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    Majority Leader to colleagues last June: ‘Putin is paying Trump.’ Paul Ryan: ‘Shut up! Shut up!’
    May18

    Majority Leader to colleagues last June: ‘Putin is paying Trump.’ Paul Ryan: ‘Shut up! Shut up!’

    The Washington Post has a new blockbuster that puts the whole of the House Republican leadership into complicity with popular vote loser Donald Trump and his Russia ties, but mostly Speaker Paul Ryan. The Post notes that when Ryan and McCarthy were asked for comment, their spokespeople denied it ever happened—“Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan,...

    Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Toronto Tower Edition
    May17

    Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Toronto Tower Edition

    President Donald Trump’s properties around the world bring with them business partners from around the world. Several of these ties have already come under scrutiny: A Trump-branded tower in Baku, Azerbaijan, put him in business with allegedly corrupt officials who are themselves connected with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, for example,...

    Rob Quist’s millionaire Republican opponent has an ISIS problem
    May17

    Rob Quist’s millionaire Republican opponent has an ISIS problem

    The Republican running for Montana’s lone congressional seat has—believe it or not—an ISIS problem, like so many millionaires must. How can they know where all their millions are going? In this case, to a company that has done business with the world’s uber-terror group. Greg Gianforte, the millionaire GOP contender for...

    The Little Girls Orphaned By Ukraine’s War
    May17

    The Little Girls Orphaned By Ukraine’s War

    Whoever in Washington D.C. is responsible for thinking about how to end the violent conflict between Russia and Ukraine, they should read about the tragedy that happened to three families in the Donbas region this past weekend. at The Daily Beast. …read more Source: The Daily...

    Germany Asks US for Classified Briefing on Lockheed’s F-35 Fighter
    May17

    Germany Asks US for Classified Briefing on Lockheed’s F-35 Fighter

    The German Air Force this month sent the U.S. military a written request for classified data on the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet as it gears up to replace its current fleet of fighter jets from 2025 to 2035. The letter, sent by the Air Force’s planning command and seen by Reuters, makes clear that the German government has not yet...

    Former Top U.S. Officials Call For New Sanctions, More Aggressive Action On Russia
    May17

    Former Top U.S. Officials Call For New Sanctions, More Aggressive Action On Russia

    The United States should impose new sanctions and move more aggressively to “shape Russian thinking” in response to Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and elsewhere, former top State and Defense department officials said. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    WSJ: Toronto Hotel Deal Now Part Of Probe Into Trump Ties To Russia
    May17

    WSJ: Toronto Hotel Deal Now Part Of Probe Into Trump Ties To Russia

    For the first time, President Donald Trump’s Canadian real estate dealings have been identified as another area of interest for U.S. federal investigators probing ties between Russia and Trump and his associates. The connections between the Toronto deal and Russia are indirect and opaque but investigators appear to be zeroing in on the...

    Montana GOP Candidate Owns Stake In Company Accused Of Paying Off ISIS
    May17

    Montana GOP Candidate Owns Stake In Company Accused Of Paying Off ISIS

    A Republican congressional candidate owns a stake in a French-Swiss cement company accused of making payments to the Islamic State militant group in Syria, according to financial disclosures HuffPost reviewed. Greg Gianforte, the millionaire GOP contender for Montana’s open seat in the House, reported owning $47,066 worth of shares in...

    Putin rushes to Trump’s defense, laments US infighting
    May17

    Putin rushes to Trump’s defense, laments US infighting

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rushed Wednesday to defend U.S. President Donald Trump from criticism over sharing classified information with Moscow, issuing a strongly worded statement that reflected the degree of the Russian leader’s frustration with the Washington infighting that has thwarted Kremlin hopes for a detente. Trump’s...

    Russian Social Media Site Tells Ukrainians How to Dodge Web Block
    May17

    Russian Social Media Site Tells Ukrainians How to Dodge Web Block

    By Maria Kiselyova and Alessandra PrenticeMOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Vkontakte, the Russian version of Facebook, on Wednesday sent its millions of… …read more Source: U.S....