The Real Steele: The Ex-MI6 Spy Looms Large in the New DOJ Reportand a Big Best Seller

In a much anticipated Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exonerated the FBI from allegations of abuse of power and political bias against the Trump campaign during its initial investigation of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The dossiers allegations also propelled the FBI to intensify its Russia probe, which was already under way. Yes, we're talking about that dossier. It was never intended to go public in its raw form, which Steele long ago conceded might only be 70 percent accurate. And when it did hit the media, published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 days before Trumps inauguration, many headlines focused on an allegation by Steeles sources that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas had …

Who Needs NATO?

PARISJust at the moment members of the House of Representatives were closing in on Henry Kissinger, he did that fairly well. Among his goals on that trip: to reassure Europe about Americas commitment to the North Atlantic Alliance. But if the mission to reportedly said last month that Trump might pull out of the organization altogether if elected to a second term. Macron, meanwhile, went one step further when he talked about the brain death of NATO in anThe Economistwrote, If Americans complain about having to pay most of the cost of the alliance, Europeans could reply that thats only fair if NATO is going to be little more than the American Foreign Legion. (Trump on Tuesday was talking about …

Why Are Republicans So Anxious to Play Putins Game on Ukraine?

When secret room.Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russias foreign affairs committee,have plenty to say, and most of it benefits the Kremlin. Indeed, the Republicans of Donald Trumps regime and the Russians of Vladimir Putins often sing in amazing harmony. When Kennedy was interviewed Sunday by Chris Wallace on Fox News, he gave us a striking example of synchronicity. Kennedy, who was educated at Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Oxford Universitys Magdalen College, and ought to know better, readily echoed a fable spawned by the Russian security services. Who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and [Hillary] Clinton campaign computers, their emails? Ukraine?To which Kennedy replied, I dont know, nor do you, nor do any …

The Alleged Russian Mobsters in Trump Worlds Orbit: A Dirty Dozen

Donald Trump knows absolutely everybody but cant remember their names or faces, especially when theyre in trouble, and even more so when their mother tongue is Russian. Last month Congress began its inquiry into whether or not the president committed an impeachable offense (or offenses) by withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine until Kyiv agreed to dig up dirt on his likely rival for the White House in next years election. Since then, America has grown acquainted with enough characters from the post-Soviet mob milieu to fill the Star Wars cantina. Some are newcomers to Trumpland, thanks to the tireless efforts of Trumps personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, whose legal reputation has swung pendulously from that of latter-day Eliot Ness to …

Ukrainian Official: Trump Looking for Dirt To Discredit Biden

KYIVUkraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Bidens son Hunter had with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to Anton Geraschenko, a senior adviser to the countrys interior minister who would oversee such an inquiry. Geraschenko told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that as soon as there is an official request" Ukraine will look into the case, but currently there is no open investigation. Clearly, said Geraschenko, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison. Among the counts on which Manafort was convicted: tax evasion. We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received …

Pussy Riots Nadya on Moscow Arrest: The Country Is Ours

Imagine a situation: the second you step out of your house youre immediately, brutally arrested with no explanation why, then youre brought to the police station where you spend your next six hours till 1 a.m.. Youre forced to go through a search, and everything that seems suspicious to the police officers is taken away from you (i.e. everything that mentions Putin), and you will never ever see it again. Well, this situation is something that Russian activists go through on a daily basis. On Sept. 7, me, my 17-year-old sister Polina Tolokonnikova, and 14 other Pussy Riot activists were arrested when we left my apartment. We were planning to walk around Moscow with a rainbow flag and Pussian Federation …

Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation over the next year.  “[There’s] still much more we can and must do to protect our elections. I hope the bipartisan findings and recommendations outlined in this report will underscore …