9:01 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Russia strongman Vladimir Putin had some kind words for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. "[H]e's noble," Putin said at a press conference in Moscow today. Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia and is on the run from the U.S. government.
"Thanks to Mr. Snowden, a lot has changed in the minds of people around the world ... We don’t help him - we just gave him temporary asylum," said Putin, according to NBC.
"He has to make his own decision for his future. How is he going to live? Where is he going to live? ... He has made such a decision for himself...he's noble - but he has his own activities and I have my own."
Putin also took a shot at the punk rockers Pussy Riot. "I feel sorry for Pussy Riot not for the fact that they were jailed, but for disgraceful behavior that has degraded the image of women,” said Putin.
8:24 AM, Sep 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Time has put Vladimir Putin on the covers of various editions of its September 16, 2013 magazine, distributed across the world. It's appearing almost everywhere -- in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific.
Everywhere, that is, except for one location: Time magazines in America.
Americans are being treated to a special cover story claiming "It's Time To Pay College Athletes."
12:42 PM, Sep 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Brit Hume, Jane Harman, and Charles Lane, earlier today on the Internet-only Panel Plus:
12:35 PM, Sep 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
John Boehner, the Republican House speaker, told reporters Thursday he was "insulted" by the op-ed article in the New York Times by Russian president Vladimir Putin on the Syrian conflict. The Washington Free Beacon has the video:
3:19 PM, Jul 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Edward Snowden's lawyer is a Putin crony, the AFP reports.
"US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will stay in the transit zone of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for three weeks while Russian authorities process his asylum request, a lawyer helping him said Tuesday," reports the AFP.
6:54 PM, Jul 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama talked with Russian chief Vladimir Putin on the phone today about Edward Snowden, according to the White House. But no further details about the conversation concerning Snowden have been released.
6:31 PM, Jun 6, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Thursday, at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gary Robbins delivered another response to the "many concerns" expressed by Russia about the ongoing hunger strike by many of the terrorist detainees at the Guantánamo Bay facility:
6:15 PM, May 13, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
In his joint press conference with David Cameron this morning, Barack Obama asserted that the reason Moscow doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the White House on Syria is because of the Cold War. “I don't think it’s any secret that there remains lingering suspicions between Russia and other members of the G8 or the West,” said Obama. “It's been several decades now since Russia transformed itself and the Eastern Bloc transformed itself. But some of those suspicions still exist.”
6:05 PM, Mar 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a phone call today, President Barack Obama told Vladimir Putin that he "looks forward to visiting" Russia in September, according to the White House. Here's the readout of their call:
10:43 AM, Feb 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This week Russian president Vladimir Putin brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to "hopefully [give] Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine's Day," according to the Moscow Times. That is, Putin brought the music group to town to encourage love-making, and, he hopes, baby-making to offset Russia's demographic disaster.
3:50 PM, Nov 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outlet RIA Novosti reports.
"US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday," the Russian outlet reports. "Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection."