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    House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump
    Jul26

    House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump

    By Mike Debonis and Karoun Demirjian | Washington Post WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to advance new financial sanctions against key U.S. adversaries and deliver a foreign-policy brushback to President Donald Trump by limiting his ability to waive many of them. Related Articles Cooperation with Russia becomes central to...

    Maybe Justin Bieber wants to start his own church, report from Down Under says
    Jul25

    Maybe Justin Bieber wants to start his own church, report from Down Under says

    As Justin Bieber shocked the worldwide Belieber community Monday by canceling the remaining 15 dates of his Purpose tour, he explained he’s fine but needed to take a break after 16 intense months of being on the road. Related Articles Justin Bieber ‘just over it,’ cancels tour’s final shows Celebrity photos: Ariana Grande,...

    Trump vs. Jeff Sessions: New round of Twitter attacks
    Jul25

    Trump vs. Jeff Sessions: New round of Twitter attacks

    By Jenna Johnson and William Branigin, (c) 2017, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump launched another public assault Tuesday morning on his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, questioning why the Justice Department chief has not done more to investigate alleged “crimes” by Hillary Clinton and those who have leaked information...

    Ex-Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump over remarks about intelligence community
    Jul22

    Ex-Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump over remarks about intelligence community

    Ellen Nakashima | Washington Post ASPEN, Colo. – Two former senior Obama administration intelligence officials on Friday expressed anger at President Donald Trump’s statements disparaging the intelligence community and disbelief at his embrace of Russia. File photo: Former CIA director John Brennan said he was dismayed by the “photo op” of...

    Officials: Sessions, Kislyak spoke about Trump campaign
    Jul22

    Officials: Sessions, Kislyak spoke about Trump campaign

    By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miler | Washington Post WASHINGTON — Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney...

    U.S. says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO
    Jul20

    U.S. says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO

    By Damian Paletta and Carol Morello | Washington Post The Treasury Department on Thursday said it was fining ExxonMobil $2 million for violating sanctions against Russia by entering into banned business agreements while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson led the company. Related Articles U.S. revises Russia sanctions for electronics exports Trump...

    Russians are said to be suspects in U.S. nuclear site hackings
    Jul07

    Russians are said to be suspects in U.S. nuclear site hackings

    By Michael Riley, Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Brian Gruley Hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas, according to current and former U.S. officials, sparking concerns the attackers were searching for vulnerabilities in the electrical grid. The...

    Trump meets Putin ahead of historic sit-down
    Jul07

    Trump meets Putin ahead of historic sit-down

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — With broad grins and a warm handshake, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin warmed up for their historic encounter on Friday under the shadow of U.S. outrage about Russian election-meddling and nagging questions about potential Trump campaign...

    Donald Trump’s latest handshake fail: Poland’s First Lady snubs him to shake hands first with Melania
    Jul06

    Donald Trump’s latest handshake fail: Poland’s First Lady snubs him to shake hands first with Melania

    Many might do the same thing if they were in the position of Poland’s first lady Agata Kornauser-Duda — given Donald Trump’s record of awkward handshakes with other world leaders or the challenges he’s faced in even getting his wife Melania Trump to touch his hand on the tarmac in Israel. Related Articles Maybe Melania Trump...

    As cyberattack hit, Ukrainians turned to Facebook, Google
    Jul05

    As cyberattack hit, Ukrainians turned to Facebook, Google

    BORYSPIL, Ukraine — When departure information disappeared from Kiev airport’s website after last week’s cyberattack, employees trained a camera on the departure board and broadcast it to YouTube. When government servers were switched off, officials posted updates to Facebook. And with the disruption continuing, office workers have...

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