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    The Morning Vertical, February 16, 2017
    Feb16

    The Morning Vertical, February 16, 2017

    Your daily roundup. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Just give Donald Trump a chance, they said: Robyn Urback
    Feb16

    Just give Donald Trump a chance, they said: Robyn Urback

    During the period between Donald Trump’s election win and his inauguration, the world’s sweet optimists urged skeptical Americans to “give Donald Trump a chance.” Yes, they granted, he wasn’t exactly well versed on global affairs, stumbling over questions about the nuclear triad, whether Russia under Vladimir Putin had actually...

    Fake News, Fake Ukrainians: How Russians Tilted a Dutch Vote
    Feb16

    Fake News, Fake Ukrainians: How Russians Tilted a Dutch Vote

    With Europe facing critical elections, fears of Russian meddling are high. Many officials say the first test comes in March in the Netherlands. …read more Source: The New York...

    Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?
    Feb16

    Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?

    Senate Democrats are calling for Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from reported inquiries into contacts between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, but legal experts also say that Sessions’ closeness to President Trump raises questions about his ability to be...

    Trump’s secretary of state faces questions on first trip
    Feb16

    Trump’s secretary of state faces questions on first trip

    On his first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat this week, Tillerson will face a blizzard of questions about the Trump administration’s foreign policy from nervous Asian and European allies. President Donald Trump chose Tillerson for the job in part because of his business experience and relationship with Russia while he was CEO...

    Dunford to speak with Russia’s top general in first such meeting since 2014
    Feb16

    Dunford to speak with Russia’s top general in first such meeting since 2014

    Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with the top Russian military officer this week, in the first encounter between the two countries’ leading generals since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea in 2014. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Trump’s Plan for the United Soviet(!) of America
    Feb16

    Trump’s Plan for the United Soviet(!) of America

    By Jean-Francois BoittinTrump is determined to “make the USA great again” — the United Soviet of America, that is. On numerous occasions, candidate – and now President – Trump has expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, the Russian President’s leadership qualities and his own desire to work with him. Cozying up to Russia...

    Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Targeting Kyiv’s Power Grid, Financial System
    Feb16

    Ukraine Says Russian Hackers Targeting Kyiv’s Power Grid, Financial System

    Ukraine accused Russian hackers of targeting its power grid, financial system, and other infrastructure with thousands of attacks and a new type of virus that attacks industrial processes. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Mediator Says Warring Sides In Ukraine Agree To Pull Back Heavy Weapons
    Feb16

    Mediator Says Warring Sides In Ukraine Agree To Pull Back Heavy Weapons

    An international mediator said Ukraine’s warring sides have agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line by February 20 in line with the Minsk peace plan. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    More About Russia and Less About Flynn?
    Feb16

    More About Russia and Less About Flynn?

    The story on the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is somewhat like peeling an onion, with each layer revealing something new. To be sure, I am delighted to see Flynn gone, both because of his clearly expressed desire to confront Iran and his inaccurate characterization of Islam. But Flynn’s departure will no doubt be...