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

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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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Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon walk around the grounds of Brezhnev's country home by the Black Sea in Yalta, Russia, in June 1974. Nixon had some meetings with Brezhnev without a U.S. interpreter, a practice that can lead to problems. AP hide caption

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President Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, during a formal meeting on July 7. The White House on Tuesday acknowledged that a second, previously undisclosed meeting between the leaders also took place. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin replies to a citizen's question during his annual Q&A Direct Line session on national television in Moscow. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says "political schizophrenia" has gripped the U.S., as he discussed reports that President Trump had shared secrets with Russia's top diplomats. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the combined fire demonstration of the services of the Korean People's Army in celebration of its 85th founding anniversary in a photo released on April 26. KCNA via KNS /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the start of their meeting in Moscow. Russia has accused the U.S. of breaking international law with its missile strike on Syria last week. Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump looks on as German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at a joint news conference Friday at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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