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Europe and the Trump administration have stopped pretending to respect each other. For the past two years, we have been treated to a transatlantic charade. Everyone knows there’s a problem, but publicly the leaders proclaim that nothing has fundamentally changed. But at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, which took place recently, the charade ended. The American position is collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. The Europeans are defaulting to nostalgia for a multilateral order. Meanwhile, the true challenge of a rising authoritarian bloc goes largely ignored."

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The annual session of the Florida Legislature begins Tuesday with a proposed budget from Governor Ron DeSantis of $91.3 billion.  In addition to the task of passing a balanced budget, lawmakers will consider a broad range of legislative proposals concerning issues ranging from water quality protection and environmental conservation to bills concerning firearms and school safety, education, healthcare, medical marijuana, fracking and beyond. 

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Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime personal attorney, is testifying before the House Oversight Committee. Cohen intends to give Congress an account of what he calls President Trump's "lies, racism and cheating" — including lawbreaking since Trump took office, a person familiar with his plans said on Tuesday. Cohen's Hill appearance comes about two months before he is scheduled to report to federal prison to serve a three-year sentence.

Katherine Zimmerman is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the research manager for AEI’s Critical Threats Project. As AEI’s senior analyst studying terrorist groups, she focuses on the global al Qaeda network and covers the Salafi-jihadi movement and related trends in the Middle East and Africa. She also specializes in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen, al Shabaab in Somalia, and al Qaeda in the Sahel.

Russia is, indeed, rising and her global aspirations form a serious source of concern for Western powers. Is it time to reassess the Kremlin's international agenda? How should we manage the U.S.-Russia stand-off? What of the changing geopolitics of Eurasia and Russia's relations in the Middle East and China? 

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