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Ukrainians and Ukraine supporters demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.

Russia's Gains Cloud Obama's Assurances to Baltics

For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics...



  • Obama Rules out US Military Action in Ukraine

    President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine. Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian separatists. But Obama says a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in the region, quote, "is not in the cards."...

  • U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Franken Pivots to McFadden in Latest Ad

    U.S. Sen. Al Franken's campaign is slowly shifting course by drawing attention to his Republican opponent. Franken calls out businessman Mike McFadden by name for the first time in his latest TV ad, accusing the Republican candidate of attacking Franken and misleading voters...

  • This Aug. 2, 2014 file photo shows demonstrators protesting at Freedom Plaza in Washington asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportations policies. White House Preps Legal Case for Immigration Steps

    With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say...

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. On Syria, Obama Faces Questions on Congress' Role

    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers...

  • Dayton Urges Feds to Step in on Grain Delays

    Gov. Mark Dayton is urging the federal government to step in on railroad delays hitting Minnesota grain farmers. A growing backlog of railroad shipments cost corn, wheat and soybean farmers $109 million in lower prices this spring...


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