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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump refuses to tell the American people whether or not he has talked with President Vladimir Putin about Russia's bounty program to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers.

Trump was finally asked about it, and if he discussed it last week during his call with the President of the Russian Federation.

"We don't talk about what we discussed, but we had plenty of discussion," Trump told reporters when finally asked. He added, "I think it was very productive."


It's been 31 days since The New York Times reported that Russia is paying the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers. Other news outlets have confirmed the news, and provided more details.

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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with Senate Republicans

A report released by Moody's Analytics on September 21 warns that failure to raise the ceiling on the U.S. national debt and to renew the spending authority of the U.S. Treasury when it expires on September 30 will lead to a default that "would be a catastrophic blow to the nascent economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."

Senate Republicans on Monday night blocked the bill that would fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, bringing the United States to the brink of both a government shutdown and an economic recession.

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