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On the eve of the Summer Olympics in Rio, Russia claims 270 of its athletes have been cleared for competition. For the man who helped expose Russia's state-sponsored doping, that's a source of frustration. Jack Robertson, former investigator for the World Anti-Doping Agency, says WADA repeatedly thwarted his efforts to clean up the Games. He was interviewed extensively by David Epstein of the investigative news group ProPublica.
The embarrassing leak of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails came from WikiLeaks, but there's some evidence that it originated with Russian hackers. Vladimir Putin has already been injected into the presidential campaign because of Donald Trump's public comments. The Republican presidential nominee has criticized NATO and the sanctions imposed against Russia after it annexed Crimea. He's praised Vladimir Putin. His campaign manager and other advisors have deep ties to the Kremlin — and Trump's son says there's Russian money in the family business. Russian state media are bullish on Trump's campaign, and Trump has said that, if Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee, it should do the same to Hillary Clinton. Is Trump calling for another "re-set with Russia?" Does Putin want Trump to win?
Steven Lee Myers, New York Times (@stevenleemyers)
Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management (@billbrowder)
Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University / New America / Foreign Policy (@brooks_rosa)
John Noonan, national security commentator and analyst (@noonanjo)
Myers on how, to Democrats, email hack suggests Trump has a new supporter in Putin
Myers on how Paul Manaford wielded power in Ukraine before advising Trump
Browder on how Trump campaign changed its Ukraine platform, lied about it
Brooks on Donald Trump and Russia
Noonan on the scary implications of Trump's nuclear flippancy
Steven Lee Myers
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has implemented a long-term Republican call for action by cutting taxes and reducing services. Instead of boosting the economy, as is often predicted, that's produced a $75 million state deficit. This week, primary voters had their say.
Governor Sam Brownback
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Reid Wilson is national correspondent for The Hill.
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