Book Review: The Dark Double: U.S. Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Academics and policymakers from the realist, liberal, and constructivist schools of thought debate the motivations of Russian foreign policy.  Andrei Tsygankov in his latest book The Dark Double: US Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values makes the argument that the tension between the U.S. and Russia is the result of historical, cultural, and political differences.  The book analyzes how U.S. media presents Russia as a “dark double” and a villain in the international system.  According to Tsygankov, the U.S.-Russian relationship is an example of how negative perceptions of the other can lead to competitiveness.  He expresses concern that cooperation between the two powers is unlikely until both recognize and respect their differences.

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Lying to Congress Should Not Be a Crime

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TJ Roberts | United States

The Buzzfeed report alleging Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was false. This surprised no one so long as they have an IQ above room temperature. It’s Buzzfeed. They’re notoriously dishonest. But let’s suppose they told the truth. What if Cohen’s lying to Congress was a direct result of Donald Trump ordering him to do so? While pundits would feign outrage, let’s be real; who cares? The idea that lying to Congress should be a federal crime is one of the great ironies of American Law.

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