The US Is Leaving Syria. Russia Is Moving In. | Defense One


The Russian military announced Tuesday that its troops are patrolling the Syrian-Turkey border town of Manbij, immediately backfilling a vacuum left by U.S. troops who departed on Monday.

Russian military police were patrolling “along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, and are “interacting” with Turkey, which last week launched a ground and air assault on U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.

A spokesman for the U.S. counter-ISIS coalition confirmed Tuesday morning that all American troops have left Manbij.

Source: The US Is Leaving Syria. Russia Is Moving In. – Defense One

Weapons Makers Unveil A Herd of Robotanks— As the Army Worries about Battlefield Bandwidth | Defense One


The show floor of the country’s biggest land-warfare convention was crowded with robot tanks this week, roughly two years after the U.S. Army’s declaration that its core 5-year priorities include a new combat vehicle.

Among them, and with the greatest fanfare, Textron unveiled its Ripsaw, a 10-ton, 20-foot electrically-powered treaded minitank that can carry a small aerial drone on its back and can pop a smaller ground robot out of a front compartment.

But companies from South Korea and Germany brought their own robo-battle machines to flaunt. Army leaders say that they’ve also been experimenting with battle concepts that combine soldiers, unmanned tanks, and small UAVs.

They’re also worried about getting all of those systems to link up and share massive amounts of data.

Source: Weapons Makers Unveil A Herd of Robotanks— As the Army Worries about Battlefield Bandwidth – Defense One

Majority of Investors Believe Elizabeth Warren Will Win Democratic Nomination, Bank Survey Shows | Fortune


An Evercore ISI survey on Tuesday — more than three months before the Iowa caucuses in February — found 70% of investors believe Senator Elizabeth Warren will win the Democratic party’s nomination for president.

Other campaigns will have a “job to do” in slowing the senator’s momentum, starting with Tuesday night’s debate, analyst Sarah Bianchi wrote in a note.

Source: Majority of Investors Believe Elizabeth Warren Will Win Democratic Nomination, Bank Survey Shows | Fortune

Warren takes fire from rivals on cost of ‘Medicare for All’ | TheHill

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took fire from her Democratic rivals in Tuesday night’s debate over her “Medicare for All” proposal and her refusal to explicitly say whether middle class taxes will increase.

Warren, who has surged in recent weeks into a leading position in many polls, did not directly answer a question about whether middle class taxes would go up to pay for her Medicare for All plan, reiterating her stance that total costs for the middle class would go down once the elimination of premiums and deductibles is taken into account.

Source: Warren takes fire from rivals on cost of ‘Medicare for All’ | TheHill

October Democratic Debate Recap: Top 11 Biggest Takeaways | Time


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was already heading into the fall campaign season with a tailwind, had a strong night at the October Democratic primary debate, emerging as the de facto front runner on the debate stage.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both of whom had been battling for prominence in the crowded field, also turned in strong performances, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had been absent from the limelight since his heart attack, came back swinging.

Here are the top 11 takeaways from the Democrats’ fourth primary debate.

Source: October Democratic Debate Recap: Top 11 Biggest Takeaways | Time

Free college won’t be enough to prepare Americans for the future of work


As the Democratic presidential candidates gather in Westerville, Ohio for the fourth primary debate on Tuesday, they would do well to acknowledge the growing public concern about the “future of work.”

As a Midwestern swing state that has an intimate history with displacement and its consequences, Ohio is a fitting place for candidates to offer more robust solutions to issues such as automation and artificial intelligence, which will likely have disproportionate impacts on certain American communities and populations, including places like Westerville.

The candidates have not been completely silent on these issues. Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg have elevated the potential problems of digital transformation and its tendency to exacerbate inequality.

However, their policy solutions—a universal basic income and enhancing the bargaining power of gig workers, respectively—fail to tackle the mass redeployment of labor from one set of skill demands to another, while minimizing harm and displacement.

Other candidates—Julián Castro, Beto O’Rourke, and Tulsi Gabbard—have referenced a general need to invest more in workforce programs and retraining, but the debate about skills and education has, strangely, not gone much deeper than that.

Source: Free college won’t be enough to prepare Americans for the future of work

Trump’s Syria withdrawal is a boon for ISIS — and a nightmare for Europe


With the surprise withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria and the subsequent — and immediate — commencement of Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces, chaos has ensued. Kurdish forces are claiming that hundreds of ISIS prisoners have escaped at the Ain Issa detention facility while fighting raged nearby, while two officials told the New York Times that the U.S. military had failed to secure 60 or so high-value detainees before its forces departed.

President Donald Trump, however, has assured Americans that his new approach would not prove a threat to the U.S. homeland, saying, “They’re going to be escaping to Europe.”

Europeans, to be sure, will not find this reassuring.

Source: Trump’s Syria withdrawal is a boon for ISIS — and a nightmare for Europe

Democratic debate winners: voters, campaigns, and democracy


Preceding the Democratic debates in Ohio were a host of complaints and barbs about the Democratic field. ‘There are too many debates,’ some say. ‘Twelve candidates on stage is too crowded’ became a media narrative. And while the Democratic debates have been imperfect, for sure, their absence would be devastating for the Democratic Party.

That’s because criticism of ideas is essential to strengthening the policies of the candidates. Pushing candidates—of either party and for any office—to think about their proposals in terms of actual effect, viability, and detail is critical to improving American public policy. At the heart of many of the punches landed among the candidates was a genuine critique of ideas.

Source: Democratic debate winners: voters, campaigns, and democracy

Undercover entrepreneurs: fearful Mexican tech startups shun spotlight | Reuters

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In Mexico’s burgeoning startup scene, publicity is the last thing many entrepreneurs want.

Unlike plenty of their P.R.-hungry counterparts in Silicon Valley, Mexican startup founders often decline media interviews, avoid public announcements and suppress details of financial success.

One big reason: they do not want to attract criminals.

Source: Undercover entrepreneurs: fearful Mexican tech startups shun spotlight – Reuters

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ about untrackable China ships carrying Iran oil: officials | Reuters


The White House is warning Chinese shipping companies against turning off their ships’ transponders to hide Iranian oil shipments in violation of U.S. sanctions, two senior administration officials said.

“We’ve been messaging very heavily to the shipping companies, you don’t want to do this, it’s not worth it,” said one official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. “It’s incredibly dangerous and irresponsible behavior.”

China is the largest remaining buyer of Iranian oil after U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Tehran’s main export. Trump tightened U.S. sanctions in May in an effort to drive Iran’s oil sales to zero.

Source: U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ about untrackable China ships carrying Iran oil: officials – Reuters