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** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Liatvia's President Andris Berzins at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Delaware hoops coach mistakenly ignored good luck call from Biden

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who had somewhat of an adventure trying to congratulate Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on his win last year, missed another connection recently — this time with Monte Ross, the head coach of Mr. Biden's beloved Delaware Blue Hens basketball team. Published March 20, 2014

**FILE** This undated image provided by shows a package of estrogen/progestin birth control pills. (AP Photo/

Employers shouldn't be exempt from covering birth control: poll

More than half of Americans think that employer-based health plans should not be exempt from providing coverage for contraceptives as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to weigh the constitutionality of that portion of President Obama's health care law. Published March 20, 2014

** FILE ** These file photos show Democrats senators, from left, Mary Landrieu, D-La., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C.  The South, where President Barack Obama and his party have struggled for years, will be Democrats' toughest battleground in the 2014 fight for control of the Senate. (AP Photo/File)

Three key Senate races move from 'Lean D' to 'Toss Up,' Cook report shows

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has moved three competitive Senate races from "Lean Democratic" to "Toss Up" — an indication of the headwinds Democrats are facing at the moment in their hopes of maintaining an edge in the U.S. Senate after the fall elections. Published March 20, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chirikov, pool)

U.S. officials on Putin's list mock his sanctions on travel and banks

Sens. John McCain and Dan Coats joked that their vacation plans for Siberia are off after they found themselves on a list of nine U.S. officials and lawmakers hit with sanctions Thursday by Russia, in a tit-for-tat retaliation that signaled an escalation in the diplomatic battle over Ukraine. Published March 20, 2014

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. McCain and a team of seven other senators concluded their visit in Kiev on Saturday with a news conference in which they reaffirmed their support to the interim Ukrainian government. (AP Photo/David Azia)

McCain: 'A little embarrassed' by GOP attitude on Ukraine and IMF

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said Wednesday that he's "a little embarrassed" by some in his party who are insisting that reforms to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) be stripped from legislation to aid Ukraine and sanction Russian and Ukrainian officials involved with the unrest in the region. Published March 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Durbin and a team of seven other senators concluded their visit in Kiev on Saturday with a news conference in which they reaffirmed their support to the interim Ukrainian government. (AP Photo/David Azia)

Senators urge Europeans to deploy civilian monitors to Ukraine

A bipartisan group of senators has written a letter to the secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urging the security cooperative to deploy civilian monitors to potentially unstable areas of Ukraine "to report on security and human rights conditions on the ground and to help defuse tensions." Published March 19, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, July 16, 2013, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, uses binocular as he watches military exercise near Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on Sakhalin Island, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, Pool)

Putin to sanction McCain, Durbin, White House officials: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to respond to the White House's imposing sanctions on Russian officials by releasing his own sanctions list of U.S. officials that will reportedly include U.S. Sens. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican. Published March 18, 2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a presentation at  Green Applications on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Gordonsville, Va.  Graphic art company Green Applications is planning to open a facility in Orange County, creating more than 320 jobs. McAuliffe announced Friday that the company plans to invest $9.75 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Gordonsville. Officials say the company will design, screen print, produce and distribute graphic art on heat transfers and apparel. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

New PAC offers 'private' access to Va. Gov. McAuliffe for as little as $50K

Got $50,000? Then you, too, can attend a "private evening reception" with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who wasted little time after Virginia's General Assembly session gaveled to a close to launch a political action committee that offers such meetings with the governor in exchange for high-end donations. Published March 18, 2014