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    The top takeaways from Tillerson’s rocky Hill performance
    Jan12

    The top takeaways from Tillerson’s rocky Hill performance

    Rex Tillerson will only need Republican votes to become secretary of state — and the GOP was largely kind to him during Wednesday’s audition to be Donald Trump’s top diplomat.Everyone, that is, except for Marco Rubio. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is narrowly divided, with the GOP holding just a one-seat advantage. And most...

    Ukraine’s Plan to Manufacture U.S. M16 Combat Rifles Hits a Snag
    Jan12

    Ukraine’s Plan to Manufacture U.S. M16 Combat Rifles Hits a Snag

    Nolan Peterson Security, Ammo seems to be the problem. KYIV, Ukraine—Kalashnikov assault rifles are among the most iconic symbols of the Soviet military. Weapons such as the AK-47, the AKM, the AK-74, and the AK-103 are ubiquitous reminders of the Red Army’s legacy among the modern militaries of former Warsaw Pact countries and Soviet...

    Trump takes tougher tone against Putin
    Jan12

    Trump takes tougher tone against Putin

    After months of extending his hand to Vladimir Putin, is Donald Trump going to get tough on Russia?That’s what the president-elect on Wednesday suggested he might just do, given what he called the “good chance” that he might not get along with the Russian president after all. The claim contradicted Trump’s personal flattery of Putin...

    “Trust, But Don’t Verify”: US Intelligence Agencies and the New Cold War
    Jan12

    “Trust, But Don’t Verify”: US Intelligence Agencies and the New Cold War

    James Clapper at the LBJ Presidential Library, 2016 • Photo by Jay Godwin Just as the first casualty of war is said to be the truth, the first casualty of the New Cold War is irony. Our most prominent journalists seem to have missed the Orwellian irony of Senator John McCain asking Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper at...

    Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow
    Jan12

    Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow

    Barraged by questions about Russia, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state promised a far more muscular approach toward the Kremlin on Wednesday, abandoning much of the president-elect’s emphasis on improving ties between the Cold War foes. Instead, Rex Tillerson suggested the outgoing Obama administration responded too softly to...

    9 Takeaways From Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing to Be Trump’s Secretary of State
    Jan12

    9 Takeaways From Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing to Be Trump’s Secretary of State

    At his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson took harsh questioning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about his business dealings in Russia during his career as CEO of Exxon Mobil. In a moment where Russia is under fire for interfering in the U.S. election, and the...

    Canada won’t bargain with Russia on foreign minister travel ban
    Jan12

    Canada won’t bargain with Russia on foreign minister travel ban

    Chrystia Freeland. (Adrian Wyld/CP) OTTAWA — Canada is rebuffing the Kremlin’s thinly veiled overtures that it might be willing to lift a travel ban on new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if it eases sanctions on Russia. Joseph Pickerill, Freeland’s spokesman, says Canada isn’t interested in any bargaining on the...

    Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.
    Jan12

    Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.

    Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, is clearly an intelligent and well-informed man. During the first six hours or so of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Tillerson was polished, articulate, and clearly knowledgeable about countries ranging...

    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban
    Jan12

    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban

    OTTAWA — Canada is rebuffing the Kremlin’s thinly veiled overtures that it might be willing to lift a travel ban on new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if it eases sanctions on Russia. Joseph Pickerill, Freeland’s spokesman, says Canada won’t be playing any games of “quid pro quo” on the subject. The...

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance
    Jan12

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

    One of the main assumptions that almost everyone has made about Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State is that he would be inclined to improve relations with Russia. Some of his answers from his confirmation hearing today call that assumption into question: Mr. Tillerson also told the committee that if he had been serving in office...