Thanks to Trump and Russia, the US Is Distracted and Hobbled

This week, the Internet has been lit up with the latest in the series of revelations about connections and communications between the president's innermost circle and representatives of the Russian government.In the U.S., the current chapter of the scandal -- featuring the president's son, son-in-law, campaign chairman, and a badly-shaved, former music publicist, plus what may be a series of smoking-gun emails -- may be seen as a bizarre, yet consequential form of reality television.Around the world, the political furor in the United States is seen through a different lens, with international observers wondering if the drama might effect the ability of the world's sole superpower to lead.  Continue reading...

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