Russia on Mueller report: ‘It has proved what we already knew’

The Russian senator Alexei Pushkov

Russian officials have welcomed the results of the Mueller report, which found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 US election, but said they doubted relations between Russia and the west would improve as a result.

“The long-awaited Mueller report has proved what we in Russia knew long ago: there was no conspiracy between Trump or any member of his team and the Kremlin,” wrote Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Federation Council’s committee on foreign affairs.

Blaming US media bias and anti-Russian sentiment, Kosachev and other senior officials said that they expected the United States to increase pressure on Russia and were bracing for new sanctions.

“We in Russia have nothing to celebrate, the [meddling] accusations against us remain,” Kosachev wrote, saying he expected US officials to argue: “Yes, there was no collusion, but sanctions against Russia still need to be strengthened.”

Russia was ready…

Rep. Jackie Speier: Democrats Have A Plan For Day 1 Of New Congress | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Rep. Jackie Speier: Democrats Have A Plan For Day 1 Of New Congress | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Veteran Democrat Jackie Speier talks about her party’s plan of action once they take control of the House of Representatives in January 2019.
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Sanders Endorsement Does Iowa Candidate Little Good

The Story:

On Tuesday, the Democratic Party nominated Cindy Axne as its candidate for the US House of Representatives from Iowa’s 3rd district, in the southwestern part of the state. Despite the ardent support of activist favorite Senator Bernard Sanders, Pete D’Alessandro ( an advocate of single-payer health coverage) polled roughly 15% percent of the vote.

Background:

Sanders (I – VT) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were the two chief contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. Sanders ran to the left of Clinton, criticizing her for refusal to support single-party health insurance as well as for her excessive clubbiness for Nixon-era Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Since then, Sanders and Clinton factions of the party have continued their rivalry and the Iowa primary campaign was one of the relevant battlefields.

The Clintonite candidate in this primary, Cindy Axne, who favors health care reform within the existing framework of Obamacare, won easily, with more than 57% of the vote.

The Thing to Know:

Not only did D’Alessandra lose to Axne; he came in third, also losing out to Eddie Mauro, a small businessman who had dropped out of the campaign but was still on the ballot.