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Susan Rice on Russia bounties: Trump doing 'arch-adversary's bidding' - Business Insider

  • The former Obama administration adviser rejected the White House's assertion that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia was paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
  • Trump was briefed on the intelligence by Bolton in March 2019, according to a recent Associated Press report, and the intel on the suspected Russian bounty plot was also reportedly included in the president's written daily briefing in late February this year.
  • Trump has suggested the intelligence is "Fake News," even though the White House last week said the president has now been "fully briefed" on the matter.
  • Along these lines, Mitchell on Sunday asked Rice why Trump did not raise the matter with Putin during six phone calls that took place after February 27, when the intelligence was reportedly included in the president's daily written briefing.

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Susan Rice on Russia bounties: Trump doing 'arch-adversary's bidding' - Business Insider

  • The former Obama administration adviser rejected the White House's assertion that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia was paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan.
  • Trump was briefed on the intelligence by Bolton in March 2019, according to a recent Associated Press report, and the intel on the suspected Russian bounty plot was also reportedly included in the president's written daily briefing in late February this year.
  • Trump has suggested the intelligence is "Fake News," even though the White House last week said the president has now been "fully briefed" on the matter.
  • Along these lines, Mitchell on Sunday asked Rice why Trump did not raise the matter with Putin during six phone calls that took place after February 27, when the intelligence was reportedly included in the president's daily written briefing.

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In Russia, portraying women's bodies can get you arrested

  • "I believe that the persecution began in February 2019, when Yulia decided to stage the play "Blue and Pink" (about gender stereotypes) in her city," said Plusnina in an email regarding these meetings with the authorities.
  • The pornography charge came after the police discovered a group called "The Vagina Monologues" (named after Eve Ensler's play) that Tsvetkova founded and moderated on Russian social media network VKontakte, which encourages women "to remove the stigma around the vagina and female physiology in general." She says that she posted most of the content, which was all created by other people.
  • On June 27, Russia's Youth Day (a national day of celebration), activists and publications posted a "Media Strike for Yulia" banner on their websites and social media platforms.

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Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America

  • Even aside from Trump's bizarre loyalty to Putin personally, America's role as a global champion of democratic values has evaporated in a cloud of quid pro quos thanks to a president who is more likely to criticize traditional American allies than dictators like Putin and Xi Jinping.
  • Now I'm watching Trump use many of the same techniques to chip away at democracy in my new home, although I cannot complain of exile when some of my Russian colleagues have been jailed or killed.
  • In this he has a partner in Trump, who accuses Democrats of trying to rig the elections, attacks voting by mail, and has done little to prevent the raging coronavirus pandemic that looks set to continue into November and sow chaos at the polls.

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A Russian billionaire wants to buy some of America's controversial statues

  • Businessman Andrey Filatov's Art Russe Foundation, which collects and preserves Soviet-era art, said it is willing to purchase depictions of Theodore Roosevelt and settler Alexander Baranov, found in New York and Alaska respectively, as both men left a "positive mark" on Russia.
  • Currently found in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Roosevelt statue in question has long faced vandalism and calls for its removal due to its depiction of a Native American man and Black man stood at the feet of the US president.
  • Roosevelt's place in Russian history stems from his role brokering a treaty between Russia and Japan in 1904, bringing the countries' year-and-a-half-long war to an end.
  • Alexander Baranov, meanwhile, was a merchant who once governed Russian America -- the parts of North America owned by Russia before they were sold to the United States in the so-called Alaska Purchase.

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The real Russia hoax

  • On Monday White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of the intelligence surrounding the Russian bounties, "there were dissenting opinions within the intelligence community, and it would not be elevated to the president until it was verified." Robert O' Brien, Trump's national security adviser, similarly tweeted that because the intelligence hadn't been "verified" the president wasn't briefed.
  • And the fact that the Russian bounty intelligence was put in the Presidential Daily Brief earlier this year means little since Trump hardly ever reads these briefings, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times, shirking his responsibilities as commander in chief to spend untold hours hate-watching cable news and tweeting about all sort of trivia and grudges instead of doing the hard work of getting informed to protect the American people and its military.

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Russia votes to pass law with loophole letting Putin to rule to 2036 - Business Insider

  • Russians have voted to pass 206 constitutional amendments, most of which ostensibly serve to limit presidential power.
  • In January, Putin proposed a number of amendments to the Russian constitution, which has rarely been altered since it came into law in 1993.
  • The Russian parliament had already voted to pass the bill in March, but Putin wanted a public referendum to signal his popularity.
  • But among them is one amendment that resets the clock on incumbent presidents' tenures — meaning presidents like Putin, who has already served two terms, can bypass the current two-term limit and run again right way.
  • He said he is yet to decide if he will run, but over the last year his popularity has taken a dive, most recently over Russia's handling of its coronavirus outbreak.
  • Critics say the public vote on the amendment was a vanity project meant to show Russians that their compatriots are firmly behind Putin.

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Russia votes to pass law with loophole letting Putin to rule to 2036 - Business Insider

  • Russians have voted to pass 206 constitutional amendments, most of which ostensibly serve to limit presidential power.
  • In January, Putin proposed a number of amendments to the Russian constitution, which has rarely been altered since it came into law in 1993.
  • The Russian parliament had already voted to pass the bill in March, but Putin wanted a public referendum to signal his popularity.
  • But among them is one amendment that resets the clock on incumbent presidents' tenures — meaning presidents like Putin, who has already served two terms, can bypass the current two-term limit and run again right way.
  • He said he is yet to decide if he will run, but over the last year his popularity has taken a dive, most recently over Russia's handling of its coronavirus outbreak.
  • Critics say the public vote on the amendment was a vanity project meant to show Russians that their compatriots are firmly behind Putin.

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Trump continues to claim he wasn't briefed on Russian bounties intelligence

  • Trump made the claim despite conflicting reports -- including a US official telling CNN that intelligence about the bounties was included in the President's Daily Brief sometime this spring.
  • The White House was provided with intelligence in early 2019 indicating Russian actors were offering bounties to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, more than a year before Trump claimed he was not briefed on the same threat, according to a source familiar with the situation.
  • But a US official familiar with the latest information told CNN that intelligence about the Russian bounties was included in the President's Daily Brief sometime in the spring.
  • The written document includes the intelligence community's most important and urgent information.

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Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by Putin to rule until 2036

  • Moscow (CNN) - President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country's political status quo, according to preliminary results.
  • Russians went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments.
  • Russia's Central Election Commission said that 73% of citizens had voted in support of the constitutional changes, after processing 25% of votes as polls closed.
  • Russia's Central Election Commission on Wednesday released a preliminary tally of results in a nationwide referendum on constitutional changes, saying 73% of the citizens who voted support the amendments.
  • Then as now, Putin had the advantages of incumbency, plus a servile state media that allows for little open debate on domestic politics and a large state sector that encourages employees to cast votes for the status quo.

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