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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#24
Saturday, 3 February 2018
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1. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, MY THOUGHTS ON THAT MEMO.
2. Washington Post editorial: The Nunes memo shows the opposite of what Trump hoped it would prove.
3. Politicus: A Former Watergate Special Prosecutor Just Went There And Said Russia Is Blackmailing Trump.
4. The Nunes memo and Putin’s long game. As the president and other Republicans directly question the integrity of the FBI and DOJ, analysts and some in the GOP say it only furthers Russian objectives. (excerpt)
5. The National Interest: Daniel McCarthy, Why the Nunes Memo is a Devastating Blow to the ‘Deep State.’ The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has done its duty by releasing this memo.
6. Wall Street Journal editorial: A Reckoning for the FBI. The House memo reveals disturbing facts about the misuse of FISA.
7. Caitlin Johnstone, Biggest Nunes Memo Revelations Have Little To Do With Its Content. The most important revelations of the Nunes Memo relate not to its content, but the political establishment’s response to its release.
8. The Real News: Russiagate is Dangerous, Will Washington Get the Memo? (interview with Stephen Cohen)
9. The Nation: Nadia Azhgikhina, Grigory Yavlinsky’s Program Gives Russian Society a Chance to Preserve Its Dignity. The leader of the opposition Yabloko Party is a candidate in the Russian presidential election.
10. Bloomberg: Putin to Push State-of-Nation Speech Closer to March Vote, Officials Say.
11. New York Times: Putin the Campaigner: Scripted and Awkward, Save One Big Hug.
12. Ronald Katz: 6 Lessons From The Chaos Surrounding Russian Athletes.
13. Bear Market Brief: Economy grew 1.5% in 2017, missing expectations.
14. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Tops U.S. In Global Energy Company Rankings.
15. The Bell: What the Russian oligarchs think about the U.S. “Kremlin Report”
16. Russian International Affairs Council: Yuri Barmin, The Syrian Congress in Sochi: Too Much Too Soon.
17. (Un)safe & (un)professional: How NATO, Russian planes chase each other. (VIDEOS) [Videos]
18. Pentagon Says Russia Is Building Nuclear Torpedo Described as “Doomsday” Weapon.
19. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Outlines Plan on Nuclear-Weapons Use. Policy says arsenal might be option in response to major nonnuclear attack.
20. TASS: Russia’s Foreign Ministry notes anti-Russian focus of US nuclear doctrine.
21. Sputnik: In Multipolar World Multiple Nations May Be Involved in Nuke Arms Race – Analyst.
22. Russia Matters: Jon Wolfsthal, US Approach to Russia in New Nuclear Posture Review Risks Boosting Chances of Conflict.
24. Paste: Walter Bragman, The Butcher Builders: How Western Journalists Helped Create a Monster in Russia.

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