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    The Hill Staffer at the Center of the Russia Intrigue
    Jul20

    The Hill Staffer at the Center of the Russia Intrigue

    In the spring of 2016, a longtime Washington operative pulled aside French Hill during a trip to Moscow and introduced the conservative Arkansas congressman to two Russians who are now at the center of a firestorm over the activities of Donald Trump Jr.In the brief encounter, which took place two months before their now-infamous meeting with the...

    What Politicos Are Reading This Summer
    Jul16

    What Politicos Are Reading This Summer

    “There are two motives for reading a book,” once wrote Nobel Laureate Bertrand Russell. “One, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” It does make you wonder what Russell would have thought of today’s political scene, where there’s no surer mark of fame than whether strangers are willing to read about what...

    Week 8: Russians Bearing Dirt Come Calling and a Scandal Finds a Home
    Jul15

    Week 8: Russians Bearing Dirt Come Calling and a Scandal Finds a Home

    The scandal with no name took an accelerating turn this week as the New York Times uncoiled three stunning stories about a June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower where Donald Trump’s president’s kin and campaign brain trust conferred with a Russian emissary and her entourage. The naming convention for political scandals insists that we...

    What Is Collusion? Is It Even a Crime?
    Jul12

    What Is Collusion? Is It Even a Crime?

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. Yet, the revelation of a meeting last year—between his son, his campaign chairman, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government—suggests that the question of...

    GOP Researcher Who Sought Clinton Emails Had Alt-Right Help
    Jul11

    GOP Researcher Who Sought Clinton Emails Had Alt-Right Help

    The saga of Peter Smith’s quest to obtain 33,000 emails deleted by Hillary Clinton—an effort now at the center of intrigue swirling around the Donald Trump campaign’s ties to Russia— keeps getting weirder.In his Hail Mary bid to tip the election to Trump, the Republican private equity executive enlisted two controversial alt-right...

    Donald Trump Jr. in legal danger for Russia meeting about Clinton dirt
    Jul10

    Donald Trump Jr. in legal danger for Russia meeting about Clinton dirt

    Donald Trump Jr. is in a legal danger zone following his acknowledgment that he met during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who offered to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton.Democratic and Republican lawyers and political operatives alike say President Donald Trump’s oldest...

    Tom Donilon: The Full Transcript
    Jul10

    Tom Donilon: The Full Transcript

    Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on iTunes here. | Subscribe via Stitcher.”As an advisor to three presidents, you see dozens and dozens of times where it makes a huge difference who the president is. What questions does he ask? What decisions does he bring on to the agenda? How does he interact with a particular world leader? Again, dozens...

    Trump’s deal with Russia alarms cyber experts
    Jul10

    Trump’s deal with Russia alarms cyber experts

    President Donald Trump’s pledge for cybersecurity cooperation with Russia would likely fail quickly and could even make the U.S. less secure, numerous cyber analysts said Sunday after the president’s announcement met dismay and mockery from lawmakers of both parties.Trump cryptically declared on Twitter early Sunday that he and...

    Trump: I discussed ‘impenetrable cyber security unit’ with Putin
    Jul09

    Trump: I discussed ‘impenetrable cyber security unit’ with Putin

    President Donald Trump said Sunday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to safeguard against election hacking when the two leaders met in Germany last week.Trump tweeted Sunday that he “strongly pressed” Putin twice during their two-hour conclave at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on...

    Trump’s pursuit of friendship with Putin fulfills his campaign promise
    Jul08

    Trump’s pursuit of friendship with Putin fulfills his campaign promise

    HAMBURG — When it comes to dealing with Russia, President Donald Trump is keeping his promise.As president, Trump has backed away from campaign promises to impose tariffs on China, scrap the Iran nuclear deal and quickly build a wall on the Mexican border.But nothing has deterred him from his vow to test the possibilities of diplomacy with...

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