Can Washington’s “Russia hands” help explain why the post-Cold War relationship has gone off the rails? By KEITH GESSENMAY 8, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story The strangest Russian political scandal so far this year — a year that hasn’t lacked for them — revolves around a Belarusian escort named Anastasia Vashukevich, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka. Rybka, whose pseudonym means “little fish,” is a prolific Instagrammer, a teacher of “sex workshops” and the author of a how-to book, “Who Wants to Seduce a Billionaire?” She became famous in Russia this year for having chronicled, on Instagram, her 2016 affair with one particular billionaire, Oleg Deripaska. A few weeks later, she caught the world’s attention after she was arrested in Thailand in the middle of a sex workshop and then claimed, from the back of a police van, that she possessed … [Read more...] about The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio
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BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired a shot at newly empowered Republicans this morning, warning them that "no" isn't enough. "The time for politics is now over,” he said in a statement. “And now that Republicans have more members in both houses of Congress, they must take their responsibility to present bipartisan solutions more seriously. Simply saying 'no' will do nothing to create more jobs, support our middle-class and strengthen our economy.” -- Robin Bravender VIDEO: During CBS News “Campaign 2010” coverage, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor tells Katie Couric the new majority will swiftly introduce health-reform repeal. http://bit.ly/9jFoei ... Katie behind the scenes http://bit.ly/c0ekkE Story Continued Below --"Good Morning America": "Red dawn ... Republicans ride a tidal wave of discontent" ... "Today": "Grand old House: A big night for the Republican Party." --AP's Liz Sidoti: "This is a two-person, two-party town … [Read more...] about INDEPENDENTS’ DAY: PUT IT IN ‘R’! – Reid wins by 5 – Manchin by 10 — Dems blown out of House as GOP surpasses gains of ’94 (net 60 so far) – 3 chairs lose
Driving the Day BULLETIN -- “TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman says Russia will stop using Iranian air base for Syria airstrikes for the time being.” -- “Trump Said to Begin Preparation for First Debate Against Clinton,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Mr. Trump began preparing on Sunday for his first general election debate against Hillary Clinton, with a meeting at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. ... Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman who helped prepare George Bush to debate Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential race, is advising Mr. Trump as he begins to focus on the debate, scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island ... As of now, Mr. Trump is not using a traditional lectern model to practice. He is instead using briefing binders and reviewing Mrs. Clinton’s past debate performances.” http://nyti.ms/2bppGn6 Story Continued Below **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbX Good … [Read more...] about COMING ATTRACTIONS: Hill GOP on dealing with Hillary’s agenda — TRUMP opens new front on Clinton Foundation — Big L.A. fundraising day for Clinton — B’DAY: Luke Russert
Driving the Day Good Wednesday morning. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL told lawmakers to expect to stay in session through the first two weeks of August. Here what he'd like to see accomplished in the coming weeks, according to several K Streeters: clear executive branch nominations, repeal and replace Obamacare, pass the National Defense Authorization Act, lift the debt ceiling and reauthorize the FDA user-fee structure. -- HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS have stopped short of saying they’ll stay in session -- and privately, some have vowed to stick to the schedule and leave for the summer at the end of July. We assume they’ll have to stay in session for the first week of August. Hope you bought refundable plane tickets! Story Continued Below THE UPSIDE of Congress staying in session: Lawmakers show they’re working. THE DOWNSIDE: If they get nothing accomplished, they look incompetent. McConnell wants to clear a bunch of Trump administration nominees. But … [Read more...] about W.H. UNDER SIEGE, again — REINCE comes under fire, but why? — CROWLEY: ‘Trump Jr.’s love affair with Moscow’ — McCONNELL’s legislative wish list — SCARBOROUGH leaves GOP – B’DAY: Ryan Lizza
Fenske, an attorney by training who has also worked as a forest ranger, was an environmentalist long before hybrid cars like the Prius hit the market. In the early 1990s, he ran unsuccessfully for the Wisconsin state legislature on a renewable energy platform. But he recently decided to go one step further and make an environmental statement with his car. "My decision is a very political decision. I want to get people in this country off their dependency on foreign oil," said Fenske, 48, who lives at the Copper Mountain ski resort near Frisco. A growing number of buyers feel like Fenske. U.S. registrations of new hybrid vehicles rose 38 percent in 2007 to a record 350,289, according to data to be released Monday by R.L. Polk & Co., a Southfield-based automotive marketing and research company. Hybrids made up just 2.2 percent of the U.S. market share for the year, but they were growing steadily even as overall sales declined 3 percent. Lonnie Miller, director of industry analysis at … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Hybrid Sales Soar 38 Percent In U.S.