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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Putin
The escalating tensions over Russia's invasion into Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea have spilled over into America's space program, leaving NASA wondering: What's to say President Putin won't cut off the United States from accessing the International Space Station?
President Putin's popularity is on the rise. Fully 80 percent of Russians see the former KGB agent in a favorable light, while only 18 percent disapprove of his leadership, a new study from the Levada Center shows.
President Obama summed out the situation in Crimea this week with a simple assessment: The West and the world are not headed back to any Cold War with Russia. Rather, we're only engaging in a clash of ideals.
U.S. lawmakers slapped with sanctions by the Russian government Thursday in the bitter bilateral standoff over Crimea appear to be just fine with it.
Vice president Joe Biden landed in Poland on Tuesday on a quick trip to the region aimed at flexing America's muscles and showing Russia just who they're dealing with -- a White House resolved to turn back President Putin's aggression in the Ukraine.
Sen. John Barrasso said Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told him over the weekend that the country is in desperate need of international assistance and is wielding a decimated, virtually nonexistent military as Crimean voters overwhelmingly chose to secede from the country and align with Russia.
President Obama on Monday slapped Russia with the kinds of economic sanctions not seen since the Cold War, but the administration's supposed hard line was met with mockery and a "collective shrug" in Moscow, Kiev and Washington.
Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.
President Obama aimed stern warnings and temporarily toothless sanctions at Russia on Thursday, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ease the crisis in Ukraine and condemning a proposed referendum in Crimea that would allow the contested region to join Moscow.
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Former World Chess champion and political activist, Garry Kasparov, took to social media to express his outrage over Obama administrator's assessment of Russia's presence in the Ukraine as a "uncontested arrival."
His experiment in television with NBC over for now, David Remnick leaves Sochi on Tuesday to resume his day job as editor of The New Yorker magazine.
Police in the chaotic North Caucasus region of Russia killed a leading Islamist militant during a dramatic shootout, the latest in President Putin's attempt to stabilize the nation in the lead-up to the Sochi Olympic Games.
The World Taekwondo Federation has awarded an honorary black belt to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Apparently, America isn't the only country to spy on neighbors and world leaders. Russia gave out goodie bags filled with USB drives and telephone chargers at the recent G-20 summit in St. Petersburg — but the devices were designed to download the users' information and pass it along to intelligence agents at the Kremlin.
"We must make a clear distinction between civilized opposition to the authorities, and serving foreign interests to the detriment of our own country," Mr. Putin said at a meeting of Russia's Federal Security Service.
In Moscow Monday, Mr. Putin said his government is on the alert against outside agitators who seek to incite ethnic strife.