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Showdown with Putin: who’s afraid of Obama?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00pm 3/1/2014 at 4:00pm

NOTE: for previous coverage of the situation in Ukraine/Crimea, you can follow this live coverage post.

Putin is no doubt quaking in his boots at this warning issued by President Obama:

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said in a...

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LIVE Updates — #Ukraine #Russia #Crimea crisis

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:18am 2/27/2014 at 9:18am

There have been some developments in Ukraine since late yesterday.

In Crimea, armed gunmen seized the regional government headquarters and parliament buildings and raised the Russian flag, according to Reuters.

Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers,...

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Sochi: Stunning Display of Cultural Confidence… For Some Reason

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:00am 2/14/2014 at 7:00am

I generally dislike Olympic ceremonies because, staged on immense stadiums with numerous extras, they lend themselves easily to a totalitarian aesthetic.  The 1980 Olympic opening ceremony in Moscow was an exercise in totalitarianism: pyramids of humans erected on the stadium, extras marching lockstep, etc.  Likewise, the 2008 Beijing Olympics showcased loyal...

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Six Sochi hotel horrors

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:05pm 2/9/2014 at 6:05pm

When journalists descended on Sochi last week, many took to Twitter to express their dismay at the state of their hotel rooms. While their conditions are hardly ideal- yellow water, bees in the honey, and more- they are certainly providing entertainment for audiences back home.

One Twitter account, @SochiProblems, has become particularly viral-...

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Gospodin Snowden

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:45pm 1/19/2014 at 4:45pm

How did Edward Snowden so carefully thread the needle to download a massive trove of highly secret documents from across the NSA and intelligence networks without detection?

How did he know exactly which job to go after in Hawaii to give him that access, and how was his escape so neatly orchestrated...

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Protests continue in Ukraine despite crackdown

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:33pm 12/4/2013 at 7:33pm

Protests in Ukraine continued on Wednesday as protesters persisted in their efforts to block access to public buildings after several days of unrest in Kiev.

From the NY Times:

The demonstrators who have laid siege to public buildings in this rattled capital expanded their protest overnight, blockading the central bank on Wednesday and...

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Unrest continues in Ukraine as protesters block government offices

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:00pm 12/2/2013 at 5:00pm

Protesters in Ukraine ramped up activities Monday as they blocked entrances to government offices, blocked streets, and have called for a nationwide strike.  The actions follow a weekend of protests, triggered by the Ukranian president’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union.

From NBC News:

Thousands of Ukrainian protesters on...

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Op-Enemies in vogue at NY Times and WaPo

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:20pm 9/22/2013 at 12:20pm

Within the past two weeks, two of the most prestigious American newspapers published op-eds of enemies of the United States.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed by Vladimir Putin of Russia arguing...

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Obama’s Use of Force Bluff

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:55am 9/16/2013 at 9:55am

After President Obama chose to ask for Congressional approval for any military action against Syria, NBC reported The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria:

The plan was immediately met with robust resistance from a whiplashed Obama team who had listened to Kerry lay out the administration’s strongest case yet...

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The Russians know how to live

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9:23am 9/15/2013 at 9:23am

James Rosen of Fox News sketched the image below while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to appear before reporters.

Rosen tried to parlay it into an exclusive interview, but no luck, via AP:

Then Fox News television correspondent James Rosen reached over and handed Lavrov a cartoon portrait he had sketched to...

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The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:31pm 9/14/2013 at 10:31pm

Mandy covered this morning the outline of the “principles” agreed upon by the U.S. and Russia for Syria to end its possession of chemical weapons.

The deal, announced as we were waking this morning, is being spun a variety of ways.  It holds the promise of removing chemical weapons from someone who is...

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What’s so bad about how Vlad impaled us at The Times?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:00pm 9/12/2013 at 8:00pm

I was fortunate to have been mostly off the grid today and thereby missed the rage and fury about Vladimir Putin’s Op-Ed in The NY Times pissing all over the concept of American Exceptionalism:

It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big...

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Putin pulls Obama out of a fire, Obama supporters credit Obama

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:39am 9/10/2013 at 8:39am

Putin gets his deal, Obama gets his out, Assad gets away with it. Syria says it accepts Russian chemical arms proposal:

The Syrian government has accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons to international control to avoid a military confrontation with the United States, Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday....

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Putin says Kerry lies, softens blow by adding “beautifully”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:37pm 9/4/2013 at 8:37pm

Relations between the U.S. and Russia continue to spiral downwards over issues of war and peace, as Vladimir called John Kerry a liar:

In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied...

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Beware Glenn Greenwald bearing leaks

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:40pm 8/21/2013 at 12:40pm

Just as the NSA-Snowden leak story was being broken by The Guardian via Glenn Greenwald, and to a lesser extent at The Washington Post, I thought about writing a post with the title this post bears.  In the crush of other things, and the uncertainty as to what was involved, it didn’t...

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The Cold War is now calling to ask for the 2012 election back

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:15am 8/7/2013 at 10:15am

During the 2012 campaign, Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia was our greatest geopolitical threat.

In classic Obama style, he played a linguistic slight of hand, failing to distinguish “geopolitical” threat from other threats.

Obama’s canned sound bite zinger of the debate was “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their...

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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Officially Files for Temporary Asylum in Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:06am 7/16/2013 at 10:06am

Edward Snowden officially filed for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, according to the Russian Migration Service and a Russian human rights lawyer.  Wikileaks also tweeted out a confirmation of the news.

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