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A sucker by design

...Ukrainian crisis were met with a similar presidential sang-froid, Obama might have said: "Candidly, I'm shocked that Putin didn't take Crimea sooner. We're just lucky that Russian forces haven't yet overrun Kiev."Sometimes you wonder if...
Putin's Potemkin Games

...authoritarian egotism, Russian President Vladimir Putin would win the gold medal going away.His...ruthlessly exploiting migrant labor.For Putin, any cost, and any means, was worth...political propaganda. By securing them, Putin also bought the tacit cooperation of the...
What others say: Russia a nation in decline

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who loves to strut on the world stage...continue climbing.Even more serious for Putin, although likely to draw less attention...Russia has serious financial problems that Putin had not anticipated. It is something...
The Bookworm Sez: Dave Barry shares keys to happiness

...rants and hilarious (but spot-on) observations about, well, just about everything from high school nerdiness to Vladimir Putin. Nothing's safe from his gentle pokes ? and that includes your heart, at the end of this book.That's typical, vintage...
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Bob Franken: The rules of 'gotcha'

...sensitive diplomacy where a misplaced word can mess things up big-time. Imagine trying to deal with the likes of Vladimir Putin or Benjamin Netanyahu, or others who are always lurking and trying to get their way with America. Of course, to be fair...
Putin's antics wearing thin in Europe

...particularly now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, seems bent on reducing...falling oil prices than Western sanctions, Putin reflexively blames all of Russia's woes on the West. Then there is the problem of Putin himself. His behavior is increasingly...

...PETERSBURG, Russia - President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he does not believe...and I don't believe it will happen," Putin said when asked about the future of in this former imperial capital, Putin accused Western politicians of interfering...

...Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately...opened a new offensive along the seacoast.Putin's comment, made to national TV network...Despite the use of the word "statehood," Putin did not envision sovereignty for the two...

...Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support Saturday for Ukraine's...commitment to de-escalating the conflict.Putin's conciliatory words came on the same...The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin "calls on the opposing sides to halt any...
Rich Lowry: The rape of Ukraine norms. Russian President Vladimir Putin believes in the power of lies and brute...the Minsk agreement. Give them credit: Putin's minions leaven their murderous disregard...aggressor is dangerously provocative.Will Putin use our military support to argue that...


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