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Mikheil Saakashvili: Medford's Most Wanted

James W. Carden Security, Georgia One of the more enduring and resilient neoconservative myths--what the sociologist Karl Jaspers would have recognized as a “life sustaining lie”--is the notion that Russian President Vladimir Putin was entirely to blame for the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Georgia on August 7, 2008. Show More Summary

Fox's 'Bones' Actor Tweets Obama Needs To 'Grow Some'

Actor David Boreanaz caused an uproar on Twitter Wednesday night by getting political with a tweet critical of President Obama, insisting the nation’s chief executive needs to stand up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and “grow some.” TheShow More Summary

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Oligarchs Blacklisted by EU as U.S. Weighs More Measures. The U.S. is considering further punitive measures on Russian business after Europe blacklisted tycoons close to the Kremlin to pressure President Vladimir Putin to halt backing for separatists in east Ukraine. Show More Summary

NOMURA: Putin Is In Check But Far From Checkmate

The downing of MH17 has complicated the situation for Russia President Vladimir Putin, but he's not finished yet. Alastair Newton of Nomura has a note titled " Russia/Ukraine: 'Check'...but not 'checkmate' " in which he analyzes theShow More Summary

AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.

A Cold War Comeback Could Turbocharge The California Space Industry

Vladimir Putin has become an alarming figure in the West. But one person thinks that the Russian president's actions could be a boon for the resurgent California space industry. At Zocalo Public Square, Joe Mathews writes: It is the military-industry complex where the opportunity for a Putin-inspired California comeback is greatest. Show More Summary

Thursday Watch

Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: EU Blacklists Russian Oligarchs to Pressure Putin. Assets of Russian oligarchs Arkady Rotenberg and Yury Kovalchuk were frozen by the European Union in its effort to pressure President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine. Show More Summary

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.

Clashes with Russia point to globalization’s end

As the European Union and the United States ramp up their sanctions on Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s plans for retaliation seem to include an attack on McDonald’s. There could not be a more powerful symbol that geopolitics is increasingly undoing the globalization of the world economy.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A cornered Putin is a dangerous Putin

Urban Institute Health Reform Monitoring Survey Julia Ioffe: Today is not a good day to be Vladimir Putin. A game that the Russian president was winning so deftly in the spring has turned on him in summer: The Ukrainian military is bearing...Show More Summary

Risk of serious conflict in Ukraine as Russians urge Putin: 'Be bold!'

Credits: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin Sanctions that tip Russia into recession only pile the pressure on Putin to grab what he can in Ukraine Column Robert Fox Wednesday, July 30, 2014 -...Show More Summary

Wolf Richter: Sanction Spiral Successful – German Exports to Russia Plunge

The sanction spiral concocted by the US and the EU in response to the ever more tragic fiasco in Ukraine is supposed to force, or at least encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to abandon whatever schemes he may have concerning Ukraine. Show More Summary

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

PR Firms in Britain Are Spinning Stories for Foreign Dictatorships

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator," and Vladimir Putin. Photo via Wikicommons. The UK PR industry generates roughly $12.7 billion per year. To those who work in media in Britian—as in America—it...Show More Summary

TED CRUZ CHANNELS REAGAN: 'Mr. Putin, Give Back Crimea'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. Show More Summary

Putin, 2006: Crimea is 'Part of the Ukraine'

In 2006, at a meeting with members of the South African Parliament, Russian president Vladimir Putin noted that the Crimea "was now part of the Ukraine." Earlier this year, Russia annexed the Crimea in an action that was rejected byShow More Summary

Obama announces additional U.S. sanctions on Russia

President Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: EU Aims at Russian Banks, Technology in Widest Sanctions. The European Union curbed Russia’s access to bank financing and advanced technology in its widest-ranging sanctions yet over President Vladimir Putin’s backing of the rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Show More Summary

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This column, a regular feature, was originally published on There are so many gaps in the reporting about the effort to use economic sanctions against Russia to get President Vladimir Putin to pull back support for the Ukraine separatists that it makes sense to devote my whole column this week to listing them. Of course, it's a lot easier...

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