(CNN) – Gay rights, Edward Snowden, Syria and now Ukraine: They’re all recent issues in which the United States and Russia have had disagreements.
Tension has always seemed to exist between the two countries, and that’s certainly been the case for President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some days, it almost seems like the Cold War never went away.
Washington (CNN) – While former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia pending an asylum request, some in the intelligence community openly wonder if he’s received more help from the Russians than just a safe place to stay.
“Let me just say this: I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, in the loving arms of an FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Washington (CNN) - Members of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees say they are extremely concerned about security surrounding next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wouldn’t go to the games himself – “and I don't think I would send my family,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.
Washington (CNN) – Nearly 50 million. That’s how many Americans are living in poverty today. It’s an obvious problem, but unfortunately without an obvious solution.
President Barack Obama last week announced economic “Promise Zones,” aimed at hard-hit areas, where the administration is trying to attract investments for improving job creation, education, affordable housing and overall economic security.
Washington (CNN) - It seems everyday Americans aren’t the only ones suffering through a disastrous rollout of Obamacare; politicians are, too.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he’s had trouble signing up his own family through the Kentucky state health exchange.
Washington (CNN) – That warm and fuzzy feeling lawmakers had on Capitol Hill last week for doing their jobs and finally passing a budget continued into the weekend, as the architects of the deal patted each other on the back for a job well done.
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill based on a bipartisan agreement crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate’s Budget Committee.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner was peeved last week at conservative groups that blasted a bipartisan budget agreement before one was even announced. But House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said it was really just that Irish temper of his.
"I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out against our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated too,” Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
(CNN) – Tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he’s seriously considering a run for president in 2016 - but he also has serious concerns.
"The thought has crossed my mind,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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(CNN) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning, according to Eric Swensen, a spokesman for the University of Virginia Health Systems.
Deeds' release comes three days after he was stabbed more than 10 times in the head and neck by his son, who later committed suicide.