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Trump reversal on Russia doesn’t come soon enough for Az lawmakers

Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization.... Read more»

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McCain: 'Disgraceful' that Trump unwilling to stand up to tyrant Putin

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant."... Read more»1

McSally pumps Nat'l Guard on border with Ukrainian soldier photo

A stock tough-on-the-border message from Martha McSally comes with a depiction of a soldier that's a bit unfamiliar. Instead of a National Guard member, it shows a figure armed with an AK-74, sold by a Ukrainian photographer, and falsely implies that armed troops are on patrol.... Read more»1

Democrats file conspiracy lawsuit against Trump, Russia, Wikileaks

The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's campaign, Russia, Wikileaks, and advisors such as Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone and others, alleging a conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election. Read the complete document:... Read more»

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McCain: American president does not lead Free World by congratulating dictators like Putin

McCain: "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future."... Read more»2

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McCain: Street in front of Russian embassy renamed for murdered Putin opponent

Three years ago, a Russian statesman and patriot was gunned down in the shadow of the Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for the cause for which he ultimately gave his life: a democratic Russia. Today, the street outside of the Russian embassy in Washington is named Boris Nemtsov Plaza.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's ‘No Collusion!’ claim

President Trump claims the indictment handed down against 13 Russians for illegally interfering in the 2016 election indicates there was “no collusion” between Russians and his campaign, and that “the results of the election were not impacted.” But the indictment did not go that far on either count.... Read more»

McCain: Attacks on FBI over Russia probe 'doing Putin's job for him'

"The latest attacks on the FBI serve no American interests – no party's, no president's, only Putin's. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia's ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Mueller's investigation must proceed unimpeded."... Read more»

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McCain to Trump: 'Stop attacking the press'

Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit. The phrase "fake news" — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters.... Read more»

Pizzagate: Anatomy of a fake news scandal

Conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners & Twitter bots manufactured “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizzeria child-sex ring. ... Read more»

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McCain: U.S. must not shirk from calling Russian propaganda what it is

Responding to Russia's plans to register international media outlets as foreign agents, Sen. McCain reiterated his stance that "RT's propagandists debunk the truth, spread lies, and seek to undermine democratic governments in order to further Vladimir Putin's agenda."... Read more»

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McCain: Trump 'naive' to believe Putin on election interference

"There's nothing 'America First' about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There's no 'principled realism' in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime," said U.S. Sen. John McCain, reacting to President Trump's statement that he believed the Russian leader was sincere.... Read more»

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McCain: Russian interference in U.S. election an 'attack on our democracy'

Sen. John McCain: "We have to stop looking at this through the distorted lens of politics and see Russia's attack on our democracy for what it is: just one phase of Vladimir Putin's campaign to weaken the United States, to destabilize Europe, to break the NATO alliance, to undermine confidence in Western values, and to erode any and all resistance to his dark and dangerous view of the world."... Read more»

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McSally on sanctions vs. Russia, Iran, N. Korea: 'These countries are dangerous'

"Iran, Russia and North Korea are our top adversaries — threatening our national security, disrupting global stability, and defying the principles of freedom, justice, and equality that America stands to protect."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

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Dazed & confused? McCain grills 'President Comey'

Sen. John McCain gave James Comey a bit of a promotion during his long and tangled questioning during a Senate hearing on whether President Trump pressured the former FBI director to drop an investigation into Russian connections to White House staffers. ... Read more»

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