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This day in Naval History
Sept. 11
1814—During the Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough anchors his ships in a position that the British squadron attacks head on, using only a few guns at a time. The British squadron is defeated, ending the final invasion of the British in the northern states. USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), a guided missile cruiser, is named after the famous battle.
1942—Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B. Lipes performs an emergency appendectomy on Seaman 1st Class Darrell D. Rector on board USS Seadragon (SS 194) on patrol in the South China Sea.
1943—During the Salerno, Italy operations, USS Savannah (CL 42) is hit by a German guided bomb. The explosion kills nearly 200 of her crew, but she remains under her own power to return to the U.S. for repairs.
1944—USS Albacore (SS 218) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser (Cha 165) off Kyushu, Japan, while USS Finback (SS 230) sinks Japanese army cargo ship, Hassho Maru, and merchant cargo ship, No. 2, Hakuun Maru, north of Chichi Jima. Also on this date, USS Pargo (SS 264) sinks Japanese auxiliary netlayer, Hinoki Maru, in Java Sea.
1982—USS Michigan (SSGN 727) is commissioned at Groton, CT. The second Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine, it is the third Navy vessel to honor the State of Michigan.
2001—American Airlines Flight 77 is hijacked by terrorists and hits the Pentagon, causing 184 fatalities. Specific to DON, the fatalities are: 33 military personnel, six civilians, and three contractors. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 hit the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, New York City. United Airlines Flight 93 goes down in Shanksville, PA, after passengers engage the hijackers.
2010—USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) is christened and launched and now operated by the Military Sealift Command. The dry cargo/ammunition ship provides ammunition, food, repair parts, stores and small quantities of fuel for the U.S. Marine Corps. The ship is named for Capt. Washington Chambers, a pioneer in US naval aviation.
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National news headlines continue to be dominated with reports on Hurricane Florence. As the storm nears category 5 strength, more than one million people face mandatory evacuation orders in the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia where Florence could deliver winds late Wednesday. Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of Norfolk-based U.S. Fleet Forces, ordered all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Eastern Seaboard reports Navy Times. "Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway," said Grady. Navy Times also reports that Lt. Cmdr. Michael Tremel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at the Tailhook Association's annual convention for becoming the first American pilot to shot down an enemy plane since 1999. Additionally, USNI News reports that the first F-35Bs in U.S. 5th Fleet aboard the USS Essex, marking the first time the F-35B has been deployed in the Middle East.
 
Today in History
September 11
1297
Scots under William Wallace defeat the English at Stirling Bridge.
1695
Imperial troops under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks at the Battle of Zenta.
1709
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, wins the bloodiest battle of the 18th century at great cost, against the French at Malplaquet.
1740
The first mention of an African American doctor or dentist in the colonies is made in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
1777
General George Washington and his troops are defeated by the British under General Sir William Howe at the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania.
1786
The Convention of Annapolis opens with the aim of revising the Articles of Confederation.
1802
Piedmont, Italy, is annexed by France.
1814
U.S. forces led by Thomas Macdonough route the British fleet on Lake Champlain.
1847
Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna" is first performed in a saloon in Pittsburgh.
1850
Soprano opera singer Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," makes her American debut at New York's Castle Garden Theater.
1864
A 10-day truce is declared between generals William Sherman and John Hood so civilians may leave Atlanta, Georgia.
1857
Indians incited by Mormon John D. Lee kill 120 California-bound settlers in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
1904
The battleship Connecticut, launched in New York, introduces a new era in naval construction.
1916
The "Star Spangled Banner" is sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, New York.
1944
American troops enter Luxembourg.
1962
Thurgood Marshall is appointed a judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
1965
The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) arrives in South Vietnam and is stationed at An Khe.
1974
Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.
2001
In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, is crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers.
2005
Israel completes its unilateral disengagement of all Israeli civilians and military from the Gaza Strip.
2007
Russia detonates a nano-bomb; dubbed the "Father of All Bombs," it is the largest non-nuclear weapon developed to date.
2012
US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
 
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Attack on America
At 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.
The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America's support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the U.S. in the months before September 11 and acted as the "muscle" in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming the ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.
As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.
Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries, many severe.
Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that "I know we're all going to die. There's three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey." Another passenger–Todd Beamer–was heard saying "Are you guys ready? Let's roll" over an open line. Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were "Everyone's running to first class. I've got to go. Bye."
The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.
At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared: "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."
Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden's terrorist network based there, began on October 7, 2001. Bin Laden was killed during a raid of his compound in Pakistan by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.
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Thanks to Tom
The Escaping  MiG-25  FOXBAT's Pair Of Jet Fueled Engines Were Burning Keosene Much Faster Than Soviet Fighter Pilot Belenko Had Carefully Calculated
42 Years Ago This Week  . . 
 
    Do you recall . . the daring defection of a Soviet MiG-25 pilot escaping Siberia while flying a highly-secret, supersonic MACH 3 + jet fighter nicknamed . .  F-O-X-B-A-T ?
 
    Hmmm . . my USAF 55H Pilot Training Class Cuban roommate . . Martin Klein . . was shot down . .  then smack-ed his MiG-21 jet fighter . . into that 97 mile chunk of ocean between Havana, and Key West . . killed by MiG-21 fighter pilots loyal to Fidel Castro . . secretly ' hanging up there ' at 50M . .
 
 https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Belenko_70.jpg
 
just waiting to ' pounce on ' then wipe out any plane or boat trying to . . ' run for it.' 
     
     During a September afternoon, over the Sea of Japan up next to Japan's northern island of Hokkaido . . Viktor Belenko's MiG-25  Foxbat 's jet fuel was vanishing much faster than the fleeing Soviet [ Ukrainian] pilot had calculated . . as he pressed his supersonic Russian fighter under the overcast . . before leveling off soccer field's
length above gray black swells.
 
    Belenko hauled the heavy control stick hard left . . to immediately correct the other way in a skidding bank just missing a fishing vessel's hull . . right in his face . . appearing out of the misty afternoon's ' goop. '

    Absolutely noticed by startled and stunned Japanese boat fishermen . . Belenko's wide white vapor trails spiraled from the MiG-25's angular wingtips . . in a quickie rudder-assisted turn . . nearly carving the tops of the cross-hatch swell  system.
 
    It had quickly become the second Japanese fishing boat Belenko was forced to bank hard and away to avoid . .
as surrounding Zero visibility small rain squalls marched into his path.

    Each nano-second, the Foxbat's powerful engines quaffed down enormous amounts of jet fuel. The super- sonic fighter was not designed to extensively fly low and subsonic.  It was a ' high altitude hunter '. . designed
to kill the extinct B-70 Mach 3 super-bomber SAC Gen'l LeMay had sidelined as . . extremely non-stealth vulner-able.
     The Ukrainian born Belenko was trying to join up with Japanese Self-Defense Force Phantom fighters . . no
no doubt were in the air to intercept and either shoot him down. Or hopefully lead him to nearby Chitose Air Base to safely land.

Assuming his jet fuel held out.

But the Japanese Phantoms didn't show up.
 
    So, he hauled the Foxbat's stick back into his lap . . and forced the huge, boxy jet fighter . . to claw back up through the same thick clouds in a last angry climb . . to face death . . just a handful of fuel-starvation minutes away.

    Looking down thorough a break between massive clouds . . he saw a northern Japanese city . .  and spotted its airport . . it offered a 6,000 feet of asphalt. Not enough runway for his MiG-25 . . but Belenko's brain let him know he had the flying skills and confidence to ' make an ' eyes wide open ' forced landing work out.'

   Against air traffic . . on his final approach . . he nearly collided head-on with a 727 airliner. But the intentional near miss was better than ' punching out ' . . and lose his high value bargaining chip : the top-secret  MACH 3 FOXBAT. 
 
    Belenko's landing wasn't pretty . . as he manhandled it down . . stuck on the asphalt . . but he was going too fast . .  not thinking about the FOXBAT's drag chutes . . he really got on the brakes . . to crash it a little bit . . just beyond the runway's end.  

    Climbing out of jet, and he unholstered his pistol . . fired it in the air . . as curious Japanese motorists stopped
 to excitedly click away with their ever-present cameras.  Nearly all of  them ' ran for it.'  Although many of them continued capturing the Foxbat's high-value images . . as they ' peeped' from behind their vehicles in the ever-increasingly traffic jam.
  
    It was the biggest thing to ever occur in my 15 year old model airplane builders's young life . . jumped on my bike . . peddled as fast as I could . . to a nearby hobby shop to consult with its owner/friend. 
 
    Over and over again, we poured over the grainy, brand-new news photos of the most exotic highest flying . . fastest, most secretive fighter plane on Earth . . that had just fallen into ' our ' hands of American intelligence.
 
    Flight Lieutenant Viktor Ivanovich Belenko, an elite Soviet Air Defense Forces, had defected with the most secret operational combat aircraft of the era.  Quickly the Foxbat . . had been repaired . . prepped and  ' Chuck ' Yeager was about to fly it.
 
     The captured MiG-25's aftermath influenced future military aircraft design and dispelled perceived myths about the Soviet Union's technical sophistication.  It was a significant tear in the tapestry of the Iron Curtain
. . a loose thread that became longer and longer.   
 
     Russians hardened their attitudes about Belenko betraying his mother land . . much like many American's case-hardened Jane Fonda's negative image.  And many Russians still hate Viktor Belenko's guts for stealing mother Russia's most prized combat aircraft.  

    But now attitudes are confused because Viktor Belenko was not a Russian.  He was Ukrainian. And recently
Russia attacked the Ukraine to steal back Crimea's World Class seaport in Ukraine's Crimea.] And extreme Negative emotions feelings are running high against the Russians.
 
    In the U.S.  secret CIA espionage' units have been quietly ' capturing  ' and  flying around in Russian MiGs
and Sukhois for decades.  But Belenko's gift of the Foxbat, led the CIA to an enormous intelligence coup of soph-isticated but also some laughingly unsophisticated technical data.

     Personally, Belenko entered a netherworld.  While U.S. President Gerald Ford granted Belenko asylum in the U.S. and the CIA paid his bills and built a life for him as a pilot and consultant . . neither side could fully trust the man.

     In 1995, he visited the Ukraine several years after the fall of the Soviet Union . . then safely returned to the U.S. where he lives anonymously . . occasionally ' taking off on fishing trips ' with test pilot and fighter Ace
General Chuck Yeager.
 
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    Viktor Belenko has adapted well to daily life . . got married . . flew for the U.S. military now enjoys retirement our culture [ Ed. perhaps in north central U.S. . .
that could easily be a Milwaukee bar's # 1 favorite Miller High Life beer sign above
Viktor's shoulder.] 

Sources : David Cenciotti and others [ abridged ]
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Thanks to Carl
Alcohol and Cancer Risk - Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Health, Fitness and Nutrition
 
(More info here: http://www.drmirkin.com/search  Glad I became health conscious and discovered this many years ago!)
 
The studies listed above and many more show that no amount of alcohol is "safe" or beneficial. Whatever you decide about your own consumption of alcohol, do not base your decision on bad information from the alcoholic beverage industry.
 
 
Alcohol and Cancer Risk
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thanks to Tam - 
 
 
 
The Starr Report that brought Bill Clinton to a House impeachment vote...which the Deep State SenTors refused to vote upon!
Tam
 
 
1998: 20 years since 'the other 9/11'
 
Exclusive: Joseph Farah reminds younger readers of what happened 3 years before attacks
 
Joseph Farah 
About | Email | Archive Joseph Farah is founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND. He is the author or co-author of 13 books that have sold more than 5 million copies, including his latest, "The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age." His upcoming book, "The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament" is set for official release in September. Before launching WND as the first independent online news outlet in 1997, he served as editor in chief of major market dailies including the legendary Sacramento Union.
Published: 4 hours ago
BETWEEN THE LINES
 
WASHINGTON – No one was killed in a surprise attack on America 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 1998, yet the country was rocked by the events that transpired that Friday morning.
 
Three years before four airliners hijacked by jihadists would crash into New York's Twin Towers, the icon of financial prominence, the Pentagon, the symbol of military power, and an obscure field in Pennsylvania – all told resulting in the deaths of nearly 2,000 Americans and setting the country on a course of decades of costly wars and economic and social calamity – the U.S. faced a political and cultural crisis of a different kind.
 
It was "the other 9/11" – the day America lost its innocence.
 
It was the day Congress released "the Starr Report," which included 11 possible "high crimes and misdemeanors" and setting off a chain of events that would lead to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton just three months later.
 
There was no Facebook or Twitter back then. "Google" hadn't yet become a verb meaning to search the internet. Yet, somehow Americans got the news breaking too fast for even 24-hour cable news to digest. There were no "blogs" let alone a "blogosphere." There was the DrudgeReport, which played such a critical role in the unfolding national melodrama, WorldNetDaily, the first independent, alternative online news-gathering enterprise, later to become known as WND, and the palace guard known pretty much known as the rest of the media.
 
Clinton's presidency would survive when the Republican Senate refused to hold a real trial, let alone convict on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. But America would never again be satisfied being spoon-fed the news in quite the same way. The seismic political after-effects were felt in the presidential election of 2016 and are still reverberating today with another controversial special counsel investigation of another president.
 
Back then, before the "#MeToo" movement, the lives of women like 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Paul Jones, Juanita Broadrick, Kathleen Willey and dozens of others, were dismissed by the political and media establishments, as well as first lady Hillary Clinton, as little more than political "collateral damage."
 
Within two days of this other 9/11, 20 million people had read the 455-page report, with more held back only by overloaded servers.
 
Still, what we euphemistically call "the mainstream media" would not report the details of President Clinton's sexual escapades in the White House nor the cover-up that led to the first perjury and obstruction charges against a sitting U.S. president since the 19th century.
 
To this day, Monica Lewinsky, now 42, refuses to talk about her experiences of that time in any detail, last week walking off the set of a Jerusalem event hearkening back to that traumatic time for her and the nation.
 
Almost forgotten in the events of that "other 9/11" is Clinton's White House breakfast with religious leaders in which he claimed to have "a broken spirit."
 
"I have been on quite a journey these last few weeks to get to the end of this, to the rock-bottom truth of where I am," Clinton said. "I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned. It is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know that the sorrow I feel is genuine. First and most important, my family, my friends, my staff, my Cabinet, Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people. I have asked all for their forgiveness."
 
He went on to say: "I have repented. I must have God's help to be the person that I want to be – a willingness to give the very forgiveness I seek, a renunciation of the pride and the anger, which cloud judgment, lead people to excuse and compare and to blame and complain." He would not step down, though. Instead he offered to seek "pastoral" counseling while instructing his attorneys "to mount a vigorous defense using all available, appropriate arguments."
 
An entire generation understandably recalls few of the details of what actually transpired in those momentous and historical days 20 years ago. Perhaps the best account can be found in former House impeachment manager James Rogan's comprehensive book, "Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment."
 
 
thanks to Tam - 
The Starr Report that brought Bill Clinton to a House impeachment vote...which the Deep State SenTors refused to vote upon!
Tam
1998: 20 years since 'the other 9/11'
Exclusive: Joseph Farah reminds younger readers of what happened 3 years before attacks
Joseph Farah 
About | Email | Archive Joseph Farah is founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND. He is the author or co-author of 13 books that have sold more than 5 million copies, including his latest, "The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians, and the End of the Age." His upcoming book, "The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament" is set for official release in September. Before launching WND as the first independent online news outlet in 1997, he served as editor in chief of major market dailies including the legendary Sacramento Union.
Published: 4 hours ago
BETWEEN THE LINES
 
WASHINGTON – No one was killed in a surprise attack on America 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 1998, yet the country was rocked by the events that transpired that Friday morning.
 
Three years before four airliners hijacked by jihadists would crash into New York's Twin Towers, the icon of financial prominence, the Pentagon, the symbol of military power, and an obscure field in Pennsylvania – all told resulting in the deaths of nearly 2,000 Americans and setting the country on a course of decades of costly wars and economic and social calamity – the U.S. faced a political and cultural crisis of a different kind.
 
It was "the other 9/11" – the day America lost its innocence.
 
It was the day Congress released "the Starr Report," which included 11 possible "high crimes and misdemeanors" and setting off a chain of events that would lead to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton just three months later.
 
There was no Facebook or Twitter back then. "Google" hadn't yet become a verb meaning to search the internet. Yet, somehow Americans got the news breaking too fast for even 24-hour cable news to digest. There were no "blogs" let alone a "blogosphere." There was the DrudgeReport, which played such a critical role in the unfolding national melodrama, WorldNetDaily, the first independent, alternative online news-gathering enterprise, later to become known as WND, and the palace guard known pretty much known as the rest of the media.
 
Clinton's presidency would survive when the Republican Senate refused to hold a real trial, let alone convict on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. But America would never again be satisfied being spoon-fed the news in quite the same way. The seismic political after-effects were felt in the presidential election of 2016 and are still reverberating today with another controversial special counsel investigation of another president.
 
Back then, before the "#MeToo" movement, the lives of women like 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Paul Jones, Juanita Broadrick, Kathleen Willey and dozens of others, were dismissed by the political and media establishments, as well as first lady Hillary Clinton, as little more than political "collateral damage."
 
Within two days of this other 9/11, 20 million people had read the 455-page report, with more held back only by overloaded servers.
 
Still, what we euphemistically call "the mainstream media" would not report the details of President Clinton's sexual escapades in the White House nor the cover-up that led to the first perjury and obstruction charges against a sitting U.S. president since the 19th century.
 
To this day, Monica Lewinsky, now 42, refuses to talk about her experiences of that time in any detail, last week walking off the set of a Jerusalem event hearkening back to that traumatic time for her and the nation.
 
Almost forgotten in the events of that "other 9/11" is Clinton's White House breakfast with religious leaders in which he claimed to have "a broken spirit."
 
"I have been on quite a journey these last few weeks to get to the end of this, to the rock-bottom truth of where I am," Clinton said. "I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned. It is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know that the sorrow I feel is genuine. First and most important, my family, my friends, my staff, my Cabinet, Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people. I have asked all for their forgiveness."
 
He went on to say: "I have repented. I must have God's help to be the person that I want to be – a willingness to give the very forgiveness I seek, a renunciation of the pride and the anger, which cloud judgment, lead people to excuse and compare and to blame and complain." He would not step down, though. Instead he offered to seek "pastoral" counseling while instructing his attorneys "to mount a vigorous defense using all available, appropriate arguments."
 
An entire generation understandably recalls few of the details of what actually transpired in those momentous and historical days 20 years ago. Perhaps the best account can be found in former House impeachment manager James Rogan's comprehensive book, "Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment."
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/11/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS DOZENS IN ATTACK ON PROTEST (SEP 11/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least 30 people have been killed and 57 injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Tuesday, the attacker detonated his explosive device near a protest in the Mohmand Dara district, which lies between the city of Jalalabad and Pakistan, said the governor.   The provincial public health directorate confirmed 30 fatalities. The deputy chief of the provincial council said more than 50 people were killed.   The demonstrators were calling for the dismissal of Bilal Pacha, a local police commander.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The Taliban denied involvement, reported the Voice of America News.   Both the Taliban and ISIS are active in the area.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/11/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN FORMING DELEGATION FOR TALKS WITH U.S. (SEP 11/REU)  REUTERS -- The Taliban is preparing for peace talks with the United States, reports Reuters.   Taliban leaders have been discussing the makeup of the delegation to represent the group, as well as the agenda, said two anonymous officials.   The Taliban delegation will include three or four members, said the officials. It will be led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, who is the head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar.   Negotiations could touch on a possible prisoner swap. If the talks go well, further meetings might follow.   Talks between the Taliban and a U.S. State Dept. official were held in Doha in July, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time.   Washington has expressed interest in talks to end the 17-year war.   Meanwhile, the U.S. has stepped up airstrikes and training of the Afghan military, while the Taliban has escalated attacks to increase pressure on the government in Kabul.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/11/2018 COLOMBIA - REBEL LEADER KILLED IN MILITARY OP NEAR TUMACO (SEP 11/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- A dissident leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has been killed in a military operation in southwestern Colombia, reports Deutsche Welle.   Victor David Segura, who refused to sign onto a 2016 peace agreement with Bogota, and his sister Carmen were reportedly killed near Tumaco on Saturday.   According to security forces, Segura and his sister led a group of about 120 former FARC militants. A US$50,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his capture.   The group has been accused of murders, kidnappings, extortion payments, drug-trafficking, illegal mining and other crimes in southwestern Colombia.   Segura's group had been fighting with other dissidents led by Walter Arizala. Both groups were believed to have links to the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa drug cartels in Mexico.   The Tumaco jungle region near the border with Ecuador is home to nearly 516,000 acres (209,000 hectares) of coca leaf plantations. Armed groups continue to fight to control drug-trafficking routes to the Pacific Ocean
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/11/2018 NIGERIA - ARMY RETAKES CONTROL OF NORTHEASTERN TOWN FROM BOKO HARAM AFTER FIERCE FIGHTING (SEP 11/TIMES L)  THE TIMES (LONDON) -- The Nigerian army has regained control of a town in northeastern Nigeria after it was captured by Boko Haram militants, reports the Times of London.   On Friday, the militants launched an attack against a military base in Gudumbali, a remote village in Borno state, and set fire to several buildings, said local sources.   At least eight civilians were reportedly killed in the fighting and thousands displaced. The army denied that there were casualties, reported Sahara Reporters (New York).   Witnesses said the battle lasted for about 12 hours, reported the Daily Post (Nigeria).   Troops in the area have regrouped and additional forces have been deployed to the region, said an army spokesman on Sunday.   The attack, the first major seizure of a town in nearly two years, raises concerns that Boko Haram has strengthened its forces in the region
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/11/2018 NORTH KOREA - KIM SEEKS ANOTHER MEETING WITH TRUMP AMID STALLED DIPLOMACY (SEP 11/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The White House says it's working on a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday that President Trump had received a letter from Kim requesting the meeting.   The letter was "very warm" and "very positive" and evidence of progress in the relationship between the leaders, she said.   Trump touted his first meeting in June with Kim as a success, saying that the leaders agreed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Intelligence estimates since then have indicated that work on nuclear-capable weapons continues, while negotiations have floundered.   Pyongyang uses a different meaning of denuclearization than Washington, further complicating talks, said analysts.   North Korea argues that the U.S. needs to make the next concession and sign a declaration of its intent to formally end the Korean War.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/11/2018 RUSSIA - MOSCOW KICKS OFF LARGEST WAR GAMES SINCE SOVIET ERA (SEP 11/TASS)  TASS -- Russia has launched its largest military exercises since 1981, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The Vostok 2018 drills began on Tuesday in Russia's Eastern Military District, said the ministry of defense.   About 300,000 Russian troops, and more than 1,000 aircraft are participating exercises, along with up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles and 80 ships and supply vessels.   Some analysts have questioned the quality of some of this equipment, noting that some platforms may be close to obsolete.   Other analysts have cast doubt on the number of personnel taking part. The Russian General staff typically inflates the number of troops participating in its drills, reported the Voice of America News. Different methodologies also result in different numbers, experts said.   About 3,200 Chinese troops, 900 weapons platforms and 30 planes are taking part, marking the first time a country outside of the former Soviet republics has been invited to Russia's annual strategic exercises, reported the Wall Street Journal.   Mongolian troops are also participating, reported CNN.   The Chinese troops will come from the Northern Theater Command, based in Shandong province.   Chinese commanders will study Russian plans for large-scale conflict and how it handles logistics for such a large force.   Compared to NATO exercises, the Chinese and Russian troops typically fight side-by-side, rather than as an integrated force.   The Vostok exercise is designed to evaluate Russia's ability to conduct large-scale conflict, including potential nuclear components, experts said. It tests the Russian political military network, including mobilization, dealing with reserves and assessing the reaction of civil-military authorities in a major conflict.   The Vostok 2018 drills are the largest since the Zapad (West) drills in 1981, noted Tass. Those drills simulated an invasion of Gdansk, Poland, then the center of a pro-western protest movement.   The exercise is scheduled to conclude on Sept. 17
Item Number:16 Date: 09/11/2018 VIETNAM - MORE THAN US$1 BILLION WORTH OF WEAPONS ORDERED FROM RUSSIA (SEP 11/TASS)  TASS -- The Vietnamese government has ordered weapons and military services worth more than US$1 billion from Russia, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The announcement followed a meeting between Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 6.   Details of the arms purchase were not disclosed.   Vietnam previously purchased six Hanoi-class attack submarines, several warships, fighter jets and other military equipment from Russia, its largest weapons supplier, noted Reuters.
 
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