Links – February 15, 2017

The Trump circus in the White House continues. You have undoubtedly seen more than enough articles about Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor because of his (not fully explained) telephone conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, or maybe it was because he lied to Vice President Michael Pence, or maybe it was because someone leaked about the whole mess to the media.

So I won’t link to much of that; in any case, I am working on posts relating to it and the question of just how connected the White House is to Russia. Flynn is the third to resign from Trump’s service for too much connection to Russia, along with Paul Manafort and Carter Page. You have probably seen news reports about calls for an independent investigative body to look at the whole mess.

Eliot Cohen is a conservative commentator who is writing some incisive analysis of the administration.

Alexander Clarkson is a sharp analyst with a view from Europe. This is his first article in Politico.

This article describes investigations that I see fragments from on Twitter. I don’t share them because I can’t evaluate how reliable they are. Something to be aware of, but not put on the same level with other reporting until it’s more thoroughly verified.

The Kremlin is starting to worry about Trump.

Trump now sees Russia’s seizure of Crimea as a bad thing.

Guiding Principles for a Sustainable U.S. Policy Toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia: Key Judgments From a Joint Task Force.

The Russians have deployed a cruise missile that violates the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Is Foreign Policy Leadership a Fool’s Errand? Works through the relationship between foreign and domestic policies.

Belarus and Russia continue to spar. Top photo of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka and Russian President Vladimir Putin from here.

New Mexico families near Trinity Site are concerned that fallout from the first atomic explosion has damaged their health. Epidemiology suggests that rates of illness in the area are not abnormal. A survey has been done of the families by an advocacy group.

Ancient Judaean pottery suggests a sharp reversal in the earth’s magnetic field.



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