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    Mueller Closes In on Manafort
    Aug09

    Mueller Closes In on Manafort

    FBI agents directed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller raided a home owned by Paul Manafort last month in the latest sign that the Russia investigation is taking an aggressive new posture toward the former Trump campaign chairman.According to The Washington Post, federal agents appeared with a search warrant at an Alexandria, Virginia, home owned...

    How Women Lived Under Soviet Rule
    Aug08

    How Women Lived Under Soviet Rule

    Before stepping onto the stage, Svetlana Alexievich left me with her grayish-beige leather coat, as unfashionable as the rest of her. We had met by chance in March at a literary festival in Austria where the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in literature—a stocky woman in her late 60s, barely 5 feet tall—was being honored. “Hold it for me,” she said, and...

    Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Secret Service Edition
    Aug04

    Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Secret Service Edition

    President Donald Trump’s decision to retain ownership of his business while in office means that he can profit from government entities that are obligated to patronize his properties. For the Secret Service, which sets up a protective perimeter around the president and vice president’s non-White House residences, this means paying the...

    Why Europe Opposes America’s New Russia Sanctions
    Aug03

    Why Europe Opposes America’s New Russia Sanctions

    When President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will impose new sanctions on Russia, he simultaneously expressed his opposition to the measure. The law aims to punish Moscow for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and limit the president’s own ability to unilaterally lift such sanctions. “By limiting the...

    Russia’s Back-to-the-80s Foreign Policy
    Aug02

    Russia’s Back-to-the-80s Foreign Policy

    “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The latest round of Russian-American embassy staff hits—Russia cut hundreds of U.S. Embassy employees in an escalatory response to U.S. expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats last December—recall the big Soviet-American embassy staff expulsions of 1986. Few recall the details of these Reagan-era...

    Trump’s Worst Week Yet
    Jul31

    Trump’s Worst Week Yet

    There hasn’t been a single smooth week in the Trump presidency, but last week was, by popular consensus, the worst of them so far. Given the struggles of this president, that’s no small statement. What was remarkable was the breadth of Trump’s troubles. His top legislative priority was, once again, knocked flat. He had to...

    Vladimir Putin to America: You’ve Let Me Down
    Jul31

    Vladimir Putin to America: You’ve Let Me Down

    Sunday night, Vladimir Putin went on national television and explained his decision to slice American diplomatic staff in Russia by two-thirds. He was retaliating for Barack Obama’s December expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, as well as newly passed congressional sanctions, by kicking out 755 American diplomatic staff—a response over 20...

    Russia Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats
    Jul30

    Russia Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he will expel 755 U.S diplomats by the end of the month. Earlier this week, Putin signaled he’d retaliate against a bill Congress passed that increases sanctions against Russia for its illegal invasion of the Crimea, and for interfering in the U.S. election.Putin made the announcement in an...

    The Testing Ground for Trump’s Russia Policy
    Jul30

    The Testing Ground for Trump’s Russia Policy

    At the moment, U.S.-Russian relations could be thought of as a live experiment in the “Great Man” theory of history, which attributes historical change to the actions of exceptional individuals rather than impersonal forces that transcend any man or woman. If it were up to Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, it seems, Russia and the United States...

    Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff
    Jul28

    Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff

    Russia ordered the U.S. Friday to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country to 455 and seized two American diplomatic properties, in retaliation for similar steps ordered by the Obama administration last December and a sweeping sanctions bill approved this week by the U.S. Congress.“The Russian side is suspending as of August 1 the use by the...

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