Goldman Sachs bank appears to have paid a prominent D.C. lobbying firm $100,000 to torpedo a human rights bill that would deny U.S. visas to, and freeze the assets of, Russian citizens involved in human rights abuses, according to lobbying disclosure forms.
Recent incursions into U.S. air defense zones by Russian nuclear bombers earlier this month were part of exercises that violated provisions of the 2010 New START treaty, according to U.S. officials.
The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.
Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
A new James Bond-themed advertisement blasted President Obama’s ‘hot mic’ moment in which he told Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” after his reelection.
The White House has mocked GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for describing Vladimir Putin’s Russia as the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe,” but Vice President Joe Biden is on record making a similar claim.
A senior House Republican on Monday accused President Obama of going back on promises he would not weaken U.S. missile defenses through negotiations with Russia after the president was overheard promising more concessions after his reelection.
Russian attacks on the U.S. government reached a new low recently when an unidentified pro-government cohort launched an Internet smear campaign meant to paint the incoming U.S. ambassador as a murderous pedophile. The target of these attacks is Michael McFaul, who was recently appointed by the Obama administration as the new U.S. ambassador to Russia.