Alibaba goes big on Russia with joint venture focused on gaming, shopping and more

Alibaba is doubling down on Russia after the Chinese e-commerce giant launched a joint venture valued at around $2 billion with one of the country’s leading internet companies. Russia is said to have over 70 million internet users, around half of its population, with countless more attracted from Russian-speaking neighboring…

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The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points. She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for…

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Political Know-It-Alls Are More Likely To Believe Conspiracy Theories

Think you know your Brexit from your Barnier, your Trump from your Trudeau, and your Russia from your, uh, raccoon? Well don’t act all high and mighty just yet, as people who think they’re great at politics might just be the most susceptible to conspiracy theories. That’s according to a…

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New Yorks CaseAgainst Trump May Be Prophetic

The report released by the inspector general of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday painted a vivid picture of the past. It shows that in 2016, James Comey, then the FBI director, inexcusably broke the rules in advertising his department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton while simultaneously following the rules in…

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Mueller’s Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter. Mueller’s indictment released Friday against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds witness-tampering charges to allegations that Manafort…

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Trump Plans July Meeting With Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump is planning to meet with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, during Trump’s visit to Europe next month, according to two people familiar with the matter. Two possibilities for the meeting are either before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Trump’s visit to…

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Time Magazine Cover Imagines Donald Trump As King

The latest Time magazine cover features President Donald Trump looking at his reflection in a mirror and seeing himself as “King Me” in a royal robe and crown. The image for the magazine’s June 18 edition aims to capture the first 500 days of Trump’s presidency, especially his approach to special counsel Robert…

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Ukraine’s Military Dolphins Captured By Russian Forces Die After Apparently Refusing To Defect

As reported by the Guardian and elsewhere, Ukraine has claimed that their loyal dolphin army that was captured by Russia awhile back refused to defect and instead went on a hunger strike. According to the Ukrainian government’s representative at the occupied Crimean base, the dolphins died “patriotically” as a result.…

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Infuriated Jared Kushner Lost His Cool When Russians Didnt Deliver Hillary Dirt

Jared Kushner became agitated and infuriate[d] at the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting when a Kremlin-connected lawyer droned on about U.S. sanctions, instead of delivering on a promise to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Thats according to Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr.and who testified before the Senate…

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Our modern Congress doesnt understand 21st century technology

Lorelei Kelly Contributor Lorelei Kelly leads the Resilient Democracy Coalition, a group working to make sure Congress succeeds in the Information Age. More posts by this contributor The banana republic of big data Slowly but surely, Congress will join us in the 21st century Robert Bjarnason Contributor Share on Twitter…

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