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    Mueller’s office opposes hearing on leaks
    May15

    Mueller’s office opposes hearing on leaks

    A series of anonymously sourced news accounts about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation don’t amount to evidence of illegal grand jury leaks and could have come from defense attorneys or others outside the investigation, prosecutors said in a court filing on Monday.Mueller’s team is also urging a federal judge in...

    The Atlantic Daily: Until They Lose
    May15

    The Atlantic Daily: Until They Lose

    What We’re FollowingJerusalem and Gaza: Israeli and American officials celebrated the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, even as Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, killing dozens. Here are photos of the scene in Gaza. While President Trump has expressed hope that his decision to move the embassy from...

    Ukraine politician linked to Trump associates says he will testify in Mueller probe
    May15

    Ukraine politician linked to Trump associates says he will testify in Mueller probe

    A Ukrainian politician who reportedly worked with Trump associates on a peace plan between Ukraine and Moscow-backed rebels has been called to testify in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian m… …read more Source: The...

    Peace Plan-Pushing, Ukrainian Pol To Appear In Front Of Mueller’s Grand Jury
    May15

    Peace Plan-Pushing, Ukrainian Pol To Appear In Front Of Mueller’s Grand Jury

    Andrii Artemenko, a Ukrainian politician who sought to put a peace plan for the region in front of the Trump administration early last year, will testify in person in front of special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury Friday, Politico reported. The politician told Politico he was subpoenaed last week and plans to comply. Artemenko, the...

    Ukrainian politician behind controversial peace proposal to appear in Mueller probe
    May15

    Ukrainian politician behind controversial peace proposal to appear in Mueller probe

    KIEV — A Ukrainian politician who communicated with Trump associates about a controversial plan to resolve Ukraine’s conflict with Kremlin-backed rebels said Monday that he has been called to testify before a grand jury connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Andrii Artemenko said he could not provide details of...

    How Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest
    May15

    How Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest

    Netta Barzilai, the winner of this year’s Eurovision contest, performing at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, May 14, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) (JTA) — Hours before the Eurovision song contest’s kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce for a hat. Israel’s entrant,...

    Trump’s Phony Trade War
    May14

    Trump’s Phony Trade War

    Illustration by DonkeyHotey What’s going on with Trump’s trade offensive? There’s a dual track policy underway: One a phony trade war with US allies; the other a potential (but not yet) trade war with China, that may also in the end prove less than a bonafide ‘trade war’ as well. Trump’s trade team heads off to...

    Russian Bank Helps Venezuela Defy US Cryptocurrency Sanctions
    May14

    Russian Bank Helps Venezuela Defy US Cryptocurrency Sanctions

    Investors looking to buy Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency may want to head to a little-known Moscow bank whose biggest shareholders are President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government and two state-controlled Russian companies under U.S. sanctions. Evrofinance Mosnarbank has emerged as the only international financial institution so far...

    The Dogs Of War Are Back
    May14

    The Dogs Of War Are Back

    “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” — Proverbs 26:11 Peter Beinart writes in detail about how he, a supporter of the Iraq War, fell for the arguments for war last time, and how we are now going through a repeat of the same thing with Iran. Excerpt: How is this possible? How is it possible that Trump—who during the...

    Minister: Zeman Hasn’t Hurt Czech Credibility ‘That Much’
    May14

    Minister: Zeman Hasn’t Hurt Czech Credibility ‘That Much’

    Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky said President Milos Zeman did not damage his country’s credibility “that much” with statements that have been seen as supporting Kremlin positions. Speaking to RFE/RL’s Ray Furlong on May 14, he said the Czech Republic’s partners understood that the government makes policy...