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    Russia friend Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow
    Jan11

    Russia friend Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow

    Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, adopted a tough new line on Russia on Wednesday, calling it a ‘danger’ to the United States and saying he would have recommended a muscular response to Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Both assertions appeared to contradict...

    Tillerson hits Obama admin for being too ‘weak’ on Russian annexation of Crimea
    Jan11

    Tillerson hits Obama admin for being too ‘weak’ on Russian annexation of Crimea

    Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, slammed President Barack Obama’s administration during Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday for its response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Tillerson, who has faced bipartisan criticism for his business ties to the...

    Democratic senator probes Tillerson’s ties to Putin in confirmation hearing
    Jan11

    Democratic senator probes Tillerson’s ties to Putin in confirmation hearing

    Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin probed Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson about his reported ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday during Tillerson’s confirmation hearing. In his opening statement, Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern over President-elect Donald Trump’s...

    Tillerson on the issues
    Jan11

    Tillerson on the issues

    Rex Tillerson is a bit of a cipher on U.S. foreign policy, unless you view international relations purely through the lens of energy interests.As the former chief executive officer and chairman of ExxonMobil Corp., Tillerson has vast experience dealing with foreign governments, security threats, as well as the State Department. But as an oilman,...

    Trump’s secretary of state pick calls Russia a ‘danger’
    Jan11

    Trump’s secretary of state pick calls Russia a ‘danger’

    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON — Arguing America must reassert its interests, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, tried on Wednesday to allay concerns that a Trump administration will pull back from the world or ignore threats from rivals. He said...

    The Trump Administration’s Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet
    Jan11

    The Trump Administration’s Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet

    With confirmation hearings beginning, attention is shifting slightly away from Trump and toward those who may make up his administration. Like the president-elect under whom they may soon be serving, many of Trump’s nominees have been pulled from the upper echelons of the business community or are otherwise political outsiders.Also like...

    Democrats press Tillerson on Russia
    Jan11

    Democrats press Tillerson on Russia

    Senate Democrats used the confirmation hearing for secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to press him on how he will deal with Russia, and to air concerns about Tillerson’s and President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to the Kremlin.Tillerson, in return, said the U.S. must be “clear-eyed” to the danger Russia...

    Beyond wild allegations, what’s clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing
    Jan11

    Beyond wild allegations, what’s clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing

    With reports that the Russian government may have dirt that they are using to blackmail Donald Trump setting the political world ablaze, it’s worth being clear about two things. One is that the content of these reports is unverified and, likely, unverifiable. What’s more, to the extent that any of it could be verified, it’s...

    Rex Tillerson confirmation hearing for Secretary of State: Live Blog #1
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson confirmation hearing for Secretary of State: Live Blog #1

    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is Trump’s pick for Secretary of State. The Senate is getting an early start this morning on talking about Tillerson, and we’ll be following along. You can watch the hearing here: x YouTube Video At the moment, Ted Cruz is doing the “fellow-Texan” lovefest, with a side order of how terrible things are...

    Donald Trump denies unverified report that he collaborated with Russian government during and before the campaign
    Jan11

    Donald Trump denies unverified report that he collaborated with Russian government during and before the campaign

    (Credit: AP/Andrew Harnik) The political fallout continues from unsubstantiated reports on Tuesday that the Russian government conspired with and compiled compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump. The report, which among other things alleges that Trump collaborated with the Russian government to undermine Hillary...