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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

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A video screen shows US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, on June 6, 2014.

No ‘New Cold War’ — Disappointed?

Why is everyone so anxious for a new Cold War? Is the current conflict with Russia, in which President Barack Obama today announced the newest round of sanctions following the downing of an airliner over Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists, a...

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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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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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Geraldine Chaplin and Omar Sharif during the filming of 'Doctor Zhivago' directed by David Lean in Canillejas, 1965, in Madrid.

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Geraldine Chaplin and Omar Sharif during the filming of 'Doctor Zhivago' directed by David Lean in Canillejas, 1965, in Madrid.

How CIA Got Doctor Zhivago into Russia

Doctor Zhivago is regarded as one of the world’s great works of literature (it also made a fantastic film). But its author, Borris Pasternak, never thought his epic novel would be published in his home country because it would be...

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Troops coming ashore during training exercises for the Allied D-Day invasion in 1943.

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Troops coming ashore during training exercises for the Allied D-Day invasion in 1943.

French Mistral Ships: Caught Between D-Day, U.S. Foreign Policy

    On the eve of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, a bipartisan group of senators is pressing French President Francois Hollande to stop the delivery of two warships to Russia. While the six signatories are staying behind, their letter coincides with...

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