(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin "exchanged views" on the need to quickly implement the political agreement reached on Friday in Ukraine and for all sides to "refrain from further violence."
A White House statement said the two leaders spoke by phone and also discussed Syria, including the "importance of efforts to advance a political solution" to the civil war.FULL STORY
(CNN) – It didn't take long for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to remind President Barack Obama that the U.S. President now owes Canada two cases of beer, following the loss of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
About 15 minutes minutes after his country's team bested the U.S. on the ice, the Prime Minister claimed his prize on Twitter.
(CNN) – While millions are transfixed watching the Olympics in Sochi, Sen. John McCain said he is focusing on Russia’s next moves concerning Ukraine after the Games.
“I’m very worried about what actions after the Olympics that (President Vladimir) Putin may take,” McCain said Thursday night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “… He will do what’s necessary to keep Ukraine the crown jewel of the Russian empire in the Russian orbit.”
The Arizona Republican said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s assessment that the U.S. approach “is not to see these as some Cold War chessboard in which we’re in competition with Russia.
Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be in town for a series of meetings with the nation's governors, will skip dinner Sunday with President Barack Obama to return home to celebrate his daughter's 18th birthday, a Christie aide tells CNN.
Christie will arrive in the nation's capital Friday for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting - an annual four day gathering featuring policy discussions that seek to bring one voice to issues facing the states.
On Sunday, the President will host the governors at the White House for dinner.
(CNN) - Rallying Democratic governors Thursday, President Barack Obama urged his party not to overlook state-level elections because they aren't as "sexy" as national contests.
"So often, the action - how our policies are actually impacting our constituents day to day - are being determined by governors and state legislatures," Obama said at the Democratic Governors Association fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.
Washington (CNN) - While warning there is much more to be done to get to a healthy economy, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling said, "I would still be cautiously optimistic that the general notion is that there are positive trends in the economy."
Sperling said that he believes data that has been coming out about the economy weakening, including slow housing starts, will probably turn out to be weather related. But he did concede that while the economy is on the right track it is, "not good enough," adding that the country "needs stronger growth."
Beaumont, Texas (CNN) GOP Senator Ted Cruz told CNN he doesn't agree with 65 year old rocker Ted Nugent's explosive comments – calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" - but the Texas Republican would not rule out campaigning with Nugent in the future.
"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz told CNN in an exclusive interview.
(CNN) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday said a report on the Keystone XL pipeline was "pretty definitive" in its assessment that it would not affect climate change, an issue President Barack Obama says must be part of the discussion.
The comments by the two leaders came at a news conference following a summit of the leaders of North America, which brought together Harper, Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Toluca, Mexico.FULL STORY