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Kushner

Report: Kushner Met Secretly With Russians, Proposed Covert Back Channel

FBI scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn’s contacts with Russians included mentions of U.S. citizens, whose names were redacted because of U.S. privacy laws. This prompted investigators to ask U.S. intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current U.S. law enforcement official said. Kushner’s was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the president’s son-in-law’s dealings with Kislyak and other Russians.

May 26, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: And When I Touch You, I Feel Happy Inside

Poor Donald Trump. All he wanted to do was hold his wife’s hand — and she slapped his paw away in public. But as Danziger would remind him, at least he still has Putin.

May 23, 2017
Putin Pays

GOP Majority Leader Told Colleagues In 2016: “Putin Pays” Trump

“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a private meeting of Republican Congressional leaders last June. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to God.”

May 17, 2017
Andrew Jackson

Danziger: His Ignorance Is Timeless

Whatever vanity impels Trump to talk about Andrew Jackson, Danziger considers his remarks about the Civil War indicative of deep and dangerous stupidity.

May 3, 2017
danziger

Danziger: One Day In The Life Of Alexei Navalny

With growing dissatisfaction in Russia over Vladimir Putin’s corrupt regime, his most prominent critic and political opponent Alexei Navalny can expect to be thrown in prison again — precisely as drawn by Danziger.

April 25, 2017
Danziger on McConnell and Putin

Danziger: Russian Dressing Down

Having spent the past many years doing maximum possible damage to American democracy, it’s easy to imagine — as Danziger does — that Mitch McConnell would resent the Kremlin butting in. That must be why he kept the Russian hacking a secret last year.

April 10, 2017
Danziger on Kiev shooting

Danziger: With Extreme Prejudice

Last week Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian legislator, found out that criticizing Vladimir Putin and his friends is a very unhealthy activity. As noted by Danziger, a gunman shot Voronenkov on the street in Kiev, Ukraine, just days before he was scheduled to testify against Viktor Yanukovych (the ex-president of Ukraine and Putin puppet who employed Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort). Voronenkov is the latest in a series of Russian legislators, diplomats, and other officials to die more or less mysteriously abroad over the past several months. Next semester, the Russian studies curriculum will include screenings of The Godfather.

March 26, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Rod Rosenstein, Trump, Russia Probe

Deputy Attorney General Nominee Resists Call For Special Prosecutor In Russia Probe

Rod Rosenstein, a top federal prosecutor nominated by President Trump to be deputy attorney general, testified that he was “not aware” of any reason he couldn’t oversee such a probe of Kremlin-led election interference.

March 8, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Why Sessions’ Recusal Complicates Trump-Russia Probes

Now that Sessions has stepped aside, Lawyers and Justice Department officials are poring through statutes and scratching their collective heads over who has authority to sign warrants for the FBI’s electronic surveillance of the Russians and Trump associates implicated in the probe.

March 5, 2017
Russia, Watergate

Russia-gate Began Like Watergate — With A Break-In That Few Noticed

If there were a starting point for the political turmoil around members of Donald Trump’s inner circle and their ties to Russia, it likely would be last June 15. On that day, news broke of a computer penetration. It seemed like a minor event, not unlike the famous political break-in 44 years earlier at the Watergate complex that became synonymous with political scandal.

March 4, 2017
Sweden, Russia

Sweden Restores Conscription Amid Russia Fears

The Swedish government enacted a new law reintroducing compulsory military service for the first time since 2010, and for the first time ever on a gender-equal basis. The reason for the change is a response to Russia’s military activity over the last three years.

March 3, 2017
Trump, Putin

#EndorseThis: Trump And Putin Celebrate Their ‘Friendversary’

Imagine if Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were Facebook friends. What would their “friendversary” video look like? The Nix Bros, who are known for their political comedy videos, take this very question and turn it into reality with a downright hilarious, yet utterly terrifying, viral video.

March 3, 2017
Sergey Kislyak

How Did Sergey Kislyak Become The Hottest Meeting Ticket In Washington?

His diplomatic career has encompassed the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the inexorable-seeming rise of one Vladimir Putin. Now Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, finds himself in a harsh and unwanted spotlight over contacts with Donald Trump’s campaign team.

March 3, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Russia, Special Prosecutor

Russian Election Interference Demands A Special Prosecutor

Certainly, we are in a hyper-partisan age. But does that mean partisans set aside every principle they ever held dear and watch democratic norms be destroyed just to protect a president from their party? Are institutional checks and balances meaningless?

March 3, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russia, Sanctions

How Obama Officials Fought To Preserve Evidence Of Russian Election Influence

Obama White House officials reportedly pursued a deliberate strategy aimed at preserving evidence of Russian election meddling for investigators to ensure this type of interference was not repeated.

March 2, 2017
micromanager Trump, Russian

Is Trump’s Russian Honeymoon Finally Over?

Some Russia-watchers question whether Moscow’s arm’s-length stance reflects a genuine change of heart over Trump, or is simply a bid to reduce growing attention being paid in Washington to the U.S. president’s eye-catching affinity with the autocratic Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

March 2, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Kremlin Scandal: Did Sessions Lie About Meetings With Russian Ambassador?

Last year, when he was still a Senator, Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador — twice. But he failed to mention those meetings when questioned about Russia during his confirmation hearing.

March 2, 2017
Ross, Commerce, Trump

Why Won’t The White House Release Wilbur Ross’ Answers On Russian Ties?

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) decried the breach of protocol as “another example of this administration abandoning transparency and trying to jam nominees through.” He called the refusal to release the questions “so typical of this administration that stonewalls.”

February 28, 2017
Ross, Trump

The Troubling Russian Connections Of Trump Nominee Wilbur Ross

Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire investor who is one of Donald Trump’s closest advisors on trade and economics, has extensive Russian financial ties that the Senate must thoroughly explore before voting on his nomination as Commerce Secretary.

February 27, 2017
Russia, Putin, Trump, French election

GOP Resists Calls For Independent Russia-Trump Probe

Most Republicans have either downplayed a need for an independent probe into Russia’s activities or rejected the idea entirely. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to call for greater urgency amid FBI investigations and in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ support for Donald Trump during the primary campaign.

February 27, 2017
Trump, Putin, Russian hacker

Russian Government Launches Western ‘Fake News’ Tracker

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the page from its official website, featuring five reports from U.S. and British media. The publications are dramatically shown on the site, stamped with red text “Fake” above a Russian language disclaimer stating: “This material contains data, not corresponding to the truth.”

February 23, 2017
General McMaster, Flynn, Russia

Will McMaster And Trump Clash On Russia?

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, appointed by Trump on Monday, is known for being strongly driven by integrity —a quality that critics felt Mike Flynn lacked. How to approach Russia is likely to be one of the crucial areas where McMaster and Flynn differ.

February 22, 2017
Trump, Flynn

Why The Flynn-Russia Affair Is So Troubling For Trump

Call it what you will: Flynnghazi. Russiagate. The Crackpot Dome scandal. No matter the sobriquet attached to the inappropriate discussions between the Russian ambassador and Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, the growing cancer from this case is not going away.

February 22, 2017