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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that bipartisan legislation passed last year authorizing new sanctions on Russia is already "serving as a deterrent," and there's no need to actually implement the penalties at this time. A spokesperson for the State Department said the mere possibility of facing sanctions through the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) has served as an effective countermeasure.

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The 2017 legislation allows President Trump to postpone imposing sanctions on people or entities if he determines they are largely scaling back their transactions with Russia's defense or intelligence sectors, as long as he notifies the appropriate congressional committees at least every 180 days that they are seeing such progress. The move is likely to be sharply criticized by Democrats and Russia hawks, who have called on Trump to take a stronger hand in countering Moscow's election hacking, aggression in Ukraine and support of the Syrian regime.

The move comes amid the ongoing special counsel probe into Moscow's hacking efforts during the 2016 election. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt" drummed up by Democrats to explain their surprise loss at the ballot box.

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Trump, still Putin's ball boy.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-29 10:00 PM | Reply

Dotard goes soft on Russian Oligarchs. Putin is pleased.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-29 10:51 PM | Reply

I'm surprised at how little coverage the media is giving this story.
Putin has Trump by the short and curlies

#3 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2018-01-30 05:01 AM | Reply

Donald Trump is a frickin traitor, as is everyone who supports him not out of mental illness.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-30 07:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I for one am shocked that Putin's butt boy did this.

Now the question is what is the GOP going to do about it?

Nothing is the answer.

Nothing at all.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-30 08:04 AM | Reply

I'm surprised at how little coverage the media is giving this story.

#3 | POSTED BY 503JC69 AT 2018-01-30 05:01 AM | REPLY

The full story is being covered thoroughly from many different angles.

CNN - "The full 'Putin list' of Russian oligarchs and political figures released by the US Treasury"
NYT - "Kremlin says US turns Russian Elite into a list of 'Enemies'"
The Hill - "US releases list including names of Russian oligarchs but declines to implement new sanctions"
RT - "'Kremlin list': Attempt to isolate Putin, or part of US National Security Strategy?"
USA Today - "US releases 'Putin list' of Russian politicians, oligarchs"
US News & World Report -"Putin Calls Release of 'Putin's List' a 'Hostile Step'"
Newsweek - "Putin trolls uS Kermlin List, Saying He Feels Insulted to Be Left Out"
CBS - "Russian reacts to US government's not-too-shocking list of shame"

If it's not showing up on your AI generated news aggregators, your viewing habits built yourself into an echo chamber.

The list is kind of half-assed but unfortunately accurate. It's a copy-paste of the Russian federal government and the Forbe's Russian billionaire list.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-30 09:51 AM | Reply

The only sanctions implemented will be a reduction in the bulk discount on Trump condos.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-30 10:30 AM | Reply

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States..."

Trump seems to think "faithfully execute" means destroy the Office of President of the United States.

"and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

And he seems to think defending the Russian Constitution (do they even have one?) is more important than defending our own.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-30 04:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States..."

- - He is executing it faithfully; he's just faithful to a hostile power.

"and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

- - The dotard is probably keeping tabs on Nicholas Cage and Diane Kruger.

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-30 10:36 PM | Reply

"**** you, libr00lz! #MAGA"

-- every right winger

Congress only voted 517 - 5 to impose sanctions.

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-31 02:43 AM | Reply

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They voted for this law, being executed as written. They chose not to force sanctions, made it optional. The only requirement is this list.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-31 06:57 AM | Reply

The law also setups up the destruction of the Iranian nuclear agreement through more optional sanctions against their missile testing.

Was that a great idea to give that power to Trump?

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-31 07:36 AM | Reply

Russia meddled in our election, as we do in other nations, who wish to be sovereign. Their effort was a pittance compared to the Republican Party, which controls 2/3rds of all national voting precincts and has a record of unaccountable cheating. Blaming Russia for the outcome is absurd. Fix gerrymandering. Toss insecure voting machines and those with no paper trail. Hold officials accountable for not counting provisional ballots or destroying ballots prematurely. Then worry about Russia. If sanctions are still warranted simultaneously commit to never interfering in the elections of other nations.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-31 08:20 AM | Reply

Russia coddlers are out in shameless numbers today. Make USSR great again, eh boys?

#14 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-31 09:20 AM | Reply

When Trump refused to implement the sanctions overwhelming approved by a bipartisan majority of Congress it just becomes ridiculous to pretend that the dossiers which describe the things by which the Russians can blackmail him are not true. Only ridiculous Trumpers even pretend that they aren't true and they become more laughable on a daily basis.
Also, to the accusation that the U.S. has meddled in other nation's elections, probably true. I was opposed to that and I still am but that does not, in any way, make me think that Americans who are not angry about Russia meddling in our elections aren't traitors. They are and you are if you are one of them.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-31 09:58 AM | Reply

When Trump refused to implement the sanctions overwhelming approved by a bipartisan majority of Congress

#15 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-01-31 09:58 AM | FLAG:

Congress wanted those sanctions so strongly that... they specifically built in a mechanism that allows for new sanctions to be postponed indefinitely with a simple notice every 180 days based entirely on the White House's judgement of progress. That's what the bi-partisan majority approved. It's in Corky's summary.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-31 10:05 AM | Reply

If we can't get our hands on the pee-pee tapes, someone should fabricate them so we can go through the cycle of having the Trumptards explaining why it doesn't matter. Then trump won't be so beholden to Putin and our foreign policy might not get even more f'd.

#17 | Posted by Snowfake at 2018-01-31 10:10 AM | Reply

Putin's pal.

We back to collusion this week?

#18 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-01-31 10:29 AM | Reply

"Congress wanted those sanctions so strongly that... they specifically built in a mechanism that allows for new sanctions to be postponed indefinitely with a simple notice every 180 days based entirely on the White House's judgement of progress. That's what the bi-partisan majority approved. It's in Corky's summary."

They wanted to leave the President the ability to negotiate with Putin but they wouldn't have passed the bill if they didn't want there to be sanctions if Putin won't change policies such as with Ukraine where people are murdered on a daily basis by Russians who Putin denies are even there. Putin owns Trump and everyone knows it. Trump is Putin's bitch.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-31 10:31 AM | Reply

"Putin's pal."

aka Putin's puppet. FTFY.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-31 10:32 AM | Reply

#19 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-01-31 10:31 AM | REPLY

You've gone from "Congress wanted sanctions" to "Congress wanted to negotiate" in 1 post. Too funny.4

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-31 10:40 AM | Reply

That tape of Dotard and the Russian piss sluts must be a doozy.

#22 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-01-31 11:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Putin's Pal Trump Refuses to Implement Sanctions
Уважаемый лидер Путин говорит, что товарищ Трамп - хороший солдат в борьбе с демократией.

#23 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-31 04:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

#6 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

That's the list of Oligarchs.

Not the sanctions.

Do you know what thread you are on?

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-01 11:10 AM | Reply

...they wouldn't have passed the bill if they didn't want there to be sanctions...#19 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-31 10:31 AM
Just like they wouldn't have passed the bill to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem if they didn't want the embassy moved there?
Or reaffirmed it 89-0 last year, right?

#25 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-02-01 04:45 PM | Reply

Putin's pal.

We back to collusion this week?

#18 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake

Actually, I think we are now on to Dereliction of Duty and Negligence and Defiance of the Law.

As I understand it we are supposed to "remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people".

Since Trump is a federal employee who is undermining the public trust AND failing the American people...

It's time to remove Trump.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--It's time to remove Trump.

Well, why don't Dems do that? Nancy Pelosi could introduce an impeachment resolution tonight.

#27 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-02-01 06:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well, why don't Dems do that? Nancy Pelosi could introduce an impeachment resolution tonight.

#27 | Posted by nullifidian
That would be silly woudn't it? She can intro anything she wants but it won't go anywhere so what would be the point of that?

But no worries Comrade.

November is getting closer every day.

Oh and by the way so is Feb 8th.

The Dems are all ready to debate and vote on that DACA bill that the Senate is gonna introduce just about any second now onto that "level playing field" that McConnell is going to make. I hope he is about done making that.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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