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President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back Russian troops from the border with Ukraine. Obama says Ukraine's government is pursuing de-escalation despite Russia's incursion into Crimea. The call comes as Ukraine's government and the West are concerned about a possible Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine. President Obama says sanctions will increase if Russia continues its current course:
The Aam Aadmi Party Friday welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgment asking the central government and the Election Commission to take appropriate action against the Congress of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party for taking foreign funds in violation of law. In an issued statement the AAP said, "The landmark judgment by the Delhi High Court holding the Congress and the BJP guilty of taking foreign funds in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act has exposed the deep rooted nexus between these parties and corporate houses."
Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year. The 50-year-old from Michigan made the surprising announcement in a radio interview, saying he'd leave Washington when his seventh term expires to begin a career in broadcasting.
It’s not a total disaster. At least the White House can say that with a straight face. Hitting the threshold of 6 million enrollees gives the Obama administration a plausible basis for saying the Affordable Care Act is working more or less as expected. But, according to Yahoo's Rick Newman, it’s far too early to call Obamacare a success and in at least one important way—public opinion toward the law.