Russian prime minister warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's prime minister has sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will strike back with economic, political and unspecified "other" means.

Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that if the U.S. introduces sanctions against Russian banks as some reports indicated, Moscow will see that ...

Russian stocks, ruble take hit on uncertainty over US sanctions

Newly announced U.S. sanctions—and the potential for a second round of actions in 90 days—roiled Russia’s currency and blue-chip stocks as the country braced for further economic pain amid uncertainties over the Trump administration’s commitment to enforcement.

Porn star lawyer Avenatti takes his fighting message to Iowa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michael Avenatti's crusade for the porn actress taking on the president has already catapulted him to cable news stardom and endeared him to many frustrated liberals. Now the self-styled "dragon slayer" is taking his message to Iowa Democrats.

And the attorney who has spent months positioning himself ...

Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

WASHINGTON (AP) - The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for overseeing.

Collins, a New York Republican, has denied any wrongdoing ...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house.

Five police trucks loaded ...

Judge approves $3.5 million settlement from IRS to tea party groups

A judge late Wednesday signed off on the settlement between the IRS and hundreds of tea party groups, closing out the last major legal battle over what all sides now agree was unwarranted and illegal targeting for political purposes.

The IRS agreed to pay $3.5 million to groups that were ...

The World As It Wasn’t

James Rosen, National Review
Intimacy prevails in Rhodes’s engrossing memoir of his global journey at Barack Obama’s side from the 2008 primaries to the Trump transition. Charged with overseeing all communications relating to foreign policy and national security, Rhodes ultimately became an operator himself, personally brokering with Raúl Castro’s son the American rapprochement with Cuba.

Down Goes Socialism

Bill Scher, Politico
The Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party thinks its policies are the path to victory in red states. Tuesday night's results suggest otherwise.

Donald Trump stars mysteriously appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dozens of fake Donald Trump stars mysteriously appeared on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, just days after the West Hollywood City Council passed a resolution calling for the president's star to be removed.

The stars were placed there by a conservative street artist who wishes to remain anonymous, ...