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Russia’s “Breadbasket” Is Not Part of America’s Vital National Security Interest

Bob Barr, “Make America Great Again.” The phrase became ubiquitous during the 2016 presidential election as both a branding tagline and rallying cry for Donald Trump’s campaign. It quickly came to symbolize an “America-first” attitude in solving the country’s problems; rebuffing the rampant “anti-exceptionalism” demonstrated by the previous administration. Now, “MAGA” (as it is often

Paul Manafort’s French Connection

Rachel Marsden, PARIS — The news broke early Monday that Paul Manafort, a longtime Washington establishment figure and Republican political strategist, had been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election. People hear “Russia collusion investigation,”

Kremlin reportedly ordered state media to tone down Trump coverage

The Kremlin on Thursday ordered state media to tone down its rosy coverage of President Trump as concerns about Russia’s future relationship with the new administration grow, a report said. The crackdown on favorable Trump coverage comes at a time when U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies conduct several investigations to determine the extent of

Russia’s Probe in Ukraine Targets the Trump Administration

Austin Bay, It’s mid-winter, with temperatures plunging to five degrees Fahrenheit, but Russia’s creeping war of aggression in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region is heating up once again as Kremlin-supplied rebels attack Ukrainians defending the town of Avdiivka. Despite the Minsk Protocol ceasefire of September 2014, the Kremlin’s Ukraine war has never ceased. It began in

Fukushima Cleanup Uncovers Possible Melted Radioactive Fuel At Nuclear Plant Reactor

Tom O’Connor | IBTimes, The 2011 disaster forced about 160,000 residents to flee their homes in the area. Tokyo’s utility company discovered Monday what it suspects could be nuclear fuel debris inside of a reactor at its destroyed Fukushima plant in Japan. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has led efforts to clean up the

Divergent stances on key issues could spark clash between Trump and Ryan

Jim Stinson, House Speaker Paul Ryan was in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Monday when he got a phone call from the media. The reporter asked about President-Elect Donald Trump’s views on NATO, which he called obsolete. It was the kind of rhetoric used to distract voters while no real change happened along the borders, or in

Trump’s first foreign challenge: The Baltics?

John Moody, The largely overlooked deployment this past weekend of some 4,000 U.S. troops to Poland is an important message from Washington to Moscow: Don’t mess with Eastern Europe, especially the Baltics. It is a message that Donald Trump needs to reinforce, no matter how much he admires his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. “We have

‘We waited for decades’: Polish govt welcomes US troops

Polish leaders declared themselves alone no longer at a ceremony Saturday welcoming the arrival of U.S. troops as part of a deployment that has angered Russia. The presence of U.S. troops on Polish soil marks a historic moment—the first time Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to bolster NATO’s eastern flank. “”We

In Trump’s ongoing feud about Russia, he says those opposed to better relations ‘fools’

A day after U.S. intelligence officials said Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump, the president-elect renewed his call for better Washington-Moscow relations and suggested naysayers are “fools” or “stupid people.” The incoming Republican president, as he repeatedly did during his winning White House campaign, seemed eager Saturday to use Twitter