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U.S. denies claims it was behind drone attack over Kremlin



The accusation came from Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

Russia claims that the United States was behind what it says was a drone attack on the Kremlin that aimed to kill President Vladimir Putin.

That accusation came from Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Thursday who said, without providing any evidence, that Ukraine had carried out the alleged drone strike acting on orders from Washington.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby called that claim “ludicrous.”

“The United States has nothing to do with it. We don’t even know exactly what happened here, but I can assure you the United States had no role in it whatsoever,” Kirby said.

Footage from Wednesday shows what appears to be a flying object nearing the domed roof of the Kremlin before exploding.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv did not target Putin and denied involvement.

But Wednesday’s alleged strike isn’t the first time suspected Ukrainian drones have hit targets deep inside Russia.

“It’s technically possible,” Samuel Bendett from the Centre for a New American Security said.

“If it was, in fact, a Ukrainian drone that was able to penetrate all the way into the Kremlin speaks volumes about the strengths and the gaps and the problems within the air defence and electronic warfare defences if, in fact, they failed to stop this drone.”

Next week, Moscow is set to hold a massive Victory Day parade, a Soviet-era military display commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Were Ukraine able to hit the Kremlin in the run-up, it could send a powerful message.

“It’s interesting that the Ukrainians have probably been trying to do this for many, many months at this point – to strike out at a critical strategic target, not from a military standpoint. This isn’t going to win the war, but from a messaging standpoint that Russia can’t just go on attacking Ukrainian cities and not suffer some sort of blowback or some sort of consequence,” Alexander Vindman from Johns Hopkins University said.

Before dawn on Thursday, Russia fired two dozen combat drones at Ukraine. Kyiv’s air defences claimed to have shot down 18 of 24 drones fired at the capital.

There were no reports of any casualties.

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Understanding the “very serious threat of military aggression” from dictatorships



The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks of autocratic states

U.S. President Joe Biden has not minced his words since he took office.

The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks autocratic states pose to Washington.

From Russia staging a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, to China’s Xi Jinping winning an historic third term as leader, autocratic states are able to make quick decisions.

But Washington has sought to change that narrative by holding regional dialogues with Pacific Island nations, and African leaders.

The U.S. is also increasing its security and defence in the wake of this perceived threat.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised aim at the U.S. and its NATO allies for escalating tensions when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

It’s become a proxy war between two great superpowers.

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Why are Hollywood writers walking off the job?



Writers in Hollywood and New York are on strike

Thousands of film and television writers are making their voices heard and pounding the pavement over a labor dispute.

The writers are on strike demanding better working conditions like pay increases in pay and residuals so they can stay in this industry.

Writers in Hollywood and New York are marching in picket lines looking to flex their muscles in an attempt to send a message to producers that they are not happy with what’s being offered.

The Writer’s Guild strike marks their first in 15-years and has sent Hollywood into turmoil, disrupting production.

The walkout comes as traditional TV audiences continue to shrink and the industry grapples with how to transition to the ever-growing popularity of streaming.

After failing to reach an agreement with studios like Netflix and Disney—the Writer’s Guild of America said its leadership unanimously supported a strike.

Seth Schachner from StratAmericas joins us to discuss. #stirke #hollywoodstrike #writers #tv #streaming

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Debt limit dispute: Will America default?



Can U.S. lawmakers agree on the debt limit before the fast approaching deadline to avoid default?

The executive branch and Congress are trying to strike a deal about the debt limit as the country marches closer to defaulting.

But can President Joe Biden and Republicans come to an agreement on fiscal policy in time?

The federal government could run out of money as early as June 1. Without borrowing more there is a risk that the United States will begin defaulting on its financial obligations.

Negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden at the White House continue as lawmakers are staring down a swiftly approaching deadline.

The Treasury has been warning that the government would likely default on some bills in June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions. But Republicans say President Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While both sides have agreed that action is needed to reduce the deficit—each have extremely different ideas about how to do it.

Republicans are looking to cut spending levels, while Democrats have called to increase tax revenue from the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

So, can Washington D.C. politicians broker a deal and prevent the American economy from falling off a cliff?

Mitch Roschelle, Managing Director at Madison Ventures and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Business joined us to discuss. #U.S. Politics #Mitch Roschelle #debt ceiling #Capitol Hill #Washington D.C.

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