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Senate plows ahead on Russia sanctions

Sergei Ilnitsky / AP Pool

A bipartisan Senate group is prepping a fresh new round of Russia sanctions, per Politico. There are 10 co-sponsors, including Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Ben Cardin, Ben Sasse and Rob Portman.

The new sanctions would:

  • Freeze assets and impose visa bans on hackers and those deemed to be tied to hackers
  • Impose sanctions on bank transactions with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors.
  • Put Obama's 2014 Russia sanctions into formal law.
  • Ban any recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea.
  • Authorize $100 million for the U.S. government to counter "fake news," among other provisions.

Why it matters: Trump and his Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, have signaled they'll be friendlier to Russia than the Obama administration. This is a sign that Trump will have to battle Congress to make that happen.

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