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    Senate Sends Russia Sanctions Bill To Trump, Moscow Retaliates
    Jul28

    Senate Sends Russia Sanctions Bill To Trump, Moscow Retaliates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. embassy’s recreation retreat....

    Russia Orders Cut In US Diplomats In Reaction To Sanctions
    Jul28

    Russia Orders Cut In US Diplomats In Reaction To Sanctions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia on Friday and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia. The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to...

    Check This Out
    Jul27

    Check This Out

    Over recent months I’ve been telling you about various changes we’re making at TPM, expanding our team with the changes made possible with our membership program, setting up our new Investigations Desk and a bunch more. What I wanted with the Investigations Desk was to add a stable of new reporters who could dramatically increase our...

    Trump’s Ex-Biz Partner Eyed Energy Deal As He Helped Push Ukraine ‘Peace Plan’
    Jul27

    Trump’s Ex-Biz Partner Eyed Energy Deal As He Helped Push Ukraine ‘Peace Plan’

    When a former business partner of President Donald Trump’s and a Ukrainian politician approached an ally of the administration with a “peace plan,” they were already at work on an energy trading deal. That deal, said one of the region’s leading energy policy experts, stood to benefit from the scheme the pair proposed to resolve the...

    Russia Sanctions Bill Exposes Trump’s Legislative Tug Of War
    Jul27

    Russia Sanctions Bill Exposes Trump’s Legislative Tug Of War

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. Trump’s vow to extend a hand of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir...

    New Sanctions Against Russia, Iran, North Korea Hits Snag In Senate
    Jul26

    New Sanctions Against Russia, Iran, North Korea Hits Snag In Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea has a hit a snag in the Senate, where the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee has objected to the House’s decision to include penalties targeting Pyongyang in the legislation. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters Wednesday that he...

    Obscure Law Drawing Focus In Russia Probe Rarely Ends In Prosecution
    Jul26

    Obscure Law Drawing Focus In Russia Probe Rarely Ends In Prosecution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminal prosecutions are rare for people who fail to register as foreign agents, according to a top Justice Department official who testified Wednesday about an obscure law receiving new attention amid investigations into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. Adam Hickey, a deputy assistant attorney general, told...

    Senate Judiciary Committee Withdraws Subpoena For Manafort
    Jul26

    Senate Judiciary Committee Withdraws Subpoena For Manafort

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents and to continue...

    Rick Perry Tricked Into Fake Interview With Russian Pranksters
    Jul26

    Rick Perry Tricked Into Fake Interview With Russian Pranksters

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry thought he was talking to Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. But the 22-minute phone call he held this week, discussing everything from deals on coal exports to President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate deal, was actually with two Russian pranksters who call themselves the “Jerky Boys...

    Trump’s Conduits For Capital From The Former Soviet Bloc Are Actually Old Pals
    Jul25

    Trump’s Conduits For Capital From The Former Soviet Bloc Are Actually Old Pals

    Two very different men have been instrumental in introducing financiers and clients from Russia and the former Soviet bloc to the Trump Organization’s real estate machine: Felix Sater, Donald Trump’s former business partner and a convicted felon, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s brash, longtime personal attorney. And TPM now has...

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