Good Monday morning.
🇷🇺 Situational awareness: American Paul Whelan was sentenced by a Russian court to 16 years in prison on spying charges, which he has long claimed are political. (AP)
- And Putin dunked on the U.S. for protest marches, telling Russian state TV: "What has happened is a sign of some deep-seated internal crises." (AFP)
Today's Smart Brevity™ count: 1,198 words, 4½ minutes.