NATO chief: ‘We don’t want a new Cold War’ with Russia

NATO doesn’t want a “new Cold War” with Russia despite members’ concerns about the Russian military buildup close to NATO’s border, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. “We are concerned by …. (Russia’s) lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises,” […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Russia did interfere in 2016 elections

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday largely endorsed the findings of the intelligence community that Russia sought to sway the 2016 U.S. elections through a hacking and influence campaign, and they called for a “more aggressive, whole-of-government approach” to ensure future elections are not similarly compromised. “There is consensus among members and staff that we trust the […]

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Dem activists warn against impeachment talk on Russia

Democratic lawmakers are being advised by a network of progressive activists trying – for the first time – to coordinate the party’s messaging on the special counsel investigation of President Trump’s Russia ties. A core piece of advice: Do not “invoke impeachment.” The guidance comes from a memo funded by groups, including MoveOn.org, Stand Up America, Public Citizen and the Indivisible […]

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Russia condemns US visa restrictions

Russia has condemned a US decision to make Russians go to Moscow if they want a visa for the United States. A US embassy statement said non-immigrant visas would no longer be issued at the three US consulates in Russia – only at the Moscow embassy. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was an attempt to provoke discontent among Russians towards […]

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In break with Trump, top Intel, Homeland Security officials affirm Russia’s election meddling

President Trump still won’t say whether he believes the Russian government meddled in the presidential election. But his top intelligence and homeland security officials this week affirmed the intelligence community’s unqualified assessment that it did. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House Homeland and Counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert all said they backed the conclusion that […]

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Analysis: White House’s ill-timed knock on Russia sanctions

The Trump White House picked the worst possible time to criticize a package of new Russia sanctions that is heading toward almost certain and overwhelming approval by Congress. The administration stayed on the sidelines as lawmakers crafted the legislation popular with Republicans and Democrats alike. And now its complaints over a key section of the bill are drowned out amid […]

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Trump backing off idea of ‘cyber security unit’ with Russia

President Donald Trump appears to be backing away from the idea of working with Russia to create a “cyber security unit” to guard against election hacking. Trump tweeted Sunday morning about discussing such a unit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yet it’s Russia that U.S. intelligence officials blame for meddling in last year’s election. Widespread ridicule greeted Trump’s tweet. Republican […]

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Bill expanding U.S. sanctions against Russia stalls in House

A bill pending in Congress that would expand U.S. sanctions against Russia and require congressional approval for any lifting, suspension or termination of current sanctions by the Trump administration is being held up in the House. The Senate originally passed the legislation, which would also impose sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program, in an overwhelming 97-2 vote in mid-June. The House, however, […]

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