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Former Director: C.I.A. Found ‘Suspicious Contact’ Between Trump Campaign And Russians

Trump Russia

Former C.I.A. Director John Brennan testified before a House Committee today, and what he had to say was not good news for the Trump Administration.

Trump Told Russian Officials Of Link Between Comey’s Firing And Russia Investigation

Trump Russia

The evidence that President Trump fired James Comey in an effort to quash the Russia investigation continues to mount.

U.S.-Russian Relations Hit a New Low

Two powers

It’s been a bad week for U.S.-Russian relations.

F.B.I. Obtained FISA Warrant For Top Trump Adviser

Trump Russia

A top Trump campaign adviser was the subject of a FISA warrant for at least part of last year.

Explosions At St. Petersburg Subway Stations Kill At Least Ten

St Petersburg Subway Bombing

An apparent terrorist attack in Russia’s second largest city.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Failed To Disclose Payments From Russian Sources

Michael Flynn

More trouble for Lt. General Michael Flynn.

Majority Of Americans Want Independent Investigations Of Russian Election Meddling

Trump Russia

A new poll shows a majority of Americans supporting an independent investigation of the allegations surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the campaign: A majority of voters wants an independent investigation into any connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to a new […]

Jon Huntsman Tapped To Be Ambassador To Russia

Jon Huntsman

A strong pick for what is likely to be an important Ambassadorial position in coming years.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Majority Supports Independent Counsel To Investigate Ties Between Russia, Trump Campaign

Trump Russia

A majority of Americans support appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, but we should be careful before taking this step.

Reports About Contact Between Trump Campaign And Russian Officials Continue To Mount

Trump Russia

Another day, another round of reports about contacts with Russian officials and people close to President Trump.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

Trump Putin

The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

CIA Report: Russia Acted To Help Trump Win The Election

Vladimir Putin durante il discorso annuale all'Assemblea Federale

New information raises serious questions about the integrity of the 2016 elections, and about Donald Trump and his supporters.

Investigators Conclude Flight MH-17 Shot Down By Missile Brought Into Ukraine From Russia

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

A new report concludes that Malaysia Air Flight 17 was brought down by a missile brought into Ukraine from Russia.

U.S., Russian Agreement On Syria Seems Doomed To Fail

US Syria Russia

The United States and Russia have reached an agreement to end fighting in Syria, but it seems unlikely to succeed given that it doesn’t involve the parties actually doing the fighting.

Turkey Apologizes To Russia For Downing Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

Turkey has issued a formal apology to Russia over the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet that had briefly strayed into Turkish airspace.

Is Syria Already A Quagmire For Putin?

Putin Smirk

Some analysts are already suggesting that Russia’s two month old intervention in Syria is becoming a quagmire. That seems to be a premature judgment, but it’s not accomplishing much more than anything the West is doing.

NATO Admitting Montenegro As Full Member For Some Reason

NATO

NATO is extending full membership to the tiny nation of Montenegro, and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason why they’re doing it.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

Turkey Russia Flags

Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

Turkey Russia Flags

A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Russia Confirms Metrojet 9268 Brought Down By Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

Confirming speculation that had already been all but confirmed, we now know that it was a bomb that brought down a Russian passenger jet on October 31st.

Consensus Continues To Grow That Russian Airliner Was Taken Out By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

The investigation continues, but the consensus seems to be growing that Metrojet 9268 was taken out by a bomb.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom On Russia, China, ISIS, And Syria

Politinerds

Our guest this week on Politinerds was a Andrew Malcom, who makes a return appearance this time to talk about foreign policy issues ranging from Syria and Russia’s intervention in that conflict, the direction or lack thereof in American policy in the war against ISIS and the Syrian Civil War, and the issues at stake […]

U.S. Intelligence: Russian Passenger Jet Likely Brought Down Over Sinai Peninsula By A Bomb

Metrojet A321 Wreckage

American intelligence officials are saying that a Russian passenger jet that went down over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was most likely brought down by a bomb.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

Obama ISIS

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

U.S. And Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Airspace

U.S. Russia Syria

The U.S. and Russia have reached a much-needed deal to avoid inadvertent confrontations over the skies of Syria.

Malaysian Air Flight 17 Inquiry Finds Plane Most Likely Taken Down By Russian Missile

Malaysia Air Flight 17 Crash Scene

A Dutch inquiry has largely confirmed what was widely believed about the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Russia Aims For Syria, Hits Iran

Putin Smirk

Missed it by that much.

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

Obama and Putin

With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

As Far As Europe Is Concerned, The Debate Over The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Over

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Congress is set to debate the Iran nuclear deal next month, but as far as Europe is concerned the debate is already over.

Putin Using Fear Of ISIS To Enhance Russian Influence In Central Asia

Vladimir Putin Sunglasses

A well-founded fear of ISIS seems to be drawing many of the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia closer to Moscow.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

U.S. Tank Lithuania

In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.

Vladimir Putin Decrees That Russian Military Deaths Are Now A State Secret

Putin Smirk

If a Russian solider dies, it’s now a secret thanks to a new decree signed by the Russian President.

Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

Ukraine Flag

Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

Minsk Leaders Photo

A cease fire deal in Ukraine, but a long term settlement will require compromises from both Moscow and Kiev.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

Russia Ukraine Flags

Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Russia’s Economic Problems Just Getting More Grim By The Day

Putin Smirk

For a year that started out with regaining long-lost territory in Ukraine, 2014 is not ending so well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Russian Government Projects Sanctions, Declining Oil Prices, Will Lead To Recession In 2015

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin travels in Russia's first high speed train Sapsan in Leningrad Region

Russia’s own government is projecting that its economy will slip into recession next year. How that will impact Putin’s current belligerence remains to be seen.

German Public Backs Sanctions Against Russia Even If They Hurt Germany

German Russian Flags

A new poll finds that a majority of Germans support sanctions against Russia, even if those sanctions end up hurting the German economy.

Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

Angela Merkel Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

Putin Makes Waves At G-20 Summit Over Ukraine, Reportedly Leaving Early

Putin Smirk

Vladimir Putin’s reception at the G-20 Summit in Australia has been less than warm thanks to recent events in Ukraine.

Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine Again, NATO Says

Russia Ukraine Flags

The Ukraine crisis, which never really went away, is back,

Russian University Removes Statue Honoring Steve Jobs Because Tim Cook Is Gay

Russia Steve Jobs Memorial

  In the wake of the announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that, as previous reports had hinted, he is indeed gay, a university in St. Petersburg, Russia has removed a statute that had been erected to honor Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: A Russian monument to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been taken down, […]

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

Oil-prices

Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

Russia Ukraine Flags

A major escalation.

Russia’s Sanctions Against The West Are Hurting Russians More Than The West

Vladimir Putin Russian Flag

Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against the West are  is having an impact on the average Russian’s food budget: Russia’s embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital’s major supermarkets have […]

Germany Ready To Take A Harder Line Toward Russia Over Ukraine?

German Russian Flags

The New York Times’ Alison Smale notes that the Ukraine crisis seems to be finally causing the Germans to reconsider their country’s relationship with Russia: BERLIN — Over recent months, something significant has happened in Europe: In the crisis over Ukraine, Germany has assumed leadership not just in its familiar fashion of trying to coax Russia […]

NATO: “High Probability” Russia Will Invade Ukraine

Russia Ukraine Flags

The rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to suffer setbacks, and Russia is massing troops on the border again.

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