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The Ukraine crisis – at what point does the U.S. have an obligation to intervene?
(CNN) – Russia's invasion of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula echoes the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.
The situations were different in many ways of course – Vladimir Putin was prime minister of Russia then, not president, though he was widely regarded to have been calling the shots. But in both cases, Russia sent troops into another sovereign country, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, upsetting an American president who had tried to improve relations
(CNN) – When celebrities come to Washington, media and politicians take notice.
But does the spectacle of the star outshine, or shed light on the cause they've come to promote?
"Often hearings in Congress are not about members of Congress learning something that they don't already know. It's performance art. If they wanted to really learn about issues, they could get it from a briefing book," said The Washington Post's Emily Heil.
Oscar winner Ben Affleck arrived in Washington Wednesday to speak about the crisis in the Congo. The "Argo" director has brought his cause to the table time and time again.
"It's just a pleasure to be back at the real State Department. I had to fake it for "Argo." I get to see the real thing here," Affleck joked with Secretary of State John Kerry.
(CNN) – If you laughed at the movies at any time in the last 30 or so years, odds are Harold Ramis had something to do with it. The filmmaker and actor died this morning after an extraordinary career, and a laudable life.
Washington (CNN) – This weekend, a definitive ranking of Americans was announced to the world. The competition was fierce, with new contenders vying for spots held by longtime favorites, while one star outshone them all.
C-SPAN and Siena college released their expert survey of American first ladies Saturday.
Thirty nine first ladies were judged by historians and scholars in ten categories, including public image, value to the president, being her own woman, and of course, value to the country.
For the fifth time since the survey began in 1982, Eleanor Roosevelt clenched the top spot solo, and with husband Franklin Delano as part of the survey's top ranked couple.
(CNN) – We've all seen the videos: a loving dog, a proud serviceman, a tear-jerking welcome home from man's best friend. There's no hiding that returning veterans are important to their dogs.
But increasingly thousands of veterans coming home with war wounds are coming to think of dogs as their lifelines.