Ukraine officials have said that close to 100,000 Russian troops have been stationed around its borders, sparking new tensions as U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia to move its soldiers away.
"Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk," said Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national security council, according to AFP.
"Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They're in the south, they're in the east and in the north." more >>
In Casablanca, Captain Renault feigns surprise by famously declaring, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" Moments later, a croupier hands Renault a pile of money, saying, "Your winnings, sir."
Just as Renault wasn't really surprised that Rick's Café would break the law, none of can be surprised this week that President Obama and the implementers of Obamacare are breaking the law – again. After all, they've played fast and loose with the law creating Obamacare since it was (sloppily) written and (barely) passed almost exactly four (long) years ago.
The most notorious of Obama's law breaking has come from his decisions to delay deadlines that were set by Congress. Of course, most people think that when the President signs into law a bill passed by both houses of Congress, the President has to follow the law – just like the rest of us. But Obama has repeatedly rejected that quaint proposition on which the rule of law depends. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama met Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican, with reports stating that the world leaders held a 50-minute private talk.
"It is a great honor. I'm a great admirer," Obama told the Roman Catholic leader upon meeting him. "Thank you so much for receiving me." It was the first such meeting between the two leaders and their 50-minute conversation was considered an "extraordinarily long time," Catholic News Service reported.
Obama said that while the two had a "wide-ranging discussion," they focused on two concerns that the pope had: the poor and growing inequality, and conflict around the world. more >>
For the past year, no two living people have had their every utterance parsed for meaning as thoroughly and consistently as President Obama and Pope Francis. This search for meaning will continue Thursday, when Obama makes his second visit as president to the Vatican.
Like any between two powerful heads of state, the meeting is important, but focusing on policy and statecraft risks overlooking key dimensions of this meeting. For the president, the pope, and the American people, this meeting has farther-reaching importance.
The policy implications of the meeting are broad and include a range of issues-from climate change and immigration reform to the Syrian crisis and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice will both join Obama. The men have several shared policy priorities. The president has invoked Francis's statements on income inequality; one of the signature issues of his second term, and the administration has also worked with the Vatican on the fight against global poverty. Ken Hackett, the American ambassador to the Holy See, is the former CEO of Catholic Relief Services and one of the nation's foremost experts on international development. more >>
Willie Robertson, star of the hit A&E reality show series "Duck Dynasty," said in a recent interview that he wouldn't mind spending some quality time with President Barack Obama while duck hunting, so the two could learn more about each other and discuss their beliefs, including politics.
Robertson, CEO of the Duck Commander family business, was in an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday when she asked Robertson which American Democrat would he most like to hunt with and why. Robertson responded by saying "the president."
"I'd like to talk and debate and find out what's going on in his brain a little more," Robertson explained. "You know that's kind of my philosophy, I don't shy away from people I disagree with. I want to know why they think what they do and see if you can move to maybe change their thinking in some ways. I'm open myself. I keep an open mind to other people's beliefs." more >>
This week marks the fourth birthday of Obamacare but it's not all birthday cake and balloons-many people are not celebrating this year after the botched rollout and string of mishaps surrounding enrollment.
Nothing is merry about the fact that over six million people have lost their insurance coverage and are now struggling to find an affordable health care plan.
One group of people who certainly won't be celebrating is Millennials. Millennials are among the people most impacted by the disastrous law. They are expected to subsidize healthcare for the older and sicker generation. more >>