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Fmr. national security adviser Stephen Hadley, and the latest on the crisis in Ukraine.
(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) – 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.
(CNN) – The President has been hammered by Republicans for his response to the continuing crisis in Ukraine.
But history looms over this conflict, and the parallels between the Obama administration's response now, and the Bush administration's stance back in 2008 during then-Prime Minster Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country of Georgia actually show some striking similarities.
Susan Glasser, editor at Politico Magazine and co-autor of "Kremlin Rising," and White House correspondent for Yahoo! News Olivier Knox discuss.
(CNN) – There's a fine line between crazy, and crazy like a fox.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright had blunt words about Russian strong-man Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
"Putin is in many ways I think delusional about it," Albright told CNN's "New Day."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's words from a 2012 presidential debate against Republican candidate Mitt Romney must be haunting him.
"A few months ago, when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing america, you said Russia – not al-Qaeda," Obama said to Romney. "And the 1980's are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War has been over for 20 years."
Meanwhile 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is doing a bit of a victory lap today.
"After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next," Palin said in October 2008.
Panned at the time for the prediction, Palin now says of the crisis in Ukraine: "Yes, I could see this one from Alaska."
The big question: Should the White House have seen this coming?