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We Need to Talk About Putin and Putin v the People review – a gut-level patriot

Putin has convinced many Russians that he has raised their country from its knees. But for how much longer, ask these two books, by Mark Galeotti and by Samuel A Greene and Graeme B RobertsonOne of the silver linings running through the dark clouds of their history is that Russians have developed a strong line in subversive political humour. In one joke that has recently been doing the rounds, Putin asks Stalin: “Why is everything here so bad? What should I do?” “Execute the entire government an...
Tags: Politics books, Books, Culture, Foreign policy, Politics, Russia, Europe, World news, Vladimir Putin


Mueller report details the evolution of Russia’s troll farm as it began targeting US politics

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released the long-anticipated Mueller report. With it comes a useful overview of how Russia leveraged U.S.-based social media platforms to achieve its political ends. While we’ve yet to find too much in the heavily redacted text that we didn’t already know, Mueller does recap efforts undertaken by Russia’s mysterious Internet Research Agency or “IRA” to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The...
Tags: Government, TC, Brad Parscale, Hillary Clinton, Instagram, Internet Research Agency, Politics, Presidential Election, Republican Party, Russia, Russian election interference, Social Media Platforms, United States, William Barr


Did President Trump Obstruct Justice? That’s a Tricky Question

Did Donald Trump obstruct justice? The president’s critics say that he did. The attorney general and deputy attorney general say he did not. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team was reportedly split on the question. And legal experts say it’s not an easy call either way. There’s little question about some of the basic facts: Trump…
Tags: News, Justice, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Impeachment, Onetime


Nations Express Solidarity With France After Notre Dame Blaze

PARIS (AP) — Nations expressed solidarity with France after the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral and offered their support for the recovery. Monday’s fire collapsed the spire and burned through the roof of the 12th-century building, sparking an outpouring of grief and reminiscing of visits to the Parisian landmark. President Donald Trump called the cathedral “one of the great treasures of the world.” Pope Francis, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lithuanian...
Tags: New York, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, France, Russia, Fire, Barack Obama, European Union, Ap, Vienna, Paris, Pope Francis, Poland, Michelle Obama, Manhattan


Trump Unleashes Inferno Of Tweets As Clock Counts Down To Mueller Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president isn’t waiting. As Washington counts down the final hours until publication of the redacted special counsel report — now expected Thursday — Donald Trump stepped up his attacks in an effort to undermine potential disclosures on Russia, his 2016 campaign and the aftermath. He unleashed a series of tweets Monday focusing on the previously released summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions — including a crucial one on obstruction of justice that Trump...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Russia, Ap, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, House, Fox News, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Clinton, Page, Trump


U.S. agency submits uranium import probe to White House

The U.S. Commerce Department has submitted to the White House the results of a national security investigation into uranium imports, a spokesman for the department said on Monday. The "Section 232" probe was prompted by a petition filed by two U.S. uranium mining companies, Ur-Energy Inc and Energy Fuels Inc, complaining that subsidized foreign competitors, including Russia and Kazakhstan, have caused them to cut capacity and lay off workers. The Commerce Department declined to discuss the rec...
Tags: Science, White House, Russia, Kazakhstan, Commerce Department, U S Commerce Department, Energy Fuels Inc, Ur Energy Inc


Redacted Trump-Russia report now expected on Thursday

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and JONATHAN LEMIRE WASHINGTON — The Justice Department expects to make a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation public Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said Monday. The redacted report would be sent to Congress and also made available to the public, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. As Washington counted down until the release, President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks in an eleventh-hour effort to undermine the report’s finding...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Clinton, Page, Trump, Mueller


Why Isn’t Assange Charged with ‘Collusion with Russia’?

Prior to the publication of the stolen Democratic-party emails and internal documents, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks exhorted Russian government hackers to send them “new material.”That is what we are told by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian intelligence officers. (I won’t offend anyone by calling them “spies” — after all, they were just doing electronic surveillance authorized by their government, right?) Assange wanted the Russians to rest assured that giving “new material...
Tags: London, News, Putin, Obama, Congress, White House, Russia, Dnc, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, Moscow, Cia, Julian Assange, Kremlin, Wikileaks


Ex-Obama WH Counsel Greg Craig Pleads Not Guilty

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation spun off from the Russia probe. Craig entered the plea Friday in federal court in Washington a day after he was accused of hiding the details of his work for the Ukrainian government from the Justice Department. The 74-year-old denies the charges and says the prosecution against him is “unprecedented and unjustified.” T...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, White House, Russia, Justice Department, Craig, Trump, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Yulia Tymoshenko, Paul Manafort, David Taintor, Russia Probe


Ex-Obama WH counsel charged with lying in lobbying probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has been indicted on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe. Craig was charged Thursday in a two-count indictment that accuses him of willfully concealing material facts from the Justice Department about […]
Tags: Business, News, Obama, Washington, White House, Russia, Ap, Nation, Justice Department, Craig, Greg Craig


Ex-Obama White House counsel caught in Mueller dragnet

A prominent Washington attorney who worked in Barack Obama's White House on Thursday became the first Democrat to face charges from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling. Greg Craig, 74, was charged with lying to investigators about his lobbying for the Russia-backed government of Ukraine, part of an operation that has already seen charges against three others, including President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Russia, Barack Obama, Ukraine, Donald Trump, Mueller, Obama White House, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller


Ex-Obama White House counsel charged with lying in lobbying probe

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY WASHINGTON  — Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe. Craig, 74, was charged in a two-count indictment that accuses him of willfully concealing material facts from the Justice Department about work he performed for the Ukrainian government. The indictment, announced by the U.S. attorney for the D...
Tags: Business, New York, News, Obama, Washington, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, Ukraine, Soccer, United States, Associated Press, North Carolina, District Of Columbia


Julian Assange: the wedge that created a divide among Trump loyalists

The far right see him as a persecuted hero while conservatives portray him as a Kremlin accompliceJulian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Photograph: RMV/REX/ShutterstockThe charges that led to Julian Assange’s arrest have nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election or the Mueller investigation into Donald Trump’s Russian ties, but the extradition case and Assange’s possible arrival in the US will be electrified by all those unresolved is...
Tags: Facebook, London, News, Obama, Washington, Nsa, Senate, Virginia, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Dnc, Cnn, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea


Ex-Obama WH counsel charged with lying in lobbying probe

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe.
Tags: Obama, White House, Russia, Greg Craig


Gregory Craig: former White House counsel for Obama indicted – live

Craig indicted for allegedly making false statements to MuellerTop Democrats reiterate demand for unredacted Mueller report Sanders raises $18.2m in three months, leaping ahead of competitorsSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 8.28pm BST Pete Buttigieg has come third in a poll of likely Iowa Democratic voters – ahead of more vaunted figures including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.In a Monmouth University poll Buttigieg was the choice of 9% of likely cauc...
Tags: South Korea, Obama, North Korea, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Ukraine, Asia Pacific, US politics, New Hampshire, New York Times, Iowa


Feds Charge Greg Craig, Former Obama Lawyer Tied to Manafort Ukraine Report

Mark Wilson/GettyFederal prosecutors have charged President Obama’s former White House counsel with making false statements in connection with his role in disseminating a report commissioned by Paul Manafort. Prosecutors allege that as an attorney in private practice, Greg Craig lied to officials at the Foreign Agents Registration Act unit after the Justice Department launched an investigation into Paul Manafort’s illegal lobbying on behalf of his pro-Russian clients in Ukraine. The charges, spu...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, White House, Virginia, Russia, Cyprus, Ukraine, United States, New York Times, Brussels, Mark Wilson, Times, Justice Department, Craig, U S Treasury


Greg Craig, Onetime White House Counsel, Charged In Ukraine Case

The well-known D.C. lawyer stepped down from a powerful law firm that has been ensnared in the Russia investigation over failure to disclose work for a foreign client as required by an obscure law.(Image credit: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Ukraine, Greg Craig Onetime


Julian Assange Dragged Out of Ecuadorian Embassy and Arrested by British Police

Julian Assange has been arrested by police in London after almost seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the embassy at approximately 10:35 am local time, 5:35 am ET.Read more...
Tags: Science, London, President Obama, Russia, Barack Obama, Breaking News, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Chelsea Manning, British Police, Westminster Magistrates Court, RT, Ecuadorian Embassy, President Trump, Lenín Moreno


Lawyers: Ex-Obama White House counsel Craig expects charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Obama administration White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be charged in a foreign lobbying investigation spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, his lawyers said Wednesday. “Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government’s stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of […]
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, White House, Russia, Ap, Nation, Craig, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Ex Obama White House


Pelosi: ‘I Don’t Trust Barr, I Trust Mueller’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she doesn’t trust Attorney General William Barr and suggested his statements alleging President Donald Trump’s campaign was spied on undermine Barr’s independence as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. The California Democrat also said in an interview with The Associated Press she was “very concerned” about Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report and accused Barr doing Trump’s political bidding. “...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Ap, Democrats, United States, House, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Justice Department


The most Soviet-looking cities

Almost three decades have passed since the day the Soviet flag was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin in Moscow, but the shadow of the Union still looms in many remote corners of former socialist states. Following the resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev on December 25, 1991, the transcontinental superstate that extended from the Black Sea to the Far East broke up into 15 new countries ready to reestablish their identity as independent nations. But even today, there are areas of...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Putin, White House, Nazis, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moscow, Un, Belarus, Red Army, Ussr, Kremlin, Joseph Stalin


Trump says he has not seen or read Mueller's Russia probe report

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had not seen or read a report into Russian election meddling by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a day after his attorney general would not say whether he had briefed the White House or shared the report. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday declined to say whether he had briefed the White House or shown them the report when questioned at a congressional hearing. "I have not read the Mueller report, I haven't seen the Mueller report.
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Donald Trump, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, William Barr


Trump Unbound

The President appeared a few moments ago before leaving the White House. The gist: he “won” the Mueller investigation. He doesn’t care about the report. And the investigators are guilty of “treason.” Video after the jump. Trump: "Everybody knows I won … As far as I'm concerned, I don't care about the Mueller report. I've been totally exonerated." pic.twitter.com/WsE90YhlSP — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 10, 2019 Trump: Russia investigators guilty of "treason". pic.twitter.co...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Trump, Josh Marshall, Mueller, Editor’s Blog


Trump Calls Russia Probe ‘Attempted Coup,’ Says Of Obstruction: ‘We Fight Back’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to the investigation into Russian election meddling and related matters as “an attempted coup,” “treason” and “illegal,” markedly harsh words, even for him, as Congress awaits special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. “This was an  attempted   coup,” Trump told reporters outside the White House, as Marine One whirred in the background. “ This was an attempted take down of a President. And we beat them. We beat them.” He also seemed to pr...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Russia, Donald Trump, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Matt Shuham, William Barr, Russia Probe


Round Two: Barr Due Before The Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about his department’s budget. Like members of the House on Tuesday, senators are expected to be more interested in the nearly 400-page document than the bud...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Alabama, Ap, Democrats, House, John F Kennedy, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Mitch McConnell R Ky, House Judiciary Committee


Barr to testify before Senate as Mueller report looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about […]
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Ap, Nation, Capitol Hill, Mueller, Barr, Robert Mueller, Nation & World, William Barr


The president’s actions were not OK. Not by a long shot.

This week, Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress for the first time since he submitted his four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s principle findings from his nearly two year long investigation. Like his cursory initial letter summarizing the special counsel’s conclusions, Barr’s testimony raised more questions than it answered. First, Barr refused to answer whether he had shared the report with the White House, or briefed them about its contents. Second, Barr ref...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, White House, Russia, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, House Intelligence Committee, Brexit, Trump, Oval Office, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Barr, Robert Mueller


The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Giving Trump His Path To Re-Election

Democratic lawmakers in New York and Virginia introduced legislation earlier this year to expand access to abortion in the later stages of pregnancy. They also inadvertently gave President Donald Trump a gift.“In recent months the Democrat party has also been aggressively pushing extreme late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother’s womb right up until the moment of birth,” he falsely claimed at a Michigan rally in late March. He then misrepresented Virginia’s bill, whi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Texas, White House, Virginia, Russia, Hillary Clinton, United States, Michigan, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, U S Supreme Court, Tobias, National Right to Life Committee NRLC


Barr: We'll release the Mueller report in a week but first we gotta color code it and redact the bad stuff

Trump's handpicked Attorney General Bill Barr says the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office will be ready for public release within about a week. Barr also said: “I do not intend” to provide “the full, unredacted report” to Congress — even as House Judiciary has threatened to subpoena for it. The Department of Justice is working with the office of the Special Counsel to color code its contents, redact, and add explanations for the basis behind each redaction. Yes, that's...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, White House, Russia, Fbi, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Department Of Justice, Doj, Trump, Josh Gerstein, Mueller, Andrew Cohen


Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Full Mueller Report

Saul Loeb/GettyAttorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday that he would be in position to release the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election within the week but that portions of it would be redacted in order to protect ongoing investigations and the privacy and reputation of individuals who have not been charged.Setting up a potentially contentious showdown with lawmakers, Barr added that he had no plans to release a full, unredacted report to Congress, despite their ...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Russia, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Ny, Trump, House Appropriations Committee, Mueller, Barr, Nita Lowey, Crist, Charlie Crist, Lowey, Jerry Nadler



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