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President Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend a meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats Unveil A Blueprint For Battling Putin, Daring Trump To Act

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A Ukrainian serviceman prepares ammunition for the fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Avdiivka, Ukraine last March. Anatolii Stepanov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Scaramucci, whose tenure at the White House was short but attention-getting, made a splash in the first round of voting in the NPR Top Political Story of the Year Bracket. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a meeting with his supporters in Moscow on Sunday. Navalny, seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a fighting chance of challenging strongman Vladimir Putin, was seeking to get his name on the ballot for a March vote, but on Monday an election commission voted to bar him from the election. Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Luger Albert Demchenko is one of 11 Russian athletes whom the International Olympic Committee banned for life on Friday. He will be stripped of the two silver medals he won at the 2014 Sochi Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images hide caption

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The proposed logo for Russian athletes who are permitted to compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and other rules, are sure to create a stir at the Olympics, an event that's heavy on both symbolism and patriotism. Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group hide caption

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British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach salutes an honor guard during during an official welcoming ceremony in Ankara, Turkey in February. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign warns people not to enter the town of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which houses the Mayak nuclear facility. In 1957, the nuclear reprocessing plant was the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents. Katherine Jacobsen/AP hide caption

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With the Russian Olympic Committee suspended by the games' governing body, Russian athletes must compete under a neutral flag if they want to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russia Won't Boycott Olympics Over Ban For Doping, Putin Says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his re-election bid during a visit to the GAZ car factory in Nizhny Novgorod. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that Russia's athletes "will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag" at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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The core of the RBT-3 reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. Some scientists suspect the institute's work on medical isotopes might explain radioactivity detected over Europe. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

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