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The Long Rise and Fast Fall of New York’s Black Mafia – Daily Beast

Preparing for Putin, round five – The Japan Times
Putin Trump – Google News: Preparing for Putin, round five – The Japan Times
2017: A polarizing year dominated by hashtags and Trump – WTVA
In first year, Trump delivers on some promises while sowing division – The Columbus Dispatch
‘Liquidate the bandits’ Putin’s fury over St Petersburg supermarket terror attack – Express.co.uk
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Preparing for and working towards a democratic Russia – Open Democracy
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After Supermarket Blast, Putin Says Suspects Should Be ‘Liquidated’
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These Trump FBI Conspiracy Theories Will Definitely Make You Say “WTF?” – Bustle
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The Long Rise and Fast Fall of New York’s Black Mafia – Daily Beast


Daily Beast
The Long Rise and Fast Fall of New York’s Black Mafia
Daily Beast
In 1974, it looked like the Godfather model was fading amid indictments and hits on its leaders and as middle-class white residents poured out of America’s inner cities. That was when Francis A.J. Ianni published Black Mafia: Ethnic Succession in

Preparing for Putin, round five – The Japan Times


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Preparing for Putin, round five
The Japan Times
U.S. President Donald Trump appears to have genuine affinity for Putin and Russia, the one constant in his chaotic foreign policy. He wants to work with Putin and to give him space to solve problems, a process that would extend Russian influence 
Russia warns US against ‘meddling’ in presidential electionUSA TODAY
Russia’s latest accusation against the United States is its most ironic yetSalon
Troll So Hard: Russia Accuses US Of ‘Direct Interference’ In Its Prez ElectionTPM

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Putin Trump – Google News: Preparing for Putin, round five – The Japan Times


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Preparing for Putin, round five
The Japan Times
U.S. President Donald Trump appears to have genuine affinity for Putin and Russia, the one constant in his chaotic foreign policy. He wants to work with Putin and to give him space to solve problems, a process that would extend Russian influence 
Russia warns US against ‘meddling’ in presidential electionUSA TODAY
Other Views: Putin may be in more trouble than we knowLubbockOnline.com
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Newsy –AOL –Salon
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2017: A polarizing year dominated by hashtags and Trump – WTVA


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2017: A polarizing year dominated by hashtags and Trump
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The Kremlin’s optimism that deals could be done with the Trump administration — on sanctions, Crimea and Syria — quickly frayed into frustration and then exasperation. Last week, President Putin wrote off 2017 as a year of “delirium and madness” in
Trump claims he’s boosting US influence, but many foreign leaders see America in retreatLos Angeles Times
Ethnic conflict: A glaring omission in Trump’s national security strategyThe Hill
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In first year, Trump delivers on some promises while sowing division – The Columbus Dispatch


The Columbus Dispatch
In first year, Trump delivers on some promises while sowing division
The Columbus Dispatch
Peter Mansoor, the General Raymond E. Mason chair in military history at Ohio State University, said Trump has degraded American national security by ratcheting up tensions with North Korea, by ceding leadership in the Middle East to Russia, by

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‘Liquidate the bandits’ Putin’s fury over St Petersburg supermarket terror attack – Express.co.uk


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‘Liquidate the bandits’ Putin’s fury over St Petersburg supermarket terror attack
Express.co.uk
Mr Putin was speaking at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin for Russian military servicemen and women who served in Syria. when he confirmed the incident. He said: “You know that yesterday in St Petersburg a terrorist act was carried out. “And that 
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5 Points On The Threat Of Trump Issuing Pardons In The Russia Probe – TPM


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5 Points On The Threat Of Trump Issuing Pardons In The Russia Probe
TPM
Parallel local probes are already underway in New York, where Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance are investigating indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s financial and real estate dealings 
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Preparing for and working towards a democratic Russia – Open Democracy


Open Democracy
Preparing for and working towards a democratic Russia
Open Democracy
The west had, before this event, not developed a clear understanding of, and coherent plan for, a situation in which theRussian Communist regime would disappear, and an independent Russia would embark on the road to gradual westernisation. As a result 

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The top US environment stories of 2017: Trump makes the political weather

The new president immediately made his mark on environmental policy, pulling out of the Paris climate accord and targeting Americas protected public lands

It was a tempestuous year politically and literally.

Related: Al Gore: ‘I tried my best’ but Trump can’t be educated on climate change

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Trump’s world: his impact so far and what to watch in 2018

The presidents disregard or disdain for established US foreign policy has alarmed enemies and allies and got experts nervously shortening the odds on a major war

The Trump effect on international relations is likely to be studied for generations to come, but first we have to survive it. With the presidency sliding towards two major conflicts, that is no foregone conclusion.

Experts on nuclear weapons and the institutionalised madness of mutually assured destruction, are increasingly making nervous jokes about living outside the blast radius in Washington DC and not bothering to buy wines that age well.

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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2017 – WIRED

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2017
WIRED
Since the summer of 2016, the mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers has trolled and tortured the National Security Agency, touting a shocking cache of secret NSA hacking tools that it somehow obtained, and has since been leaking piecemeal 

POTUS: Compromised? – U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report
POTUS: Compromised?
U.S. News & World Report
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Trumpism is nothing new: its part of Americas national culture | Cas Mudde

The Republican partys radicalised base is ingrained in the US and will outlast Trump. The sooner we realise this, the sooner we can find a way to beat itThe author Tom Wolfe once wrote: The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe. He was reflecting a consensus, shared by public and scholars alike, that far right politics is a European phenomenon, at odds with American values. It is a conviction so deeply held that it has left the US blind to reality.

Any example of far-right politics is explained away as exceptional, not representative of the real America, from lone wolf terrorists such as the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to the rise of Trumpism.

Calling the far right ‘un-American’ might make for good politics, but it expresses a blatant lack of historical understanding

Related: Trump, Putin and Xi: a year of tough-guy leaders and foolish brinkmanship

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United States: Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant To The Global Magnitsky Act – Mondaq News Alerts

United States: Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant To The Global Magnitsky Act
Mondaq News Alerts
Among some of the most egregious examples, witnesses in August 2017 described mass killings, arson attacks, and rapes committed by the Burmese Army and Burmese Border Guard Police, all then under Maung Maung Soe’s command in northern Rakhine State 

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How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of Exceedingly Friendly FBI Agents – The Intercept


The Intercept
How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of Exceedingly Friendly FBI Agents
The Intercept
In late January, George Papadopoulos did what a lot of Americans do when FBI agents ask for a few minutes of their time he agreed to talk. It’s a decision he likely regrets, because in October the former adviser to President Donald Trump’s election 

After Supermarket Blast, Putin Says Suspects Should Be ‘Liquidated’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a blast that injured at least 10 people at a St. Petersburg supermarket was a terrorist act. Speaking on December 28, a day after the explosion of what authorities described as a makeshift bomb packed with metal fragments, Putin said law enforcement officers should “liquidate” suspected terrorists if they pose a potentially deadly threat. (Reuters)

Trump says at some point he might work with Democrats

Trump says at some point he might work with Democrats

Still celebrating passage of a tax bill with only Republican votes, President Trump on Friday took to Twitter to predict that at some point he would start working with Democrats for the good of the country. Trump said that infrastructure would be a perfect place to start, referring to an initiative the White House is []

Rep. Francis Rooney explains his call for FBI ‘purge’ – CNNPolitics – CNN


CNN
Rep. Francis Rooney explains his call for FBI ‘purge’ – CNNPolitics
CNN
Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney walked back the tenor of his call earlier in the week for a “purge” at the FBI, but maintained Wednesday that the bureau should oust individuals he views as politically compromised.
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Behind the right-wing plot against Mueller – Salon


Salon
Behind the right-wing plot against Mueller
Salon
Justice Department officials leaked the private texts of FBI agent Peter Strzok, since removed from the investigation, who opposed Trump’s election. Breitbart and Fox News supply the analysis. Congressmen are deployed as conspiracy theorists disguised 

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These Trump FBI Conspiracy Theories Will Definitely Make You Say “WTF?” – Bustle


Bustle
These Trump FBI Conspiracy Theories Will Definitely Make You Say “WTF?”
Bustle
Secret surveillance, wiretapping, intimidation, harassment and threats. It’s like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night banging through your door.” He was referring to the FBI raiding the home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul
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911 calls show chaos of Washington state train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Whimpering in pain, bleeding from head injuries and dazed by the enormity of the crash, victims in the Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle begged 911 dispatchers for help and said "tons of people" had been hurt….
Jailed Russian says he hacked DNC on Kremlin’s orders and can prove it – Kansas City Star

Jailed Russian says he hacked DNC on Kremlin’s orders and can prove it
Kansas City Star 
Based on my experience and understanding of professional intelligence operations, the blending of criminal activity with sanctioned intelligence operations is an old page out of the Russian intelligenceservices playbook, said Leo Taddeo, chief

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If the FSB did in fact direct Kozlovsky, then it debunks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that his government had nothing to do with hacking that all major U.S. intelligence agencies put at his feet. It also calls into question the view of 

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Bannon and Lewandowski Are Asked to Testify to House Russia Investigators – Bloomberg


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Bannon and Lewandowski Are Asked to Testify to House Russia Investigators
Bloomberg
During the campaign, Bannon was also a liaison to its data-analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica. Alexander Nix, the chief executive officer of Cambridge Analytica, met with the House Intelligence probe earlier this month. Nix faced questions about
Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski called to testify in Russia election probeBrisbane Times

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Mueller questioning RNC staffers about whether Jared Kushner’s campaign data operation guided Russian bots – Raw Story


Raw Story
Mueller questioning RNC staffers about whether Jared Kushner’s campaign data operation guided Russian bots
Raw Story
Investigators have long wondered whether the data-mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica served as a link between the campaign’s data operation and Russia. That scrutiny intensified following revelations that Cambridge CEO Alexander Nix reached 

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