Tag Archives: Vladimir Putin

Kentucky Billboard Calls McConnell “Putin’s Mitch”

Bowling Green’s NBC News affiliate reports: A new billboard along I-65 in Hart County is raising some eyebrows. The sign reads, “Putin’s Mitch” and features a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mad Dog Political Action Committee paid for the sign and another anti-McConnell sign elsewhere. “That’s what our campaign is about, it’s about putting up billboards that bring …

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Oliver Stone: Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is “Sensible”

The Daily Beast reports: Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. “Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down …

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Russia Paid $1.4M To Air Kremlin Propaganda In DC

Open Secrets reports: The Russian government sent more than $1.4 million to a Florida-based company airing Kremlin propaganda in the nation’s capital over the last two years, according to recent foreign agent registration records. Florida-based company RM Broadcasting LLC has officially registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department after a federal judge ordered it to do so in …

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Russian Troll Farms Boosted Trump’s 2016 Poll Numbers

The Hill reports: The Russian troll farms that carried out a sophisticated disinformation campaign on U.S. social media platforms in 2016 may have influenced President Trump’s standing in public opinion polls during the campaign, according to a new study released Monday. Researchers at the University of Tennessee said that for every 25,000 retweets each week by the Internet Research Agency …

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Trump Defends Joking About “Meddling” With Putin

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump insisted he did confront Vladimir Putin about the prospect of Moscow meddling in the U.S. 2020 election, following criticism of his light-hearted admonishment of his Russian counterpart at this week’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Trump smirked when he waved his finger and said to Putin “don’t meddle in the election, please,” after he was …

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Jimmy Carter: A Full Investigation Would Show That Trump “Didn’t Actually Win” The 2016 Election [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Former President Jimmy Carter questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency on Thursday, saying he would likely not be in the White House if the Russians did not interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. “I think a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put …

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Trump And Putin Bond On “Getting Rid” Of Journalists

The Independent reports: Donald Trump has joked with Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the G20 in Japan over their shared disdain for journalists who write stories they do not approve of. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do,” Mr Trump was quoted as telling …

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Putin Slams “Excessive” LGBT Rights At G20 Summit

The Guardian reports: Putin tried to defend Russia’s record on LGBT+ rights. “I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish,” Putin said. “But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can …

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Smirking Trump Tells Putin “Don’t Meddle, Please”

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump has appeared to make light of Russian election interference during a meeting with the country’s leader, Vladimir Putin. A smirking Mr Trump wagged his finger at the Russian president and said: “Don’t meddle in the election, please.” The pair were holding talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. It was …

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Trump Won’t Commit To Pressing Putin On Meddling

The Hill reports: President Trump in a new interview would not commit to addressing foreign election interference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet at the G20 summit later this month. Asked by host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he’d directly address the issue with Putin, Trump said, “I may.” “Are you going to tell him …

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Russian Trolls Earned Big Ad Bucks With 2016 Meddling

NBC News reports: The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and executed — and also more lucrative — than previously understood, according to a new analysis of nearly 10 million tweets by a leading cybersecurity firm. The operation by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency amounted to …

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Tillerson: Trump Was Unprepared During Putin Meeting

The Washington Post reports: Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany, putting the U.S. leader at a disadvantage during their first series of tête-à-têtes. The U.S. side anticipated a shorter meeting for exchanging courtesies, but it ballooned into a …

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Putin Praises Mueller Report As “Very Objective”

The Hill reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections as “objective.” “On the whole he had a very objective investigation and he confirmed that there are no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the incumbent administration, which we said was absolutely fake,” Putin said during …

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White House: Trump And Putin Discussed Letting Don McGahn Testify, Agreed There Was No Collusion In 2016

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Friday and both agreed “there was no collusion” between Moscow and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Sanders said that the two briefly discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “essentially in the context of that it’s over and there was no collusion.” She …

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Putin Signs Bill To Create Russia-Only Internet

CNN reports: Russia is one step closer to creating its own, independent internet—at least legally speaking. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a national network, able to operate separately from the rest of the world, according to documents posted on a government portal on Wednesday. For now, the network remains …

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Mueller: Russia Organized Dozens Of Pro-Trump Rallies

Reuters reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller in his highly-anticipated report said his team identified “dozens” of U.S. political rallies organized on social media by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that was later indicted for attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. According to Mueller’s report, which was released on Thursday, the IRA organized political rallies …

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White House Rejects Demand To Release Transcripts Of Trump’s Private Talks With Putin: You Can’t Make Us

Politico reports: The White House on Thursday rejected congressional Democrats’ demands for documents relating to President Donald Trump’s private discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin — escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Congress over a crucial piece of Democrats’ oversight ambitions. “The committees’ letters cite no legal authority for the proposition that another branch of the government can force …

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Putin Signs Bill Criminalizing “Insulting” Him Online

Devin Nunes surely approves. The Moscow Times reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday. The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers …

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RUSSIA: New Law Will Jail People For 15 Days Over Online Posts That “Disrespect” Putin Or State Officials

The Guardian reports: Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin. The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant …

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Putin Threatens To Target US With New Nukes [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Russia will respond to any American deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the U.S. itself, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first …

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