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A Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored U.S. and European pleas to withdraw military troops from Ukraine and called for tougher economic sanctions, following a deadly shootout this weekend.

"I don't think Putin really believes we're going to punish them in that way," Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker, the committee's senior Republican member, said on NBC's "Meet the Press.

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A Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored U.S. and European pleas to withdraw military troops from Ukraine and called for tougher economic sanctions, following a deadly shootout this weekend.

"I don't think Putin really believes we're going to punish them in that way," Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker, the committee's senior Republican member, said on NBC's "Meet the Press.

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April 20, 2014: Residents look at burnt cars near a checkpoint that was the scene of a gunfight overnight near the city of Slaviansk, Ukraine.REUTERS

The Russian ambassador to Ukraine on Sunday denied that his country is on a military march into Eastern Europe and surrounding regions and blamed militia groups for the recent violence in Ukraine.

“We are not going anywhere,” Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told “Fox News Sunday.”

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April 17, 2014: Suspected illegal immigrants being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents, in McAllen, Texas.AP

House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team are telling donors and industry groups that they want to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of other party members to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year.

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April 17, 2014: Suspected illegal immigrants being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents, in McAllen, Texas.AP

House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team are telling donors and industry groups that they want to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of other party members to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.

Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year.

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The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. 

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. 

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"It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen.

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The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. 

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. 

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"It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen.

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The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. 

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. 

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"It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen.

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The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. 

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. 

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"It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen.

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

The nonpartisan budget office's estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs.

But it could also be beneficial to Democrats because the private sector spent $5.4 trillion on wages in 2012, according to the most recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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