National Prayer Breakfast

Why the Christian Right has embraced Putin

Last week’s arrest of Marina Butina, the 29-year-old operative who allegedly wielded sex as a weapon to spy for Russia, revealed not one but two …

Opinion

The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points.<p>She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement …

Russia

'God, guns and ... Russia?' is no longer a question

The affidavit filed in support of the criminal charges against Maria Butina also discusses her work with an organizer of the National Prayer …

Liberal View

The Russia Investigations: How Many More Maria Butinas Are There?

Support the news<p>Analysis<p><i>This week in the Russia investigations: Two big questions about the second-most famous Russian in the world and Rod</i> …

U.S. Department of Justice

Podcast Ep. 227: The Jesus Endorsement Didn’t Help

July 21, 2018 by Hemant Mehta<p>In our latest podcast, Jessica and I discussed the past week in politics and atheism.<p>We talked about:<p>— Republicans just …

Trump Administration

A Russian Bifurcated Approach To Rule America: Elect Trump and Own the Republican Party.

We have learned about Russia’s efforts to put Trump in the White House and there is no doubt they succeeded. Now drip by drip and day by day we will …

Mainstream Media

Putin’s close ties to National Prayer Breakfast revealed

<b>Vladimir Putin (AP/Alexei Nikolsky)</b><p>Researcher of right-wing religious fundamentalism “not surprised” by Russian connection to American conservatives<p>Sarah K. Burris<p>July 21, 2018 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Raw Story.<p>Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina was spotted on a C-SPAN video …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Trump Wanted a Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For

'Who do you believe?'<p>It was a simple question, asked of President Trump by a seasoned reporter, but it sent a jolt through the assembled media at the …

Russia

Mark Sanford met accused Russian spy Maria Butina in 2017. Remembers her as pleasant

For Thanksgiving last year, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford had more than turkey at the table. He also had over the woman that government prosecutors are …

South Dakota

Week 61: The News Was All Russian and Mueller Made None of It

Trump cuddled with Putin and a Siberian gun lover got cozy with conservatives.<p>From every news tributary and watercourse flowed one story this week that drowned out all others: Its name was Russia.<p>The big gusher remains Russian’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and special counsel …

Donald Trump

Accused Russian spy spoke at USF St. Petersburg world affairs conference

While federal prosecutors believe Maria Butina was organizing a shadow campaign to influence American politics ahead of the the 2016 election on …

Florida

Seven Days in July

Comedy? Disaster? Mental disorder? Hearing loss?Even days after President Donald Trump’s bizarre appearance in Moscow alongside a cool, composed …

Donald Trump

Do You Get "Do-Overs" in Politics? Will Trump?

In this Sunday Political Brunch we look at presidential damage control<p><b>CHARLESTON, W.Va.</b> – We all make mistakes – politicians, too! How many times in …

Donald Trump

Half of Americans think what happened in Helsinki was treason, but Republicans are okay with that

Donald Trump is fond of saying that the reason the United States didn’t take more drastic action against Russian interference in the 2016 election is …

Donald Trump

Ken Ham Says Two Million People Have Visited Ark Encounter. That Makes No Sense.

Once again, Ken Ham comes face-to-face with his greatest enemy: Math.

Kentucky

Cartoon for July 20, 2018: Relationship Counseling for Donald Trump and Donald Tusk of the EU

<b>The Summer Fund Drive: Day 19</b><p>If you value what we do, please support what we do.<p>Let a $5 donation be your good deed for the day.<p>We've been bringing …

Donald Trump

Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Friday! Friday!<p>Gotta commit treason on Friday!<p>But if you’re not up for it, Donnie Two Scoops has you covered. Treason enough for all!<p><b>Listen right</b> …

Donald Trump

Maria Butina is the 'spy' the Trump administration asked for: Talker

If things don’t change, we should expect to see more cases like Maria Butina.<p><i>Suspected Russian agent Maria Butina, sometimes spelled Mariia, is being held in custody, facing charges of acting as an unregistered agent in the U.S. and infiltrating American political organizations, at the direction of</i> …

Donald Trump

Russia’s not meddling? Then explain Maria Butina.

The yawning gap between the world as it exists and the world as President Trump sees it was on vivid display Wednesday.<p>A few minutes after noon, reporters in the White House were being ushered out of a Cabinet meeting they had been allowed to witness. One called out a question: “Is Russia still …

Opinion

The NRA Got Played by Russia

Maria Butina and her colleagues guessed that guns would be their ticket into Republican politics. They were right.<p>Given how accustomed we've become to linking the Kremlin's election meddling with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, one of the most startling details about the odyssey of Maria …

Donald Trump

Frank Rich: Trump’s Plot Against America

<i>Most weeks,</i> <b></b>New York <i>Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today,</i> …

Donald Trump

A Gay Catholic Could Overturn the FDA’s Restriction on Blood Donors. (Maybe.)

July 19, 2018 by Hemant Mehta<p>When it comes to donating blood, you might be aware that gay men aren’t allowed to do it if they’ve had sex in the past …

LGBTQI

Open thread for night owls: Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats co-sponsor Medicare for All bill

<b>John Nichols</b> at <i>The Nation</i> vigorously backs them as <b>House Progressives Go Big on Medicare for All:</b><p>The way to beat Donald Trump and the mess he has made …

Health Care

George O’Neill Jr.: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

George O’Neill Jr., a Rockefeller heir, hosted a dinner around the National Prayer Breakfast in 2017 that Maria (sometimes spelled Mariia) Butina …

Foreign Policy

Midday open thread: Income inequality thrives; Seneca Falls 1848; Denver vows 100% renewables by '50

109 days remain until the November midterms.<p><b>Have you signed up to campaign for a candidate or ballot issue yet?</b><p>Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is <b>How</b> …

Liberal View

What Was Maria Butina Doing at the National Prayer Breakfast?

Does it seem strange that, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Monday by the Justice Department, a Russian woman stands accused of “acting as an agent of a foreign government” in part because she hoped “to establish a back channel of communication” with American politicians at the …

Opinion

How the National Prayer Breakfast plays into the indictment of an alleged Russian spy

Journalist and author Jeff Sharlet on the National Prayer Breakfast, Maria Butina, and the group that calls itself “the Family.”<p>Last week, under the guidance of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the …

U.S. Politics

The Russian Spy Who Infiltrated the NRA Duped a Ton of Conservatives

Maria Butina is accused of trying to set up a back channel between Russia and the GOP.<p>The FBI has arrested a 29-year-old Russian woman in the US on charges of working as a Kremlin agent. According to the charges, Maria Butina has spent the last three years—going back to months before Donald Trump …

Donald Trump

The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different

The “prosperity gospel” is a well-known theological current emerging from the neo-Pentecostal evangelical movements. At its heart is the belief that …

Faith

Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina was Under FBI Watch Since 2016

Maria Butina, the NRA-linked Russian national who was recently indicted for acting as a Russian agent in the U.S., was reportedly subject to FBI …

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