(CNN) – Is Barack Obama doing enough to stop Vladimir Putin?
That’s the question CNN “Crossfire” co-hosts Van Jones, on the left, and Newt Gingrich, on the right, asked Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Thursday.
As Congress returns to session after a two-week break and President Barack Obama returns from his trip to Asia, the leaders face new and ongoing challenges domestically and overseas. While new sanctions to punish Russia for continued aggression in eastern Ukraine are expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant that he will not negotiate with a unity Palestinian government.
If you missed the Sunday political talk shows, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest events and opinion in Washington with this comprehensive round up of all things political.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sweep through Asia has been peppered with one international crisis after another and has left critics questioning whether the United States is losing its footing abroad.
Noting the ongoing mess in Syria, Russia's power stance on the border of Ukraine, and the breakdown of progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, CNN's Candy Crowley asked lawmakers and White House officials on Sunday - where does the United States stand?
(CNN) - Mad that he won't be vacationing in Siberia because of sanctions, Sen. John McCain sounded off on all things Russia on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Tuesday.
The longtime GOP senator from Arizona, who earlier this year used his Twitter account to announce sanctions imposed on him by Russian President Vladimir Putin, joked about his overseas account.
(CNN) - Sanctions imposed against Russia are working as a deterrent, President Barack Obama and other White House senior administration officials said Wednesday in a detailed defense and explanation of the U.S. response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.
And new sanctions could be imposed as early as Friday, with key Putin allies, institutions and top oligarchs among the targets, other senior administration officials said.
Washington (CNN) - For weeks, the White House has on an almost daily basis applauded the Ukrainian government’s restraint in dealing with what many see as an attempted Russian takeover of more than just Crimea, repeatedly stating there should not be a military solution.
The Obama administration reiterated that sentiment on Tuesday, while also supporting Ukraine's movement of troops toward the worst trouble zones in the eastern part of the country.
The Sunday political talk shows waded into controversial territory. Missed them? We've got you covered with the most important parts of Sunday’s political chatter.
2014: Sitting side by side on CNN’s “State of the Union” - a rarity these days on political shows, where members of opposing parties often appear during different segments to talk about the same topics - Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, addressed the challenges they both face in the upcoming midterm elections.
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court's view of campaign finance at a Tuesday event, telling an audience in Portland, Oregon, that the judicial body's ruling will limit the number of people involved in the political process.
"With the rate the Supreme Court is going, there will only be three or four people in the whole country that have to finance our entire political system by the time they are done," Clinton said during the question and answer portion of an appearance at The World Affairs Council of Oregon.
Last week, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 ruling to allow more private money in electoral politics by removing a limit on the total number of candidates one can donate to in one election season.
Dallas (CNN) - As former President George W. Bush unveils his paintings for the first time publicly, he said he expects some of the world leaders who were his artistic subjects to be surprised at the quality.
"I think they're going to be (like), 'Wow, George Bush is a painter,"' Bush told NBC's "Today" show in an interview set to air Friday. "I'm sure when they heard I was painting, (they said), 'Wow, I look forward to seeing a stick figure he painted of me.'"
Among those he painted were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.
(CNN) - Wearing a wig and what looked like a well-tailored Russian suit, Jimmy Fallon went into character as Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday on "The Tonight Show" and made a call to another participant in the skit: Sarah Palin.
"Hello, Miss Palin, it's me, Vladimir," he says.