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Senate Overwhelmingly Votes For New Russia Sanctions, Now It's Up To Trump

In an overwhelming 98-2 vote, the Senate has sent legislation slapping new sanctions on Moscow to President Trump's desk, setting up a potential showdown with the White House over Russia. Senators voted to pass the bill, which would give Congress the ability to block Trump from lifting the Russia sanctions. It also includes new penalties against Iran and North Korea.

Protecting The Cheaters: EU Regulators In Bed With German Auto Industry Regarding Diesel

"We can debate at length what pollution standards should be. What’s not debatable is German auto corporations lied and cheated their way to good results and now they are caught with their pants down, at least twice. Either way, diesel is on the way out. And with that pending change, Germany’s vaunted lead in auto technology has turned into ashes. Meanwhile, EU regulators are prepared to look the other way in an attempt to give German manufacturers time to catch up."

Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

The US still has large influence in Iraq but it does not own it. The impressive performance of Russian weapons in Syria makes them in high demand among the countries facing the terrorist threat. The tank deal between Russia and Iraq reflects the trend.

Trump Legal Shake Up: Kasowitz Out As Personal Attorney, Corrallo Resigns

There's been a shakeup in President Trump's legal team. According to CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett, Marc Kasowitz is out as Mr. Trump's personal attorney, while Kasowitz's spokesman, Mark Corallo - who has had a rocky relationship with Trump in the past - has resigned.

Washington's "Good Terrorists, Bad Terrorists" Policy In The Middle East

"...More to the point, raising funds for proxy wars from the Gulf Arab States allows the Western executives the freedom to evade congressional scrutiny; and the benefit of buying weapons from the unregulated arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe is that such weapons cannot be traced back to the Western capitals; and using jihadist proxies to achieve strategic objectives has the advantage of taking the plea of “plausible deniability” if the strategy backfires, which it often does."

When A "Black Swan" Will No Longer Do: China Warns Beware The "Gray Rhino"

In surprisingly stark commentary, China issued a warning that the economy finds itself in a backdrop of growing enterprise debt, an overheating real estate market, and overcapacity in such sectors as low-end manufacturing, and cautioned investors that a "gray rhino" may be coming.