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    What Happens Next Is Up to Republicans
    Feb15

    What Happens Next Is Up to Republicans

    The immediate question raised by the latest information published by The New York Times is: What next? Will Congress investigate? Will it subpoena records, including the tax records that may clarify the financial obligations—if any—Donald Trump has to Russia? And since Congress is so dominated by one party, that first question raises a follow-up...

    The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained
    Feb15

    The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained

    It’s starting to look like President Trump has a Russia problem. Late on Tuesday night, the New York Times reported that members of Trump’s campaign team and other “Trump associates” had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” prior to the November vote. The calls were intercepted by US officials monitoring...

    Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back
    Feb15

    Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO Wednesday, CNN reported, but warned other member nations they must meet the alliance’s financial requirements or that commitment could be moderated. Mattis met with defense officials from the 27 other NATO member nations in Brussels and made his first address to the...

    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
    Feb15

    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand...

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?
    Feb15

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?

    President Trump on Thursday appeared to suggest that his immediate predecessor’s Russia policy resulted in Russian’s invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017As a...

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place
    Feb15

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place

    U.S. House Democrats are pushing forward with legislation to make sure Congress can block any effort President Donald Trump’s administration might make to lift sanctions on Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump
    Feb15

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump

    MOSCOW (AP) — As questions over the Trump administration’s contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington. Opinion polls have shown that the initial public euphoria in Russia after...

    When 2 + 2 = 5
    Feb15

    When 2 + 2 = 5

    When the leader of the free world is a badly coiffed vulgarian who lies about the size of his inauguration crowd and his administration simply dismisses this clash with reality as “alternative facts,” one can’t help but despair. After all, its not too far removed from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 where the ruling...

    Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma
    Feb15

    Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma

    Whatever one may want to say about Donald Trump’s style of political leadership, it can plausibly be described as charismatic—grounded neither in tradition nor in rational interest, it depends on the continuing faith in the leader by the mass of followers. Because of this it is inevitably brittle. One way of making it less so is to...

    Mattis tells NATO allies to kick in more funds now, or United States will ‘moderate its commitment’
    Feb15

    Mattis tells NATO allies to kick in more funds now, or United States will ‘moderate its commitment’

    Donald Trump made the contributions of NATO allies a part of his campaign, so it’s not surprising that when newly minted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed that organization, his comments leaned heavily on finances. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start...