AXIOS: The media’s epic fail

A reckoning is hitting news organizations for years-old coverage of the 2017 Steele dossier, after the document’s primary source was charged with lying to the FBI.

Why it matters: It’s one of the most egregious journalistic errors in modern history, and the media’s response to its own mistakes has so far been tepid.

Outsized coverage of the unvetted document drove a media frenzy at the start of Donald Trump’s presidency that helped drive a narrative of collusion between former President Trump and Russia.

Reuters: Putin says West taking Russia’s ‘red lines’ too lightly

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the West was taking Russia’s warnings not to cross its “red lines” too lightly and that Moscow needed serious security guarantees from the West.

In a wide-ranging foreign policy speech, the Kremlin leader also described relations with the United States as “unsatisfactory” but said Russia remained open to dialogue with Washington.

Event Announcement: Zoom Webinar: What is Russia’s National Idea?

Tomorrow, Wed. Oct 28 at 3pm the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy with convene a panel to discuss George Washington University scholar Marlene Laurelle’s new book Is Russia Fascist? The panel will be moderated by Paul Grenier and feature Professor Laurelle, ACURA’s Anatol Lieven ACURA’s Nicolai Petro as well as the University of Ottawa’s Paul Robinson.

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Reuters: Kremlin says NATO expansion in Ukraine is a ‘red line’ for Putin

The Kremlin warned on Monday that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure in Ukraine would cross one of President Vladimir Putin’s “red lines”, and Belarus said it had agreed to take action with Moscow to counter growing NATO activity.

Newsweek: Putin Criticizes U.S. Leaving Afghanistan, Says Fallout May Present Problems for Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United States and its allies for leaving Afghanistan, saying the withdrawal may present problems for Russia and its allies.

“There is a danger that terrorists and different groups that found a refuge in Afghanistan will use the chaos left by our Western colleagues and try to launch an expansion into neighboring countries,” Putin said. “That will pose a direct threat to our country and its allies.”

Federation of American Scientists: Pentagon Sees Increased Potential for Nuclear Conflict

“Despite concerted US efforts to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in international affairs and to negotiate reductions in the number of nuclear weapons, since 2010 no potential adversary has reduced either the role of nuclear weapons in its national security strategy or the number of nuclear weapons it fields. Rather, they have moved decidedly in the opposite direction,” the Department of Defense documentsaid.

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