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      The Mattis confirmation hearing is happening in an alternate world where Trump lost
      Jan12

      The Mattis confirmation hearing is happening in an alternate world where Trump lost

      Early in Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings for Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, Sen. Jack Reed asked something that, for most Trump nominees, would be a tough question: What do you think about working with Russia to solve problems? Mattis’s answer was blunt, and very un-Trumplike. “I’m all...

      Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.
      Jan12

      Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.

      Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, is clearly an intelligent and well-informed man. During the first six hours or so of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Tillerson was polished, articulate, and clearly knowledgeable about countries ranging...

      Rubio: Is Putin a war criminal? Tillerson: “I would not use that term.”
      Jan11

      Rubio: Is Putin a war criminal? Tillerson: “I would not use that term.”

      Watch the senator open fire on the secretary of state nominee at his confirmation hearing. Early on in secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing, it became evident that he has an extremely difficult line to walk on Russia. As Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) grilled him on Russian misdeeds ranging from invading Ukraine to...

      Did Rex Tillerson just lie under oath about lobbying against Russia sanctions?
      Jan11

      Did Rex Tillerson just lie under oath about lobbying against Russia sanctions?

      Wednesday’s Senate confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has mostly featured senators from both parties grilling Tillerson about Russia. This makes sense, given Tillerson’s extensive business history in the country as well as recent unconfirmed...

      Beyond wild allegations, what’s clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing
      Jan11

      Beyond wild allegations, what’s clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing

      With reports that the Russian government may have dirt that they are using to blackmail Donald Trump setting the political world ablaze, it’s worth being clear about two things. One is that the content of these reports is unverified and, likely, unverifiable. What’s more, to the extent that any of it could be verified, it’s...

      The bombshell report that Russia can blackmail Trump, explained
      Jan11

      The bombshell report that Russia can blackmail Trump, explained

      There’s an enormous amount we don’t yet know about CNN’s bombshell report that US intelligence agencies believe Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” on President-elect Donald Trump and that his campaign was in direct contact with with Russian intermediaries before the election. We don’t know who...

      Bombshell CNN report: Russia might have dirt on Trump
      Jan11

      Bombshell CNN report: Russia might have dirt on Trump

      Late on Tuesday afternoon, CNN dropped an absolute bombshell of a story — the heads of America’s top intelligence agencies showed President-elect Donald Trump evidence that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on him and that his campaign spoke directly with Kremlin intermediaries. “The...

      Rex Tillerson Senate confirmation hearings: what the Senate needs to ask
      Jan10

      Rex Tillerson Senate confirmation hearings: what the Senate needs to ask

      When he sits down Wednesday for his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson will immediately become one of the most unusual picks to be the America’s top diplomat in recent US history. A former ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson has no experience inside the US government and a long record of working with foreign powers,...

      Some Senate Republicans are trying to stop Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia
      Jan10

      Some Senate Republicans are trying to stop Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia

      President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to build closer ties with Russia. But it’s been difficult to gauge how much his own party, traditionally distrustful of and hostile toward Moscow, is on board with the pivot. The fact that five Republican senators are now backing a new bill — led by a Democrat — to slap additional...

      Trump’s Cabinet picks will have to answer the questions their boss has dodged
      Jan10

      Trump’s Cabinet picks will have to answer the questions their boss has dodged

      Senate confirmation hearings usually focus on the people nominated to the government’s most powerful positions. This time around, they’ll focus on the man who nominated them. The first batch of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees will start the confirmation process this week, with Attorney General nominee Jeff...