Category Archives: Russia

Quite an interview: Katie Couric interviews Russian embassy spokesperson Maria Zakharova

A fascinating roughly 25:00 interview between Yahoo! News’ Katie Couric and Maria Zakharova, the Russian Embassy spokesperson in the U.S. Among the highlights: Zakharova immediately challenges Couric for suggesting Vladimir Putin heads a “regime.” Zakharova bemoans the development of fake … Continue reading

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From Russia (to Le Pen), with Love

The Associated Press reports that Russian hackers are trying to undermine Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, as the final round of the French presidential campaign nears. The campaign’s digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday … Continue reading

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Russia says NYET to Eurovision

In Russia? Hoping to watch Eurovision? That’s going to be a problem. The Russians have announced they won’t allow the program to be televised inside Russia. And it has everything to do with Ukraine being the host. As NPR reports, … Continue reading

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Did Trump do the right thing in ordering a missile strike against Syria?

President Trump laid out a simple rationale for ordering missile strikes against Syria: When Bashar al-Assad unleashed chemical weapons on his own people, he had crossed a humanitarian line that demanded a firm response. Put another way, the president asserted … Continue reading

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Kremlin, to White House: How dare you bomb Syria!

TASS reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin is not happy with President Trump for authorizing a missile strike on Syria. President Putin considers the US strikes against Syria an act of aggression against a sovereign country violating the norms of … Continue reading

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He used to work for Breitbart. Now, he’s “on the Russian payroll”

The Atlantic reports that Lee Stranahan has a new job. “I’m on the Russian payroll now, when you work at Sputnik you’re being paid by the Russians,” former Breitbart investigative reporter Lee Stranahan told me. “That’s what it is. I … Continue reading

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Russia doubles down on Syrian attack as no big deal; Trump preps military strike

The phrase “seek and avoid” often is used in context of people who gravitate toward those things they like and avoid those that they don’t. But “seek and avoid” today seems to best describe President Donald Trump, as the seeker, … Continue reading

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