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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Putin
A photograph of President Obama holding a small, white poodle with only three legs has unleashed a score of snickering from Russia, with top Kremlin aides allegedly pointing out the contrast with President Putin's own recently snapped photo — of him stroking a snow leopard.
It was a mere five years ago that smiling Kremlin officials welcomed President Obama's ambitious bid to "reset" frosty bilateral ties between the U.S. and Russia. Today, the smiles are long gone.
The shaky cease-fire in Ukraine was thrown into peril Tuesday when pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen.
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 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.
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.
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.
"We will not accept a situation such as happened in Ukraine, when in many cases it was through non-governmental organizations that the nationalist and neo-Nazi groups and militants, who became the shock troops in the anti-constitutional coup d'etat, received funding from abroad," he said.
In Moscow Monday, Mr. Putin said his government is on the alert against outside agitators who seek to incite ethnic strife.