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Just Stopping By - By John Hudson and Shane Harris

CIA Director John Brennan made a surprise visit to Kiev amid threats of further sanctions against Russia

The Diplomatic Brain Drain in Afghanistan

Afghans are expected to settle on a new president by this summer and the U.S. and the new government in Kabul will begin to forge a relationship in the postwar period. But at this critical juncture there will be a diplomatic brain drain that will undermine U.S. Show More Summary

State Department's Architect of Iran Nuclear Negotiations to Retire

On Friday, the White House announced the retirement of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, a giant in the diplomatic world and a key architect of the nuclear negotiations with Iran and six world powers.  Burns, who had already twice...Show More Summary

Menendez Slams ‘Dumb' Criticisms of Obama's Secret Social Media Program in Cuba

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday tore into critics of a controversial U.S.-backed social media program in Cuba. The program, created by the U.S. Agency for International Development and run with theShow More Summary

Exclusive: U.N. Hints Russia and its Allies Rigged Crimea's Secession Vote

Last month, a staggering 96.77 percent of Crimea's residents reportedly voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, sending what Moscow described as an unequivocal signal that the region wanted nothing to do with its erstwhile leaders...Show More Summary

On Syria, Obama Is Prodded By Longtime Ally

Republican critics have long accused the Obama administration of having no Syria strategy. But with tens of thousands dead and millions more fleeing the country, even some of the White House's closest allies are calling for the administration...Show More Summary

Greystone Denies Russian Accusations of Meddling in Ukraine

The private security and aviation firm Greystone Ltd. denied Russian allegations that it had sent personnel to Ukraine to help Kiev's military prepare for a crackdown on the country's pro-Russian residents. In a phone call with Foreign...Show More Summary

Kerry Accuses Moscow of 'Unmistakable' Covert Ops in Eastern Ukraine

In blistering testimony before Congress on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian special forces of orchestrating "chaos" in eastern Ukraine this week to set the stage for a possible invasion of the region and bluntly...Show More Summary

Fort Hood Sparks Gun Control Fight Between Republicans and Pentagon

Hawkish Republicans and the senior leadership of the Pentagon ypically see eye-to-eye on most things, but the deadly shooting at Fort Hood last week has exposed a rift on a highly-charged issue: Gun control. After U.S. Army Specialist...Show More Summary

Republicans Join Democrats in Vote to Declassify Senate Torture Report

In a surprisingly lopsided vote on Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted overwhelmingly to declassify a long-awaited and controversial report on the CIA's brutal program for interrogating suspected militants. The 11-3 vote...Show More Summary

Exclusive: Top Lawmaker Proposes Cuts to Rwanda Aid

After a string of assassination attempts on Rwandan dissidents, he chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is proposing cuts to American aid to the central African country as part of a broader overhaul of Washington's relationship...Show More Summary

Democrats Solidify Support to Release CIA Torture Report

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's quest to release a long-awaited and bitterly divisive report on the CIA's Bush-era detention and interrogation practices gained the support of two key Senators on Wednesday, all but assuring majority support to...Show More Summary

Russia's Diplomatic Solution for Ukraine Crisis Isn't Very Diplomatic

Barack Obama's administration and its European allies say they want a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Russia's top diplomat has begun laying out Moscow's view of what that should look like. With Russia massing tens of thousands...Show More Summary

Obama and Putin Talk Ukraine as Tensions Mount

President Obama spoke by phone Friday afternoon with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, the White House said in a statement. The conversation comes as ensions mount in the region and U.S. Show More Summary

Exclusive: U.S. Quietly Imposes New Russia Sanctions

While the Obama administration has touted U.S. efforts to isolate Russia economically and diplomatically, it has quietly found another way to slap Moscow for its annexation of Crimea. Nearly a month ago, with no public notice, a small office in the Commerce Department abruptly stopped approving applications from U.S. Show More Summary

Harry Reid Drops IMF Reform from Ukraine Bill

In the face of staunch Republican opposition in the House of Representatives, Senate Majority Leader Harry dropped a provision to reform the International Monetary Fund as part of an urgent rescue package to Ukraine's cash-strapped government. Dropping...Show More Summary

House Democrats Criticize White House for Slowing Down Ukraine Rescue Package

Three weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry promised a $1 billion loan guarantee to the cash-strapped government of Ukraine, Kiev remains empty-handed. The reason for the delay is a dispute on Capitol Hill over reforms to the International Monetary Fund. Show More Summary

Exclusive: Syria's U.N. Aid Jam

Brushing aside vague threats from he United Nations Security Council, the Syrian government continued over the past month to lay siege to more than 220,000 of its own civilians, block the delivery of life-saving medicines to opposition...Show More Summary

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Says Chances of War Are "Growing"

With Russia seizing the last remaining Ukrainian military base in Crimea and massing troops along Ukraine's eastern border, a top Ukrainian official warned that the chances of war with Russia were growing higher. Ukraine's acting foreign...Show More Summary

U.S. Freezes Assets of Russian Businessmen and Bank Close to Putin

The United States increased the economic pressure on Moscow in response to its invasion and annexation of Crimea, freezing the assets of a Russian bank with billions of dollars in holdings and several prominent businessmen with close...Show More Summary

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