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As explosive new Russia revelations hit Trump, Republicans throw him a lifeline

Opinion Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events THE MORNING PLUM: For many months, leading Republicans have practically pleaded with President Trump in public to avail himself of a simple escape hatch on the

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-07-19 14:27:00

House Republicans defeat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter

Chairman Devin Nunes initially declined to recognize Adam Schiff's motion before recessing the panel for about 20 minutes. When it reconvened, the committee voted along party lines, 11-6, to table Schiff's attempt to bring the interpreter before the committee. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Republ

POLITICO - 2018-07-19 13:57:57

Mr. President, You Are Not in Charge

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering politics and policy. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.Read more opinionFollow @jbview on TwitterLISTEN TO ARTICLE4:19There’s a lot —alot— goin

BLOOMBERG - 2018-07-19 13:57:23

U.S. general: no new orders on Russian military in Syria since summit

July 19, 2018 / 1:26 PM / Updated 15 minutes ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. General Joseph Votel, who oversees military operations in Syria, said on Thursday he had received no new directions about relations with the Russian military since the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian Presi

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 13:26:06

Clapper confirms Trump was briefed on Putin's involvement in 2016 election

Clapper told CNN's "New Day" that he and other intelligence officers briefed Trump, who was President-elect at the time, and his team on January 6, 2017. CNN has that Trump was briefed on the report by the US intelligence community, which found that Putin ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at he

CNN - 2018-07-19 13:13:07

Barack Obama just reminded us what we’ve lost

FormerPresident Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech in South Africa, his first major address since leaving office, tried to answer perhaps the biggest current question in the world: Can democracy as we know it survive?

VOX - 2018-07-19 12:40:02

New Time Cover Has Some Creepy Trump-Putin Photoshopping

The magazine’s new edition was released days after Trump’s disastrous summit with Putin in Helsinki. During a joint press conference, Trumpsided with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies,saying he accepted Putin’s denials that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win. “I don’t see w

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2018-07-19 12:25:00

Britain has identified Russians suspected of Skripal nerve attack: PA

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have identified several Russians who they believe were behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the Press Association reported on Thursday, citing a source close to the investigation. Skripal, a former colonel in Russian

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 12:22:46

Russians Raise Their Fists (and Posters) Against Pension Reform

From Omsk to St. Petersburg, Russians took to the streets to protest the government’s controversial pension reform program that would see a hike in the country’s retirement age. Under the proposed legislation, the age would be raised to

MOSCOW TIMES - 2018-07-19 12:07:00

Putin says there are 'powerful forces' trying to undermine US-Russia relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said there are "forces" at work that are trying to hamper an improvement in U.S.-Russia relations.Commenting on his summit with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, Putin said "there are forces in the United States ready to sacrifice U.S.-Russi

CNBC - 2018-07-19 12:05:05

`Very Aggressive' Montenegro Defends Trump on World War III Jab

Montenegro, branded by U.S. President Donald Trump as a "very aggressive" NATO state that could drag the planet into World War III, shrugged off the barb, saying it was nothing new.Trump’s jab against the smallest and newest entrant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has further fanned intern

BLOOMBERG - 2018-07-19 11:50:29

Putin: U.S.-Russia relations on "the path to positive change"

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that hismeeting with President Trump in Helsinkiput U.S.-Russia relations on "the path to positive change" despite currently being "in some ways worse than during the Cold War,"per the AP.Why it matters:This is a talking point that Trump has touted f

AXIOS.COM - 2018-07-19 11:43:54

Russian hacker indictments reopen old wounds between Clinton and Sanders supporters

The convention was supposed to be the moment of unity after a bitterly competitive primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But the hacked emails, showing that DNC officials who were supposed to be neutral wereprivately belittling Sanders and his campaign, came out on the very first night

VOX - 2018-07-19 11:10:02

Ex-DOJ official reveals hidden meaning of bombshell NYT report: US intel agencies fear Trump is a double agent

MSNBC analyst Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for the Department of Justice and attorney general Eric Holder, explained the significance of theNew York Timesreportand how that information was revealed to the public.

RAW STORY - 2018-07-19 11:06:10

Moscow Mystery: Where Did All Its Treasuries Go?

Just a day after President Donald Trump’s much-maligned meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a monthly report from the Treasury Department showed that Russia is no longer considered a“major foreign holder”of U.S. government securities. That’s because in the two months through M

BLOOMBERG - 2018-07-19 11:00:19

The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington

Welcome to The Hill'sMorning Report, and happy Thursday! Our daily email gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch, co-created byJonathan EasleyandAlexis Simendinger.(CLICK HERE to subscribe!)

THE HILL - 2018-07-19 10:43:18

A historian surveys the wreckage of the Trump-Putin summit

In Foreign Affairs, a mere week ago, the historian and former diplomat Michael Kimmage made the case that the real action at the Helsinki meeting would quite likely occur behind the scenes, in unglamorous conversations among mid-level diplomats, who would begin much-needed exchanges about thorny iss

VOX - 2018-07-19 10:20:01

GOP seeks separation from Trump on Russia

Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to distance themselves from President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 timesESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley CupRussian ambassador: Trump made 'verbal agreements' with Pu

THE HILL - 2018-07-19 10:00:32

Russia slams proposal to question Trump summit translator

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian politicians are rallying behind Vladimir Putin and denouncing American suggestions that the translator at his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump be interrogated about what they discussed privately.Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, expressed hope Thursday t

AP - 2018-07-19 09:53:50

Mike Pence Looms As Donald Trump's Ultimate Poison Pill

This week, as Trump cravenly kowtowed to Vladimir Putin, Americans wondered if the U.S. president is a Russian asset ― and impeachment our only defense. Not his would-be successor.

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2018-07-19 09:46:14