Yesterday's Senate Armed Services hearing on Russian hacking augurs quite badly for Trump if he is really hell-bent on a major confrontation with the intelligence community over its Russia conclusions.
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A variety of recent reports have noted complaints that the sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the November election are insufficient. For example,
As expected, the Obama Administration today announced some of its response to Russian interference in the U.S. election.
On November 30th, the House passed H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY'17. While it remains to be seen what if anything ultimately emerges at the end of the process, I'd like to highlight some items in the current bill that I found particularly interesting:
- two involve attempts to give SSCI and HPSCI greater awareness of presidential policy directives and MOUs involving the IC;
A primer on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the alleged Russian breaches of the treaty, and the recent dispute resolution over those alleged breaches.
Donald Trump's coziness with Russia has given the Baltic states cause for serious concern.
State-Sponsored Doxing and Manipulation of the U.S. Election: How Should the U.S. Government Respond?
As Thomas Rid explains in this terrific piece in Esquire, the Russian government has developed a remarkable capacity for blending the fruits of espionage with information operations designed to manipulate public opinion abroad. It has deployed this capacity in the past in various contexts without generating much discussion in U.S. circles, but recent activities apparently designed to impact the U.S.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement on Russian influence on the election this afternoon.
The fallout from the 2014 Moldovan banking scandal challenges the prevailing consensus that Eastern European countries cultivating closer ties to Western security and economic organizations will invariably see substantive domestic reforms as well.
An amazing debate is taking place among serious analysts and journalists in the United States regarding the relationship between the Republican nominee for President and the Russian state.