F-16 Pilot Parachutes Out Of Crash
A DC Air National Guard pilot is lucky to be alive following a F-16 fighter jet crash this morning. The pilot was able to parachute out right before the jet went down in the Clinton, Maryland area, not far from Joint Base Andrews. The pilot suffered only minor injuries, and there wasn’t much damage on the ground from the crash. Officials say the jet just missed a group of homes that sits off Temple Hill Road. The pilot from the 113th Wing was on a training mission when it happened. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Trump: I Carry Responsibility To Respond To Chemical Attack
President Trump says he proudly carries the responsibility to respond to the deadly chemical attack in Syria. Appearing at a news conference with Jordanian King Abdullah the Second, Trump says the attack crossed “many lines” for him. He claims his attitude toward Syria and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has changed and that the attack is unacceptable. Trump refused to say what action he might take against the Syrians, replying only that “you will see.” Trump said the loss of innocent lives, especially those of women and small children, had a big impact on him.
Trump Removes Bannon From National Security Council
Steve Bannon is no longer a member of the National Security Council. President Trump removed his chief strategist during a reorganization of the NSC today. Trump has also downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will now be in charge of setting agendas for meetings of the NSC or Homeland Security Council. Bannon’s removal also means that National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, will again be regulars at the NSC’s principals committee. Bloomberg reports Bannon’s name had been removed from a Tuesday filing in the federal registry.
Ferguson Re-Elects Mayor James Knowles
Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles will remain on the job after fending off a challenge from Ella Jones, a city council member seeking to become the town’s first black mayor. Knowles, who is white, led the city through riots and months of protests over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. It will be his third term in office. The officer who killed Brown was later cleared but the Justice Department found that the city’s police and courts had disproportionately targeted black residents.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.