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How Russian Intervention was Decisive in Electing Trump

by Ralph Seliger THAT MEETING of Donald Junior, Kushner, and Manafort with a Russian lawyer promising “dirt” on Clinton goes to the cusp of violating the law — even if it resulted in nothing. Why so? Because there’s a federal law that prohibits receiving or even seeking help from a foreign source in any U.S. election. […]

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O My America: The White House Sideshow

UNDER THE BIG TOP IS WHAT COUNTS by Lawrence Bush   YES, IT’S MORE THAN LIKELY that Russia’s government colluded with some Trump cronies last year to make Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee look like the head and body of a corrupt political machine. But how much should progressives care that Russian hackers let that cat out […]

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The Russian Oligarchs

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of fraud related to his control of Siberian oil fields through his Yukos corporation and was sentenced to nine years in prison on this date in 2005. Khodorkovsky, who was behind bars until Vladimir Putin pardoned him in 2013, is half-Jewish (on his father’s side). Many of the Russian oligarchs, most of […]

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How Obama and Hillary Clinton Failed as Politicians

by Ralph Seliger COMPARED TO REPUBLICANS, Democrats are shockingly bad at “doing politics.” (See this December 14 New York Times op-ed, “Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans,” by Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen.) For example, why isn’t the public being reminded ad nauseam of Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote lead over Trump? With the exception […]

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Fear of Hillary in (Bela)Russia

by Leonard J. Lehrman MY WIFE Helene Williams and I were in Russia and Belarus twice this past year, June 8 to July 7 and October 27 to November 7, visiting museums, attending plays and operas, giving concerts, making recordings, taking thousands of photographs, and speaking and performing at the November 6 commemoration of the […]

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What Happened in Ukraine?

Voices from Maidan Square by Sam Friedman From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents FOR MANY JEWS, whatever their politics, Ukraine is first and foremost a land of anti-Semitism: where Bogdan Khmelnytsky’s Cossack uprising killed tens of thousands of Jews in the middle of the 17th century; where nationalist opposition to the Russian revolution […]

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