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Fmr. national security adviser Stephen Hadley, and the latest on the crisis in Ukraine.
(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
(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) – Lawmakers in Crimea voted Thursday in favor of leaving the country for Russia and putting it to a regional vote in 10 days.
It's an act that drew widespread condemnation, with Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calling the effort to hold such a referendum "an illegitimate decision."
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made no secret he is contemplating the possibility of running for President in 2016. But though the Republican Party often nominates candidates who have run before that strategy is rarely successful.
In an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," Perry said he learned a lot from his 2012 campaign experience when he exited the primaries early on.
"I won't have major back surgery six weeks before the announcement," says Perry, of the next possible run for the White House.
When he announced his presidential bid in August 2011, Perry said he felt invincible, telling himself: "I'm 61 years old, I'm bulletproof, I'm 10-feet tall, I can do anything."
But 2012 was "a very humbling experience."