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Sen. Chris Murphy weighs on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and the latest on missing Flight 370.
(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 United States expanded a visa ban and set the groundwork for sanctions against Russians and others over the crisis in Ukraine, a response to Russia's military intervention in the Crimean peninsula last week triggered by political upheaval in Kiev.
But even as the ink dried on the Obama administration's first set of sanctions, Washington ratcheted up the debate.
A proposal from Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calls for the U.S. and its allies to boycott the upcoming G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia and consider expelling Russia from the G-8. It also calls for more sanctions on banks, and state agencies.
"What's been missing in all this is the very real leverage on Russia," said Royce.
(CNN) - A fired-up Gov. Rick Perry, who’s considering another presidential bid, kicked off Friday morning with a rousing speech, declaring “It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas.”
The longtime Texas governor reiterated his consistent message proclaiming “red state America” is better off than blue states because of conservative governors who push limited government and entitlement reform.
(CNN) – Russia began large-scale air defense drills 280 miles east from its border with Ukraine Thursday, according to Russian state news.
But White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes downplayed the surprise military exercises in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
(CNN) – Republicans came out swinging today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out armed, walking onto CPAC's stage bearing a rifle. The gun was a life-time achievement award gift from the National Rifle Association that he handed off to his retiring colleague, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, who is leaving his term early for health reasons.
But the more common weapon in the room was words.
"We have long thought and said this president is a smart man. It may be time to revisit that assumption," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan called it a "family reunion" but there were really two competing visions on display at CPAC.