CNN Poll: Most see Russia as a threat to U.S.
March 14th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN Poll: Most see Russia as a threat to U.S.

Washington (CNN) - As the crisis in the Ukraine continues, a new national poll indicates that for the first time in more than a decade, more than half of Americans see Russia as a serious threat to the U.S.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin's unfavorable rating among Americans has soared over the past month. And the poll indicates that the vast majority of the public says Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine break international law, and half of those questioned say a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia is likely.

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Filed under: CNN poll • CNN/ORC International poll • CNN/ORC poll • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
March 12th, 2014
05:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Senate committee approves Ukraine aid package, Russia sanctions

(CNN) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a package of loans and aid for Ukraine along with sanctions against Russia for its military intervention in Crimea.

The measure also includes approval of long-delayed reforms at the International Monetary Fund, which are opposed by many Republicans and could complicate final congressional passage of the bill.
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Filed under: Russia • Senate • Ukraine
Sunday Chatter: GOP hold up ‘Obama-is-weak’ card; GOP angling
March 9th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
1 month ago

Sunday Chatter: GOP hold up ‘Obama-is-weak’ card; GOP angling

The Sunday political talk shows were stacked with Republicans, and most of them said President Barack Obama has repeatedly showed weakness in his foreign policy, bolstering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s resolve and agenda in Ukraine.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

Obama is not weak: Tony Blinken, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, defended the President and his response to Putin’s advancement in the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Obama administration • Paul Ryan • Rand Paul • Russia • Ted Cruz • Ukraine • Uncategorized • Vladimir Putin
March 6th, 2014
09:25 PM ET
1 month ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham compliments Obama on action over Ukraine

(CNN) - A fierce congressional critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy gave the President credit Thursday for recent actions he's taken in the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CNN's "Crossfire" that Obama had done “a very good job” in the last 24 hours. The South Carolina Republican added “I appreciate what he did today. Thank God he’s upping his game.”

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Filed under: Crossfire • Lindsey Graham • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
March 6th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama's foreign policy a target of opportunity for CPAC speakers

(CNN) – Conservative heavyweights, some of whom might launch White House campaigns, contend a weak foreign policy under President Barack Obama emboldened Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine.

The European crisis wasn't at the top of the agenda at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, but a number of speakers put it at the top of theirs.

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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Chris Christie • Marco Rubio • President Obama • Russia • Ted Cruz • Vladimir Putin
March 5th, 2014
09:41 PM ET
1 month ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham defends blaming Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Benghazi

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham defended blaming Russia's invasion of Ukraine on the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, explaining Wednesday that the Obama administration has set a precedent of weakness on the international stage by not following through on threatened consequences.

In an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, the South Carolina Republican pointed to Russia granting national intelligence leaker Edward Snowden asylum, as well as President Barack Obama's supposed "red line" on chemical weapon use in Syria, as examples of threats without subsequent action.

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March 5th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama frames minimum wage fight in global terms

New Britain, Connecticut (CNN) – In the midst of managing the nation's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama enlisted the help of some fellow executives on Wednesday to continue his fight for an increase in the nation's minimum wage.

To help make his case, Obama put his domestic fight in an international context, making a veiled reference to incidents abroad by characterizing the struggles of protesters around the globe as a search for American-style opportunity.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Minimum wage • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
First on CNN: Republican group ties Clinton to Obama handling on Ukraine
March 5th, 2014
01:24 PM ET
2 months ago

First on CNN: Republican group ties Clinton to Obama handling on Ukraine

Updated 2:57 p.m. ET 3/5/2014

Washington (CNN) – As Hillary Clinton made waves for her remarks about Russian incursions into Ukraine, a Republican super PAC sought to tie the former secretary of state to the Obama administration's handling of the unfolding crisis.

A 30-second web video by America Rising PAC stitches together public statements by then-Secretary of State Clinton and President Barack Obama on their attempted reset of U.S. relations with Russia. The video includes a 2009 meeting when Clinton famously presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset" button to signify the start of closer ties between the two superpowers.

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Filed under: America Rising • Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Russia
House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia
March 5th, 2014
12:17 PM ET
2 months ago

House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 3/5/2014

(CNN) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee proposed a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine and urging economic and other sanctions in response.

The non-binding proposal said Russia's action poses a threat to international peace and security.

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Filed under: Congress • Russia
March 2nd, 2014
01:34 PM ET
2 months ago

Kerry rebukes Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in move into Ukraine

Updated 9:15 a.m. ET, 3/3/2014

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sharply denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's "stunning, willful" actions in Crimea, characterizing the move as an "invasion" and saying “all options are on the table” as far as a U.S. response.

"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion, by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext," Kerry said, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • John Kerry • Lindsey Graham • Mike Rogers • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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