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How deep are ties between Russia and the GOP?

Recent events have driven home the point that Russian influence in American Republican politics is more prevalent than previously thought. The examples are numerous — and very serious: Donald Trump’s rejection of the conclusion of U.S. intelligence services about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial […]

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Trump-Putin summit: Vladimir gives Donald a performance review

Donald Trump had a one-on-one summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, after Trump met with NATO allies (at least they used to be) and after a visit to the United Kingdom. Instead of the conventional approach with interpreters on both sides and a written record of what’s discussed, the talk reportedly did not […]

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Trump visit to Israel could mean land mines ahead

No doubt Donald Trump hoped the Israel leg of his first foreign trip as president was going to be a piece of cake. Instead, the whole thing might crumble more quickly than poorly baked mandelbread. During the 2016 campaign, Trump bragged that he would be Israel’s best friend. He would move the U.S. Embassy from […]

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Comey firing shows Trump presidency is exhausting — but we keep persisting

Not a day goes by when our heads don’t spin. Not a week passes without some new outrage, some new attempt at distraction, some new blatant disregard for common decency, or some new breezy way to demonstrate that, sorry, rules just don’t apply to Donald Trump’s administration. Every day, it’s something else. The House passes […]

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Trump tells Comey ‘You’re fired’: The presidency is not a reality show

The office of the planet’s most powerful position — the leader of the free world — is not like being the host of Celebrity Apprentice. Donald Trump, a man who is drawn to the limelight like an eclipse of moths is drawn to a blazing inferno, loved to deliver his signature line of “You’re fired!” with […]

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Trump’s Syria gambit feels like Russian roulette

If you’re getting whiplash from yanking your head back and forth trying to keep up with Donald Trump’s evolving foreign policy (and we’re using that term loosely), you’re not alone. Trump is changing gears faster than a Grand Prix driver in a Bugatti. Since 2013, Trump has strongly advocated staying out of Syria. His 140-character […]

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Donald Trump and Russia: Like Watergate and Iran-Contra — only worse

It took Richard Nixon more than two years to own up to the Watergate scandal. Facing impeachment, he resigned, and top aides spent time in jail. Ronald Reagan’s administration traded arms to Iran for the release of a few American hostages in 1985, using profits from those arms sales to fund a war in Nicaragua, […]

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Clinton peels off voters of Eastern European ancestry from Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be adding to the factors that could cost him the election, but in a way his campaign didn’t see coming. As if Trump hasn’t inflicted enough damage on his campaign, and as his campaign and poll numbers sink further and further, Democratic nominee Hillary […]

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My email pen pal, Vladimir Putin

Dear Vlad, Do you mind if I call you Vlad? Ever since I learned that an email I sent to the Democratic National Committee was one of the thousands released after DNC emails were hacked by Russian intelligence, I figured you wanted to become buddies. It made me feel special, knowing that you and accused […]

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