retrieval is underway, Michigan Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin called for all Congress members to be briefed on the situation in the coming week and as more is learned, while urging stronger steps against China beyond Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponing his planned travel in the country this weekend.

    "Whether through new sanctions or tighter restrictions on U.S. exports to China, the message needs to be loud and clear," Slotkin tweeted.

    Chinese surveillance balloons have previously been spotted over countries across five continents, including in East Asia, South Asia and Europe, according to a senior defense official. In the U.S., they transited the continental U.S. briefly at least three times during the Trump administration, senior administration officials said Saturday.

    Following the resolution of this latest balloon, Missouri Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt said, "We need ensure that this never happens again."

    ABC News' Tal Axelrod, Justin Gomez, MaryAlice Parks and Matt Seyler contributed to this report.

    Credit: abcnews.go.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  En los or genes del Super Bowl a mediados de los a os sesenta el descanso era amenizado por bandas de m sica pero a medida que el evento ganaba repercusi n el espect culo comenz a atraer a m sicas y m sicos reconocidos Desde los noventa artistas como Diana Ross Michael Jackson Prince The Rolling Stones y U2 entre otros han pasado por su escenario Entre ellos hay diversas mujeres que han llevado el peso de la programaci n en solitario o con otra cantante En 1996 Diana Ross sali al Sun Devil Stadium Temple en Arizona con una actuaci n celebratoria de los 30 a os de la competici n Uno tras otro durante 12 minutos interpret xitos como Stop In the Name of Love Baby Love Ain t No Mountain High Enough y el cl sico de la m sica disco de Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive Aunque hay artistas que quieren hacer una entrada espectacular Ross quiso hacer lo propio al final de su set abandon el campo en helic ptero M s de una d cada despu s fue el turno de otra diva Madonna De acuerdo con Billboard estaba previsto que Madonna presentase su nuevo single en el espect culo del 2000 aunque unos d as despu s del anuncio se retir del cartel Doce a os m s tarde el Lucas Oil Stadium de Indian polis la reina del pop ofreci al p blico temas como Vogue Music o Give Me All Your Luvin No estuvo sola la cantante introdujo en su propuesta a Nicky Minaj M I A que sac el dedo coraz n durante la actuaci n y CeeLo Green como artistas invitados Oh Dios m o Estoy tan nerviosa no tienes ni idea dijo Madonna al periodista de la CNN Anderson Cooper En primer lugar es el Super Bowl Quiero decir el Super Bowl es como lo m s sagrado de lo sagrado en Estados Unidos verdad coment Tengo que montar el mayor espect culo de la Tierra en medio del mayor espect culo de la Tierra La siguiente protagonista femenina no se hizo esperar En 2013 Beyonc recogi el testigo Fue en el Mercedes Benz Superdome en Nueva Orleans y para la ocasi n recurri como apoyo para una parte de la actuaci n a sus antiguas compa eras de Destiny s Child Kelly Rowland y Michelle Williams Recuerdo crecer viendo el Super Bowl con mi familia Es un evento en el que las familias se re nen y lo ven dijo la cantante en un especial de la CBS Sab a que ten a que aprovechar al m ximo el momento Quer a que fuera algo ic nico y algo que la gente nunca olvidara Entre las canciones que enton aquel d a estaban Run the World Crazy in Love y Single Ladies Beyonc repiti la experiencia esta vez como invitada tres a os despu s En 2015 la encargada de encabezar el espect culo fue Katy Perry que llen el escenario de colores En el University of Phoenix Stadium en Arizona sonaron Roar I Kissed a Girl y Lose Control entre otras Con ella estuvieron Lenny Kravitz y Missy Elliott Esta actuaci n le vali a Perry una nominaci n a los Emmy Al contrario que Beyonc Perry y Madonna Lady Gaga decidi ser la nica estrella en su programa para el descanso de la Super Bowl En 2017 Gaga comenz su show sobre la pared del estadio NRG de Houston cantando God Bless America y This Land is Your Land y se descolg sujeta por unos cables En los 13 minutos que dur la actuaci n la cantante interpret algunos de sus xitos como Poker Face Born This Way y Million Reasons entre otros En la primera final de la d cada el show no estuvo encabezado por una mujer sino por dos Jennifer Lopez y Shakira Compartir el limitado tiempo entre dos no fue tarea f cil a juzgar por los comentarios de J Lo que recogi el documental Halftime de Netflix Esta es la peor idea del mundo tener a dos personas haciendo la Super Bowl dijo la estadounidense Su frustraci n sin embargo no estaba dirigida a su compa era sino a la organizaci n J Lo como latina nacida en los EE UU y yo como mujer latinoamericana en los EE UU ten amos una gran responsabilidad y una oportunidad de representar todas las diferentes minor as a trav s de nuestra actuaci n dijo Shakira a Cosmopolitan En mi caso tambi n quer a rendir homenaje a mi cultura de Oriente Medio Creo que lo hicimos No fue un espect culo f cil de montar Hubo mucho trabajo detr s mucho estr s En la actuaci n sonaron canciones como She Wolf Ojos as y Hips Don t Lie por parte de la colombiana y On the Floor Love Don t Cost a Thing y Waiting for Tonight de Lopez Recibe las ltimas noticias en espa ol lunes mi rcoles y viernes Ocasionalmente puede recibir contenido promocional del San Diego Union Tribune en Espa ol Para garantizar que el San Diego Union Tribune en Espa ol contin e sano y robusto su donaci n en cualquier medida es ahora m s importante que nunca Ay denos a seguir informando a la comunidad Para donar haga clic en el logo Credit sandiegouniontribune com You can read the original article here
    Mujeres al frente del espectáculo del Super Bowl
     En los or genes del Super Bowl a mediados de los a os sesenta el descanso era amenizado por bandas de m sica pero a medida que el evento ganaba repercusi n el espect culo comenz a atraer a m sicas y m sicos reconocidos Desde los noventa artistas como Diana Ross Michael Jackson Prince The Rolling Stones y U2 entre otros han pasado por su escenario Entre ellos hay diversas mujeres que han llevado el peso de la programaci n en solitario o con otra cantante En 1996 Diana Ross sali al Sun Devil Stadium Temple en Arizona con una actuaci n celebratoria de los 30 a os de la competici n Uno tras otro durante 12 minutos interpret xitos como Stop In the Name of Love Baby Love Ain t No Mountain High Enough y el cl sico de la m sica disco de Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive Aunque hay artistas que quieren hacer una entrada espectacular Ross quiso hacer lo propio al final de su set abandon el campo en helic ptero M s de una d cada despu s fue el turno de otra diva Madonna De acuerdo con Billboard estaba previsto que Madonna presentase su nuevo single en el espect culo del 2000 aunque unos d as despu s del anuncio se retir del cartel Doce a os m s tarde el Lucas Oil Stadium de Indian polis la reina del pop ofreci al p blico temas como Vogue Music o Give Me All Your Luvin No estuvo sola la cantante introdujo en su propuesta a Nicky Minaj M I A que sac el dedo coraz n durante la actuaci n y CeeLo Green como artistas invitados Oh Dios m o Estoy tan nerviosa no tienes ni idea dijo Madonna al periodista de la CNN Anderson Cooper En primer lugar es el Super Bowl Quiero decir el Super Bowl es como lo m s sagrado de lo sagrado en Estados Unidos verdad coment Tengo que montar el mayor espect culo de la Tierra en medio del mayor espect culo de la Tierra La siguiente protagonista femenina no se hizo esperar En 2013 Beyonc recogi el testigo Fue en el Mercedes Benz Superdome en Nueva Orleans y para la ocasi n recurri como apoyo para una parte de la actuaci n a sus antiguas compa eras de Destiny s Child Kelly Rowland y Michelle Williams Recuerdo crecer viendo el Super Bowl con mi familia Es un evento en el que las familias se re nen y lo ven dijo la cantante en un especial de la CBS Sab a que ten a que aprovechar al m ximo el momento Quer a que fuera algo ic nico y algo que la gente nunca olvidara Entre las canciones que enton aquel d a estaban Run the World Crazy in Love y Single Ladies Beyonc repiti la experiencia esta vez como invitada tres a os despu s En 2015 la encargada de encabezar el espect culo fue Katy Perry que llen el escenario de colores En el University of Phoenix Stadium en Arizona sonaron Roar I Kissed a Girl y Lose Control entre otras Con ella estuvieron Lenny Kravitz y Missy Elliott Esta actuaci n le vali a Perry una nominaci n a los Emmy Al contrario que Beyonc Perry y Madonna Lady Gaga decidi ser la nica estrella en su programa para el descanso de la Super Bowl En 2017 Gaga comenz su show sobre la pared del estadio NRG de Houston cantando God Bless America y This Land is Your Land y se descolg sujeta por unos cables En los 13 minutos que dur la actuaci n la cantante interpret algunos de sus xitos como Poker Face Born This Way y Million Reasons entre otros En la primera final de la d cada el show no estuvo encabezado por una mujer sino por dos Jennifer Lopez y Shakira Compartir el limitado tiempo entre dos no fue tarea f cil a juzgar por los comentarios de J Lo que recogi el documental Halftime de Netflix Esta es la peor idea del mundo tener a dos personas haciendo la Super Bowl dijo la estadounidense Su frustraci n sin embargo no estaba dirigida a su compa era sino a la organizaci n J Lo como latina nacida en los EE UU y yo como mujer latinoamericana en los EE UU ten amos una gran responsabilidad y una oportunidad de representar todas las diferentes minor as a trav s de nuestra actuaci n dijo Shakira a Cosmopolitan En mi caso tambi n quer a rendir homenaje a mi cultura de Oriente Medio Creo que lo hicimos No fue un espect culo f cil de montar Hubo mucho trabajo detr s mucho estr s En la actuaci n sonaron canciones como She Wolf Ojos as y Hips Don t Lie por parte de la colombiana y On the Floor Love Don t Cost a Thing y Waiting for Tonight de Lopez Recibe las ltimas noticias en espa ol lunes mi rcoles y viernes Ocasionalmente puede recibir contenido promocional del San Diego Union Tribune en Espa ol Para garantizar que el San Diego Union Tribune en Espa ol contin e sano y robusto su donaci n en cualquier medida es ahora m s importante que nunca Ay denos a seguir informando a la comunidad Para donar haga clic en el logo Credit sandiegouniontribune com You can read the original article here
    Mujeres al frente del espectáculo del Super Bowl
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    Mujeres al frente del espectáculo del Super Bowl

    En los orígenes del Super Bowl, a mediados de los años sesenta, el descanso era amenizado por bandas de música, pero a medida que el evento ganaba repercusión, el espectáculo comenzó a atraer a músicas y músicos reconocidos. Desde los noventa, artistas como Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Prince, The Rolling Stones y U2, entre otros, han pasado por su escenario. Entre ellos, hay diversas mujeres que han llevado el peso de la programación en solitario o con otra cantante.

    En 1996, Diana Ross salió al Sun Devil Stadium Temple en Arizona con una actuación celebratoria de los 30 años de la competición. Uno tras otro, durante 12 minutos, interpretó éxitos como “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “Baby Love”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” y el clásico de la música disco de Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”. Aunque hay artistas que quieren hacer una entrada espectacular, Ross quiso hacer lo propio al final de su set: abandonó el campo en helicóptero.

    Más de una década después fue el turno de otra diva: Madonna. De acuerdo con Billboard, estaba previsto que Madonna presentase su nuevo single en el espectáculo del 2000, aunque unos días después del anuncio se retiró del cartel. Doce años más tarde, el Lucas Oil Stadium, de Indianápolis, la reina del pop ofreció al público temas como “Vogue, “Music” o “Give Me All Your Luvin”.

    No estuvo sola, la cantante introdujo en su propuesta a Nicky Minaj, M.I.A., que sacó el dedo corazón durante la actuación, y CeeLo Green como artistas invitados. “Oh, Dios mío. Estoy tan nerviosa, no tienes ni idea”, dijo Madonna al periodista de la CNN Anderson Cooper. “En primer lugar, es el Super Bowl. Quiero decir, el Super Bowl es como lo más sagrado de lo sagrado en Estados Unidos, ¿verdad?”, comentó. “Tengo que montar el mayor espectáculo de la Tierra en medio del mayor espectáculo de la Tierra”.

    La siguiente protagonista femenina no se hizo esperar. En 2013, Beyoncé recogió el testigo. Fue en el Mercedes-Benz Superdome, en Nueva Orleans, y para la ocasión recurrió como apoyo para una parte de la actuación a sus antiguas compañeras de Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland y Michelle Williams.

    “Recuerdo crecer viendo el Super Bowl con mi familia. Es un evento en el que las familias se reúnen y lo ven”, dijo la cantante en un especial de la CBS. “Sabía que tenía que aprovechar al máximo el momento. Quería que fuera algo icónico y algo que la gente nunca olvidara”. Entre las canciones que entonó aquel día estaban “Run the World”, “Crazy in Love” y “Single Ladies”. Beyoncé repitió la experiencia, esta vez como invitada, tres años después.

    En 2015, la encargada de encabezar el espectáculo fue Katy Perry, que llenó el escenario de colores. En el University of Phoenix Stadium, en Arizona, sonaron “Roar”, “I Kissed a Girl” y “Lose Control”, entre otras. Con ella estuvieron Lenny Kravitz y Missy Elliott. Esta actuación le valió a Perry una nominación a los Emmy.

    Al contrario que Beyoncé, Perry y Madonna, Lady Gaga decidió ser la única estrella en su programa para el descanso de la Super Bowl. En 2017, Gaga comenzó su show sobre la pared del estadio NRG de Houston cantando “God Bless America” y “This Land is Your Land” y se descolgó sujeta por unos cables. En los 13 minutos que duró la actuación, la cantante interpretó algunos de sus éxitos como “Poker Face”, “Born This Way” y “Million Reasons”, entre otros.

    En la primera final de la década, el show no estuvo encabezado por una mujer, sino por dos: Jennifer Lopez y Shakira. Compartir el limitado tiempo entre dos no fue tarea fácil a juzgar por los comentarios de J.Lo que recogió el documental “Halftime”, de Netflix. “Esta es la peor idea del mundo, tener a dos personas haciendo la Super Bowl”, dijo la estadounidense. Su frustración, sin embargo, no estaba dirigida a su compañera, sino a la organización.

    “J.Lo, como latina nacida en los EE. UU., y yo, como mujer latinoamericana en los EE. UU., teníamos una gran responsabilidad y una oportunidad de representar todas las diferentes minorías a través de nuestra actuación”, dijo Shakira a Cosmopolitan. “En mi caso, también quería rendir homenaje a mi cultura de Oriente Medio. Creo que lo hicimos. No fue un espectáculo fácil de montar. Hubo mucho trabajo detrás, mucho estrés”.

    En la actuación sonaron canciones como “She Wolf”, “Ojos así” y “Hips Don’t Lie”, por parte de la colombiana, y “On the Floor”, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” y “Waiting for Tonight”, de Lopez.

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  •   Sign up for CNN s Wonder Theory science newsletter Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries scientific advancements and more Look in the night sky this weekend for February s full moon where it can be glimpsed around the world It will reach peak illumination around 1 29 p m ET Sunday but the moon will appear full from early Saturday morning through early Tuesday morning according to NASA The full moon is considered a micromoon because it appears slightly smaller than normal in our sky due to its distant location in orbit around Earth right now according to EarthSky January s full moon was also a micromoon The moon will still be very bright even though it s 252 171 miles 405 830 kilometers away It is known as the snow moon according to the Old Farmer s Almanac since February is associated with more snowfall in North America The Arapaho tribe s name for February s full moon means frost sparkling in the sun according to a guide compiled at Western Washington University Wintry sounding names for February s full moon vary across other Native American tribes The Comanche call it sleet moon while the Lakota know it as cannapopa wi which means when trees crack because of cold The month was also associated with hunger and a lack of food sources hence the Kalapuya tribe s moon name atchiulartadsh or out of food Europeans have referred to February s full moon as the Candles moon connected to Candlemas on February 2 or the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ The moon also occurs with the end of Lunar New Year celebrations which is the Lantern Festival The full moon falls in the middle of the month of Shevat and on the holiday Tu BiShvat on the Hebrew calendar or New Year of the Trees which is celebrated by planting trees and raising ecological awareness Here are the rest of 2023 s top sky events so you can have your binoculars and telescope ready Most years there are 12 full moons one for each month But in 2023 there will be 13 full moons with two in August The second full moon in one month is known as a blue moon like the phrase once in a blue moon according to NASA Typically full moons occur every 29 days But most months in our calendar last 30 or 31 days so the months and moon phases don t always align resulting in a blue moon about every 2 years The two full moons in August can also be considered supermoons according to EarthSky Definitions of a supermoon vary but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal and thus appears larger in the night sky Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90 of perigee its closest approach to Earth in orbit By that definition the full moon for July will also be considered a supermoon event according to EarthSky These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons but each one carries its own significance across Native American tribes with many also referred to by differing names If you live in an urban area you may want to drive to a place that isn t full of bright city lights to view the showers If you re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn depending on which part of the world you re in Find an open area with a wide view of the sky Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness without looking at your phone so the meteors will be easier to spot There will be two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses in 2023 A total solar eclipse will occur on April 20 visible to those in Australia New Zealand Southeast Asia and Antarctica This kind of event occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth blocking out the sun And for some sky watchers in Indonesia parts of Australia and Papua New Guinea it will be a hybrid solar eclipse The curvature of Earth s surface can cause some eclipses to shift between total and annular as the moon s shadow moves across the globe according to NASA Like a total solar eclipse the moon passes between the sun and Earth during an annular eclipse but it occurs when the moon is at or near its farthest point from Earth according to NASA This causes the moon to appear smaller than the sun so it doesn t completely block out our star and creates a glowing ring around the moon A Western Hemisphere sweeping annular solar eclipse will occur on October 14 and be visible across the Americas Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely as the sun s light can be damaging to the eyes Meanwhile a lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon when the sun Earth and moon align and the moon passes into Earth s shadow When this occurs Earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse The partial outer shadow is called the penumbra the full dark shadow is the umbra When the full moon moves into Earth s shadow it darkens but it won t disappear Instead sunlight passing through Earth s atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion turning it red which is why the event is often referred to as a blood moon Depending on the weather conditions in your area it may be a rusty or brick colored red This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and casts it on the moon A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on May 5 for those in Africa Asia and Australia This less dramatic version of a lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves through the penumbra or the faint outer part of Earth s shadow A partial lunar eclipse of the hunter s moon on October 28 will be visible to those in Europe Asia Australia Africa parts of North America and much of South America Partial eclipses occur when the sun Earth and moon don t completely align so only part of the moon passes into shadow Credit cnn com You can read the original 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    How to see February’s full snow moon
      Sign up for CNN s Wonder Theory science newsletter Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries scientific advancements and more Look in the night sky this weekend for February s full moon where it can be glimpsed around the world It will reach peak illumination around 1 29 p m ET Sunday but the moon will appear full from early Saturday morning through early Tuesday morning according to NASA The full moon is considered a micromoon because it appears slightly smaller than normal in our sky due to its distant location in orbit around Earth right now according to EarthSky January s full moon was also a micromoon The moon will still be very bright even though it s 252 171 miles 405 830 kilometers away It is known as the snow moon according to the Old Farmer s Almanac since February is associated with more snowfall in North America The Arapaho tribe s name for February s full moon means frost sparkling in the sun according to a guide compiled at Western Washington University Wintry sounding names for February s full moon vary across other Native American tribes The Comanche call it sleet moon while the Lakota know it as cannapopa wi which means when trees crack because of cold The month was also associated with hunger and a lack of food sources hence the Kalapuya tribe s moon name atchiulartadsh or out of food Europeans have referred to February s full moon as the Candles moon connected to Candlemas on February 2 or the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ The moon also occurs with the end of Lunar New Year celebrations which is the Lantern Festival The full moon falls in the middle of the month of Shevat and on the holiday Tu BiShvat on the Hebrew calendar or New Year of the Trees which is celebrated by planting trees and raising ecological awareness Here are the rest of 2023 s top sky events so you can have your binoculars and telescope ready Most years there are 12 full moons one for each month But in 2023 there will be 13 full moons with two in August The second full moon in one month is known as a blue moon like the phrase once in a blue moon according to NASA Typically full moons occur every 29 days But most months in our calendar last 30 or 31 days so the months and moon phases don t always align resulting in a blue moon about every 2 years The two full moons in August can also be considered supermoons according to EarthSky Definitions of a supermoon vary but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal and thus appears larger in the night sky Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90 of perigee its closest approach to Earth in orbit By that definition the full moon for July will also be considered a supermoon event according to EarthSky These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons but each one carries its own significance across Native American tribes with many also referred to by differing names If you live in an urban area you may want to drive to a place that isn t full of bright city lights to view the showers If you re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn depending on which part of the world you re in Find an open area with a wide view of the sky Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness without looking at your phone so the meteors will be easier to spot There will be two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses in 2023 A total solar eclipse will occur on April 20 visible to those in Australia New Zealand Southeast Asia and Antarctica This kind of event occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth blocking out the sun And for some sky watchers in Indonesia parts of Australia and Papua New Guinea it will be a hybrid solar eclipse The curvature of Earth s surface can cause some eclipses to shift between total and annular as the moon s shadow moves across the globe according to NASA Like a total solar eclipse the moon passes between the sun and Earth during an annular eclipse but it occurs when the moon is at or near its farthest point from Earth according to NASA This causes the moon to appear smaller than the sun so it doesn t completely block out our star and creates a glowing ring around the moon A Western Hemisphere sweeping annular solar eclipse will occur on October 14 and be visible across the Americas Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely as the sun s light can be damaging to the eyes Meanwhile a lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon when the sun Earth and moon align and the moon passes into Earth s shadow When this occurs Earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse The partial outer shadow is called the penumbra the full dark shadow is the umbra When the full moon moves into Earth s shadow it darkens but it won t disappear Instead sunlight passing through Earth s atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion turning it red which is why the event is often referred to as a blood moon Depending on the weather conditions in your area it may be a rusty or brick colored red This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and casts it on the moon A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on May 5 for those in Africa Asia and Australia This less dramatic version of a lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves through the penumbra or the faint outer part of Earth s shadow A partial lunar eclipse of the hunter s moon on October 28 will be visible to those in Europe Asia Australia Africa parts of North America and much of South America Partial eclipses occur when the sun Earth and moon don t completely align so only part of the moon passes into shadow Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    How to see February’s full snow moon
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    How to see February’s full snow moon

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    Look in the night sky this weekend for February’s full moon, where it can be glimpsed around the world.

    It will reach peak illumination around 1:29 p.m. ET Sunday, but the moon will appear full from early Saturday morning through early Tuesday morning, according to NASA.

    The full moon is considered a micromoon because it appears slightly smaller than normal in our sky due to its distant location in orbit around Earth right now, according to EarthSky. January’s full moon was also a micromoon.

    The moon will still be very bright even though it’s 252,171 miles (405,830 kilometers) away.

    It is known as the snow moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, since February is associated with more snowfall in North America. The Arapaho tribe’s name for February’s full moon means “frost sparkling in the sun,” according to a guide compiled at Western Washington University.

    Wintry-sounding names for February’s full moon vary across other Native American tribes. The Comanche call it sleet moon, while the Lakota know it as cannapopa wi, which means “when trees crack because of cold.” The month was also associated with hunger and a lack of food sources, hence the Kalapuya tribe’s moon name atchiulartadsh, or “out of food.”

    Europeans have referred to February’s full moon as the Candles moon, connected to Candlemas on February 2, or the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ. The moon also occurs with the end of Lunar New Year celebrations, which is the Lantern Festival.

    The full moon falls in the middle of the month of Shevat and on the holiday Tu BiShvat on the Hebrew calendar, or “New Year of the Trees,” which is celebrated by planting trees and raising ecological awareness.

    Here are the rest of 2023’s top sky events, so you can have your binoculars and telescope ready.

    Most years, there are 12 full moons — one for each month. But in 2023, there will be 13 full moons, with two in August.

    The second full moon in one month is known as a blue moon, like the phrase “once in a blue moon,” according to NASA. Typically, full moons occur every 29 days. But most months in our calendar last 30 or 31 days, so the months and moon phases don’t always align, resulting in a blue moon about every 2½ years.

    The two full moons in August can also be considered supermoons, according to EarthSky. Definitions of a supermoon vary, but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal and thus appears larger in the night sky.

    Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90% of perigee — its closest approach to Earth in orbit. By that definition, the full moon for July will also be considered a supermoon event, according to EarthSky.

    These are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, but each one carries its own significance across Native American tribes (with many also referred to by differing names).

    If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn’t full of bright city lights to view the showers. If you’re able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn, depending on which part of the world you’re in.

    Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness — without looking at your phone — so the meteors will be easier to spot.

    There will be two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses in 2023.

    A total solar eclipse will occur on April 20, visible to those in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Antarctica. This kind of event occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, blocking out the sun.

    And for some sky watchers in Indonesia, parts of Australia and Papua New Guinea, it will be a hybrid solar eclipse. The curvature of Earth’s surface can cause some eclipses to shift between total and annular as the moon’s shadow moves across the globe, according to NASA.

    Like a total solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth during an annular eclipse — but it occurs when the moon is at or near its farthest point from Earth, according to NASA. This causes the moon to appear smaller than the sun, so it doesn’t completely block out our star and creates a glowing ring around the moon.

    A Western Hemisphere-sweeping annular solar eclipse will occur on October 14 and be visible across the Americas.

    Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely as the sun’s light can be damaging to the eyes.

    Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse can occur only during a full moon when the sun, Earth and moon align and the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. When this occurs, Earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The partial outer shadow is called the penumbra; the full, dark shadow is the umbra.

    When the full moon moves into Earth’s shadow, it darkens, but it won’t disappear. Instead, sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere lights the moon in a dramatic fashion, turning it red — which is why the event is often referred to as a “blood moon.”

    Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be a rusty or brick-colored red. This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and casts it on the moon.

    A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on May 5 for those in Africa, Asia and Australia. This less dramatic version of a lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves through the penumbra, or the faint, outer part of Earth’s shadow.

    A partial lunar eclipse of the hunter’s moon on October 28 will be visible to those in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, parts of North America and much of South America. Partial eclipses occur when the sun, Earth and moon don’t completely align, so only part of the moon passes into shadow.

    Credit: cnn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  The US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday rejected Republican criticism of Joe Biden over the eight day wait to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon which flew over military sites The president gave instructions to have it shot down in a way that was safe Buttigieg told CNN s State of the Union of the operation off the Carolina coast on Saturday The debris field that was created by this balloon which was shot down it s about seven miles long And so any time the military is considering an option they have to consider the safety of the American people But Marco Rubio of Florida the Republican vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee was unmoved telling the same network Why didn t they take action At this time that s number one The other thing that we need to know about is why did it take so long for them to disclose this to the American public The incident prompted the US secretary of state Antony Blinken to cancel a Beijing trip China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian weather research airship blown off course The Pentagon rejected that as well as China s contention the balloon had limited navigational ability China said it reserved the right to take further actions criticising the US for an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice On Saturday Beijing said the head of its weather service had been removed US officials said the balloon entered the US air defense zone north of the Aleutian Islands on 28 January and moved across Alaska and into Canadian airspace It crossed Idaho on Tuesday the day the White House said Biden was briefed The balloon was spotted on Wednesday over Montana home to Malmstrom Air Force Base which has fields of nuclear missile silos Two senior defense officials who briefed reporters said the US military concluded the balloon didn t give the Chinese significant intelligence beyond what it could already obtain from satellites though the US took steps to mitigate what it could gather Biden wanted the balloon downed on Wednesday but was advised to wait for when it was over water the officials said after it was determined bringing it down over land from 60 000ft would pose an undue risk The balloon was spotted on Saturday over the Carolinas The Federal Aviation Administration closed airspace rerouting air traffic and warning of delays Buttigieg said the FAA worked very closely with the Pentagon and the operation was put in place without pain damage or injury to any Americans lives or property At about 2 39pm ET an F 22 fighter jet fired a missile about six nautical miles off Myrtle Beach South Carolina officials said Television footage showed a small explosion followed by the deflated balloon descending like a ribbon Debris landed in 47ft of water Officials said a recovery operation including several ships would be completed swiftly They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it Biden said But Republicans were critical On Sunday Rubio said I think it isn t a coincidence that this happens leading up to the State of the Union address on Tuesday leading up to Blinken s visit to China The Chinese knew this was going to be spotted They knew we were going to have to react They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites right across the middle of the country The message embedded in this to the world is We can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America and they won t be able to do anything about it Officials said Chinese spy balloons crossed into US airspace at least three times during the Trump administration and at least one other time during Biden s time as president if not for so long Rubio said China wanted to tell other nations that America can t do anything about a balloon from flying over US airspace because America is not going to come to your aid when we invade Taiwan or take land from India or take islands from the Philippines and Japan Other Republicans also criticized the White House response and hinted at a House investigation I will be demanding answers and will hold the admin accountable for this embarrassing display of weakness said the Texas representative Michael McCaul chair of the foreign affairs committee A New York representative Mike Lawler said Biden Blinken and the defense secretary Lloyd Austin must cooperate with Congress and provide immediate answers Axios reported Mark Green of Tennessee chair of committee on homeland security said that panel would continue demanding both action and answers from this administration Another Tennessee representative Joe Wilson went further writing that the catastrophic Chinese Spy Balloon spectacle confirms President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should resign The Pentagon has acknowledged reports of a second balloon over Latin America US officials said the balloon was part of a fleet and could be maneuvered remotely carrying equipment not usually associated with meteorological or civilian research The Chinese foreign ministry sought to play down the cancellation of Blinken s trip saying In actuality the US and China have never announced any visit the US making any such announcement is their own business and we respect that Blinken said he told a senior Chinese diplomat sending the balloon was an irresponsible act and that China s decision to take this action on the eve of my visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have Mike Mullen a retired admiral and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff praised Blinken s decision but said the balloon incident had damaged attempts to strengthen US China relations There s no way Blinken could have a meaningful visit and we have a host of issues that we need to address Mullen told ABC s This Week This puts a big dent in moving that forward in a constructive way which we really need to do Credit theguardian com You can read the original article here
    White House rejects Republican fire over wait to down Chinese spy balloon
     The US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday rejected Republican criticism of Joe Biden over the eight day wait to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon which flew over military sites The president gave instructions to have it shot down in a way that was safe Buttigieg told CNN s State of the Union of the operation off the Carolina coast on Saturday The debris field that was created by this balloon which was shot down it s about seven miles long And so any time the military is considering an option they have to consider the safety of the American people But Marco Rubio of Florida the Republican vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee was unmoved telling the same network Why didn t they take action At this time that s number one The other thing that we need to know about is why did it take so long for them to disclose this to the American public The incident prompted the US secretary of state Antony Blinken to cancel a Beijing trip China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian weather research airship blown off course The Pentagon rejected that as well as China s contention the balloon had limited navigational ability China said it reserved the right to take further actions criticising the US for an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice On Saturday Beijing said the head of its weather service had been removed US officials said the balloon entered the US air defense zone north of the Aleutian Islands on 28 January and moved across Alaska and into Canadian airspace It crossed Idaho on Tuesday the day the White House said Biden was briefed The balloon was spotted on Wednesday over Montana home to Malmstrom Air Force Base which has fields of nuclear missile silos Two senior defense officials who briefed reporters said the US military concluded the balloon didn t give the Chinese significant intelligence beyond what it could already obtain from satellites though the US took steps to mitigate what it could gather Biden wanted the balloon downed on Wednesday but was advised to wait for when it was over water the officials said after it was determined bringing it down over land from 60 000ft would pose an undue risk The balloon was spotted on Saturday over the Carolinas The Federal Aviation Administration closed airspace rerouting air traffic and warning of delays Buttigieg said the FAA worked very closely with the Pentagon and the operation was put in place without pain damage or injury to any Americans lives or property At about 2 39pm ET an F 22 fighter jet fired a missile about six nautical miles off Myrtle Beach South Carolina officials said Television footage showed a small explosion followed by the deflated balloon descending like a ribbon Debris landed in 47ft of water Officials said a recovery operation including several ships would be completed swiftly They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it Biden said But Republicans were critical On Sunday Rubio said I think it isn t a coincidence that this happens leading up to the State of the Union address on Tuesday leading up to Blinken s visit to China The Chinese knew this was going to be spotted They knew we were going to have to react They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites right across the middle of the country The message embedded in this to the world is We can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America and they won t be able to do anything about it Officials said Chinese spy balloons crossed into US airspace at least three times during the Trump administration and at least one other time during Biden s time as president if not for so long Rubio said China wanted to tell other nations that America can t do anything about a balloon from flying over US airspace because America is not going to come to your aid when we invade Taiwan or take land from India or take islands from the Philippines and Japan Other Republicans also criticized the White House response and hinted at a House investigation I will be demanding answers and will hold the admin accountable for this embarrassing display of weakness said the Texas representative Michael McCaul chair of the foreign affairs committee A New York representative Mike Lawler said Biden Blinken and the defense secretary Lloyd Austin must cooperate with Congress and provide immediate answers Axios reported Mark Green of Tennessee chair of committee on homeland security said that panel would continue demanding both action and answers from this administration Another Tennessee representative Joe Wilson went further writing that the catastrophic Chinese Spy Balloon spectacle confirms President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should resign The Pentagon has acknowledged reports of a second balloon over Latin America US officials said the balloon was part of a fleet and could be maneuvered remotely carrying equipment not usually associated with meteorological or civilian research The Chinese foreign ministry sought to play down the cancellation of Blinken s trip saying In actuality the US and China have never announced any visit the US making any such announcement is their own business and we respect that Blinken said he told a senior Chinese diplomat sending the balloon was an irresponsible act and that China s decision to take this action on the eve of my visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have Mike Mullen a retired admiral and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff praised Blinken s decision but said the balloon incident had damaged attempts to strengthen US China relations There s no way Blinken could have a meaningful visit and we have a host of issues that we need to address Mullen told ABC s This Week This puts a big dent in moving that forward in a constructive way which we really need to do Credit theguardian com You can read the original article here
    White House rejects Republican fire over wait to down Chinese spy balloon
    Foreign9 hours ago

    White House rejects Republican fire over wait to down Chinese spy balloon

    The US transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, on Sunday rejected Republican criticism of Joe Biden over the eight-day wait to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon which flew over military sites.

    “The president gave instructions to have it shot down in a way that was safe,” Buttigieg told CNN’s State of the Union, of the operation off the Carolina coast on Saturday.

    “The debris field that was created by this balloon which was shot down, it’s about seven miles long. And so any time the military is considering an option, they have to consider the safety of the American people.”

    But Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, was unmoved, telling the same network: “Why didn’t they take action? At this time, that’s number one. The other thing that we need to know about is why did it take so long for them to disclose this to the American public?”

    The incident prompted the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, to cancel a Beijing trip.

    China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian weather research “airship” blown off course. The Pentagon rejected that, as well as China’s contention the balloon had limited navigational ability.

    China said it reserved the right to “take further actions”, criticising the US for “an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice”. On Saturday, Beijing said the head of its weather service had been removed.

    US officials said the balloon entered the US air defense zone north of the Aleutian Islands on 28 January and moved across Alaska and into Canadian airspace. It crossed Idaho on Tuesday, the day the White House said Biden was briefed.

    The balloon was spotted on Wednesday over Montana, home to Malmstrom Air Force Base, which has fields of nuclear missile silos. Two senior defense officials who briefed reporters said the US military concluded the balloon didn’t give the Chinese significant intelligence beyond what it could already obtain from satellites, though the US took steps to mitigate what it could gather.

    Biden wanted the balloon downed on Wednesday but was advised to wait for when it was over water, the officials said, after it was determined bringing it down over land from 60,000ft would pose an undue risk.

    The balloon was spotted on Saturday over the Carolinas. The Federal Aviation Administration closed airspace, rerouting air traffic and warning of delays. Buttigieg said the FAA “worked very closely with the Pentagon … and the operation was put in place without pain, damage or injury to any Americans, lives or property”.

    At about 2.39pm ET, an F-22 fighter jet fired a missile about six nautical miles off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, officials said. Television footage showed a small explosion, followed by the deflated balloon descending like a ribbon.

    Debris landed in 47ft of water. Officials said a recovery operation including several ships would be completed swiftly.

    “They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it,” Biden said.

    But Republicans were critical. On Sunday, Rubio said: “I think it isn’t a coincidence that this happens leading up to the State of the Union address [on Tuesday], leading up to Blinken’s visit to China. The Chinese knew this was going to be spotted. They knew we were going to have to react. They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites, right across the middle [of the country].

    “The message embedded in this to the world is: ‘We can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America and they won’t be able to do anything about it.’”

    Officials said Chinese spy balloons crossed into US airspace at least three times during the Trump administration and at least one other time during Biden’s time as president, if not for so long.

    Rubio said China wanted to tell other nations that “America can’t do anything about … a balloon from flying over US airspace, because America is not going to come to your aid when we invade Taiwan or take land from India or take islands from the Philippines and Japan”.

    Other Republicans also criticized the White House response and hinted at a House investigation.

    “I will be demanding answers and will hold the admin accountable for this embarrassing display of weakness,” said the Texas representative Michael McCaul, chair of the foreign affairs committee.

    A New York representative, Mike Lawler, said Biden, Blinken and the defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, “must cooperate with Congress and provide immediate answers”, Axios reported.

    Mark Green of Tennessee, chair of committee on homeland security, said that panel would “continue demanding both action and answers from this administration”.

    Another Tennessee representative, Joe Wilson, went further, writing that the “catastrophic Chinese Spy Balloon spectacle … confirms President Biden and Vice-President [Kamala] Harris should resign.”

    The Pentagon has acknowledged reports of a second balloon over Latin America. US officials said the balloon was part of a fleet and could be maneuvered remotely, carrying equipment not usually associated with meteorological or civilian research.

    The Chinese foreign ministry sought to play down the cancellation of Blinken’s trip, saying: “In actuality, the US and China have never announced any visit, the US making any such announcement is their own business, and we respect that.”

    Blinken said he told a senior Chinese diplomat sending the balloon was “an irresponsible act and that [China’s] decision to take this action on the eve of my visit is detrimental to the substantive discussions that we were prepared to have”.

    Mike Mullen, a retired admiral and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, praised Blinken’s decision but said the balloon incident had damaged attempts to strengthen US-China relations.

    “There’s no way [Blinken] could have a meaningful visit and we have a host of issues that we need to address,” Mullen told ABC’s This Week. “This puts a big dent in moving that forward in a constructive way, which we really need to do.”

    Credit: theguardian.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  The burst of Arctic air that enveloped the Northeast on Saturday included a record setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire The observatory at the peak of the Northeast s highest mountain also recorded an actual temperature of minus 47 Fahrenheit or minus 44 Celsius tying a record set in 1934 The Associated Press reported A wind gust of 127 mph equal to a Category 3 hurricane was also recorded It s a strange mixture of terrifying and exhilarating being up here on the summit Francis Tarasiewicz a meteorologist who was at the observatory station at Mount Washington s summit told WTMW TV Tarasiewicz confirmed to the television station that the official low temperature at the observatory was minus 47 degrees Fahrenheit with an unofficial wind chill of minus 109 degrees The National Weather Service pegged the wind chill at minus 108 The previous wind chill record was minus 105 set in Alaska CNN reported The previous low at Mount Washington was minus 102 7 in 2004 according to the cable news outlet Based on records at the observatory the wind chill also could have been at minus 108 or below on Jan 22 1885 USA Today reported The low that day was minus 50 Fahrenheit which remains the record temperature at the observatory Brian Brettschneider an Alaskan climate scientist told the newspaper With an average speed of 89 mph a wind chill below minus 108 degrees was possible Brettschneider said Mount Washington which rises to 6 288 feet above sea level is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains Your browser does not support HTML5 audio Sign up below to be added to our mailing list for the latest news updates access to exclusive contests and more Everything you love about wokv com and more Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices You may be offline Please check your connection and try again using the Retry button Credit wokv com You can read the original article here
    It’s cold! Mount Washington in New Hampshire records minus 108 wind chill
     The burst of Arctic air that enveloped the Northeast on Saturday included a record setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire The observatory at the peak of the Northeast s highest mountain also recorded an actual temperature of minus 47 Fahrenheit or minus 44 Celsius tying a record set in 1934 The Associated Press reported A wind gust of 127 mph equal to a Category 3 hurricane was also recorded It s a strange mixture of terrifying and exhilarating being up here on the summit Francis Tarasiewicz a meteorologist who was at the observatory station at Mount Washington s summit told WTMW TV Tarasiewicz confirmed to the television station that the official low temperature at the observatory was minus 47 degrees Fahrenheit with an unofficial wind chill of minus 109 degrees The National Weather Service pegged the wind chill at minus 108 The previous wind chill record was minus 105 set in Alaska CNN reported The previous low at Mount Washington was minus 102 7 in 2004 according to the cable news outlet Based on records at the observatory the wind chill also could have been at minus 108 or below on Jan 22 1885 USA Today reported The low that day was minus 50 Fahrenheit which remains the record temperature at the observatory Brian Brettschneider an Alaskan climate scientist told the newspaper With an average speed of 89 mph a wind chill below minus 108 degrees was possible Brettschneider said Mount Washington which rises to 6 288 feet above sea level is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains Your browser does not support HTML5 audio Sign up below to be added to our mailing list for the latest news updates access to exclusive contests and more Everything you love about wokv com and more Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices You may be offline Please check your connection and try again using the Retry button Credit wokv com You can read the original article here
    It’s cold! Mount Washington in New Hampshire records minus 108 wind chill
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    It’s cold! Mount Washington in New Hampshire records minus 108 wind chill

    The burst of Arctic air that enveloped the Northeast on Saturday included a record-setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

    The observatory at the peak of the Northeast’s highest mountain also recorded an actual temperature of minus 47 Fahrenheit -- or minus 44 Celsius, tying a record set in 1934, The Associated Press reported. A wind gust of 127 mph -- equal to a Category 3 hurricane -- was also recorded.

    “It’s a strange mixture of terrifying and exhilarating being up here on the summit,” Francis Tarasiewicz, a meteorologist who was at the observatory station at Mount Washington’s summit, told WTMW-TV.

    Tarasiewicz confirmed to the television station that the official low temperature at the observatory was minus-47 degrees Fahrenheit, with an unofficial wind chill of minus 109 degrees. The National Weather Service pegged the wind chill at minus 108.

    The previous wind chill record was minus 105, set in Alaska, CNN reported. The previous low at Mount Washington was minus 102.7 in 2004, according to the cable news outlet.

    Based on records at the observatory, the wind chill also could have been at minus 108 or below on Jan. 22, 1885, USA Today reported.

    The low that day was minus 50 Fahrenheit, which remains the record temperature at the observatory, Brian Brettschneider, an Alaskan climate scientist, told the newspaper. With an average speed of 89 mph, a wind chill below minus 108 degrees was possible, Brettschneider said.

    Mount Washington, which rises to 6,288 feet above sea level, is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.

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  •   Pakistan s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital according to a statement from the Pakistani military He was 79 years old In a statement sent to CNN senior military officials expressed their heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family the statement read Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians Pakistan s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences and sympathy to the family of the former leader in a statement Sunday The chairman of Pakistan s Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed his deep sorrow and grief while the Tehreek e Insaf party led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year said Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief The former leader who had been living in self imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016 seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Shehbaz Sharif s older brother in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001 while remaining head of the army He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008 Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9 11 terror attacks and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003 In November 2007 he declared a state of emergency suspended Pakistan s constitution replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates Pakistanis openly called for his removal Under pressure from the West Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections held in February 2008 in which his party fared badly He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country s national elections Instead his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power In 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason The ruling was later overturned Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016 when Pakistan s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai
      Pakistan s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital according to a statement from the Pakistani military He was 79 years old In a statement sent to CNN senior military officials expressed their heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family the statement read Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians Pakistan s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences and sympathy to the family of the former leader in a statement Sunday The chairman of Pakistan s Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed his deep sorrow and grief while the Tehreek e Insaf party led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year said Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief The former leader who had been living in self imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016 seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Shehbaz Sharif s older brother in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001 while remaining head of the army He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008 Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9 11 terror attacks and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003 In November 2007 he declared a state of emergency suspended Pakistan s constitution replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates Pakistanis openly called for his removal Under pressure from the West Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections held in February 2008 in which his party fared badly He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country s national elections Instead his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power In 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason The ruling was later overturned Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016 when Pakistan s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai
    Foreign18 hours ago

    Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf dies in Dubai

    Pakistan’s former President General Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a prolonged illness at Dubai American Hospital, according to a statement from the Pakistani military. He was 79 years old.

    In a statement sent to CNN, senior military officials expressed their “heartfelt condolences” on the “sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf.”

    “May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family,” the statement read.

    Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians.

    Pakistan’s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his “condolences and sympathy to the family” of the former leader in a statement Sunday.

    The chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, also expressed his “deep sorrow and grief,” while the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence last year, said: “Our prayers and condolences go to his family and we share their grief.”

    The former leader, who had been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates since 2016, seized power from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – Shehbaz Sharif’s older brother – in a military coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001, while remaining head of the army. He continued to lead Pakistan as president until 2008.

    Musharraf became a key ally of the United States following the 9/11 terror attacks, and he tried to become an indispensable figure in combating Islamic extremism.

    But his time in power was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression.

    His term was punctuated by two failed assassination attempts in 2003. In November 2007, he declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan’s constitution, replaced the chief judge and blacked out independent TV outlets.

    Musharraf said he did so to stabilize the country and to fight rising Islamist extremism. The action drew sharp criticism from the United States and democracy advocates. Pakistanis openly called for his removal.

    Under pressure from the West, Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and called elections, held in February 2008, in which his party fared badly.

    He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition began taking steps to impeach him.

    Musharraf then went into exile but returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the aim of running in the country’s national elections. Instead, his plans unraveled as he became entangled in a web of court cases relating to his time in power.

    In 2019, he was sentenced to death in absentia for high treason. The ruling was later overturned.

    Musharraf had been living in Dubai since March 2016, when Pakistan’s Supreme Court lifted a travel ban, allowing him to leave the country to seek medical treatment there.

    He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter.

    Credit: cnn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •   Editor s Note David A Andelman a contributor to CNN twice winner of the Deadline Club Award is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor author of A Red Line in the Sand Diplomacy Strategy and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen and blogs at Andelman Unleashed He formerly was a correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News in Europe and Asia The views expressed in this commentary are his own View more opinion at CNN On May 1 1960 an American pilot Francis Gary Powers took off from a military airbase in Peshawar Pakistan in a top secret U 2 spy plane to fly 3 000 miles across the Soviet Union and take high resolution photos of military facilities His specially designed plane flying higher than any other out of the range of Soviet interceptors was thought to be impervious to identification or attack Wrong The Soviets knew it was coming and fighter jets shadowed it from below as soon as it entered their airspace Eventually as it passed over an advanced air defense location a Soviet S 75 surface to air missile shot it out of the skies Powers ejected from the plane and was captured marking a diplomatic setback between the US and the USSR which consequently torpedoed a critical summit between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and President Dwight Eisenhower who had personally green lit the U 2 program Now we have a Chinese balloon China quickly claimed this was a civilian weather balloon that had somehow gone astray though on Friday Pentagon officials said it is maneuverable and violated US air space and international law US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he decided to postpone his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of the Chinese balloon over the continental US And the Pentagon said the US is monitoring it and assessed that shooting it down would be dangerous Last November a Chinese Long March 2D rocket blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China inserting three highly sensitive Yaogan 36 satellites into orbit 300 miles above the earth This was the third such launch of similar satellites and China s 54th last year Between 2019 and 2021 China doubled the number of its satellites in orbit from 250 to 499 Perhaps though Chinese officials believed that Americans wouldn t even notice a balloon or two floating 60 000 feet up But the United States has the capability of following launches virtually from liftoff in China like the time the US Space Force pinpointed the launch of the Long March 2D rocket at 7 23 am EST on November 27 2022 for instance That s part of its job although it s unclear just how sensitive its monitoring technology is in terms of the ability to pick up balloon launches Canada has also apparently spotted the balloon and the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD said it was monitoring its movement And the Pentagon reported another balloon was flying over Latin America So the question is whether China carefully considered the consequences of its actions Intentional or otherwise if it was indeed monitoring air flows their engineers might have suspected these weather phenomena would eventually take these balloons over the United States In that case one could be forgiven for imagining the darker scenarios that the Chinese might have been seeking some excuse to ditch the visit that Blinken was scheduled to undertake beginning Sunday Expectations for the trip were never very high Relations between the US and China have been on a decidedly downward spiral for some time The Biden Administration has slapped stiff controls on the export of equipment to manufacture advanced semi conductors and just this week persuaded Japan and the Netherlands to sign on The US is also in the process of establishing access to two key military bases on the Philippines northern island of Luzon keys to any operations in the South China Sea or around Taiwan in case of any efforts by China to stir the pot there After all the US did mount major offensive operations against North Vietnam out of Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base both in the Philippines during the entire Vietnam War Then there is the visit to Taiwan that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is said to be planning and which Beijing has already pro actively warned against At the same time Russia has announced Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit its leader Vladimir Putin at an unspecified time this spring though the Chinese side has not yet confirmed it Blinken does seem to have been game to try his best to level off this downward trajectory in bi lateral relations As he told a press conference with his South Korean counterpart In our judgment the balloon created conditions that undermine the very purpose of my trip including ongoing efforts to build a floor under the relationship as well as to address a very broad range of issues that are important to Americans to Chinese to the entire world It s hard to believe China would use as ham handed a provocation as a spy balloon to send any contrary signal Especially since this has got to be as embarrassing to China as the U 2 incident was to Eisenhower Back then Eisenhower tried to minimize it at first ordering the NASA press office stunningly to say the U 2 had been conducting weather research and that Powers might just have strayed a trifle off course and wandered over top secret Soviet military facilities after he d experienced difficulties with his oxygen equipment Perhaps the US should just shoot down the weather balloon when it s safe and recover the remains when it flies across some sparsely populated region Then we d really know just as the world finally came to know about Powers mission and where the truth lies I ve seen the moving sight of the recovered wreckage of the U 2 spy plane still an immensely popular item on display at Moscow s Central Armed Forces Museum Of course what if it really is just a weather balloon Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    A spy plane and a balloon. How diplomacy can go way off course
      Editor s Note David A Andelman a contributor to CNN twice winner of the Deadline Club Award is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor author of A Red Line in the Sand Diplomacy Strategy and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen and blogs at Andelman Unleashed He formerly was a correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News in Europe and Asia The views expressed in this commentary are his own View more opinion at CNN On May 1 1960 an American pilot Francis Gary Powers took off from a military airbase in Peshawar Pakistan in a top secret U 2 spy plane to fly 3 000 miles across the Soviet Union and take high resolution photos of military facilities His specially designed plane flying higher than any other out of the range of Soviet interceptors was thought to be impervious to identification or attack Wrong The Soviets knew it was coming and fighter jets shadowed it from below as soon as it entered their airspace Eventually as it passed over an advanced air defense location a Soviet S 75 surface to air missile shot it out of the skies Powers ejected from the plane and was captured marking a diplomatic setback between the US and the USSR which consequently torpedoed a critical summit between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and President Dwight Eisenhower who had personally green lit the U 2 program Now we have a Chinese balloon China quickly claimed this was a civilian weather balloon that had somehow gone astray though on Friday Pentagon officials said it is maneuverable and violated US air space and international law US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he decided to postpone his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of the Chinese balloon over the continental US And the Pentagon said the US is monitoring it and assessed that shooting it down would be dangerous Last November a Chinese Long March 2D rocket blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China inserting three highly sensitive Yaogan 36 satellites into orbit 300 miles above the earth This was the third such launch of similar satellites and China s 54th last year Between 2019 and 2021 China doubled the number of its satellites in orbit from 250 to 499 Perhaps though Chinese officials believed that Americans wouldn t even notice a balloon or two floating 60 000 feet up But the United States has the capability of following launches virtually from liftoff in China like the time the US Space Force pinpointed the launch of the Long March 2D rocket at 7 23 am EST on November 27 2022 for instance That s part of its job although it s unclear just how sensitive its monitoring technology is in terms of the ability to pick up balloon launches Canada has also apparently spotted the balloon and the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD said it was monitoring its movement And the Pentagon reported another balloon was flying over Latin America So the question is whether China carefully considered the consequences of its actions Intentional or otherwise if it was indeed monitoring air flows their engineers might have suspected these weather phenomena would eventually take these balloons over the United States In that case one could be forgiven for imagining the darker scenarios that the Chinese might have been seeking some excuse to ditch the visit that Blinken was scheduled to undertake beginning Sunday Expectations for the trip were never very high Relations between the US and China have been on a decidedly downward spiral for some time The Biden Administration has slapped stiff controls on the export of equipment to manufacture advanced semi conductors and just this week persuaded Japan and the Netherlands to sign on The US is also in the process of establishing access to two key military bases on the Philippines northern island of Luzon keys to any operations in the South China Sea or around Taiwan in case of any efforts by China to stir the pot there After all the US did mount major offensive operations against North Vietnam out of Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base both in the Philippines during the entire Vietnam War Then there is the visit to Taiwan that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is said to be planning and which Beijing has already pro actively warned against At the same time Russia has announced Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit its leader Vladimir Putin at an unspecified time this spring though the Chinese side has not yet confirmed it Blinken does seem to have been game to try his best to level off this downward trajectory in bi lateral relations As he told a press conference with his South Korean counterpart In our judgment the balloon created conditions that undermine the very purpose of my trip including ongoing efforts to build a floor under the relationship as well as to address a very broad range of issues that are important to Americans to Chinese to the entire world It s hard to believe China would use as ham handed a provocation as a spy balloon to send any contrary signal Especially since this has got to be as embarrassing to China as the U 2 incident was to Eisenhower Back then Eisenhower tried to minimize it at first ordering the NASA press office stunningly to say the U 2 had been conducting weather research and that Powers might just have strayed a trifle off course and wandered over top secret Soviet military facilities after he d experienced difficulties with his oxygen equipment Perhaps the US should just shoot down the weather balloon when it s safe and recover the remains when it flies across some sparsely populated region Then we d really know just as the world finally came to know about Powers mission and where the truth lies I ve seen the moving sight of the recovered wreckage of the U 2 spy plane still an immensely popular item on display at Moscow s Central Armed Forces Museum Of course what if it really is just a weather balloon Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
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    A spy plane and a balloon. How diplomacy can go way off course

    Editor’s Note: David A. Andelman, a contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen” and blogs at Andelman Unleashed. He formerly was a correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News in Europe and Asia. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN.

    On May 1, 1960, an American pilot, Francis Gary Powers, took off from a military airbase in Peshawar, Pakistan, in a top-secret U-2 spy plane to fly 3,000 miles across the Soviet Union, and take high resolution photos of military facilities.

    His specially-designed plane, flying higher than any other, out of the range of Soviet interceptors, was thought to be impervious to identification or attack. Wrong.

    The Soviets knew it was coming, and fighter jets shadowed it from below as soon as it entered their airspace. Eventually, as it passed over an advanced air defense location, a Soviet S-75 surface-to-air missile shot it out of the skies. Powers ejected from the plane, and was captured, marking a diplomatic setback between the US and the USSR, which consequently torpedoed a critical summit between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and President Dwight Eisenhower, who had personally green-lit the U-2 program.

    Now we have a Chinese balloon. China quickly claimed this was a civilian weather balloon that had somehow gone astray, though on Friday Pentagon officials said it is maneuverable and “violated US air space and international law.”

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he decided to postpone his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of the Chinese balloon over the continental US. And the Pentagon said the US is monitoring it and assessed that shooting it down would be dangerous.

    Last November, a Chinese Long March 2D rocket blasted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China, inserting three highly-sensitive Yaogan-36 satellites into orbit 300 miles above the earth. This was the third such launch of similar satellites and China’s 54th last year. Between 2019 and 2021, China doubled the number of its satellites in orbit from 250 to 499.

    Perhaps, though, Chinese officials believed that Americans wouldn’t even notice a balloon or two floating 60,000 feet up. But the United States has the capability of following launches virtually from liftoff in China, like the time the US Space Force pinpointed the launch of the Long March 2D rocket at 7:23 am EST on November 27, 2022, for instance. That’s part of its job, although it’s unclear just how sensitive its monitoring technology is in terms of the ability to pick up balloon launches.

    Canada has also apparently spotted the balloon, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said it was monitoring its movement. And the Pentagon reported another balloon was flying over Latin America.

    So, the question is whether China carefully considered the consequences of its actions. Intentional or otherwise, if it was indeed monitoring air flows, their engineers might have suspected these weather phenomena would eventually take these balloons over the United States.

    In that case, one could be forgiven for imagining the darker scenarios — that the Chinese might have been seeking some excuse to ditch the visit that Blinken was scheduled to undertake, beginning Sunday.

    Expectations for the trip were never very high. Relations between the US and China have been on a decidedly downward spiral for some time. The Biden Administration has slapped stiff controls on the export of equipment to manufacture advanced semi-conductors and just this week persuaded Japan and the Netherlands to sign on.

    The US is also in the process of establishing access to two key military bases on the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon — keys to any operations in the South China Sea or around Taiwan in case of any efforts by China to stir the pot there.

    After all, the US did mount major offensive operations against North Vietnam out of Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, both in the Philippines, during the entire Vietnam War.

    Then there is the visit to Taiwan that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is said to be planning and which Beijing has already pro-actively warned against. At the same time, Russia has announced Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit its leader, Vladimir Putin, at an unspecified time this spring, though the Chinese side has not yet confirmed it.

    Blinken does seem to have been game to try his best to level off this downward trajectory in bi-lateral relations. As he told a press conference with his South Korean counterpart, “In our judgment, [the balloon] created conditions that undermine the very purpose of [my] trip, including ongoing efforts to build a floor under the relationship as well as to address a very broad range of issues that are important to Americans, to Chinese, to the entire world.”

    It’s hard to believe China would use as ham-handed a provocation as a spy balloon to send any contrary signal. Especially since this has got to be as embarrassing to China as the U-2 incident was to Eisenhower.

    Back then, Eisenhower tried to minimize it at first, ordering the NASA press office, stunningly, to say the U-2 had been conducting “weather research,” and that Powers might just have strayed a trifle off course and wandered over top-secret Soviet military facilities after he’d “experienced difficulties with his oxygen equipment.”

    Perhaps the US should just shoot down the “weather balloon” when it’s safe and recover the remains when it flies across some sparsely-populated region. Then we’d really know — just as the world finally came to know about Powers’ mission and where the truth lies. I’ve seen the moving sight of the recovered wreckage of the U-2 spy plane — still an immensely popular item on display at Moscow’s Central Armed Forces Museum.

    Of course, what if it really is just a weather balloon?

    Credit: cnn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  Biden has been discussing options with military brass since first being briefed on the balloon Tuesday His advisers warned against shooting it down over land because debris could land on people or homes Evan Fisher a meteorology major at UNC Asheville saw the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon drift near the western North Carolina city this morning We were expecting it to move over the western North Carolina area between 2 a m and 6 a m but then to our surprise it didn t show up until after sunrise so I spotted it around 8 50 a m ET this morning in the southern skies of the south of Asheville he told CNN The balloon was much larger than I expected it to be he added While the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating over the continental United States is dominating current headlines Beijing and Washington have a long history of spying on each other The US has used its own surveillance methods in China including flying aircraft over disputed islands claimed by Beijing using human sources and monitoring signal intercepts American officials have sought to distinguish US actions from what they say is more brazen spying carried out by China s government But Chinese officials say a similar thing repeatedly accusing the US of espionage Read more on the history of US China spying here The suspected Chinese spy balloon appears to be drifting further eastward in North Carolina and is now over Charlotte according to aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSOC CNN has reached out to the Charlotte mayor s office Saturday morning The suspected Chinese spy balloon was spotted in the sky over Asheville North Carolina Saturday morning according to video shared with CNN from Twitter The video was captured on Saturday morning at 8 40 a m ET Asheville area resident Kim Hixson told CNN CNN has reached out to both the Asheville mayor s office and North Carolina governor s office Saturday morning regarding the sighting The suspected Chinese spy balloon is expected to continue east and could leave the continental US Saturday morning based off a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather model The projection as of Friday night had the balloon moving off the coast near the Outer Banks Two US defense officials also told CNN the balloon was expected to reach the East Coast and then pass out to sea in the southeast near the Carolinas with one official saying it could exit the eastern seaboard on Saturday There has been no official word yet on any specific location of the balloon Saturday morning The NOAA weather model known as HYSPLIT is used to simulate the dispersion or trajectory of substances dispersed into the atmosphere It s provided analysts with insights on the balloon s expected movements based on its previous locations A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States has sparked national security concerns adding to already tense diplomatic relations US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has responded by postponing his highly anticipated trip to China saying Friday that the high altitude balloon entering US airspace had created the conditions that undermine the purpose of the trip Blinken dubbed it an irresponsible act China meanwhile denies the balloon is involved in any kind of espionage claiming it is a civilian airship used for research mainly meteorological purposes that has been blown off course US President Joe Biden has been constantly briefed throughout the day on the suspected Chinese spy balloon as it hovers over the US including calls with national security team officials according to a senior administration official The military options Biden asked for at the start have been maintained and updated as the situation has evolved the official said noting that no options had been taken off the table Why hasn t the US shot down the suspected spy balloon Biden and national security team officials have discussed options including shooting the balloon down the official said Earlier the military had advised against shooting down the balloon due to the risk of falling debris but the situation could change as the balloon moves towards the East Coast In terms of size Ryder had said the balloon is big enough that officials are worried about potential debris possibly hurting people on the ground if the US were to shoot it down Please enable JavaScript for a better experience Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
    Chinese spy balloon flying over the US
     Biden has been discussing options with military brass since first being briefed on the balloon Tuesday His advisers warned against shooting it down over land because debris could land on people or homes Evan Fisher a meteorology major at UNC Asheville saw the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon drift near the western North Carolina city this morning We were expecting it to move over the western North Carolina area between 2 a m and 6 a m but then to our surprise it didn t show up until after sunrise so I spotted it around 8 50 a m ET this morning in the southern skies of the south of Asheville he told CNN The balloon was much larger than I expected it to be he added While the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating over the continental United States is dominating current headlines Beijing and Washington have a long history of spying on each other The US has used its own surveillance methods in China including flying aircraft over disputed islands claimed by Beijing using human sources and monitoring signal intercepts American officials have sought to distinguish US actions from what they say is more brazen spying carried out by China s government But Chinese officials say a similar thing repeatedly accusing the US of espionage Read more on the history of US China spying here The suspected Chinese spy balloon appears to be drifting further eastward in North Carolina and is now over Charlotte according to aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSOC CNN has reached out to the Charlotte mayor s office Saturday morning The suspected Chinese spy balloon was spotted in the sky over Asheville North Carolina Saturday morning according to video shared with CNN from Twitter The video was captured on Saturday morning at 8 40 a m ET Asheville area resident Kim Hixson told CNN CNN has reached out to both the Asheville mayor s office and North Carolina governor s office Saturday morning regarding the sighting The suspected Chinese spy balloon is expected to continue east and could leave the continental US Saturday morning based off a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather model The projection as of Friday night had the balloon moving off the coast near the Outer Banks Two US defense officials also told CNN the balloon was expected to reach the East Coast and then pass out to sea in the southeast near the Carolinas with one official saying it could exit the eastern seaboard on Saturday There has been no official word yet on any specific location of the balloon Saturday morning The NOAA weather model known as HYSPLIT is used to simulate the dispersion or trajectory of substances dispersed into the atmosphere It s provided analysts with insights on the balloon s expected movements based on its previous locations A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States has sparked national security concerns adding to already tense diplomatic relations US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has responded by postponing his highly anticipated trip to China saying Friday that the high altitude balloon entering US airspace had created the conditions that undermine the purpose of the trip Blinken dubbed it an irresponsible act China meanwhile denies the balloon is involved in any kind of espionage claiming it is a civilian airship used for research mainly meteorological purposes that has been blown off course US President Joe Biden has been constantly briefed throughout the day on the suspected Chinese spy balloon as it hovers over the US including calls with national security team officials according to a senior administration official The military options Biden asked for at the start have been maintained and updated as the situation has evolved the official said noting that no options had been taken off the table Why hasn t the US shot down the suspected spy balloon Biden and national security team officials have discussed options including shooting the balloon down the official said Earlier the military had advised against shooting down the balloon due to the risk of falling debris but the situation could change as the balloon moves towards the East Coast In terms of size Ryder had said the balloon is big enough that officials are worried about potential debris possibly hurting people on the ground if the US were to shoot it down Please enable JavaScript for a better experience Credit cnn com You can read the original article here
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    Chinese spy balloon flying over the US

    Biden has been discussing options with military brass since first being briefed on the balloon Tuesday. His advisers warned against shooting it down over land because debris could land on people or homes.

    Evan Fisher, a meteorology major at UNC Asheville, saw the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon drift near the western North Carolina city this morning.

    "We were expecting it to move over the western North Carolina area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but then to our surprise, it didn't show up until after sunrise, so I spotted it around 8:50 (a.m. ET) this morning, in the southern skies of the south of Asheville," he told CNN.

    The balloon was "much larger than I expected it to be," he added.

    While the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating over the continental United States is dominating current headlines, Beijing and Washington have a long history of spying on each other.

    The US has used its own surveillance methods in China, including flying aircraft over disputed islands claimed by Beijing, using human sources and monitoring signal intercepts.

    American officials have sought to distinguish US actions from what they say is more brazen spying carried out by China's government. But Chinese officials say a similar thing – repeatedly accusing the US of espionage.

    Read more on the history of US-China spying here.

    The suspected Chinese spy balloon appears to be drifting further eastward in North Carolina and is now over Charlotte, according to aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSOC.

    CNN has reached out to the Charlotte mayor’s office Saturday morning.

    The suspected Chinese spy balloon was spotted in the sky over Asheville, North Carolina, Saturday morning, according to video shared with CNN from Twitter.

    The video was captured on Saturday morning at 8:40 a.m. ET, Asheville-area resident Kim Hixson told CNN.

    CNN has reached out to both the Asheville mayor’s office and North Carolina governor’s office Saturday morning regarding the sighting.

    The suspected Chinese spy balloon is expected to continue east and could leave the continental US Saturday morning, based off a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather model.

    The projection as of Friday night had the balloon moving off the coast near the Outer Banks.

    Two US defense officials also told CNN the balloon was expected to reach the East Coast and then pass out to sea in the southeast, near the Carolinas, with one official saying it could exit the eastern seaboard on Saturday.

    There has been no official word yet on any specific location of the balloon Saturday morning.

    The NOAA weather model known as HYSPLIT is used to simulate the dispersion or trajectory of substances dispersed into the atmosphere. It's provided analysts with insights on the balloon's expected movements, based on its previous locations.

    A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States has sparked national security concerns, adding to already tense diplomatic relations.

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has responded by postponing his highly anticipated trip to China, saying Friday that the high-altitude balloon entering US airspace had “created the conditions that undermine the purpose of the trip.”

    Blinken dubbed it an “irresponsible act." China, meanwhile, denies the balloon is involved in any kind of espionage, claiming it is a "civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes" that has been blown off course.

    US President Joe Biden has been constantly briefed throughout the day on the suspected Chinese spy balloon as it hovers over the US, including calls with national security team officials, according to a senior administration official.

    The military options Biden asked for at the start have been maintained and updated as the situation has evolved, the official said, noting that no options had been taken off the table.

    Why hasn't the US shot down the suspected spy balloon? Biden and national security team officials have discussed options including shooting the balloon down, the official said.

    Earlier, the military had advised against shooting down the balloon due to the risk of falling debris, but the situation could change as the balloon moves towards the East Coast.

    In terms of size, Ryder had said the balloon is big enough that officials are worried about potential debris possibly hurting people on the ground if the US were to shoot it down.

    Please enable JavaScript for a better experience.

    Credit: cnn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •   A California jury has ruled that Elon Musk is not liable for losses experienced by Tesla shareholders following his controversial funding secured tweet from 2018 The unanimous verdict announced Friday in US District Court ends a three week long trial over a class action shareholder lawsuit regarding the tweet in which the billionaire said that he was thinking about taking Tesla private for 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 a share and had funding secured Those two words resulted in the CEO having to forfeit his position as Tesla s executive chairman and pay millions of dollars in fines and legal fees Musk had spoken to executives of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund about the funding he would need to take Tesla private However it was anything but secured The plaintiffs several Tesla shareholders who alleged that they lost significant portions of their investments in the wake of the share price volatility following the tweet were seeking monetary damages from Musk Tesla and other Tesla directors in their lawsuit However the jury ruled that plaintiffs failed to prove any of their four claims against Musk and the other defendants Thank goodness the wisdom of the people has prevailed Musk tweeted after the verdict was announced I am deeply appreciative of the jury s unanimous finding Nicholas Porritt a lawyer representing the Tesla shareholders told CNN We are disappointed with the verdict and examining next steps Tesla shares initially climbed 11 on the day of Musk s original funding secured tweet but they never reached that promised 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 level reaching a high that day of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991387 46 And they soon fell well below their pre tweet price of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991344 hitting 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991263 24 a month later as it became clear that the funding was less than secure That prompted the shareholder suit that is just now reaching trial after more than four years A turn from losses to profits about a year after the tweet started Tesla shares on an extraordinary run gaining 1520 from the day of the tweet to its record high in November 2021 That record close of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991409 97 works out to 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 62599916 150 a share when adjusted for the two stock splits since that day Even with the 70 decline in Tesla shares from that all time high to Friday s close shares are still up 384 since the close on the day of the 2018 tweet Musk s tweet also prompted a civil suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission the federal agency charged with protecting investors by requiring executives to tell the truth It originally sought to strip him of his position as Tesla s CEO It eventually reached a settlement with Musk in which he and Tesla each agreed to pay 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 625999120 million in fines and Musk gave up his title as chairman of the company but retained the CEO title It also required that any tweet he sent out with material information about Tesla be reviewed in advance by other company executives The lead plaintiff in the shareholder lawsuit Glen Littleton testified last month that he lost more than 75 of his investments following Musk s funding secured tweet I wanted to ensure my livelihood This represented a threat to my livelihood he said of Tesla not in fact being taken private for 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 per share Musk in his testimony however argued that his tweets do not cause Tesla s stock price to move higher or lower The causal relationship is clearly not there simply because of a tweet Musk said Musk also argued that the character constraint of Twitter made it difficult to be as verbose as one might be in a formal financial filing which are detailed subject to regulations and vetted by financial disclosure experts Many Canadians have continued to see an increase in their rental rates in 2023 In an column on CTVNews ca personal finance contributor Christopher Liew explains how to calculate how much rent you can afford With the spring break travel season approaching those looking to flee the cold wet Canadian snow for sunnier skies will likely be met with a hefty price tag for their getaway with inflation and increased demand pushing costs up When selling a home Canadians may be exempted from paying capital gains tax on a residential property if it s their principal residence On CTVNews ca personal finance contributor Christopher Liew explains what s determined as a principal residence and what properties are eligible for the exemption The Bank of Canada hiked its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday bringing it to 4 5 per cent Here s a look at what the rate means how analysts are interpreting it and what it could mean for consumers The federal government s latest TFSA contribution limit increase took effect as of January 1 2023 Personal finance contributor Christopher Liew outlines how the government s most recent TFSA contribution limit increase affects you and how to make the most of it Finding an affordable place to live in the territories where housing has long been a challenge is getting even harder the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggested in a report released in December In Yellowknife the report said the growing senior population urbanization and strong labour market has pressured the housing supply Canada is suffering from a severe skills shortage in several key sectors experts say thanks to factors that include deficiencies in our education system as well as changing demographics CTVNews ca looks at some of the skills that will be most in demand in 2023 Bond portfolios took a beating in 2022 as interest rates climbed but experts say investors shouldn t neglect bonds this year as the Bank of Canada nears the end of its rate hike cycle Credit ctvnews ca You can read the original article here
    Elon Musk wins lawsuit over ‘funding secured’ tweet
      A California jury has ruled that Elon Musk is not liable for losses experienced by Tesla shareholders following his controversial funding secured tweet from 2018 The unanimous verdict announced Friday in US District Court ends a three week long trial over a class action shareholder lawsuit regarding the tweet in which the billionaire said that he was thinking about taking Tesla private for 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 a share and had funding secured Those two words resulted in the CEO having to forfeit his position as Tesla s executive chairman and pay millions of dollars in fines and legal fees Musk had spoken to executives of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund about the funding he would need to take Tesla private However it was anything but secured The plaintiffs several Tesla shareholders who alleged that they lost significant portions of their investments in the wake of the share price volatility following the tweet were seeking monetary damages from Musk Tesla and other Tesla directors in their lawsuit However the jury ruled that plaintiffs failed to prove any of their four claims against Musk and the other defendants Thank goodness the wisdom of the people has prevailed Musk tweeted after the verdict was announced I am deeply appreciative of the jury s unanimous finding Nicholas Porritt a lawyer representing the Tesla shareholders told CNN We are disappointed with the verdict and examining next steps Tesla shares initially climbed 11 on the day of Musk s original funding secured tweet but they never reached that promised 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 level reaching a high that day of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991387 46 And they soon fell well below their pre tweet price of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991344 hitting 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991263 24 a month later as it became clear that the funding was less than secure That prompted the shareholder suit that is just now reaching trial after more than four years A turn from losses to profits about a year after the tweet started Tesla shares on an extraordinary run gaining 1520 from the day of the tweet to its record high in November 2021 That record close of 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991409 97 works out to 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 62599916 150 a share when adjusted for the two stock splits since that day Even with the 70 decline in Tesla shares from that all time high to Friday s close shares are still up 384 since the close on the day of the 2018 tweet Musk s tweet also prompted a civil suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission the federal agency charged with protecting investors by requiring executives to tell the truth It originally sought to strip him of his position as Tesla s CEO It eventually reached a settlement with Musk in which he and Tesla each agreed to pay 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 625999120 million in fines and Musk gave up his title as chairman of the company but retained the CEO title It also required that any tweet he sent out with material information about Tesla be reviewed in advance by other company executives The lead plaintiff in the shareholder lawsuit Glen Littleton testified last month that he lost more than 75 of his investments following Musk s funding secured tweet I wanted to ensure my livelihood This represented a threat to my livelihood he said of Tesla not in fact being taken private for 1 Credit https www ctvnews ca business elon musk wins lawsuit over funding secured tweet 1 6259991420 per share Musk in his testimony however argued that his tweets do not cause Tesla s stock price to move higher or lower The causal relationship is clearly not there simply because of a tweet Musk said Musk also argued that the character constraint of Twitter made it difficult to be as verbose as one might be in a formal financial filing which are detailed subject to regulations and vetted by financial disclosure experts Many Canadians have continued to see an increase in their rental rates in 2023 In an column on CTVNews ca personal finance contributor Christopher Liew explains how to calculate how much rent you can afford With the spring break travel season approaching those looking to flee the cold wet Canadian snow for sunnier skies will likely be met with a hefty price tag for their getaway with inflation and increased demand pushing costs up When selling a home Canadians may be exempted from paying capital gains tax on a residential property if it s their principal residence On CTVNews ca personal finance contributor Christopher Liew explains what s determined as a principal residence and what properties are eligible for the exemption The Bank of Canada hiked its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday bringing it to 4 5 per cent Here s a look at what the rate means how analysts are interpreting it and what it could mean for consumers The federal government s latest TFSA contribution limit increase took effect as of January 1 2023 Personal finance contributor Christopher Liew outlines how the government s most recent TFSA contribution limit increase affects you and how to make the most of it Finding an affordable place to live in the territories where housing has long been a challenge is getting even harder the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggested in a report released in December In Yellowknife the report said the growing senior population urbanization and strong labour market has pressured the housing supply Canada is suffering from a severe skills shortage in several key sectors experts say thanks to factors that include deficiencies in our education system as well as changing demographics CTVNews ca looks at some of the skills that will be most in demand in 2023 Bond portfolios took a beating in 2022 as interest rates climbed but experts say investors shouldn t neglect bonds this year as the Bank of Canada nears the end of its rate hike cycle Credit ctvnews ca You can read the original article here
    Elon Musk wins lawsuit over ‘funding secured’ tweet
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    Elon Musk wins lawsuit over ‘funding secured’ tweet

    A California jury has ruled that Elon Musk is not liable for losses experienced by Tesla shareholders following his controversial "funding secured" tweet from 2018.

    The unanimous verdict, announced Friday in US District Court, ends a three-week long trial over a class-action shareholder lawsuit regarding the tweet, in which the billionaire said that he was thinking about taking Tesla private for $1

    Credit: https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/elon-musk-wins-lawsuit-over-funding-secured-tweet-1.6259991

    420 a share and had "funding secured." Those two words resulted in the CEO having to forfeit his position as Tesla's executive chairman and pay millions of dollars in fines and legal fees.

    Musk had spoken to executives of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund about the funding he would need to take Tesla private. However, it was anything but "secured."

    The plaintiffs — several Tesla shareholders who alleged that they lost significant portions of their investments in the wake of the share price volatility following the tweet — were seeking monetary damages from Musk, Tesla and other Tesla directors in their lawsuit.

    However, the jury ruled that plaintiffs failed to prove any of their four claims against Musk and the other defendants.

    "Thank goodness, the wisdom of the people has prevailed!" Musk tweeted after the verdict was announced. "I am deeply appreciative of the jury's unanimous finding."

    Nicholas Porritt, a lawyer representing the Tesla shareholders, told CNN: "We are disappointed with the verdict and examining next steps."

    Tesla shares initially climbed 11% on the day of Musk's original "funding secured" tweet, but they never reached that promised $1

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    420 level, reaching a high that day of $1

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    387.46. And they soon fell well below their pre-tweet price of $1

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    344, hitting $1

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    263.24 a month later, as it became clear that the funding was less than secure. That prompted the shareholder suit that is just now reaching trial after more than four years.

    A turn from losses to profits about a year after the tweet started Tesla shares on an extraordinary run, gaining 1520% from the day of the tweet to its record high in November 2021. That record close of $1

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    409.97 works out to $1

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    6,150 a share, when adjusted for the two stock splits since that day. Even with the 70% decline in Tesla shares from that all-time high to Friday's close, shares are still up 384% since the close on the day of the 2018 tweet.

    Musk's tweet also prompted a civil suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency charged with protecting investors by requiring executives to tell the truth. It originally sought to strip him of his position as Tesla's CEO. It eventually reached a settlement with Musk in which he and Tesla each agreed to pay $1

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    20 million in fines, and Musk gave up his title as chairman of the company but retained the CEO title. It also required that any tweet he sent out with material information about Tesla be reviewed in advance by other company executives.

    The lead plaintiff in the shareholder lawsuit, Glen Littleton, testified last month that he lost more than 75% of his investments following Musk's "funding secured" tweet.

    "I wanted to ensure my livelihood. This represented a threat to my livelihood," he said of Tesla not, in fact, being taken private for $1

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    420 per share.

    Musk in his testimony, however, argued that his tweets do not cause Tesla's stock price to move higher or lower.

    "The causal relationship is clearly not there simply because of a tweet," Musk said.

    Musk also argued that the character constraint of Twitter made it difficult to be as verbose as one might be in a formal financial filing, which are detailed, subject to regulations and vetted by financial disclosure experts.

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    With the spring break travel season approaching, those looking to flee the cold, wet Canadian snow for sunnier skies will likely be met with a hefty price tag for their getaway, with inflation and increased demand pushing costs up.

    When selling a home, Canadians may be exempted from paying capital gains tax on a residential property -- if it's their principal residence. On CTVNews.ca, personal finance contributor Christopher Liew explains what's determined as a principal residence, and what properties are eligible for the exemption.

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