The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions -- which have crippled Russia's economy and pushed down the value of the ruble -- will " remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine." He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official. read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said Sunday that the model of the Democratic Party is failing. "I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing," Sanders told CBS's Face the Nation. Sanders cited President Trump's win, the GOP-controlled Congress and Republican victories in state legislatures as reasons why Democrats are in trouble. "Clearly the Democratic Party has got to change. And in my view, what it has got to become is a grassroots party, a party which makes decisions from the bottom on up, a party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations," Sanders said.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea, amid escalating tensions over its missile and nuclear programs, saying people had acted as if "blindfolded" for decades on a big problem that finally needed to be solved.
"The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable," Trump told a meeting of U.N. Security Council ambassadors at the White House, held at a time of mounting concern that North Korea may be preparing a sixth nuclear bomb test.
"The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Trump said.
"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem that we have to finally solve," he said. "People put blindfolds on for decades and now it's time to solve the problem." read more
While I'm going to use most of my words today to try to talk down Donald Trump's enemies, we can't overlook that we have a president who acts like a nut job: euphoric at midnight, paranoid a few hours later about phantom prowlers on the roof.
There's no way that a series of misspelled four A.M. tweets, sandwiched next to a lament about The Apprentice, is the work of someone playing 28-dimensional chess. It's the work of someone who found a chess set and had to go to the hospital after swallowing two rooks and a knight.
This kind of behavior is undeniably dangerous. And the latest from Republicans in Congress -- a Dumpster of a health-care bill (so bad it's not even worth setting on fire) -- doesn't cheer people.
But I submit that Trump hatred has become a serious danger of its own. Trump inspires in his foes a revulsion so severe that even people who normally know better, and behave better, seem to feel the ends justify the means in getting rid of him. read more
Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods.
One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Haven't you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, they've persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats. read more