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Putin rips U.S. list targeting Russia's elite as 'hostile act'

The Trump administration late Monday released a list of hundreds of Russian politicians and oligarchs targeted for sanctions, fulfilling a demand by Congress that the U.S. punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. (Alexei Nikolsky / Associated Press)

The Trump administration has provided the Treasury Department with a list of some 210 Russians deemed close enough to Russian President Vladimir Putin to be targets for new sanctions.

What it means that Russia may have donated to the NRA to help Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Alexander Torshin (center) attend a Russia Day event in the Kremlin on June 12, 2011, in Moscow. Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images
This post is part of Mischiefs of Faction, an independent political science blog featuring reflections on the party system.

RUSSIA PURGED SUSPECTED SPIES AFTER TRUMP DOSSIER RELEASE: FUSION GPS

The full moon rises behind St Basil's Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow on June 8, 2017.

Russia embarked on a “purge” of suspected spies after the leak of the dossier that provided unsubstantiated claims of potential ties between President Donald Trump and the Russian government, according to the founder of the opposition research firm that produced the document.

Donald Trump's interview with the Wall Street Journal is absolutely, thoroughly, unbelievably NUTS

You’ve heard of a stream of consciousness? This isn’t one of those. Donald Trump’s unabridged interview with the Wall Street Journal is a piece of surrealistic, wibbly, wobbly … word stuff. Like a conversation as imagined by Hieronymus Bosch; every little nook and cranny is filled with another disconnected phrase, an out of the blue flash of narcissism, a jaw-dropping expression of paranoia. It’s a conversation from which it’s almost impossible to draw reasonable excerpts, because it only really comes alive when you can see it in the terrifying whole. This is The Iliad of self-delusion.

'Very high level of confidence' Russia used Kaspersky software for devastating NSA leaks

Three months after U.S. officials asserted that Russian intelligence used popular antivirus company Kaspersky to steal U.S. classified information, there are indications that the alleged espionage is related to a public campaign of highly damaging NSA leaks by a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers.

A Group of Former Nuclear Launch Officers Calls President Trump 'A Clear and Present Danger'

By ELI MEIXLER 1:26 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump’s readiness to threaten the use of America’s nuclear arsenal has unnerved diplomats and academics and inflamed tensions with North Korea over the first year of his presidency. Now former nuclear missile launch operators are adding themselves to the list of concerned observers.

White House Immigration Demands Imperil Bipartisan Talks

President Trump spoke to reporters on Friday, then headed for Camp David to meet with Republican leaders. He seemed to take a hard line on immigration. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday presented Congress with an expansive list of hard-line immigration measures, including an $18 billion request to build a wall at the Mexican border, that President Trump is demanding in exchange for protecting young undocumented immigrants.

The Russia Investigations: Sessions On Edge, Bannon Exiled And Internecine Combat

Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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This week in the Russia investigations: Big problems for Sessions, Bannon cut adrift and Republicans search for more weapons to fire.

Living on the edge
A lighthouse can stand safely on a barrier island one morning and then when a big storm blows through, be teetering at land's end by the next.

Kremlin 'concerned' that US may expand sanctions on Russia

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the Kremlin is "concerned" about the possibility of expanded U.S. sanctions on Russia.

"We don’t want to be in a situation where our bilateral relations, which are already in a rather pitiful state, could face even bigger and possibly unbearable risks and dangers," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Bloomberg.

"We have concerns about sanctions, but we don’t know what they will be, since it’s all still discussions that aren’t based on any official information," he added.

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