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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a recording of nationwide TV address at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence  outside Moscow early Monday, July 21, 2014. Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives," the Kremlin said Monday. In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin again lashed out at Ukraine for ongoing violence with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    BUCHANAN: A GOP ultimatum to Vlad

    With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November.

  • **FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Bob Corker on presidential run: 'Who knows?'

    Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, said Wednesday there are many Republicans better known than he is who can run for president as a problem-solver, but he didn't rule out the possibility down the road.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., shrugs as he talks to reporters about a two-hour meeting at the White House that he and other Senate Republicans had with President Barack Obama, trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    PHILLIPS: 'Bailout Bob' Corker strikes again

    America is in the middle of the Great Obama Depression. And Tennessee senator "Bailout Bob" Corker has another one of his brilliant ideas. He wants to raise taxes. Specifically, he wants to raise gasoline taxes to pay for so-called "infrastructure investments."

  • ** FILE ** This May 9, 2014, photo shows the South Portico of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Obama aides tackle Hill foreign policy concerns

    White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

  • President Obama has not made any overtures or even laid out details about how the 2001 use of force authorization should change, say members of Congress who are confounded about the reason. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers find little guidance from Obama on war resolutions

    Republicans and Democrats alike were exasperated this week by the Obama administration's befuddled effort to address the lingering war resolutions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which remain in effect more than a year after President Obama called for them to be rewritten.

  • **FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Senate GOP bill pushes Obama to get tougher on Putin, Russia

    A group of influential Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe.

  • Masked pro-Russian activists guard the entrance during their mass storming of a regional Television Centre in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Insurgents in Slovyansk have taken a number of people hostage, including journalists and pro-Ukraine activists, as they strengthen their control in the east of the country in defiance of the interim government in Kiev and its Western supporters. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    White House: New sanctions will hit Putin's circle

    New penalties expected this week against Moscow for its actions against Ukraine will include high technology exports to the Russian defense industry and the companies controlled by those closest to President Vladimir Putin, a White House aide said Sunday.

  • UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

    The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

  • People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

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