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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $27.1 Billion

Russia’s 19 richest men have lost a combined $27.1 billion of wealth this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Vladimir Lisin, chairman and largest shareholder of Novolipetsk Steel, has lost $3.9 billion from his net worth. Alisher Usmanov, who...

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

Brown: Banking Bill Moribund — Boehner ‘Speaker of Tea Party’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-sponsor of a bill to prevent any one financial institution from growing so large that it could jeopardize the economy or require another federal bailout, sees little likelihood of anything passing this year — not his plan,...

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

Putin’s Russia, His Father’s Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris today. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives promises to finish work on a series of sanctions punishing Russia for its incursion in Crimea and $1 billion...

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

Musk Hires More Lobbyists Seeking Satellite Launches

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which spent $1.1 million trying to influence the federal government last year, hired two additional lobbying firms this month, Senate records show. The new lobbyists include two former congressional aides and a former Defense Department official. ...

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President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin after their bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico on June 18, 2012.

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President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin after their bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico on June 18, 2012.

Obama: Putin Should Get Over It

President Vladimir Putin should get over it. So says  President Barack Obama. Putin should drop his grievance over the breakup of the old Soviet Union, Obama says in an interview with CBS News. “You would have thought that after a...

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Members of youth honor guard take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 27, 2014.

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Members of youth honor guard take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 27, 2014.

Russian Sanctions ‘Just the Beginning’: Reid

As the Senate and House move today toward passage of bills sanctioning Russia for its incursion in Ukraine and offering about $1 billion of aid for Kiev, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls this “just the beginning.” “This bill is...

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

War of 1812 Invoked in Keystone Promotion of U.S.-Canadian Ties

Congressional backers of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are pulling out the stops today, making the case that the pipeline could help the U.S. and its allies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sending a slew of  American veterans...

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A toy Kalashnikov rifle walks past an unfinished wall painting depicting a map of the Crimean peninsula and a slogan reading: "Together Forever"  in Moscow on March 24, 2014.

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A toy Kalashnikov rifle walks past an unfinished wall painting depicting a map of the Crimean peninsula and a slogan reading: "Together Forever" in Moscow on March 24, 2014.

Russia ‘Not the Soviet Union’: Rohrabacher Joins Grayson in Lonely Crimean Defense

As most lawmakers scramble to condemn Russia and impose sanctions for its takeover of Crimea, two congressmen waged a lonely crusade on Russia’s behalf today Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, who share...

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of G7 leaders on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of G7 leaders on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

G-8: Now We Are Seven

The Group of Eight industrial nations are quickly becoming the Group of Seven, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “As long as Russia is flagrantly violating international law and the order the G-7 has helped to build since the end of...

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