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The Trump Administration is Tough on Russia (Really)

Tom McCuin / Jul 27, 2018

Evoking the memory of a former acting secretary of state, Sumner Welles, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planted a flag in the ground over Crimea.

Defense Budget an Area of Unexpected Congressional Compromise – NDAA Emerges from Conference

Tom McCuin / Jul 25, 2018

The two-year budget deal struck last year has given us something Capitol Hill hasn’t seen in a long time: something that might just pass for regular order.

Security Clearances for Former White House Officials – We’re Doing it Wrong

Tom McCuin / Jul 24, 2018

While in the case of former appointees this access is supposed be limited to “items that the person originated, reviewed, signed, or received,” it would seem it doesn’t work that way.

U.S. Providing More Aid to Ukraine

Tom McCuin / Jul 23, 2018

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will provide an additional $200 million in security cooperation aid to Ukraine. The funds will be used “for additional training, equipment and advisory efforts to build the defensive capacity of Ukraine’s forces.”

No, the U.S. Won’t Be Sending Officials to Russia for Questioning

Tom McCuin / Jul 20, 2018

Putin wants his own investigators to question Ambassador Michael McFaul, our man in Moscow during the Obama Administration, and 10 other Americans. To the surprise of just about everyone (probably Putin most of all), the president didn’t immediately say no.

Russian Redhead at the Center of Another Case of Trading Sex for Influence in American Politics

Tom McCuin / Jul 19, 2018

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An attractive young Russian woman befriends a middle-aged American man and uses him as a means to gain introduction to power brokers. But the woman is, in fact, an agent of the Russian government.

What Were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed For? More Than a Bad Press Conference

Tom McCuin / Jul 18, 2018

Somehow, people think that Trump’s awkward press conference where he refused to criticize another world leader to his face is a greater offense against the nation than giving the Soviet Union nuclear capability.

Trump Sinks in Helsinki – But It’s Not Treason

Tom McCuin / Jul 17, 2018

Trump had the opportunity to stand up to Putin and confront Russia’s international aggression, not just against the U.S., but in Crimea, Donbass, Georgia, and Syria. While we don’t know what the two discussed behind closed doors, the president did not mention any of those publicly.