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|President Obama says more sanctions targeting senior officials in the Russian government are not the "preferred outcome," but they were compelled by Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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|During an interview to promote signing up for the Affordable Care Act before the March 31st deadline, President Obama speaks with Ellen DeGeneres about his life in Washington compared to the Washington depicted in the hit Netflix drama "House of Cards."

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|Praising the legacy of Cesar Chavez, President Obama says an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws is "not a matter of if, just a matter of when."

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|NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a Washington think tank that Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula is "the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War."

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WASHINGTON – The government's top intelligence lawyers say Congress is adequately monitoring U.S. surveillance programs.

Those are the same assurances the White House has made consistently since details of the classified National Security Agency programs were revealed last year.

But it's become an awkward argument for the Obama administration since the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA of illegally monitoring Senate investigators as they carried out their oversight duties.

The congressional intelligence committees are intended to keep the government's secret activities in check.

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CHICAGO – Vernita Gray, a gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.

Gray died late Tuesday of cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November, family friend Jim Bennett told The Associated Press. Bennett was among friends who were gathered at the home when Gray died.

Gray's failing health and her wish to marry convinced a federal judge to order that an expedited marriage license be granted to the couple ahead of the June 1 effective date of the state's same-sex marriage law.

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|Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russia's incursion into Ukraine is an effort "to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe."

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Jan. 24, 2013: A first grade class of 30 children waits to enter a classroom at the Willow Glenn Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.AP

A Florida district that has seen a dozen charter schools close in the past two years is moving toward shutting down three more, in the latest move against charter schools at the local level. 

The Broward County School Board voted Monday to issue two charter schools, The Obama Academy for Boys and the Red Shoe Charter School for Girls, a notice of intent to terminate their charters over breach of contract.

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|During a joint statement in Poland with Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Vice President Joe Biden said the United States joins the international community in condemning the “brazen, brazen military incursion” by Russia’s leaders in Ukraine.

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|Secretary of State John Kerry says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signed order declaring Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula a sovereign state demonstrates a "very dangerous" rise of "nationalism that is exercised unilaterally."

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