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Belarus

Eastern European country that had been part of the former Soviet Union.

Referenced by...
Russia releases sex worker after silence pledge about Trump (2019-Feb-15)

Crimea

A peninsula in the Black Sea just south of Ukraine and west of Russia.



A simple history of Crimea's national affiliation...

o 1783: Crimea becomes part of Russia

o 1954: Russia "transfers" Crimea to Ukraine. However, both Russia and Ukraine are part of what was then the Soviet Union.

o 1991: The Soviet Union is dissolved. Ukraine becomes independent. Crimea becomes an autonomously governed part of Ukraine. However, Russia maintains its naval base at Sevastapol.

o 2014: Russian troops occupy Crimea and Russia annexes it.

o 2018: Russia completes a 12-mile bridge linking Russia to Crimea. There had been no previous direct road link between mainland Russia and Crimea.

Referenced by...
Trump administration imposes Russia sanctions (2018-Apr-06)
Dozens of Trump aides lose top-secret clearances (2018-Feb-28)

Great Lakes

A group of five large freshwater lakes on the United States - Canada border. They contain a fifth of the Earth's surface fresh water.

The lakes are..

o Lakes Michigan and Huron (connected)
o Lake Superior
o Lake Erie
o Lake Ontario

National Monument: Bears Ears

A 1.35 million acre area in Utah. Indigenous people lived on the land for thousands of years, leaving artifacts that date back 5,000 years. It also is a recreational visitor attraction.

Bear Ears also leases land for grazing and oil and gas extraction.

In Dec. 2016, President Barack Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to designate it a national monument. That means existing leases can continue, but no new leases can be issued.

In 2016, Rep. Rob Bishop introduced an alternative plan that would allow for mineral extraction, energy development, and road construction at Bears Ears.

Referenced by...
Administration proposes land sale from national monument (2018-Aug-15)
Trump orders review of National Monuments (2017-Apr-26)

National Monument: Grand Staircase-Escalante

A national monument in Utah.

It was established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Referenced by...
Administration proposes land sale from national monument (2018-Aug-15)

Northern Mariana Islands

U.S. commonwealth consisting of 14 islands in the Pacific Ocean.


Source: Google Maps

Referenced by...
Labor Sec. Acosta resigns. Replacement fought worker rights (2019-Jul-12)

Soviet Union (USSR)

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) - or Soviet Union for short - was a nation comprised of several nations that it had appropriated.

It existed from 1922 to 1991.

Its nations, along with Russia, were...

o Armenia
o Azerbaijan
o Belarus
o Estonia
o Georgia
o Kazakhstan
o Kyrgyzstan
o Latvia
o Lithuania
o Moldova
o Tajikistan
o Turkmenistan
o Ukraine
o Uzbekistan

Ukraine

Eastern European country that had been part of the former Soviet Union.



In 1991 it became an independent country again. It has since gone through periods when its policies were more aligned with Russia, and others where its policies were more aligned with western Europe and the United States.

Referenced by...
Trump inaugural committee investigated for corruption (2018-Dec-13)
Trump's former campaign manager convicted (2018-Aug-21)
Trump won't impose required Russia sanctions (2018-Feb-02)
Bill limits president's power to lift Russian sanctions (2017-Aug-02)
Paul Manafort proposed influence plan to Russia 10 years ago (2017-Mar-22)
Trump fires Sec. of State Tillerson (2016-Dec-12)
Issue: Mueller's Indictments

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