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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

Biden: Putin Soulless

Former President George W. Bush famously looked Vladimir Putin in the eyes and saw his soul. He said so. Vice President Joe Biden says he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw nothing. He says he told him so. “I said,...

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Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

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Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

Hotel Vienna: Kerry Goes Marriott, Iranians Palais

In an unexpected twist, after more than two weeks of haggling in Vienna over the finer points of uranium enrichment, Iranian and U.S. diplomats find themselves united against the Europeans. Though they appear to part ways in their tolerance for...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

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Russia's Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

U.S.-Russian Space Industry: ‘Business as Usual’

Apollo 11 was launched to the Moon 35 years ago on this date. Today, the U.S. can’t get astronauts to the International Space Station or put large military satellites into orbit without Russian help. With the retirement of the shuttle...

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

Iranian Instagram Diplomacy: Smile

There may be “significant gaps” remaining to be resolved between Iran and  world powers, yet that hasn’t stopped the Islamic Republic’s deputy foreign minister from trying his own unique way of narrowing differences. During a top-level meeting in Palais Coburg,...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

Paul vs. Perry: Never Eye-to-Eye

Leave it to Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, to comment on Rick Perry’s eyeglasses. “Apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky eyed...

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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

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The U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

CIA Spy Planes: APB for Tupac

The CIA has been celebrating anniversaries lately. And paying homage to its role in life around Roswell. #HISTINT: a new weekly feature highlighting historic intelligence events #U2Week #4July1956 http://t.co/g7s6jnFSzX pic.twitter.com/c2KQGdGFIf — CIA (@CIA) July 4, 2014 This spy business could...

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A bartender pours champagne.

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A bartender pours champagne.

Champagne Lobby Bubbling in DC

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was an unabashed Francophile. George Washington had France to thank for helping defeat the British at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Jefferson was dispatched to Paris as ambassador for the nascent American democracy,...

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