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North Korea Crisis: Russia’s Putin Warns of ‘Global Catastrophe’

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Tuesday that ramping up the "military hysteria" around North Korea's escalating nuclear and missile tests could lead to a "global catastrophe."

He also questioned the effectiveness of tightening sanctions, as the U.S. has suggested, saying that they will not change the behavior of Kim Jong Un and his regime.

Russia: U.S. closure of diplomatic sites a 'blatantly hostile act'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow denounced the American decision to close three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States as a “blatantly hostile act” that violated international law and demanded Washington reverse the order on Sunday.

The United States has ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two buildings housing trade missions in Washington and New York. It is the latest broadside in a tit-for-tat exchange between the countries that has helped push relations towards a new post-Cold War low.

Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote

After violent protests rocked Charlottesville, Virginia last month, Republican Senator John McCain took to Twitter to condemn hatred and bigotry and urge President Donald Trump to speak out more forcefully.

Then pro-Russian bots got activated on social media.

Within hours, an online campaign attacking McCain -- a frequent Trump critic -- began circulating, amplified with the help of automated and human-coordinated networks known as bots and cyborgs linking to blogs on “Traitor McCain” and the hashtag #ExplainMcCain.

Russia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for America

Virtually all of the debates over the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia waged a multifaceted campaign to influence the 2016 election look at the issue through a prism of US domestic politics or the bilateral relationship between the United States and Russia. That’s understandable, given what a shocking outcome the election produced. But it also sidesteps the troubling reality that the Kremlin’s attempts to influence other countries’ electoral processes have been a problem across Europe for over a decade, and that our intelligence agencies weren’t alone in sounding the alarm.

Trump's Deputy Chief of Staff sent email trying to arrange meeting between campaign and Putin

Investigators have turned up an email in which one of Donald Trump’s campaign staff mentions an effort to arrange a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Vladimir Putin.

The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said.

New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the bill on Friday. Should the results of the said exam be unfavorable, the bill calls for Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet to remove Trump from office.

Inside the C.E.O. Rebellion Against Trump’s Advisory Councils

Stephen A. Schwarzman, chief executive of the Blackstone Group, meeting with President Trump in April. Credit Pool photo by Olivier Douliery

On Tuesday, Indra Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo, joined a call with other prominent corporate chieftains who — like her — had agreed to advise President Trump.

A rebellion was brewing.

Along with other business leaders, Ms. Nooyi had watched with bafflement over the weekend as Mr. Trump blamed “many sides” for an outburst of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Cea mai grea saptamana pentru Trump: Coreea de Nord si Charlottesville

Presedintele Donald Trump a avut o saptamana foarte agitata, avand de rezolvat doua crize - una externa, care se prelungeste de mult timp, in Coreea de Nord, si una interna aparuta sambata, respectiv situatia din Charlottesville.

Insa liderul de la Casa Alba a esuat in ambele situatii, scrie Foreign Policy, intr-un articol cu titlul "Presedintele nostru absent".

"Sunt saptamani precum cea trecuta care folosesc pentru a ne aminti cat de esentiala este presedintia", noteaza sursa citata.

Criza din Coreea de Nord

Combative Trump Pulls His Punches for One Man: Putin

President Vladimir V. Putin during a visit last week to a hydroelectric power plant on the Bureya River in Russia. President Trump thanked Mr. Putin on Thursday for expelling United States diplomats from Moscow. Credit Pool photo by Alexey Nikolsky

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The roster of villains in President Trump’s world is legion. The list of people he has been willing, even eager, to publicly attack includes not just Mitch McConnell, his latest target, but Jeff Sessions, Chuck Schumer, Paul D. Ryan, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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