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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Tony Blinken
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration has made it clear to members of Congress why they bypassed a rule requiring 30 days of notification for prisoner transfers such as the moving of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan.
Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser at the White House, said Sunday that the administration is placing a new round of sanctions on Russia this week.
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.
President Obama's deputy national security adviser on Monday defended the new interim deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that the United States will "continue to confront" the Islamic Republic and that pressure on the country is "not going away."
The White House said Monday it will "take a hard look" at Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, but questioned whether Syria would comply.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, meanwhile, said Hamas must be denied the ability to "rain down rockets on Israeli civilians."
"One of the results, one would hope, of a cease-fire would be some form of demilitarization so that this doesn't continue, doesn't repeat itself," Mr. Blinken said in an interview with NPR. "That needs to be the end result."