Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledges applause before speaking during the 2017 ''Congress of Tomorrow'' Joint Republican Issues Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 26, 2017.REUTERS/Mark Makela


Mauldin Economics says: Reports of bankruptcies are on the rise. One of the most troubling cases thus far deals with UralVagonZavod (UVZ). This is a corporation that consists of 40 entities and is among the world’s top 100 largest military-industrial companies. Three entities—Alfa-Bank, Barnaul Forge and Press Plant, and Central Boiler and Turbine Institution—have filed bankruptcy petitions in court against UVZ in the last few months due to unpaid debts.”


The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.


< Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 26. (Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)


Deputy chiefs of mission in all US embassies are career foreign service officers who are quite capable of holding down the forts for as long as necessary. 


Donald J. Trump’s “daughter and son-in-law are about to move into a house previously owned by a staunch Putin opponent [Dan Rapoport] who advised politicians like Mitt Romney on why they should distrust the Russian leader…Rapoport is leaving town to head a $100 million American private equity investment in Ukraine.


<Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden


"He should have done more. He should have been more forceful, more public, and more public pushing back on what the Russians were doing. I think in retrospect, we let this go too far, for too long."


Friday's shipment included 87 tanks, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers. The US also plans to move in a combat aviation brigade with around 60 Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters and 1,800 personnel from Fort Drum, New York, as well as a battalion of Apache attack helicopters and 400 personnel from Fort Bliss, Texas. They will be headquartered in Germany. 


UBO: “The Trump-Putin bromance seems to be heading – if Donald Trump gets his way – toward a settlement that could foreshadow a situation in which Putin would accomplish his fondest desire – confirmation of “big power” status for an expanding Moscow-centric empire. This would in turn almost guarantee the dismemberment of the European Union and the re-enslavement of Ukraine and several other sovereign nations. Let us hope that the American people have the good sense to follow the lead of Sen. John McCain and others who recognize the Trump-Putin bromance as a prelude to an unprecedented international disaster.” 

Obama ordered sanctions against two Russian intelligence services, the GRU and the FSB, plus companies that American officials say support the GRU. Obama also sanctioned GRU head Lt. Gen. Igor Valentinovich Korobov, and his deputies, Alexei Belan and Yevgeny Bogachev. Two Russian nationals who have been wanted by the FBI for cybercrimes, also were sanctioned.


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