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  • Flashback: 'I'm Thrilled He's Here,' Bush Says As Putin Visits His Texas Ranch

    07/19/2018 6:26:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2001 | Peter Baker
    Vladimir Putin, wannabe cowboy and newly minted close buddy of President Bush, eagerly wanted to ride a horse in Texas, so he may have been disappointed to learn that Bush zips around his ranch in a Ford pickup. That's what was awaiting the Putins as they landed at the Bush ranch outside Waco in midafternoon. The Bushes, in ranch gear and carrying umbrellas to shield their guests from the rain, met the casually attired Putins when they arrived by helicopter for an overnight and barbecue at the Bush home. "The president brought the rain, for which we're always grateful in...
  • Russia tests new nuclear weapons after summit with Trump

    07/19/2018 6:31:24 PM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s military is testing an array of new nuclear and other weapons, from a high-powered laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range. The Defense Ministry made a string of announcements about progress on the weapons, unveiled in a speech by President Vladimir Putin in March. The ministry said it has tested the Burevestnik cruise missile on the ground and is now readying flight tests. Military officials said they are practicing use of the Peresvet high-powered laser weapon system, and launching trials of the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.
  • [Louisiana] Sen. Kennedy Says Former CIA Director Brennan is 'Lost in a Sea of Dumb'

    07/19/2018 4:05:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2018 | 2:46 PM EDT | Gavi Greenspan
    Sen. John Kennedy (R.-La.) said on Thursday that former CIA Director John Brennan “is lost in a sea of dumb.” Kennedy was commenting on Brennan’s claim that President Donald Trump’s Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “nothing short of treasonous.” […] At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, asked Senator Kennedy: […] “Do you agree with Brennan that Trump’s actions were treasonous?” Kennedy said: “Brennan is lost in a sea of dumb and has been.” […] When Brennan voted for the CPUSA, the Soviet Union still occupied Eastern Europe and had split Berlin, Germany in two with...
  • Schumer to Trump: No one-on-one talks with Putin until Helsinki details released

    07/19/2018 3:36:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn't hold additional one-on-one meetings until the administration details what happened during Monday's Helsinki summit. “Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin. In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else," Schumer said in a statement. Talk of a second meeting comes days after the two leaders met one-on-one for two hours in Helsinki. Trump sparked widespread backlash during a press conference after the meeting by refusing to...
  • GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia [Flake]

    07/19/2018 1:23:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/19/18 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Texas) blocked a resolution on Thursday that would have lent the Senate's support to the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which was offered up in the wake of President Trump’s Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) tried to pass their resolution by unanimous consent, which requires the sign off of every senator. But Cornyn objected, saying senators should focus on passing new sanctions legislation and warning that they should work through the committee process. "It is purely a symbolic act...
  • First Win for Trump-Putin Summit: Agreement to Restrain Iran in Syria

    07/18/2018 6:58:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2018 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Donald Trump has been criticized by the media and by Beltway politicians of both parties for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But the summit has already produced a very significant win: namely, agreement to avoid a war in the Middle East by restraining Iran in Syria. As Breitbart News columnist Caroline Glick noted last month, it was crucial that Trump confront Putin over Syria, because Russia was about to allow Iranian and Hezbollah soldiers, dressed in Syrian uniforms, to move into southwestern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan.
  • Prominent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead (Bill Browder)

    07/19/2018 2:20:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Aris Folley
    Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday said that if President Trump turns him over to the Russian government he will be handing him over to his death. "To hand me over to Putin is basically to hand me over to my death," Browder said while appearing on CNN’s "At This Hour." Putin mentioned Browder by name during a press conference with the president on Monday, where the Russian leader said that the Kremlin would permit special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to travel to Russia and question 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the Russia...
  • Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to

    07/19/2018 12:50:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 114 replies ^ | 7/19/18 | Geoff Earle,
    Full tile.... Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia ..... The Trump-Helsinki summit brought new accusations in Congress Thursday, as GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona accused the president of providing 'aid and comfort' to the enemy. Flake's choice of words evoked the Constitution's definition of treason – at a time when President Trump is facing a new level of scrutiny for his refusal to forcefully condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for election meddling during their summit meeting Monday in Finland. 'By choosing to reject objective reality in...
  • Nearly half of Republicans doubt Russia meddled: Poll

    07/19/2018 8:22:58 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 19, 2018
    A new poll found a majority in the U.S. disapprove of President Trump's handling of a Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that among Republicans, there's widespread doubt that Russia intervened in the 2016 election. Overall, 55 percent of poll respondents disapproved of Trump's handling of the Putin summit, and 32 percent approved. The poll was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday by CBS News, and it found a partisan divide in reaction to the summit, which Trump said Thursday was "a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media."
  • Ann Coulter: Putin Is Killing Millions Of Americans

    07/19/2018 8:01:52 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 18, 2018 | Ann Coulter
    I don't know what Trump said during that two hours when he met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but like so many in the media, I know what I hope he said: Mr. Putin, I need you to publicly admit your complicity in our illegal alien problem. Only if Putin owns up to deploying a vast network of Russian assets to personally direct the movements of millions of illegal aliens across the Sonoran Desert, through dozens of checkpoints and into our country, in fulfillment of his master plan to attack America's financial viability, national security and future prospects, will...
  • Latest New Yorker cover mocks Trump’s comedy of Helsinki errors

    07/19/2018 7:28:25 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | July 19, 2018 | Michael Cavna
    “BOTH CHAPLIN and Trump are iconic clowns,” New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt told Comic Riffs last year, when describing his political spoof of the silent comedian’s classic film “Modern Times.” Once again, with the magazine’s latest cover unveiled Thursday, Blitt is rendering President Trump as a cartoon buffoon who is still stymied and embarrassed by moving parts. For the new cover, titled “Thumbs-Up,” Blitt employs a visual callback to when the president-to-be descended a Trump Tower escalator during the event to announce his run for the White House. In the wake of Monday’s controversial Helsinki summit with Russian President...
  • American Scholars Say The Real Threat To The U.S. Is Russophobia

    07/19/2018 7:14:44 AM PDT · by MikeyB806 · 58 replies
    President Trump set off a roar of outrage when he defied U.S. intelligence agencies to defend Vladimir Putin and Russia against allegations of meddling. Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to condemn the president's deference to Putin, but his conclusion that the U.S. and Russia are both to blame for the deteriorated relationship is not without defenders. Take, for example, two American foreign policy experts, Stephen F. Cohen and John Mearsheimer, who both say they agree with Trump on that point, whether you think that makes them Putin's patsy or not. And they're both afraid anti-Russia sentiment in the U.S. will tank...
  • NATO's Challenge Is Germany, Not America

    07/19/2018 6:59:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | July 19, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound -- one that has predated Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. In an era when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are now ancient history, everyone praises NATO as "indispensable" and "essential" to Western solidarity and European security. But few feel any need to explain how and why that could still be so.
  • Russia hosts Pakistan, India, China for joint 'anti-terror' wargames next month

    07/19/2018 6:58:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Jul 2018
    Militaries of India and Pakistan will be part of a mega anti-terror drill in Russia next month which is being organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with an aim to expand cooperation among the member countries to deal with terrorism and extremism. It will be for the first time since Independence that India and Pakistan will both be part of a military exercise, though the armies of the two nations have worked together in UN peacekeeping missions. Around 200 Army and Air Force personnel from India will be participating in the exercise scheduled from August 20-29 at Chelyabinsk city...
  • Yes, We Should Fight for Montenegro

    07/19/2018 6:30:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | July 18, 2018 | David French
    Once again, Donald Trump has raised questions about America’s commitment to NATO, this time in an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. Carlson asked a variation of the typical question about American military commitments overseas: Why send our kids to fight in obscure foreign lands? Membership in NATO obligates the members to defend any other member that’s attacked. So let’s say Montenegro, which joined last year, is attacked. Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?
  • Trump Wanted a Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For

    07/19/2018 5:37:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 48 replies
    Time ^ | 19 July 2018 | Brian Bennett
    ‘Who do you believe?’ It was a simple question, asked of President Trump by a seasoned reporter, but it sent a jolt through the assembled media at the July 16 press conference held at an ornate palace in Helsinki. Vladimir Putin had just denied again that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. America’s Justice Department, intelligence community and both chambers of Congress have concluded, definitively, that the Kremlin had done it. Who did Trump trust more? This was the moment for the President to deliver a forceful rebuke to America’s long-standing adversary. Instead, Trump replied: “I have confidence...
  • Fmr. Obama Official: Trump May Have Leaked Intel “Crown Jewels” to Putin

    07/19/2018 4:19:50 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 90 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today’s Morning Joe, Matthew Miller, former spokesman for Obama AG Eric Holder, suggested that during their Helsinki meeting, President Trump might have leaked to Putin the existence of a “human source close to Vladimir Putin who was cooperating with the US intelligence community.” Miller described such information as the “crown jewels” of US intelligence, and continued: “I can’t believe this is something I’m saying about the President of the United States, but it made me wonder if people are suspicious that [Trump] revealed sensitive classified intelligence, including human source information, to the President of the Russian Federation?” Get the...
  • Britain has identified Russians suspected of Skripal nerve attack: PA

    07/19/2018 1:28:09 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies ^ | July 19, 2018 | Guy Faulconbridge
    British police have identified several Russians who they believe were behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the Press Association reported on Thursday, citing a source close to the investigation.
  • Russian bots are using #WalkAway to try to wound Dems in midterms

    07/19/2018 1:16:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | 17/7/18 | David A. Love
    Video Now, in this 2018-midterm election season, as some predict a blue wave of resistance to Trump, his policies and alarming authoritarianism, Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too. But this time it won't work. The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party's alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party. .....
  • The Trump/Putin Summit Is the Worst Thing Ever Until the Next Worse Thing Ever

    07/18/2018 9:38:47 PM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    Here’s a secret everyone knows: this Trump/Russia/Treason thing is nonsense. The Russians will do whatever they can to destabilize our country, and have been trying since long before Teddy Kennedy actually did collude with the Reds against Ronald Reagan. Of course they want to destabilize us. They’re Russians. But now we are getting a ration of insanity about it from a bunch of people who only discovered that Ivan is bad news about the same time Stumbles McMyTurn lost. When they are yelling that Donald Trump’s press conference was (Pearl Harbor + 9/11) x 1,000,000, forget about raising any legit...