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The Pentagon says China and Russia are bigger problems …

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review on Jan. 19 in Washington. China’s expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are among the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, the Pentagon said Friday. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) A newly released Pentagon strategy document proposes a new vision of America’s national security priorities — one in which competition with China and Russia is more important to the United States than the fight against international terrorism. After almost two decades of a “war on terror” that came at huge expense but often hadRead More


In fight over Russia memo, Republicans have unusual all…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia found themselves on Friday with an unusual – and perhaps unwelcome – ally. As Republicans called for the release of a classified memorandum that they say shows anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department, a network of Kremlin-controlled Twitter [TWTR.N]accounts swung into action to amplify that demand, according to specialists who monitor online activity sponsored by Moscow. The use of the hashtag #releasethememo increased 315,500 percent in roughly 24 hours on 600Read More


Right-wing demand to #ReleaseTheMemo endorsed by Russia…

Ken Dilanian and Mike Memoli WASHINGTON — The latest attempt by some Republicans in Congress to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation has been embraced by Russian bots and trolls on social media. At issue is a classified memo written by House GOP staffers that purports to describe abuses in FBI surveillance practices, but has been denounced by Democratic lawmakers as deeply misleading. House Republicans have described the revelations in the memo as “worse than Watergate,” and are demanding its release. The story is getting major coverage by right-leaning news organizations, includingRead More


Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. The strategy document, the first of its kind since at least 2014, sets priorities for the U.S. Defense Department that are expected to be reflected in future defense spending requests. The Pentagon released an unclassified, 11-page version of the document on Friday. TheRead More


U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia And China ‘Eroding,…

This photo taken from a U.S. military plane shows Chinese activity at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China is building military facilities on disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea. Ritchie B. Tongo/AP hide caption toggle caption Ritchie B. Tongo/AP This photo taken from a U.S. military plane shows Chinese activity at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China is building military facilities on disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea. Ritchie B. Tongo/AP TheRead More


Fusion GPS’s ties to Clinton campaign, Russia investiga…

Kaitlyn Schallhorn From its connection to Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the publication of a graphic dossier about President Trump, Fusion GPS has become something of a major player in the Russia investigation. The political firm was behind the controversial dossier that contained numerous colorful but unverifiable allegations about Trump’s connections to Russia. And that dossier got somebody “killed,” according to an attorney for Fusion GPS. “Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work,” said attorney JoshuaRead More


Ukraine crisis: Kiev defines Russia as ‘aggressor’ stat…

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels accuse each other of violating a ceasefire agreed before New Year Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law defining areas seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as temporarily occupied by Russia. The law on the reintegration of the region was backed by 280 MPs, calling Russia an “aggressor” state. Moscow condemned the move, saying it could only be considered as preparation “for a new war”. More than 10,000 people have died in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regionRead More


Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience w…

F. Brinley Bruton and Reuters LONDON — Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit a new low over Washington’s support of militias battling against the Islamic State, according to analysts. The government in Ankara views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey — a longtime American ally which boasts NATO’s second-largest standing army — turning away from the West and toward Russia and Iran. U.S. military support of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have leftRead More


Trump Accuses Russia of Helping North Korea Evade Sanct…

President Donald Trump accused Russia in unusually harsh terms of helping North Korea evade United Nations sanctions intended to press the country to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” Trump has leaned on China to curb its support for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime,Read More


Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds ofRead More