Joel B. Pollak

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Nancy Pelosi and Bashar Assad (Sana / Associated Press)

Nancy Pelosi Slams Trump for Inviting Vladimir Putin to Washington

In 2007, shortly after becoming Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi traveled to Syria to meet with dictator Bashar al-Assad, to show that the U.S. was capable of using diplomacy and not merely war as a tool of foreign policy in the Middle East.

Trump Putin presser (Yuri Kadobnov / AFP / Getty)

American Media Ask Trump-Putin About Mueller, not Foreign Policy

American journalists at the joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday focused all of their questions on allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Vladimir Putin umbrella (Shaun Botterill / Getty)

Vladimir Putin Hogs Umbrella at World Cup, Leaves Emmanuel Macron in the Rain

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived onstage at the awards ceremony for the FIFA World Cup with the sole umbrella in the middle of a torrential downpour — leaving French president Emmanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović standing in the rain for several minutes until more umbrellas could be found.

Peter Strzok (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Peter Strzok Refuses to Hand Over Texts to Congress

FBI agent Peter Strzok refused Thursday to hand over his text messages to Congress for further investigation, telling the U.S. House of Representatives that the Inspector General had already reviewed the relevant texts and found “no acts of bias.”

Facebook wall (René C. Nielsen / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Robotics Engineer Compares Silicon Valley to Soviet Union

Anton Troynikov, a robotics engineer who apparently has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, launched a series of hilarious viral tweets on Thursday comparing Silicon Valley to the former Soviet Union.

Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris: ‘Reform’ ICE, Don’t ‘Abolish’ ICE

California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), two of the most left-wing politicians in the country, are resisting pressure to back the campaign to “abolish ICE.” Instead, they say that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency should be reformed.