(CNN) - Rand Paul isn't your run-of-the-mill Republican teasing 2016 ambitions.
It's early in the game, but Paul's crusade against government overreach and his willingness to buck the establishment GOP are turning heads. And his recent popularity has some arguing the Kentucky Republican might have some staying power.
For another week, the Sunday political talk shows focused on the missing Malaysian plane and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.
If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:
(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday he believes the National Security Agency is monitoring his e-mails, so when he wants to communicate with a foreign leader, he sends an old-fashioned letter via snail mail.
Asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell about the debate surrounding the spy agency and the conflict between privacy and national security, Carter said the surveillance practices have "been extremely liberalized and I think abused by our own intelligence agencies."
(CNN) - The Obama administration said Sunday that action against Russia for its incursion into Crimea is working, as Moscow’s economy struggles under sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries.
"This is exactly already a real cost for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and in Russia and the economy," White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - It's inevitable at every event. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been asked about running for president so many times that The New York Times did a story earlier this month on all the different ways the question has been posed.
But until Saturday night, it hadn't been asked quite this way.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s European tour – originally focused on nuclear security and a first-time meeting with the new Pope – has taken on new urgency as international allies seek ways to punish Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.
Obama’s four-day continental excursion still features some Old World flair at the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a tour of the Colosseum in Rome. But amid the Vermeers and ancient ruins, the President must try to rally European leaders around a tougher response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s movement into the Crimean Peninsula.
(CNN) - As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 focuses on the Indian Ocean, some members of Congress are putting pressure on the Malaysian government for better cooperation with the United States.
Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican from Pennsylvania and member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” on Sunday that he wishes communication were better.
(CNN) – Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has even more aspirations in Ukraine - and the troops to back them up.
Rogers is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and said he based his belief on information from U.S. intelligence officials.
CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
1. Jindal, Christie & Paul making big moves in N.H.: As if New Hampshire didn't have enough political news already! Republican Scott Brown's decision to explore a Senate race got him presidential attention this week, but that was hardly the only big political news unfolding in the Granite State. A pro-Hillary SuperPac made a public splash, and three Republicans likely to pursue the 2016 GOP presidential nomination were busy with some private political maneuvering.
(CNN) – Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.
Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.