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(CNN) – President Barack Obama had not even yet outlined the sanctions he wanted to impose on those the U.S. government deems responsible for the Russian land-grab in Ukraine, before the world learned that the United Kingdom, perhaps America's closest ally, was dead set against them.
A secret document, photographed being carried by a British official into the Prime Minister's residence and office, outlined what the United Kingdom is and isn't willing to do to get Russia to stand down.
Britain should "not support, for now, trade sanctions ... or close London's financial centre to Russians," the document read.
Why? Because in the past few years, the United Kingdom has put out the welcome mat to hundreds of tycoons, kleptocrats, oligarchs, and other magnates from Russia and other former Soviet Republics.
The millions of dollars Russians pour into London, "make it very difficult for our government to make any kind of independent judgment," said Oliver Bullough, author of "The Last Man in Russia."
(CNN) – Control the message, control the people. Journalists and media outlets covering the Russian incursion into the Ukrainian territory of Crimea are now increasingly subjected to a crackdown for simply trying to report what they see.
CNN's Anna Coren and her team were ordered by management at their hotel to stop broadcasting or they'd be kicked out.
(CNN) – It's day two of the Conservative Political Action Conference, and at CPAC, it's all about being seen, getting your name out there, maybe winning the straw poll, and for some, picking up more buzz about a 2016 candidacy.
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate this week defeated an impassioned legislative push to reduce the growing problem of sex assault in the armed forces by overhauling the way the military prosecutes serious crimes.
A bill championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed to get the 60 votes needed for passage, by a vote of 55 to 45. The measure would have removed military commanders from deciding whether most serious allegations of wrongdoing by their subordinates should be prosecuted. The responsibility would have been shifted to prosecutors outside the chain of command.
Sen. Claire McCaskill led the effort to defeat Gillibrand's bill, a move military sexual assault survivor BriGette McCoy slammed.
"It's a blanket betrayal what has happened," said McCoy, saying the Missouri senator "has shown us her cards."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked for an hour Thursday afternoon, with the U.S. president stating "Russia's actions are in violation of Ukraine's sovereignty" and that there is a diplomatic way out, according to the White House.
The call came on the heels of Obama announcing sanctions, and telling reporters that a proposed referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region – one that, as proposed by proposed by pro-Russian Crimean lawmakers, would ask residents whether Crimea should be part of Ukraine or Russia – would "violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law."
"Our cranking up of pressure has really lagged events," said Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser under President George W. Bush