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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert Kicks Off “Russia Week”

‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert kicked off his “Russia Week” on Monday evening. In his first of five field pieces — which will air throughout the week — Colbert sat down with his Russian counterpart, Ivan Urgant, who hosts the late-night talk show, ‘Evening Urgant.’

July 18, 2017
Donald Trump, Jr.

Why Donald Trump, Jr. Should Release More Emails

For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans that their presidential campaign had “absolutely no contact” with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election. Among those who issued the most vehement denials were Paul Manafort, the Washington influence peddler who served as campaign manager, and eldest son Donald J. Trump, Jr., who called any such suggestions “disgusting.”

July 18, 2017
The media devoted more time to Clinton's emails

New Details Emerge Proving Trump Campaign And Russia Both Went After Online Clinton Supporters

Donald Trump’s campaign was working in parallel with Russian anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda efforts, although the specific nature of their cooperation has yet to emerge, according to new analyses connecting the dots between Russia’s theft of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails and Trump campaign social media messaging.

July 18, 2017
Russia

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
approval

Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating Lowest In 70 Years

The poll, produced by Langer Research Associates from July 10-13, showed respondents were concerned by the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election, the recent news Trump’s son Donald Jr. had met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer prior to the election, and the president’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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
President-elect Trump

Who Is The Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.?

When Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law and his father’s campaign chairman sat down with a Russian lawyer last June expecting to receive incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the lawyer brought along a chatty Russian-born Washington lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin.

July 15, 2017
Trump Tower

Former Russian Military Intelligence Officer Attended Trump Tower Meeting

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at obtaining derogatory information about Hillary Clinton last June had another, previously undisclosed participant — a former Soviet military counter-intelligence officer.

July 14, 2017
Mueller

What Robert Mueller Learned From Investigating Enron

Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, will surely be making calls to everyone involved in the now infamous meeting, including the president’s son; the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. As he does, the question is whether Mueller will be able to build a case that goes all the way to the top. That could depend on what lessons he learned from overseeing the task force that investigated one of the biggest fraud cases in American history: the collapse of the energy giant Enron.

July 14, 2017
Conan

#EndorseThis: Conan Casts Russia Scandal Made-For-TV Movie

Conan O’Brien is rarely acknowledged for his political comedy. And this bit is hardly as cutting as, say, Colbert’s monologue on any given night.

July 14, 2017
vodka

Danziger: Trump Vodka, Rebranded

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 recipient of the Herblock Prize and […]

July 12, 2017
Collusion

6 Signs That The Russia Investigation Could Blow Up The Trump White House

The New York Times report that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer last June in expectation of receiving damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a blow for a White House already saddled with sinking poll numbers and a stalled legislative agenda.

July 11, 2017
Conway

#EndorseThis: Kellyanne Conway Struggles Bigly To Sidestep Evidence Of Collusion

“Everybody’s trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence,” the administration’s loyal spin doctor, Kellyanne Conway, told Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos on Monday, shortly after hard evidence emerged of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Conway to admit her screw-up. FULL INTERVIEW: @GStephanopoulos interviews @KellyannePolls following latest […]

July 11, 2017
mob

Does Trump Jr.’s Admission Prove The President Lied?

Donald Trump Jr.’s admission this weekend that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who said she had dirt on his father’s presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton contradicts claims by the president and his vice president. At the beginning of the year, both U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence maintained that no one from Trump’s campaign had any contact with Russians or Russian officials.

July 10, 2017
Obstruction

Trump Left On The Outside Of G20 Photo

Unfortunately for Trump, he was unable to use the same tactics in Hamburg Friday as he posed for his first G20 photo. Instead, Trump was left on the outside looking in, to the far right of the group, only prevented from being on the very outer limits by French President Emmanuel Macron, who made a late move to stand next to the American leader.

July 9, 2017
Jared Kushner

Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort Met With Russian Lawyer

U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner confirmed late Saturday that they met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016 during the election campaign. President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort was also in the meeting, Donald Trump Jr.’s representatives confirmed to the Associated Press Saturday. A spokesperson for Kushner also confirmed the meeting.

July 9, 2017

Trump Warned By Senators Not To Hand Putin Villas Back

U.S. Senators have warned President Donald Trump not to restore Russian access to luxury diplomatic properties in his first meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, fearing it would send a message of weakness to the Kremlin. Two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland are currently under sanctions introduced by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, in response to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

July 7, 2017

As Trump Visits, US Agrees To Sell Missile Defense To Poland

President Donald Trump opened his second visit to Europe at a Polish castle Thursday, welcomed by President Andrzej Duda and a vigorous handshake. The leaders then retreated to a room decorated with red walls for their private talks. Afterward, they spoke to reporters.

July 6, 2017
china trade war

Why Trump’s Attraction To Russia Is So Dark And Dangerous

The links between President Trump and Russia will prove to be deeper and darker than many Americans now believe. This is according to Timothy Snyder, a noted historian of the 20th century’s tyrannical regimes in Eastern Europe, who said the U.S. is now moving down a cultural and political path that has much in common with Russia under Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian and oligarchic rule.

July 5, 2017
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

Americans Support Impeachment More Than Trump

For a minute there, things were looking up for President Donald Trump—by late last week his approval rating was hovering around 40 percent, which isn’t great but marked an improvement for the former reality TV star. But then Trump spent the holiday weekend railing against the press and blasting off tweetstorms—and the president’s approval rating took a plunge over the weekend.

July 4, 2017
Russia

How Putin And Russia Use Powerful U.S. PR Firms To Shape American Opinion

The Russian attempt to influence the 2016 American presidential election, using what intelligence agencies call “active measures,” has dominated U.S. headlines. There is, however, a second front in Russia’s effort to shape the hearts and minds of American citizens, and it’s received almost no attention in mainstream U.S. media outlets since the election.

July 3, 2017
putin conference

Trump To Meet With Putin Next Week At Summit In Germany

McMaster would not say at a White House media briefing Thursday whether the two leaders will discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election when they meet on the sidelines of the summit. “There is no specific agenda,” McMaster said, adding, “It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.”

July 1, 2017

Trump Lawyer’s Nonprofit Reported To Be Under Investigation

The Guardian is reporting that authorities in North Carolina and New York are examining the filings from a nonprofit led by former Fox personality and President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow after reports unveiled that the organization steered tens of millions of dollars to Sekulow’s family.

June 29, 2017
Trump, Putin, GOP

So Much For The Idea Of A Trump-Putin ‘Bromance’

That’s a signal that Trump and Putin’s differences are getting harder to paper over. Those differences are the product of complex geopolitical realities and a legacy of the 200-year-old relationship between the two countries. Putin bristles with resentment over the way the United States ran roughshod over Russia in the 1990s. Trump presides over a divided and dysfunctional government that is actively investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

June 28, 2017
Dmitri “David” Zaikin

The ‘International Man Of Mystery’ Linked To Flynn’s Lobbying Deal

That man, Dmitri “David” Zaikin, is not registered as a foreign lobbyist and has no apparent connection to Turkey. What he does have, a ProPublica-Politico examination found, is a long track record of partnering with powerful Russian businesspeople and government officials, mostly involving energy and mining deals.

June 27, 2017