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The crisis in Ukraine has put our country’s fraught relationship with Russia into grim focus. The years after the collapse of the Soviet Union more and more resemble parentheses between two Cold Wars rather than a lasting peace. The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West was first published in 2008, and the most recent edition, released last summer, has been updated to cover Russia’s increasingly aggressive tactics and incautious conduct on the global stage.

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WFormer President Trump, right, and former Attorney General William Barr

Reprinted with permission from Press Run

Stunning new abuse-of-power revelations remind us of the Trump administration's complete disregard for democratic principles. We now know that over a span of years it took extraordinary legal measures, including gag orders and secret tribunals, in pursuit of email records from reporters at CNN and the Washington Post. Team Trump also unleashed the courts on Democratic members of Congress and their families trying to obtain private phone records, as well as secretly targeting a key White House attorney, who possibly fell under suspicion for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump.

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