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Sen. Chris Murphy weighs on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and the latest on missing Flight 370.
(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."
New York (CNNMoney) – The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services.
The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, marking an improvement from January and topping economists' expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%, from 6.6% the prior month as more Americans joined the labor force. Both numbers were reported by the Department of Labor on Friday morning.
(CNN) – The stock market has hit record highs again and again this year, but those gains are far removed from many Americans, especially the middle class, 10.5 million Americans are still out of work.
Is this high market, with not much trickling down and reaching the rest of the American public, the new normal?
"The market's been dislocated from the economy for awhile now, because what seems to drive corporate profits has very little to do with what gets people jobs," says managing principal at Seventh Capital Investment Monica Mehta.
(CNN) – All the stories, plus all the social media content, analysis, and conversation from "The Lead" and from CNN's "Jake Tapper" are now in one place – on our new FlipBoard magazine.
CNN's Jake Tapper sat down with FlipBoard to share his thoughts on how to succeed as a Washington journalist, and how social media has changed the media landscape.
"(It takes) a lot of hard work, lot of realizing that you're being not told the whole story all the time, and a need to talk to as many people as possible so you can get the full story," says Tapper.
(CNN)- Earlier this month, Comcast said it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States.
To date, the merger has not been formally submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.
"We expect it will be soon, and in that event, I and my colleagues will have to review the facts, as presented to us, the opinions people on the outside, ... and reach a judgement," FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."