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Democrats Say Trump Jr.’s Meeting Takes Russia Probe To A ‘New Level’

Disclosures stemming from last summer’s meeting between President Donald Trump’s eldest son, a Kremlin-linked lawyer and at least one other controversial Russian figure could prove to be a turning point in the tangled, months-long probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, senior Democrats said Sunday.

July 16, 2017
Russia

Trump Forces A GOP Retreat On Russia

Obama was vilified as a Russian patsy for actions that don’t remotely approach what we know Trump and his circle have done. Today, all but a few congressional Republicans avert their eyes and swallow their tongues.

July 15, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Dredging The Back Channel

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

June 13, 2017
Russia Today Hacks The Late Show

#EndorseThis: Russia Today Hacks The Late Show

Stephen Colbert was troubled by the episode last week when C-SPAN’s broadcast from the House floor suddenly cut out — and was replaced by Russia Today, the Kremlin-sponsored cable channel that promotes Trump so assiduously. This was “Russian propaganda broadcast directly from Washington, D.C,” observed Colbert. “And that’s not supposed to happen until after January 20

January 16, 2017
Putin, Trump's First 100 Days

Terrorism: A Dire Prediction For Trump’s First 100 Days

If Trump is sworn in as president, there could be a terrorist attack on U.S. soil within his first 100 days. Why? Because it’s happened before.

December 16, 2016
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

Why Trump Terrifies The Republicans Who Created Him And His Movement

Even if Republican officials don’t fully grasp the foulness of Trump’s end game, they must have begun to realize that he poses an existential threat to them.

October 20, 2016
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at news conference

Wikileaks: What If Someone Hacked Julian Assange’s Emails?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange probably wouldn’t appreciate the irony of a US government agency applying his vaunted “transparency” ethic to his own shady operations.

October 19, 2016
Russian President Putin chairs meeting with military officials at Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi

Trump And Putin: Partners in Propaganda?

Trump has had only nice things to say about Putin, who has fed the candidate’s vanity with approving murmurs about his “flamboyant” personality and “talent.” In response, the candidate has called for ending “this horrible cycle of hostility” between the U.S. and Russia.

July 22, 2016
Kremlin spokesman Peskov arrives for the opening of the Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia

From Russia With Love: Why The Kremlin Backs Trump

Russian state TV, which hews closely to the Kremlin’s world view, leaves little doubt about who Moscow supports in November’s U.S. presidential election: “The Donald.”

March 24, 2016
Russian military jet takes off from the country's air base in Hmeymin, Syria to head back to Russia

Russia Can Make Powerful Syria Comeback Within Hours: Putin

Vladimir Putin said Russia’s military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kremlin could scale up its presence again within hours and would continue to carry out air strikes there.

March 17, 2016
Russian President Putin chairs meeting with members of Security Council in Moscow

Putin Orders Start Of Russian Forces’ Withdrawal From Syria

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had telephoned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to inform him of the Russian decision.

March 14, 2016

Kremlin Says Putin ‘Fully Mobilized’ To Tackle Threat From Turkey

President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader’s spokesman said on Saturday.

November 29, 2015
The worsening economic outlook presents a serious challenge for President Vladimir Putin, whose social compact with Russians has been based on years of economic stability and relative prosperity (AFP Photo/Alexander Nemenov)

Putin Manages To Stabilize Ruble, But Russian Economy Still Staggers

Russia’s ruble has been on a roller-coaster ride, posting the second-biggest drop in value of world currencies in 2014, then bouncing back this year with the highest rise against the dollar, euro, pound and yen.

June 25, 2015
Putin Clinton

Putin Lifts Russia’s Ban On Delivery Of S-300 Missile System To Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday cleared the way for delivery of sophisticated air defense systems to Iran with a decree that U.S. officials warned could disrupt the emerging deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

April 14, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (theglobalpanorama via Flickr)

Kremlin Spokesman Rejects Rumors About Putin’s Health

The Kremlin is fighting against rumors that Vladimir Putin is ill.

March 12, 2015

Obama, Putin Exchange Little More Than Pleasantries In China

Obama and Putin interact stiffly at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit of world leaders and CEOs.

November 11, 2014
Putin Clinton

Kremlin Says Putin Conquest Vow On Ukraine ‘Taken Out Of Context’

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukrainian security officials accused Russia of sending more troops and equipment into eastern Ukraine as controversy ensued Tuesday over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reported boast that he could conquer Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. A Kremlin spokesman lashed out at European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso, […]

September 2, 2014

Obama Unveils $1 Billion Security Plan For Eastern Europe

Warsaw (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $1 billion U.S. security plan for eastern Europe aimed at allaying fears over a resurgent Kremlin and the escalating pro-Russian uprising in ex-Soviet Ukraine. Obama launched a major tour of Europe in Warsaw where he will attend celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first […]

June 3, 2014

After Ukraine Election, Turmoil Continues In East

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Petro Poroshenko has yet to be declared winner of Ukraine’s presidential election, but the challenges facing the presumed new leader were on dauntingly full display Monday. Pro-Russia gunmen who claim control of nearly 15 percent of the country invaded the international airport in Donetsk after thwarting […]

May 27, 2014

Kremlin Backing Rebels In Push For Power-Sharing Reforms

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Kremlin’s top diplomat signaled Tuesday that Russia won’t recognize the results of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election unless it is preceded by a “national dialogue” on redistributing power to the regions and an end to Ukrainian troops’ efforts to retake eastern territory seized by pro-Russia rebels. Russian Foreign […]

May 6, 2014

Ukraine Orders Military Operation Against Rebels After Biden Leaves

Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine relaunched military operations against pro-Kremlin separatists late Tuesday, hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden ended a two-day Kiev visit in which he warned Russia over its actions in the former Soviet republic. The U.S. Defense Department at the same time announced it was sending 600 U.S. troops to neighboring Poland […]

April 22, 2014

‘Civil War’ Warning For Ukraine As Troops, Tanks Push East

IZYUM (Ukraine) (AFP) – Russia warned on Tuesday that Ukraine was on the brink of “civil war” after Kiev’s leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city to counter a separatist surge backed by Moscow. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by Kiev’s Western-backed government to […]

April 15, 2014

Earth Hour To Tap Crowdfunding For Green Campaigns

Singapore (AFP) – Lights will go off in some 7,000 cities around the world for this weekend’s Earth Hour event, which will aim to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects worldwide, organizers said Thursday. Organizers Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) have partnered with payments giant PayPal to allow donors to contribute to […]

March 27, 2014

Crimea Slates Secession Vote For March 16

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — The Russian-controlled parliament of Ukraine’s Crimea area Thursday voted to secede and join Russia and set a March 16 referendum for a public vote on the latest move aimed at wresting the strategic peninsula from Ukraine. Officials in the Ukrainian capital said such a vote would […]

March 6, 2014