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Benson & Harf  for 07/13/18

 

Charged! A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election, the Justice Department announced Friday.  "The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press conference.  All 12 defendants are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency. The case stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. It comes as President Trump plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki on Monday. Should Trump cancel his meeting with Putin? Marie takes it to the calls.

Crunching Numbers! According to the latest Fox News Poll, Voters think President Trump has been too soft on Russia, yet a majority approves of his July 16 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new Fox News Poll.  Meantime, approval of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has dropped below 50 percent. A 53 percent majority thinks President Trump is not tough enough on Russia, including 32 percent of Republicans. Plus: Fifty-four percent of Democrats are "extremely" interested in the November elections, and 51 percent are more enthusiastic about voting than usual. Marie talks numbers with Daron Robert Shaw, Professor of Government at the University of Texas and director, along with Chris Anderson, of the Fox Poll.

Plus: Thousands took to the streets of Britain's capital Friday in protest of President Trump's three-day visit to the country -- just as Trump was trying to smooth over relations with Prime Minister Theresa May after an interview in which he criticized her approach to Brexit. Marie talks to Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

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