May 04

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After the leaks showed what it stands for, this could be the end for TTIP (The Independent):

The documents show that US corporations will be granted unprecedented powers over any new public health or safety regulations to be introduced in future. If any European government does dare to bring in laws to raise social or environmental standards, TTIP will grant US investors the right to sue for loss of profits

Today’s shock leak of the text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) marks the beginning of the end for the hated EU-US trade deal, and a key moment in the Brexit debate. The unelected negotiators have kept the talks going until now by means of a fanatical level of secrecy, with threats of criminal prosecution for anyone divulging the treaty’s contents.

Now, for the first time, the people of Europe can see for themselves what the European Commission has been doing under cover of darkness – and it is not pretty. Continue reading »

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May 04

Watch Ron Paul Destroy the Two-Party System on Live TV:

San Diego, CA — Longtime congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul made it clear in a recent interview on CNN that he will vote 3rd party if the presidential race comes down to Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton.

Though Paul didn’t specify which candidate he would vote for, he did say Libertarian or Independent party candidates are a possibility. Paul also said he couldn’t support Ted Cruz, who has since dropped out of the race, because he’s a “theocrat” who wants to rule with religion. Paul didn’t comment on his specific reasons for not supporting Clinton, but one can speculate the fiercely anti-war Paul opposes her militaristic tendencies.

Then Paul went even further, saying both the Republican and Democratic parties — from Reagan to Obama — are controlled by the “Deep State” and powerful special interests. Watch the interview below:

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May 04

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Donald Trump compares the US’s trade deficit with China to RAPE and promises to ‘turn it around’:

Donald Trump used the word ‘rape’ to describe America’s trade deficit with China during a rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Sunday night.

The Republican frontrunner, who has lashed out at ‘politically correct’ speech in the past, told supporters: ‘We cannot continue to allow China to rape our country. And that’s what they’re doing.’


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China Warns ‘Will Respond To Trump Presidency’:

Speaking through its mouthpiece Global Times, China has published its first reaction to “unpredictable” Trump’s position as presumptive Republican nominee and their expectations of a Trump vs Clinton fight for The White House

The GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a sweeping victory in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, dealing a heavy blow to his rival Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the race later that night. Trump cleared his way to the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidential election. Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus declared Trump to be the party’s “presumptive” presidential nominee and called for unity against Hillary Clinton. Continue reading »

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May 04

Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. We have done so to provide much needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US.

Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.

You can download all the documents below, as a whole and per chapter. For more background info on the content of these documents and TTIP in general, please check here. Press contacts can be found here.

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May 04

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Obama Chugs A Glass Of Flint Water, Says It Is “Drinkable”:

Earlier today, Obama landed in Flint, Michigan, his first visit to the city since its contaminated drinking water crisis began two years ago. Air Force One landed at Bishop International Airport and Gov. Rick Snyder was among the officials waiting on the tarmac to greet the president.

With him, Obama brought a message of hope to residents of Flint, Michigan: a promise for change after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water. Continue reading »

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May 04

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Breaking down Warren Buffett’s rosy outlook for America:

There’s something about being insanely rich that people will believe every word that comes out of your mouth no matter how bizarre.

And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. Warren Buffett is an even better example.

As one of the richest men in the world, Buffett’s opinions carry almost Biblical impact, even when they might be completely ridiculous. Continue reading »

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May 04

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Watch Live: John Kasich Announces End Of His Presidential Campaign:

It’s all over but the press conference (and perhaps elbowing his wife in the face). Watch John Kasich announce he is taking the exterminaTed way out, and also suspending his presidential campaign one day after Ted Cruz did the same, and leaving Donald Trump the official GOP candidate.

Update: as expected, Kasich’s announcement will be that he is indeed suspending his campaign, and with that Trump is the official presidential candidate of the Republican party.

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It appears that less than one day after Ted Cruz announced he is quitting the race, the last hurdle to Donald Trump becoming the official GOP candidate instead of just the “presumptive” one, is about to fall: according to CNN’s Phil Mattingly the republican challenger has just cancelled a press conference in Virginia and will make a statement in Ohio this afternoon at 5pm. We assume it is to announce he too is withdrawing from the race.

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May 04

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EliminaTED: Cruz Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Leaving Trump Republican Presidential Candidate:

As Politico reports,

Ted Cruz is quitting the presidential race, according to campaign manager Jeff Roe, ending one of the best-organized campaigns of 2016 after a series of stinging defeats left Donald Trump as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright.

Cruz had appeared likely to go all the way to the Republican convention, but a string of massive losses in the Northeast, and his subsequent defeat in Indiana, appear to have convinced him there’s no way forward.

His wife bore th3 brunt of his frustration… Continue reading »

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May 04

“I Don’t Know How To Explain It” – Confused Clinton Can’t Explain Own Comments To Coal-Miner:

When politicians say things, many people just ignore them and move on. However, as Hillary Clinton recently found out, words do have meaning, and some people don’t take kindly to loose rhetoric when it comes to how they provide for their families.

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said with a smile “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners, and coal companies out of business.

Bo Copely, a 39 year old father who recently lost his job, reminded Hillary as he fought back tears that not everyone lives in a world that’s rainbows and skittles. Sometimes people actually have to work for a living, and when politicians say and do things to generate a good laugh from their well-off inner circle, it can directly impact many hard working people.

“When you make comments like ‘we’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs’ these are the kind of people that you’re affecting, this is my family. I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs, and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend.

Hillary’s response: Continue reading »

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May 04

Over 2,500 Georgia children tested positive for lead poisoning last year

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May 04

H/t reader squodgy:

“Well we can safely say at least one U.S. Judge is an absolute idiot.”

Let’s hope he is the only one.

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Judge Orders Mother’s Child To Be Snatched Because She Believes In “Chemtrails”:

Editor’s Note: Whether you believe in the chemtrail conspiracy to poison our skies or not, Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars highlights the dangerous precedent being set in courtrooms across America. If you go against established lines of thinking or question the official narratives, you are now a danger to those around you, including your children. 

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A judge in Colorado ordered a mother’s child to be removed from her custody because the mother’s interest in “chemtrails” was a “fringe subculture” and represented a threat to her daughter.

Boulder Judge Dolores Mallard told Becca Vandb that her interest in the chemtrail conspiracy – which holds that some contrails emitted by commercial and military aircraft are in fact part of clandestine geoengineering programs – was a radical view because “99% of people would know those are just contrails.” Continue reading »

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May 04

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“Extremely Dangerous” IED Found Under Bridge In Texas:

In recent weeks ISIS has been become far more brazen in its threats against US targets, and just last week released out a “hit list” which allegedly had the personal details of 3,600 New Yorkers whom it “wanted dead.” And while it is unknown if there is a terrorist link, the threat may have hit closer to home for residents in Rosebud, Texas when the McLennan County Sheriff’s office and a bomb squad used a water cannon to breach a suspicious device found under a bridge Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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May 04

NATO Okays Israel Office in Its Brussels Headquarters After Turkey Lifts Veto:

After years of delays, Israel may open offices in its Brussels headquarters, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization advised Jerusalem on Tuesday, and may complete the process of credentials for its representatives, the Foreign Ministry stated.

The move was enabled after Turkey rescinded the veto it had imposed in recent years on any Israeli activity with NATO, a top official in Jerusalem said.

Israel is not a member of NATO but is a country with which the international alliance has close ties. According to NATO’s rules for collaborating with unaffiliated countries, unanimous consent of the member nations is necessary. Continue reading »

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May 03

Trump Crushes Cruz With Critical Win In Indiana Primary; Sanders Takes Lead Over Hillary

Live stream from the Donald Trump victory press conference:

Update 2: In a stunning development, Bernie Sanders has taken the lead over Hillary Clinton, as Hillary’s original lead of some 4% has evaporated, and with 33% of votes counted, Bernie Sanders now leads 51.6% to 48.4%.

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Moments ago, Trump was declared the winner of the Indiana Primary; Hillary’s lead over Sanders is about 3% and declining, which is why the networks refuse to call her victory yet.

With the polls in eastern Indiana closed (the last polls in the western part of the state are open until 7pm Eastern), the first results come in, and in early counting of the available votes, Trump has a daunting 53% lead over Cruz’s 33% and Kasich at 11%, while Hillary leads Bernie Sanders 58% to 43%.

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If Trump’s 50%+ lead remains largely unchallenged, it is difficult to see how the New York real estate billionaire will fail to accumulate the required threshold of votes before the Republican convention in July.

Developing Continue reading »

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May 03

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Ted Cruz Explodes In Epic Anti-Trump Rant: “He Is Utterly Amoral, Narcissist, Philandering, Pathological Liar”:

The pressure of tonight’s “must-win” Indiana primary appears to have gotten to Ted Cruz who one week after being hailed as Lucifer and a “son of a bitch” by John Boehner, exploded in an epic anti-Trump rant of his own, calling the republican frontrunner “an utterly amoral, narcissist,” a “serial philanderer” and a “pathological liar.”

As The Hill adds, Cruz prefaced his comments by saying that for the first time, he wanted to say exactly what he though of Trump after the GOP frontrunner suggested his father might have had something to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

“I’m going to do something I haven’t done the entire campaign. I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology text book, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying.” Continue reading »

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May 03

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Obamacare To Unveil “Price Shock” One Week Before The Elections:

The writing was on the wall long before the largest US insurer, UnitedHealth, decided to pull the plug on Obamacare in mid April.  Then, just a week later, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable.

“I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but they didn’t expect this much red ink,” said Greg Scott, who oversees Deloitte’s health plans practice. “… A number of carriers need double-digit increases.”

It gets better. Continue reading »

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May 03

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“The TTIP Is Doomed” – France Threatens To Reject Obama’s Huge Transatlantic Trade Deal:

Following this weekend’s leak by Greenpeace demonstrating not only that the TTIP is driven entirely by narrow corporate interests, but that Obama is openly willing to reneg on his pro-environment agenda just to pass the Transatlantic Treaty at any cost, the blowback arrived earlier today when France became the first major European nation which threatened to reject the huge free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, because according to AP it’s too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.Continue reading »

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May 03

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20 tasings in 30 mins: No charges for Virginia police officers over man’s death in handcuffs:

Prosecutors in Virginia will not charge police officers in South Boston for their part in the death of a man who was shot with a taser 20 times in 30 minutes while handcuffed in police custody, according to a new report.

Linwood Lambert was pronounced dead about an hour after he was taken into police custody in South Boston, Virginia, on May 4, 2013, following reports of a noise disturbance at a motel. Police decided to take Lambert, who later admitted he had used cocaine, to a nearby hospital, telling him they were not taking him to jail. When Lambert became agitated and ran out of the police squad car toward the hospital, police subsequently tased him repeatedly despite his pleas for them to stop.

Lambert died after about 87 seconds, total, of tasing by the officers, who acted in violation of the South Boston Police Department’s guidelines for taser-use given Lambert was handcuffed the entire time. Continue reading »

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May 03

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Drones will stay in the air for weeks, track whole populations – Snowden:

Solar-powered drones will stay in the air for weeks tracking the movements not just of individuals, but whole populations, Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, wrote in an article published Tuesday.

Making drones more persistent is a capability which the US has “been pursuing forever,” Snowden wrote in The Intercept.

“The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, smartphone, and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route,” he explained. Continue reading »

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May 03

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First US Soldier In Iraq Killed By Islamic State During “Enemy Fire”:

US “boots on the ground” on Iraq have just suffered their first casualty.

Moments ago US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Islamic State killed the first U.S. serviceman in Iraq who was aiding Kurdish fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, RT reports. A statement from the US-led forces in Iraq added the fatality was “a result of enemy fire.” “It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss,” Carter told reporters at a press conference in Germany. Continue reading »

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May 03

From the article:

“A military draft is one of — if not the — worst violations of individual rights committed by modern governments. The draft can also facilitate the growth of the warfare state by lowing the cost of militarism. All those who value peace, prosperity, and liberty must place opposition to the draft at the top of their agenda.”


Drafting Women Means Equality In Slavery:

By Ron Paul

Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to register with Selective Service. This means that if Congress ever brings back the draft, women will be forcibly sent to war. Continue reading »

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May 02

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Trump’s Take On Close Encounters With Russian Fighter Jets: “At A Certain Point You Gotta Shoot”:

Now that there have been at least four documented close encounters between Russian fight jets and US ships and/or spy planes (including two barrel rolls) in the past two weeks, each of which has taken place in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders (or above Russian naval bases), there have been two recurring questions: i) why does the US continue provoking Russia with its “fly-by” attempts, well aware what the Russian response would be and ii) if one simply ignores who was the instigator, why has Obama not contacted Putin to at least express indignation at these interceptions. Continue reading »

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May 02

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Washington Brings Regime Change To Venezuela — Paul Craig Roberts:

By Paul Craig Roberts

According to President Obama, the world’s only superpower, the unipower, the exceptional country is threatened by small Venezuela in South America !

In an executive order last year, renewed this year, President Obama declared Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordrinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” and declared a “national emergency” to counter the “Venezuelan threat”
( http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/03/03/obama-extends-order-declaring-venezuela-national-security-threat/ ).

This manufactured “extraordinary threat” serves as the Obama regime’s excuse for overthrowing President Maduro in Venezuela. It is a Washington tradition to overthrow elected Latin American governments that try to represent the interest of the people, and not the interest of US corporations and banks. Continue reading »

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May 02

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The Obamacare Health Care Gold Rush is Bankrupting America:

Our health care system is going to implode under its own weight. National Health Expenditures are approaching 20 percent of gross domestic product — a figure that is expected to about double over the next half century. Obamacare didn’t start the process, but it’s expediting the job started when Kaiser Shipyards requested permission during World War II to offer health coverage as a fringe benefit. This was further exacerbated in 1965 by the poorly-designed entitlement programs Medicare and Medicaid that are now draining the Treasury.

Just look at the evidence. Health care is unaffordable for most Americans. To have any hope of affording even minor medical procedures, Americans rely on health insurance or public coverage to pay much of the cost. About 88 percent of medical bills are paid for by an entity other than the patient. As a result, health insurance has also become unaffordable. The average employer plan costs American families $17,545 per year. A Bronze plan from the exchange for the average middle-age family costs $12,000 per year with combined annual deductibles of $8,000 to $13,000. Provider networks are so narrow that any major procedure is surely to result in out-of-network charges that can be astronomical. Continue reading »

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May 02

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Trump Leads Clinton 41% to 39% in Latest Rasmussen Survey:

Liberty Blitzkrieg readers won’t be the least bit surprised that Donald Trump continues to gain ground against Hillary Clinton in general election polling. As I recently wrote in the piece, Could Trump Beat Clinton in New York? Yes:

I continue to see Hillary Clinton as one of the most overrated political figures in American history, and Donald Trump as one of the most underrated. This is why I think “the experts” are wrong about the outcome of a potential Clinton vs. Trump showdown in the general election. Continue reading »

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May 02

TPP & TTIP Harmful, Economic Studies Find:

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

Presently, three supposed ‘trade’ deals are being proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, to be signed by major trading nations (except Russia, China, and the other BRICS nations): TPP with Asia, TTIP with Europe, and also (but only for financial and other services) TISA with Europe. The promised benefits in all three cases are said to be economic.

Three independent economic studies have been done, two of Obama’s TTIP treaty with Europe, and one of his TPP treaty with Asia, and all three independent economic analyses find that the publics in each participating country will suffer, and that the owners of international corporations (especially in the U.S.) will benefit, if the proposed ‘trade’ deal goes into effect. Continue reading »

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May 02

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Dis-May-Day – Bonds Down, Dollar Down, Oil Down, Gold Down, Economy Down… Stocks Up

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May 02

Caught On Tape: Raw Footage Shows The Moment A Missile Hits Aleppo Hospital:

Sadly, a typical consequence of war is that innocent “collateral damage” lives are lost. The civil war in Syria is no different, as over the past week four medical facilities were hit with missiles from fighter jets taking out their targets from the skies, pushing the civilian death toll even higher.

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One of the targets that got hit last week (during a truce nonetheless) was a pediatric hospital in Aleppo that was supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Red Cross. Recovered cctv footage captures the moments before, during, and after the hospital took a direct hit. Continue reading »

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May 01

“If This Goes Well, I’ll Use It At Goldman Sachs Next Year” – Obama Mocks Everyone At His Final “Nerd Prom”:

In his final address to the White House correspondents dinner also known as “nerd prom”, Obama embraced his last chance at a snarky, hyperbolic, comic monologue and used the stage to unleash a series of one-liners at 2016 presidential candidates in both parties, the media and his own career as president.

“It is an honor to be here at my last, and perhaps the last, White House Correspondents’ dinner,” he said as he took the podium. “You all look great. The end of the Republic has never looked better. Next year at this time someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be,” Obama said.

At the end, Obama literally dropped the mic at the event where politicians, journalists, media moguls, Capitol Hill power brokers, Hollywood stars and even dogs (those belonging to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher) gathered.

Obama didn’t spare his former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, quipping, “If this material goes well, I’m going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans.Continue reading »

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May 01

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Five of six F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during testing because of software glitches but the Air Force still plans to declare the aircraft combat-ready this year:

Out of the six Air Force F-35 fighter jets, only one was able to successfully take off during a recent exercise that left the other five grounded due to ‘immature systems and software’.

The F-35s, which are the world’s most sophisticated and most expensive warplanes, were being tested for readiness but only one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin planes was able to boot its software and get itself airborne, according to Flight Global. Continue reading »

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