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U.S. Senators seek quick confirmation of new ambassador to Russia

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia could be on his way to Moscow in days, Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Tuesday, putting aside partisan differences that have held up other nominations for months. John Tefft painted a dire picture of relations with Moscow as he sailed through his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. "Our relations with Russia are obviously…
Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier. Speaking at the White House, Obama said the new sanctions targeted "key sectors of the Russian economy" - energy, arms and finance. Obama said the new U.S. sanctions block the exports of specific goods…
House panel condemns Obama for Bergdahl prisoner swap
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:26
WASHINGTON -- A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The Republican-led Armed Services Committee backed a nonbinding resolution that disapproves of the exchange and faults Obama for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance of the May swap, as required by law. The vote was 34-25…
"It's not a new Cold War"
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:46
President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new sanctions, which target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy, will have an "even bigger bite" than those imposed in the past, Mr. Obama said, because the U.S. is being joined by its European allies who had, until now, resisted widening…
Obama: Conflict with Russia "not a new Cold War"
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:46
July 29, 2014, 4:09 PM|President Obama announced that the United States is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy as a consequence for Russia’s continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Obama announces expanded sanctions on Russia, with European support
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:25
July 29, 2014, 4:03 PM|President Obama announced the United States is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy as a consequence for Russia’s continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, pinning Washington's hopes on the former Procter & Gamble Co chief executive to launch a massive turnaround effort at the troubled agency. McDonald, 61, replaces former Army general Eric Shinseki, who resigned in late May amid a scandal over cover-ups of long waiting times for health care appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the country.
U.S. expands economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU agreed to its own new measures against Moscow hours earlier. Speaking at the White House, Obama said the new sanctions targeted "key sectors of the Russian economy" - energy, arms and finance. Obama said the new U.S. sanctions block the exports of specific goods…
Republicans offer much less cash to deal with border crisis
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:46
After weeks of internal discussions, Republicans have put forward a bill that would allocate far less than what President Obama has proposed to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied children coming across the southern border. PlayVideoCBS This Morning What happens to migrant children who get deported back to Central America?
Bob McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:46
The Senate on Tuesday voted 97-0 to confirm Bob McDonald, the former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to serve as the next secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department. McDonald will immediately face serious challenges as he attempts to fix the systemic problems at the VA, including delayed health care for veterans. On Wednesday, the VA will conclude briefing members of Congress on the…
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