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Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020 Elections
Intelligence Community Expecting More Russian Interference This Election Cycle
2020-10-05 12:56:14
by Reece Nations

The United States’ intelligence community is expecting active Russian disinformation efforts to influence the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to analysis by the RAND Corporation. Among the corporation’s key findings was that technological innovation has made widespread propaganda... Read More

Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says
2020 Elections
Trump Vote-Rigging Claims Fit Russia’s Plan, Former Top Spy Says

President Donald Trump is playing into Russia’s hands by claiming that his political adversaries are trying to rig the U.S. election, a former senior intelligence official said. Sue Gordon, who left the second-highest post in the Office of the Director... Read More

Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence
2016 U.S. Election
Whistleblower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Evidence

WASHINGTON — Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief. The complaint by Brian Murphy alleges interference from... Read More

Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska
Geopolitics
Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that... Read More

Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning
Foreign Affairs
Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old... Read More

Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds
Political News
Trump’s 2016 Campaign Chair Communicated with Russian Intelligence, Bipartisan Senate Panel Finds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign eagerly capitalized on Russia’s efforts to meddle in the U.S. election four years ago, according to a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report that raises new concerns about connections between his top aides and... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots
Health
Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On
Health
Putin Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine Even As Trials Go On

President Vladimir Putin said Russia cleared the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine for use and hopes to begin mass inoculation soon, even before clinical testing has finished. “The first registration has taken place,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting,... Read More

Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin
Geopolitics
Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite having numerous phone calls as recently as last week. “I have... Read More

Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
Geopolitics
Blue Dogs Urge Congress to Respond to Russian Bounties Reports
2020-07-28 20:33:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is urging the chamber to take up two measures aimed at responding to reports of a Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In... Read More

U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
Geopolitics
U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space
2020-07-24 13:28:42
by Gaspard Le Dem

U.S. Space Command on Wednesday said it had proof that Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon from outer space last week. The agency, which is in charge of U.S. military operations in space, said that a Russian satellite by the name... Read More

Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020 Elections
Dems Ask FBI Director to Brief House on Foreign Efforts to Upend November Election
2020-07-21 17:34:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide a classified briefing before the August recess on how the agency is combating an active... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
Congress
Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.
2020-07-07 23:33:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule of Vladimir Putin and a growing threat to the United States. They said recent reports that the Russian military paid... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
2020-07-02 14:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is... Read More

Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports
Geopolitics
Trump’s Deference to Putin Back Under Harsh Scrutiny After Russian Bounty Reports

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s deference to Vladimir Putin is back under the microscope amid accusations that he ignored intelligence that Russia offered to pay Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Democrats returning from a classified briefing at... Read More

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference
2020 Elections
White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
Elections
Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
2020-02-22 00:09:25
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday called for the immediate passage of bipartisan legislation safeguarding the nation's elections in the wake of a New York Times report Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to assure President... Read More

Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda
Russia
Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda

KAZAN, Russia — This month, school officials across Tatarstan were ordered to trim by half the number of hours of optional lessons offered in the Tatar language — from four a week down to two. The directive came two years... Read More

Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?
Russia
Does Putin Intend to Rule for Life — or Does He Have Other Plans?

MOSCOW — When Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes last month, prompting the replacement of his entire government, analysts were quick to assume he was charting a course to rule Russia for life. Weeks later, here’s what we... Read More

Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is “concerned” about a report that Russia may be attempting to undermine Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump’s top national security official said Sunday. Trump has warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, not... Read More

Report Sharply Criticizes FBI But Finds No Partisan Bias in Russia Probe
Russia
Report Sharply Criticizes FBI But Finds No Partisan Bias in Russia Probe

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI on Monday for its clandestine surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser suspected of working with Russian intelligence, describing a systematic breakdown and numerous errors in a politically charged... Read More

State Dept. Officials Warn Senate About Russian Threats to US
Geopolitics
State Dept. Officials Warn Senate About Russian Threats to US
2019-12-05 20:10:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. State Department officials warned Tuesday about aggression from Russia as Congress considers legislation to counter the country’s military and political threats. The officials spoke during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reviewed... Read More

White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End
Impeachment
White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End

WASHINGTON — Two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump closed Thursday with a collective warning from witnesses: Russia is again trying to sow political discord in the U.S. and interfere in the presidential election... Read More

Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says
Cybersecurity
Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says

WASHINGTON — A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyber attacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their identities, according to joint advisories by the U.S. and the U.K. The group,... Read More

Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
Diplomacy
Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
2019-08-06 20:13:03
by Dan McCue

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two years in Moscow, its “time to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” “American citizenship is a privilege... Read More

Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
2019-07-30 14:53:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump has ordered him to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the 2020 election and begin the closing chapter of the nearly two-decade-old conflict. "That's... Read More

DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
Foreign Affairs
DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
2019-05-21 21:46:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian news and information that critics describe as propaganda, a federal judge ruled last week. This week, the Justice Department hailed... Read More

Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
Foreign Affairs
Experts Say US-Russian Collaboration on Arms Control Still Vital
2019-05-17 21:14:16
by HJ Mai

The United States and Russia each still possess enough nuclear warheads to ensure mutual destruction in case of an armed conflict between the former superpowers. It’s a scenario that has kept the world and the residents of both countries in... Read More

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