Full steam ahead! Russian Navy gets new nuclear sub, warships, and Kalibr cruise missiles

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The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by commissioning a nuclear submarine, three new warships, two helicopters and a number of home-made Kalibr cruise missiles.

“The Navy took delivery of the repaired Project 667BDRM strategic underwater missile cruiser Tula, three warships and support vessels of the auxiliary fleet, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr tactical cruise missiles,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Wednesday.

First commissioned in late 1980s, Tula is a Delta IV class submarine capable of carrying 16 massive Sineva intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). With a range of over 11,000 kilometers (around 7,000 miles), the missile can deliver four nuclear warheads to its targets after being launched from Tula.

The Russian Navy has also accepted logistics support ship Elbrus built in Murmansk in northwest Russia and was looking forward to the delivery of another batch of seaborne Kalibr cruise missile, Borisov said.

Kalibr missiles are nuclear-capable and can also carry 500 kilograms (1,100 lbs) of conventional explosives in their warhead. Russian military sources say the conventionally armed version has a range of 2,500 km (1,600 miles) while a nuclear armed Kalibr has a greater range of 2,600 km.

Russia retains 2nd place in military-technical cooperation

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday that his country has remained world’s second in terms of military and technical cooperation despite being subjected to several rounds of sanctions by the US and the European Union.

“Despite the sanctions, the Industry and Trade Ministry and other our structures responsible for the development of the defense sector have managed to keep the high level of military and technical cooperation. We are still in the second place and are retaining this position, despite the illegal sanctions and unfair competition with us on the arms sale markets,” Rogozin said during a meeting of the Industry and Trade Ministry.

According to the vice-premier, the Russian military had fulfilled a record 97-98 percent of its state defense order, up from 80 percent last year.

In February, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would counter any instances of unfair competition in military and technical cooperation from the US and other powers.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, part of the hi-tech state corporation Rostec, said November last year that it had sold military hardware worth $140 billion over its 17 years of operation.

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Construction of Russia’s gas pipeline to Turkey going full steam ahead

“The sea part of the project has seen 220 kilometers of two lines of pipes being laid,” said Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller.

The Turkish Stream or TurkStream pipeline has been under construction since May this year. The pipeline will go from Russia’s Black Sea coast beneath the sea to Turkey, and extend to the border with Greece.

It will see two lines; the first will be for the Turkish market, the second for gas to the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe. Each line has a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters per year.

The length of the sea part of the pipeline will be about 910 kilometers and another 180 kilometers on land in Turkey.

For Turkey, natural gas is a principal energy source accounting for 38 percent of the country’s power needs and is used for heating and cooking in over of 12 million households.

According to Gazprom’s Miller, Russian deliveries account for 53 percent of Turkey’s domestic market without Turkish Stream, and the share will only grow in the future. For the Russian company, Turkey is the second largest market after Germany.

Miller added that the countries of South and South-Eastern Europe produce less and less natural gas, and will need to buy from Russia, as they would need to reduce coal’s share in electricity generation.

Gazprom claims there will be no serious impact on the environment, seabed geology, water quality and the habitat for marine life and sea birds as well as fisheries due to the TurkStream construction.

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Eurozone economy gains steam with lowest unemployment in decade

Eurozone GDP rose by 0.6 percent in the three months to June against the same period in 2016, in line with analysts’ expectations.

At the same time, a year-on-year growth jumped to 2.1 percent from 1.9 percent, marking the best level in five years.

In annualized terms, the eurozone economy accelerated by 2.3 percent in the second quarter after a two percent rise in the first three months of the year, according to Eurostat.

The agency figures showed unemployment across the bloc dropping to a nine-year low of 9.1 percent during the period.

The stronger state of the economy reportedly backs plans by the European Central Bank to start toughening monetary policy in the fall, despite annual inflation of 1.3 percent, which is below the ECB target of just under two percent.

“The ECB expects solid, broad-based growth in the period ahead, and it’s pretty likely this will happen. They will welcome these numbers, but the focus will be on core inflation – whether it picks up and how fast,” said Holger Sandte, chief European analyst at Nordea Markets in Copenhagen, as quoted by Bloomberg.

The agency will release updated estimates of eurozone GDP growth on August 16 with final data to come on September 7.

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White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steam

Under intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney turns over responsibilities for representing a senior official in the cross hairs of the criminal probe.

Ty Cobb, who has represented multiple figures in Washington scandals dating back to the Clinton administration, will be joining the White House staff at the end of this month as a special counsel to the president, charged with handling all legal and media-related issues relating to the Russia probe, sources said.

At the same time, Jamie Gorelick, a politically well-connected lawyer who has been representing Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is turning over all responsibilities for the Russia investigation to Abbe Lowell, another well-known Washington criminal defense lawyer.

Gorelick, for the time being, will continue to represent Kushner on issues relating to ethics and his security clearance form, the sources said. But Lowell, a skilled litigator who has represented clients ranging from former Sen. John Edwards to corrupt Washington fixer Jack Abramoff, will exclusively represent Kushner in inquires being conducted by congressional committees and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Gorelick said the move was prompted by the fact that Mueller had been a partner at her law firm, Wilmer Hale, and brought three other partners with him to conduct the Russia investigation.

“As we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel’s Office, we advised Mr. Kushner to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel. As a result of this process, Mr. Kushner decided that Mr. Lowell would represent him in the Russia-related inquiries. We have been working to transition that matter to Mr. Lowell’s team. We continue to work on the matters for which we were originally retained, with regard to ethics compliance and related issues,” she said in an emailed statement released after Yahoo News first reported the move.

The legal moves come as the White House legal team is facing mounting criticism over allegations it has badly mishandled the president’s defense. Yahoo News reported Thursday night that Marc Kasowitz, the president’s chief outside lawyer, was informed in June about the existence of emails showing the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, hoping to receive “incriminating” information and documents about Hillary Clinton that had reputedly been assembled by the Russian government.

Whether Kasowitz or other members of the president’s defense team informed their client about the emails is not known; Trump told reporters this week he only learned about the meeting “two or three days ago.” But Richard Painter, the former top ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, said it was “unbelievable” that the president’s lawyers would not have alerted President Trump to the matter when they learned about them. “You have a professional obligation to inform the client about information that he needs to make informed decisions,” he said.

There have been other stumbles by Kasowitz. On Thursday, he apologized for sending obscenity-laced and menacing emails to a stranger who had urged him to quit representing Trump. (Kasowitz, through a spokesman, said he regretted the emails, explaining they had “come at the end of a very long day.”)

And, after publicly vowing to file legal complaints against former FBI Director James Comey with the Justice Department inspector general, Kasowitz later dropped the matter “out of deference to Mueller to let him do his job,” Yahoo News reported last month.

Cobb, who is distantly related to the Hall of Fame baseball player of the same name, declined to comment about his new role. But he is known to take a different approach to Washington scandal management than the combative Kasowitz. His preferred modus operandi, he has told associates, is to get out in front of negative stories and publicly release as much information as possible under the theory that it’s likely to come out anyway and concealing it will only exacerbate future political problems.

Unlike Kasowitz and two other outside defense lawyers representing the president, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, Cobb will be joining the White House staff. But he won’t be reporting to Don McGahn, the White House counsel. Instead, he will serve as “special counsel” to Trump himself, making him the point man in the ongoing struggle to persuade the president not to tweet about matters that could complicate his legal problems in the Russia probe.

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The sources say Gorelick’s time as Kushner’s chief lawyer were numbered once Lowell came on board as a member of his legal team more than a month ago. It would be highly unusual for two such prominent lawyers from different firms to share responsibilities in a sensitive criminal investigation.

Gorelick was always in an awkward role as Kushner’s counsel. She is a prominent Democrat in Washington legal circles, having served as chief counsel to the Defense Department and later deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration. She had faced quiet criticism from longtime friends and colleagues for being associated with the legal defense of a top official in the Trump White House. But sources familiar with the matter said that Gorelick’s departure was largely driven by the appointment of Mueller, who had been a partner in Gorelick’s firm, Wilmer Hale, to serve as special counsel. At that point, Gorelick informed Kushner that conflict-of-interest issues could arise over her representation, including the possibility that Mueller might be motivated to be tougher on Kushner — leaning over backward to avoid the appearance of going easy on him out of deference to his former law partner. After weighing the issues, Kushner chose to hire Lowell as his lawyer in the Russia probe.

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This $850 Gadget Will Perfectly Steam And Fold Your Laundry In Less Than A Minute

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Is your clean laundry piling up? Don’t despair. A relatively new invention dubbed “Your laundry folding friend,” or Foldimate, uses a conveyer belt, an adjustable tray and several robotic arms to expertly fold clothes in under one minute.

Says the Foldimate website:

“FoldiMate is a robotic clothes and laundry folding machine, the only way it knows to fold is like an expert. Every time. FoldiMate Family, our home targeted robotic laundry folder, will quickly become a must have in every household around the world.”

32 inches tall, 28 inches wide and 65 pounds, Foldimate fits in most laundry rooms and can be easily wheeled to other locations. According to the Daily Mail, the invention was designed to sit on top of the washer, dryer or a sturdy table. An array of buttons can be pushed to instruct the machine on what type(s) of garments need to be folded.  

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“We developed a patented robotic method to fold clothes that reduces the machine size by a 1/3rd or less, while keeping the target price point affordable to consumers and businesses alike (less than 1/5th of our direct competitor’s price),” explained the company.

Reportedly, it takes about 10 seconds to fold most items and an extra 20 to 30 to steam wrinkles out. On average, the rack can hold about 15 to 20 pieces at a time. Unfortunately, towels, undergarments and socks cannot yet be folded by the Foldimate.

The machine initially went on the market in 2014. In 2016, however, the company designed a more family friendly version. If you’d like to invest in a Foldimate, they are presently being sold for $700 to $850.

Image Credit: Foldimate.com

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