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Russia is over the moon about the growing rift between Donald Trump and European allies: NYT

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Vice President Mike Pence had a rough time in Europe over the weekend, after leaders gave him the cold shoulder. According to the New York Times, that lackluster response extends beyond the Pence performance.

“Two years of Mr. Trump, and a majority of French and Germans now trust Russia and China more than the United States,” said longtime analyst of German-American relations Karl Kaiser.

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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was elated with the new rift as his country stands to benefit from Trump’s self-made crisis.

Lavrov “happily noted the strains, remarking that the Euro-Atlantic relationship had become increasingly ‘tense,'” the Times reported.

“We see new cracks forming, and old cracks deepening,” said Lavrov.

Foreign Policy explained in an analysis that Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely anti-NATO because it gives the U.S. some say over the area.

In 1945, Joseph Stalin celebrated his advancements into Eastern Europe. Just two years later, U.S. secretary of state, George C. Marshall decided that negotiations with Moscow weren’t going anywhere. He crafted The Marshall Plan “to secure democratic, capitalist government in the parts of Europe still outside Soviet control.”

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Two years later, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. As a KGB officer, Putin was on the front lines to fight NATO.

“What do [the Americans] need NATO for?” former Israeli leader Shimon Peres recalled Putin asking. “Which army do they want to fight? They think I didn’t know that Crimea is Russian, and that Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine as a gift? I didn’t care, until then you needed the Ukrainians in NATO. What for? I didn’t touch them.”

The slow, quiet and methodical war continues.

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Rick Wilson: Bolton’s bombshell has GOP terrified of a long trial that will ‘grind them into dust’

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Conservative political strategist Rick Wilson has published a new column in The Daily Beast that argues President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are "sh*tting bricks" at the prospect of former national security adviser John Bolton testifying.

Specifically, Wilson says that the leaked excerpts from Bolton's upcoming book have put a major political price on Republican senators who vote to acquit the president without even hearing a single witness.

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Lev Parnas’ lawyer ties Lindsey Graham to corrupt Ukraine scheme

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Rudy Giuliani delivered a letter in late 2018 to Sen. Lindsey Graham calling for sanctions on Ukrainian government officials, including a corruption reformer and another who ran the company whose board Hunter Biden served on.

The attorney for indicted Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas showed the letter to The Daily Beast, which reported the document described the Ukrainian politicians and business leaders as an "organized crime syndicate" -- and misspelled the GOP senator's name as "Lingsey."

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Rudy Giuliani eager to testify against John Bolton: ‘If he shows his face I would say — You’re an atomic bomb’

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Rudy Giuliani denied claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, and kept the door open to his own possible impeachment testimony.

The former New York City mayor said he was still President Donald Trump's personal attorney, but explained why he had not been added to his impeachment trial defense team, reported CBS News.

"Well, I am, but I can't participate in what goes on in the Congress, because I'm a possible witness," Giuliani said, adding that he's ready to testify if he got White House approval.

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