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Take That: Russia Bars Boehner, Reid, McCain

After US sanctions, Moscow singles out 9 American officials

(Newser) - Russia got Crimea , but the US is dominating in the sanctions department. After President Obama ramped up strong economic penalties against 20 prominent Russians (but not Vladimir Putin), Moscow fired back by telling nine American officials (but not Obama) that they weren't welcome in Russia, reports the Hill . The... More »

Ukraine's Military At the Ready: Acting PM

But Arseniy Yatsenyuk 'convinced' Russia won't intervene

(Newser) - Ukraine's acting prime minister is "convinced" that Russia's military won't intervene in his country—but Ukraine's military is prepared for action. If Moscow were to make such a move, "this would be the beginning of war and the end of all relations," says... More »

Bank's 'Spy Novel' Tactics Hid US Tax Dodgers' Billions

And Justice Dept. did little to respond, per Senate report on Credit Suisse

(Newser) - Swiss bank Credit Suisse helped thousands of Americans keep as much as $12 billion in assets tucked away from the eyes of the IRS, a Senate report out yesterday alleges—and the bank used some unconventional techniques in the process, including once hiding bank statements in a copy of Sports ... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

McCain: Ukraine Ought to Make Putin 'Nervous'

Susan Rice warns getting involved would be 'grave mistake'

(Newser) - John McCain had some stern words for Vladimir Putin today, saying that it was clear that the people of Ukraine "want to be Western" and not "Eastern," and that the protests there ought to make the Russian strongman, an ally of Viktor Yanukovych, more than a little... More »

Romney: In Hillary 2016, Bill Is 'Not Relevant'

Addressed gay marriage, Sochi

(Newser) - If Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' nominee in 2016, Bill hasn't got anything to do with it, says Mitt Romney. "I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton," he says, as per Politico . "Hillary Clinton will have plenty to discuss about her... More »

Kerry Admits US Syria Policy Is a Mess, McCain Says

Off-record meeting doesn't stay off-record

(Newser) - John Kerry thinks that the administration's policy in Syria is failing and that it's time to arm the rebels … at least according to noted hawks John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The Senate pals were among 15 lawmakers in attendance at a closed-door meeting with the secretary of... More »

'Too Liberal' McCain in Hot Water With Arizona GOP

In reprimand, senator's record called 'disastrous and harmful'

(Newser) - Seems John McCain is getting too liberal for Arizona conservatives—so liberal that the state's Republican party has formally reprimanded the senator for his "disastrous and harmful" record, Politico reports. At a party meeting in Tempe yesterday, the party hammered McCain for assisting Democrats on immigration reform, ignoring... More »

On Question of Christie, No One Rushes to Judge

GOP thinks he can move on; Dem O'Malley says 'I don't know'

(Newser) - Chris Christie was as popular a topic on the Sunday shows today as one might expect, but rather than getting tarred and feathered, guest after guest either came to the New Jersey governor's defense or declined judgment. A rundown of the highlights, as per Politico :
  • John McCain : "I
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Historic Navy Carrier Sold ... for a Penny

USS Forrestal will become scrap metal after 4 decades of service

(Newser) - A supercarrier once hailed as the "biggest ship ever built" has been sold—for a price that must rank among the smallest ever: one penny, paid by the seller. All Star Metals now owns the historic USS Forrestal after the Pentagon paid it one cent to dismantle and recycle... More »

Obama: These Should Be Our 3 Priorities Now

President gives 20-minute speech

(Newser) - It's a post-shutdown potpourri: facts and statements emerging the morning after. The latest, leading with President Obama's 11am comments:
  • Obama recaps: "Let's be clear: there are no winners here. The American people are completely fed up with Washington. There was no economic rationale for all of
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It's Over: House Passes Senate-Backed Deal

Obama signs bill: We need to stop 'governing by crisis'

(Newser) - Federal workers, prepare to rejoin the morning commute. The Senate tonight passed its bill to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by a vote of 81-18, the AP reports; the House backed the bill 285-144, just hours before the Treasury would have lost its authority to borrow... More »

Rand Paul: Bad Idea to Blow Through Debt Ceiling

Meanwhile, Collins, Klobuchar see a deal by Thursday

(Newser) - The United States of America is exactly four days away from debt ceiling Armageddon, so politicians of all stripes crowded the Sunday talk show circuit to point fingers and wax poetically about what the other side might do better. Rand Paul led the way with the obvious, Politico reports, saying,... More »

Shutdown Deal Near? Tone Still Hopeful

More meetings today amid signs of progress

(Newser) - So will the week end with a Capitol Hill deal to reopen the government and avoid a default, or at least set the stage for a weekend breakthrough? Signs of progress remain promising , but as Politico puts it, "there’s no one dancing in the West Wing end zone"... More »

Boehner Says He 'Has Something Up His Sleeve'

But frustration seems to be mounting among Republicans

(Newser) - Politico reports that John Boehner has been confiding to people that he "has something up his sleeve" to solve the impasse over the shutdown and the debt ceiling, but it's not at all clear what that might be. In fact, the rest of the story is about... More »

McCain Rebuts Putin, Just Not Where He Had Hoped

Publishes open letter to Russians on website

(Newser) - As promised , John McCain responded to Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed with a piece in the Russian press today. But— as was pointed out before McCain's piece even appeared—the website McCain wrote for isn't exactly the Russian equivalent of the NYT. McCain originally said... More »

McCain: I'll Answer Putin's Op-Ed With Column in Russian Press says he 'is welcome' to publish his own opinion piece on its site

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin got to sound off against the US in a New York Times op-ep this week, so now a Russian news site is offering the same opportunity to John McCain. Joking about Putin's op-ed on CNN last week, McCain said, "I would love to have a commentary... More »

Obama Agrees to Move on Russia's Syria Plan: Report

But Kerry says US 'won't wait long' for progress

(Newser) - President Obama has agreed to UN Security Council discussions on the Russian proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons, a White House official tells the AP . Obama talked about the idea, first accidentally floated by John Kerry, with David Cameron and Francois Hollande today, the official said. France will... More »

McCain: I'm Against Syrian Resolution

Or at least the Senate's current version

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain says he doesn't support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria. McCain is an outspoken advocate of intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and wants more than cruise missile strikes and other limited action. But asked if he supported the Senate... More »

McCain Caught Playing Online Poker ... During Syria Hearings

Senator laughs it off, says hearings were nearly 4 hours in

(Newser) - This might make it a little trickier for John McCain to sound so serious next time he's warning about the huge consequences at stake in Syria: Photographer Melina Mara of the Washington Post snapped a photo of him playing online poker during today's Syria hearings on Capitol Hill.... More »

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