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    The Questions at the Senate Hearing on Russian Hacking
    Jan05

    The Questions at the Senate Hearing on Russian Hacking

    Updated on January 5, 2017 What’s the latest?Senior intelligence officials will testify Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) about foreign cyberthreats to the U.S. Much of the testimony is likely to focus on what role Russia had in the U.S. election.U.S. intelligence officials say Russia hacked the Democratic National...

    Pentagon Chief: Trump Needs to Keep Alliances, Hold Russia Accountable in Syria
    Jan05

    Pentagon Chief: Trump Needs to Keep Alliances, Hold Russia Accountable in Syria

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says President-elect Donald Trump’s administration should maintain partnerships with NATO and allies in the Asia-Pacific, while also holding Russia accountable to its stated mission of battling terrorists in Syria and help end the war. The recommendations came in a memo that Carter, like the other Cabinet...

    The Troublemaker
    Jan05

    The Troublemaker

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been a night owl, holding meetings into the early hours of the morning. He’s also the proprietor of several Twitter accounts. So it’s possible that early Moscow time on Jan. 4, 2017, he saw the following tweet from President-elect Donald Trump pop up on his screen, complaining about an...

    Trump’s team tries to stifle rift on Russia
    Jan05

    Trump’s team tries to stifle rift on Russia

    A war is brewing among Donald Trump’s advisers over how to deal with Russia and Vladimir Putin — and his team is trying to keep it from breaking out into the open.As the president-elect’s top national security picks prepare to testify before Congress starting next week, his transition team is plotting ways to prevent a public...

    Analyst: Trump’s Defense of Russia Puts Him Outside Mainstream America
    Jan05

    Analyst: Trump’s Defense of Russia Puts Him Outside Mainstream America

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to cast doubt on the conclusion of U.S. intelligence that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election. Washington last week imposed new sanctions on Russia after determining that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic Party computers. But some prominent Republicans have said they want even...

    Think Before Sanctioning Russia
    Jan05

    Think Before Sanctioning Russia

    Between the cyberattacks it allegedly directed, its continued military support for the Assad regime in Syria, its deployment of nuclear-capable missiles on NATO’s eastern border, and its obstruction in the UN Security Council, Russia has gotten a lot of people in Washington angry—and justifiably so. It is a certainty that once the new...

    Donald Trump’s Pick For Secretary Of State Tries To Allay Senators’ Concerns About His Russia Ties
    Jan05

    Donald Trump’s Pick For Secretary Of State Tries To Allay Senators’ Concerns About His Russia Ties

    WASHINGTON ― Former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson attempted to alleviate concerns about his past ties with Russia during a series of meetings with senators from both parties on Wednesday. During his 10 years in charge at Exxon Mobil, Tillerson, who has been tapped to serve as secretary of state, developed close ties with high-ranking...

    Maidan Year Three: Revolution Comes Full Circle Amidst Police Reform, U.S.-Trained Right Wing SWAT Force and Former Venezuela Ambassador
    Jan05

    Maidan Year Three: Revolution Comes Full Circle Amidst Police Reform, U.S.-Trained Right Wing SWAT Force and Former Venezuela Ambassador

    On the third year anniversary of the Maidan revolution, I’m holed up in Kyiv’s decidedly retro, Soviet-era Ukraina hotel. Located just a stone’s throw away from Maidan square itself, Ukraina is linked to the revolt against former president Viktor Yanukovych, for it was here that snipers may have shot at protesters from inside...

    Vox Sentences: Is Donald Trump launching a cold war against the CIA?
    Jan05

    Vox Sentences: Is Donald Trump launching a cold war against the CIA?

    Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Donald Trump is engaged in a cold war with the intelligence community; the...

    Part 2 — John Brennan on what his CIA successor needs to worry about
    Jan05

    Part 2 — John Brennan on what his CIA successor needs to worry about

    WATCH: Our entire interview with CIA Director John Brennan JUDY WOODRUFF: We return now to my conversation with CIA Director John Brennan. Last night, we focused largely on allegations of Russian hacking of U.S. political operations during the election and the war in Syria. Tonight, we begin with concerns raised by European intelligence officials...