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2018-01-22
U.S.-Russian foreign and domestic enemies
Unconventional U.S.-Russia geopolitics

By Edward Lozansky
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2018-01-22
A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

By Gilbert Doctorow
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2018-01-22
US ambassador to take on icy dunk ritual to soak up Russian traditions
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2018-01-19
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 18 JANUARY 2018

BY PATRICK ARMSTRONG
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2018-01-19
Democrats Are Repudiating FDR's Precedent of Détente With Russia
By criminalizing alleged "contacts with the Kremlin"-and by demonizing Russia itself-today's Democrats are becoming the party of the new and more perilous Cold War.

By Stephen F. Cohen
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2018-01-19

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2018-01-17
Why Are the Media Ignoring Crucial Parts of the Simpson Testimony?
Fusion GPSs Glenn Simpson painted a disturbing portrait of hedge-fund manager William Browder.

By James Carden
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2018-01-17
Why Senator Cardin Is a Fitting Opponent for Chelsea Manning

By Norman Solomon
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2018-01-17
Putin may win presidential election in first round - poll

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2018-01-16
Democrats search for Russians any Russians for collusion story

BY JONATHAN TURLEY
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Russia House

2017-06-16

US Senate Votes to Tack on More Russia Sanctions to Iran Bill
More penalties for Americans if they wish to do business with Russians

By Jason Ditz

With only two dissenting voters, Sens. Rand Paul (R KY) and Mike Lee (R UT), the Senate today passed the Crapo Amendment, which imposes a series of new sanctions on Russia over what it claims is aggressive behavior. The legislation also prevents the president from removing any sanctions from Russia without prior Congressional authorization.

The amendment was tacked on to the Countering Irans Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, the latest in a long series of anti-Iran legislation which always passes with little opposition. The Russia amendment was broadly supported as well, with the vote 97-2 in favor, and only one abstention.

The main focus of the Russia sanctions will be its mining industry and metal production, with some sanctions also targeting foreign investors in the Russian energy market. Russia is among the worlds largest energy producers and exporters, providing large portions of the natural gas for Europe.

Debate on the amendment included not only the usual scaremongering about the threat of Russia, but also consistent attacks on President Trump for having willingly met with top Russian officials since taking office, with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D OH) saying that allowing Russian state media at such meetings amounted to hiding from the American people.

"Antiwar.com"