Photo: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference before meetings of NATO Ministers of Defence on October 26-27 at NATO headquarters
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Donald Trump's campaigning in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton's in Florida and President Obama's on the stump in Ohio. Meantime, the political world is still focused on FBI Director James Comey. He went public about Clinton's emails, but not about Trump's ties with Russia. Democrats are accusing him of a "double standard," as we hear from Michael Crowley who writes for Politico.
You'd never know it from this year's campaign, but Russia and NATO are engaged in the biggest military buildup since the Cold War. In addition to Syria and Ukraine, the next US president might be faced with Russian aggression in the Baltic States and puppets of the former Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin has deployed forces and talked about using nuclear weapons. Comparisons are being made to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. NATO has changed the name for its military buildup in the region from "reassurance" to "deterrence" and is responding with tanks and troops -- at a time when the European Union is weakened and American leadership is fraught with uncertainty.
Braw on NATO's need to strengthen its front line against Russia
Braw on how the Baltic States are accommodating NATO troops
Shlapak on reinforcing deterrence on NATO's eastern flank (wargaming the defense of the Baltics)
Cohen on proposed Obama-Putin cooperation killed by its enemies in Washington, with dire implications
Chollet's 'The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World'
Stephen F. Cohen
Fans of pornography would get new power under a measure on California's statewide ballot.
All it takes to get a proposed new law on California's statewide ballot is a filing fee and enough signatures. Proposition 60, up for a vote on Tuesday, would require porn stars to wear condoms. But the porn stars themselves are opposed -- along with the Republican and Democratic Parties. Emma Green, staff writer for the Atlantic, says the opposition is comprised of a coalition of strange bedfellows.
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