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    WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election
    Oct08

    WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

    WASHINGTON — A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief: RACE and POLICING The continued deaths of unarmed African-American men women and children at the hands of police are turning into one of the most consequential civil rights issues of the new millennium. Since the death of Michael...

    Russian hacking crisis tests Obama’s nerve
    Oct08

    Russian hacking crisis tests Obama’s nerve

    President Barack Obama came under immediate pressure Friday night to punish Russia for hacking into US political institutions — with calls to rally European allies behind sweeping new sanctions against Moscow. The demands for swift action followed the administration’s extraordinary public statement accusing the Russian government of...

    Report: Lobbyist Helped Craft Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech While Promoting Russian Pipeline
    Oct08

    Report: Lobbyist Helped Craft Donald Trump Foreign Policy Speech While Promoting Russian Pipeline

    A Republican lobbyist who helped shape Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy speech was at the same time earning thousands of dollars to promote the construction of a natural-gas pipeline on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The firm of Richard Burt, who served in former President Ronald Reagan’s administration, was paid...

    Diane Francis: Ukraine’s survivor — Yulia Tymoshenko
    Oct08

    Diane Francis: Ukraine’s survivor — Yulia Tymoshenko

    Yulia Tymoshenko no longer braids her blond hair, but looks like a corporate lawyer from Berlin or Brussels, complete with glasses, an hour-glass figure, poise and exquisite grooming. She is the most famous and most controversial figure in Ukraine. And, however historians or critics judge her, she embodies the hardship endured by Ukraine’s...

    ON THE RECORD: HILLARY CLINTON’S TENURE AT STATE
    Oct08

    ON THE RECORD: HILLARY CLINTON’S TENURE AT STATE

    The views are those of the author.Hillary Clinton was an effective and well-respected Secretary of State at home and abroad. At the end of her time at State, a Washington Post-ABC news poll put her favorability rating at an astounding 67%. Reflecting on her work as Secretary, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said, “I think she’s...

    The US just formally accused Russia of interfering in the presidential election
    Oct08

    The US just formally accused Russia of interfering in the presidential election

    Late Friday afternoon, the US intelligence community made it official: Washington believes Moscow is intentionally meddling in the November US elections. The claim came in a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Security published on the DNI website. The two agencies formally accused Russia of...

    Putin to Visit Istanbul in Sign of Warming Ties, but Syria Tensions Grow
    Oct07

    Putin to Visit Istanbul in Sign of Warming Ties, but Syria Tensions Grow

    Diplomatic efforts between Ankara and Moscow are likely to get a boost Monday when President Vladimir Putin visits Turkey, where he is scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Growing differences over Syria, however, as well as Turkey’s moves to align itself closer to Saudi Arabia, threaten to overshadow Putin’s...

    U.S. Formally Accuses Russia Of Cyber Attacks Against Democratic Party Groups
    Oct07

    U.S. Formally Accuses Russia Of Cyber Attacks Against Democratic Party Groups

    By Jonathan Landay and Mark HosenballWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations during the campaign for the Nov. 8 presidential election.U.S. officials have said in the past few months that they believe cyber attacks were orchestrated by...

    Ukraine Is Going to Be a Big Problem for the Next U.S. President
    Oct07

    Ukraine Is Going to Be a Big Problem for the Next U.S. President

    Between the country’s corrupt and foundering government, and an aggressive Russia immune to U.S. attempts to rein in its encroaching behavior, the next administration needs to take Ukraine off the back policy burner. …read more Source: Foreign...

    Rabbi in critical condition following assault in Ukraine
    Oct07

    Rabbi in critical condition following assault in Ukraine

    (JTA) — A Chabad rabbi in Ukraine was severely beaten in the western city of Zhitomir, a spokesperson for the Hasidic group said, adding it is too early to tell whether the assault was a hate crime. Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and more recently in Israel, was assaulted at the city’s central train...