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SAN FRANCISCO, USA - AUGUST 31 : A Russian flag waves on top of Consulate General Of The Russian Federation building as the consulate readies itself for closure in San Francisco, United States on August 31, 2017. The Trump administration ordered Russia to close it's consulate in San Francisco, and two annexes in New York and Washington in response to a Russian order that the United States cut it's diplomatic staff in Moscow. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Russia Threatens to Retaliate for U.S. ‘Intrusion’ in California Consulate

The Russian Foreign Ministry remains angry at American officials for shutting down several diplomatic facilities in August, including the Russian consulate in San Francisco. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov previously dismissed the action as “state hooliganism.” The Russian Foreign Ministry treated it like a burglary in a statement released on Tuesday and said retaliatory action may be forthcoming.

Tillerson Holds ‘Lengthy’ Post-Sanctions Talks with Russian Foreign Minister

Both U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in the Philippines this weekend. On Sunday, the two had what Tillerson described as a “lengthy” meeting on the sidelines of the conference. Both emerged from the meeting with cautious flickers of optimism that U.S.-Russia relations might be improved.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin slammed the intensifying probe into Russian meddling in the US presidential election, saying it bore witness to "a rise in anti-Russian hysteria" in Washington.

Russia Retaliates for Sanctions, Putin Denounces ‘Anti-Russian Hysteria’

Russia delivered its long-threatened retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Friday, announcing that a number of American diplomats will be dismissed from Russia, and a retreat used by American personnel will be closed, along with some warehouses. These measures are, more or less, a mirror image of the sanctions imposed in the last days of the Obama administration to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Central IntelligenceæAgency Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee with the other heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence officials were questioned by the committee during the annual hearing about world wide threats to United States' security. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Warns of Growing Iranian Presence in Syria, Iraq

CIA Director Mike Pompeo appeared at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday where he was interviewed by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens. The discussion ranged from defeating ISIS and countering Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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SCOTUS Throws Cold Water Early on Obama’s Partisan Gerrymandering Project

The U.S. Supreme Court made headlines Monday with its acceptance of a case that argues whether legislative maps can be ruled unconstitutional simply due to the partisan advantages that may be gained from their designs. Some election law experts contend the matter is a means to an end in transferring redistricting powers—commonly held in legislative branches—to commissions not directly answerable to the electorate.

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